Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
Each summer Merial and the NIH sponsor an international
symposium bringing together veterinary students engaged in research
through summer programs and combined DVM/PhD degree programs.
Usually, over 300 students from about 28 CVMs in the USA and Canada
attend the Symposium.
All students participating in the Texas A&M Summer Research
Program are strongly encouraged to participate. To
date, either the CVM or Merial has paid expenses (travel,
registration & room) for all students to attend.
The Symposia are hosted by CVMs on their campus (except in 2007,
when Pennsylvania hosted a Symposium on the NIH Campus in Bethesda,
Poster Sessions. All student submit an abstract
on their research, then prepare a poster to present at the
Symposium. Poster sessions are a chance to meet and interact with
students and scientists from other CVMs and with scientists from
Merial, the NIH and other institutions.
Scientific Sessions. Scientific presentations,
by established and young investigators, present state-of-the-art
research on veterinary and biomedical sciences. Many scientists are
present for most of the symposium, allowing students an opportunity
to meet them.
Banquets. All Symposia have featured
outstanding menus, including one informal and one formal banquet.
The informal banquet is frequently at interesting locations near
the host CVM. The Symposium closes with a more formal banquet,
sometimes featuring a local band, with veterinary influences, and
dancing. Most of all, students meet other veterinary students and
have plenty of time for "unscheduled" fun.
2012 Symposium at Colorado State
2011 Symposium at Disney World
(University of Florida)
2010 Symposium at University of
2009 Symposium at North Carolina
2008 Symposium at Michigan State
2007 Symposium at the National
Institutes of Health
2006 Symposium at Louisiana State
2005 Symposium at the University of
2004 Symposium at Auburn
2003 Symposium at Kansas State