CVM SCAAFP Attends Annual Charity Cat Show
Posted September 19, 2011
On August 27th and 28th, members of
the Texas A&M University Student Chapter of the American
Association of Feline Practitioners (SCAAFP) at the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM),
along with their advisor, Dr. John August, professor in feline
internal medicine at the CVM, were in full participation at the
Houston Cat Club's 59th Annual Charity Cat Show held
at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
The Texas A&M veterinary students staffed a booth throughout
the show where they answered questions about the college's various
programs in feline medicine and discussed careers in veterinary
medicine with aspiring veterinarians and their parents. In addition
to the veterinary student's contribution, this year the department
of small animal clinical sciences and the development office at the
CVM co-sponsored a show ring.
Lauren Castilla, third year veterinary student and president of
SCAAFP, led the efforts at the cat show.
"Our main purpose at the Houston Cat Show was to show support
for the local community of cat owners, breeders, and shelters, as
well as to promote the College of Veterinary Medicine's dedication
and commitment to feline health," Castilla explains. "We let the
public know about our feline internal medicine residency, the Aggie
Feral Cat Alliance of Texas (AFCAT), and the Stevenson Companion
Animal Life-Care Center. Members of our organization were there to
answer questions about our hospital services, veterinary program,
and current research endeavors."
Castilla learned a lot from her participation in the cat show
this year. Taking on this leadership role, she was able to talk
with cat owners and to learn more about her field of interest.
"It was exciting to talk with breeders and expand my knowledge
about the unique breeds that were present," Castilla notes. "I
enjoyed having owners share their cat experiences with us, and
every person had a wonderful story to tell."
The cat show not only educates the public on the current efforts
of the feline industry, but it initiates conversations among feline
enthusiasts to think about the possible future of the industry.
"I am so excited for what the future holds for feline medicine,"
Castilla says. "It is so great to see the field growing with more
ABVP [American Board of Veterinary Practitioners] diplomates and
the increasing popularity of feline specialty clinics. The College
of Veterinary Medicine is giving us a great foundation in feline
medicine, and it just opens us up to so many more opportunities
"Our students did a great job representing the college at this
year's cat show," August adds. "By having a presence and being
available to the concerned cat owners, we are able to visibly
demonstrate the CVM's commitment to feline health and
SCAAFP is one of 16 Texas A&M SCAVMA (Student Chapters of
the AVMA) - sponsored organizations at the CVM. SCAAFP's
involvement represents the type of active roles veterinary students
take in organizations at the CVM. This participation leads to
better learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom
creating better prepared professionals after graduation.
Picture Identification: From left to right Will Floyd,
Lauren Castilla, Tamie Hunt, and Erin Braley
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