Flippers, Feathers, and Fun for Veterinary Students Visiting SeaWorld
Our veterinary students have been busy lately spreading the word
about veterinary medicine. They have presented to 1,992 students
and 70 teachers at 12 public schools on topics such as
“Careers in Veterinary Science,” “Human Impact on Wildlife,” “Cell
Theory and Taxonomy,” “Comparative Anatomy,” “Life as a
Veterinarian,” and “Animal Behavior”. In mid-June, students
traveled to San Antonio to present to over 100 high school students
and spent the afternoon with a SeaWorld veterinarian.
PEER Student's Perspective
by Devin Smith, PEER Veterinary Student Leader 2014
This summer, work for the PEER (Partnership for Environmental
Education and Rural Health) program has been very busy for our
veterinary students. The hours are long, the travel can be
exhausting, and the many presentations can leave your throat
begging for a lozenge. But the rewards are incredible!
Not only do these veterinary students get to share their passion
for veterinary medicine with young students all over Texas to
inspire them to pursue careers in science but they also get amazing
opportunities to network and hang out with some very neat
Just last week, the PEER students traveled to San Antonio to
give a presentation for over 100 high school students and got to
spend the rest of the afternoon with a SeaWorld veterinarian.
The SeaWorld staff was beyond kind to our group of four
veterinary students and allowed them to interact with dolphins,
aquarium fish, rays, baby sharks, flamingos, and Golden Conure
chicks. They were even introduced to a famous Pacific dolphin,
named Kai, who starred in Jaws 3. The SeaWorld veterinarian that
met with the students took time out of his busy schedule to explain
his job in immense detail and answered hundreds of questions from
our extremely inquisitive group. The experience was far more
enriching than the students had ever anticipated and will remain a
fond and unforgettable memory for the rest of their lives.
Megan Palsa, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Communications, Media & Public
Office - (979) 421-3121