International Pursuits: How Heritage and Learning Came Together for a PVM Student in Spain
Purdue Veterinary Medicine Director of International Programs Catharine Scott-Moncrieff looks forward to the day when every Purdue veterinary student experiences some of their learning abroad. The College of Veterinary Medicine is making significant progress toward that goal. A total of 34 DVM students traveled abroad for international veterinary experiences in the 2012-2013 academic year. Countries visited included Austria, Brazil, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
The country of Spain proved to be a particularly meaningful destination for Maggie Placer, a fourth year veterinary student in the small animal medicine track, who wrote the following about her experience:
I had the fantastic opportunity to spend my 4th year externship at the veterinary school in Madrid, Spain. My paternal grandparents were originally from Spain, so that gave the trip special meaning. I was able to stay with family, and even celebrated Thanksgiving with my family there the evening after taking my North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) exam (my aunt hadn't celebrated in the 40 years since she had moved there from the U.S.).
During the weekdays I rotated through the specialties offered at the hospital including Internal Medicine, Emergency/ICU, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, and Oncology. I enjoyed seeing the similarities we share and learning from the different techniques and approaches employed there. I was excited to see the respect and curiosity that the clinicians there had for the equipment, facilities, and research opportunities available at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital; several times during the trip the clinicians would access our website. After clinic hours, I had the opportunity to visit museums and take in the rich history of this great European city. I encouraged students in Madrid to visit the U.S., and in particular to consider Purdue University, and I remain pen pals with several of the faculty members there. It was an honor to serve as an ambassador for our College, and I am a better person and will be a more efficient clinician for having had this experience. Gracias Doctor Scott Moncrieff por esta opportunidad!