Fall International Extravaganza Gives PVM Students Insight into Study Abroad Opportunities

Friday, October 4, 2019

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Evan chats with a group of students in the Lynn Hall Courtyard
Evan Carter-Taylor, of the DVM Class of 2021, shares about his study abroad experience with ARCAS Guatemala, during the Fall Extravaganza.

Students gained a global perspective on veterinary education at the 2019 Fall Extravaganza hosted by Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Global Engagement and the Purdue Chapter of the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA).  The event Thursday evening, September 26, attracted more than 75 students from the College’s Veterinary Nursing and DVM programs. The Fall Extravaganza provides students and faculty with the opportunity to discuss international learning experiences with those in the College who have participated in study abroad programs.

Dr. Santos speaks with students at a table at the Fall Extravaganza event in the Lynn Hall Courtyard
Dr. Andrea Santos, assistant professor of veterinary clinical pathology, discusses details of her faculty-led study abroad program in Brazil with first-year veterinary students at the Fall Extravaganza.

The event was held in the Lynn Hall courtyard, which was festooned with a variety of international-themed decorations.  Another feature of the event was a buffet of Thai-inspired dishes from Noodles and Company.  Attendees also could view displays featuring each of the College’s study abroad options, including programs in South Africa, Nepal, China, Japan, and Chile. 

Also at the event, participants voted on entries in the Global Engagement office’s photo contest.  The winners were announced Monday, September 30, and included Julie Mosher, of the DVM Class of 2020, who submitted the first place photo in the Landscape category; and Kindele Lenoir, of the DVM Class of 2022, who submitted the first prize photo in the “I am a Future Vet/Vet Nurse” category.  Photos entered in the contest will be featured in the coming months on the College’s Instagram feed.  They can be viewed using #pvmglobal19.

Now that you know all the fun involved, make sure you don’t miss out on next year’s International Extravaganza! “It’s a great opportunity to come and learn from students who have studied abroad or to share your own wonderful experiences,” said Global Engagement Director Will Smith. “Take Wendell Berry’s advice, ‘Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves, does it become common ground and a common bond [where] we cease to be alone.’ Remember, as prospective leading veterinary professionals in a multicultural and global marketplace, cultural competencies are vital to your future success.”

Thank you to everyone who came out to this year’s Fall Extravaganza and helped make it a great success!

Writer(s): Chelsi Laposi | pvmnews@purdue.edu

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