National SAVMA Symposium Recognizes PVM Faculty and Students

Friday, March 23, 2018

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Purdue veterinary students at the national SAVMA Symposium

Purdue veterinary students at the national SAVMA Symposium in Philadelphia, Pa., attend the Closing Gala March 17 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Grand Hall.


Purdue Veterinary students: William, Willis, Kayla Hoenert, and Kristi Crow

Purdue Senior SAVMA Delegate William Willis with Junior SAVMA Delegate Kayla Hoenert (center) and Purdue SAVMA President-elect Kristi Crow at the 2018 SAVMA Symposium, which they and Purdue SAVMA President Brenda Najar participated in as Purdue representatives. William and Kristi are holding awards that they accepted on behalf of Drs. Sandy San Miguel and Kevin Hannon, who they had nominated for the SAVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award and the SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award, respectively.

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine was well-represented at the 2018 SAVMA Symposium, which is the annual national conference of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association.  During the event held March 15-17 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, two PVM faculty members received awards and more than two dozen PVM students participated in various lectures, labs, and special events.

The faculty members honored were Dr. Sandy San Miguel (PU DVM ’93), associate dean for engagement and professor of swine production medicine, and Dr. Kevin Hannon, associate professor of basic medical sciences.  Dr. San Miguel received the SAVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award.  The award selection is based on a nomination process.  The nomination is intended for students to publicly acknowledge how faculty members, clinicians, and other respected individuals engaged in a veterinary field have gone above and beyond their own professional responsibilities and duties to interact with and make a difference in the local and/or global community as servant leaders.  Dr. Hannon received the SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award.  The award is designed to honor outstanding teachers in the veterinary medical profession who deserve to be recognized for their impact on veterinary students.  Congratulations to both Dr. Hannon and Dr. San Miguel!

With support provided by Purdue SAVMA, 26 Purdue veterinary students attended the national SAVMA Symposium in Philadelphia.  In addition to attending lectures and wet-labs, the students also were able to participate in competitions and special events.  Special congratulations are in order for the Purdue Trivia Team, which received the highest score and won a new Merck Manual from Zuku Review.

Writer(s): Kevin Doerr |

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