Spring Extravaganza Spotlights PVM International Programs
Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Global Engagement (formerly the Office of International Programs), the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) Purdue, and the Purdue Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR) hosted the annual Spring Extravaganza last Friday, March 30, at the MatchBOX Coworking Studio in Downtown Lafayette. Over 50 PVM students, faculty, and staff attended the event.
The evening’s activities included an opportunity for attendees to dialogue with the CILMAR’s Cultural Catalyst, a group of international students that specialize in intercultural dialogue. Students and faculty shared experiences involving their impressions of the United States, views of animal health from their respective countries, and various perspectives on approaches to veterinary medicine as a whole. The speakers hailed from Lebanon, India, China, and Thailand, just to name a few of the various countries represented at the event.
In addition, students who completed the Global Veterinary Medicine Certificate Program this year were recognized by Dean Willie Reed, who congratulated them on their hard work. The goal of the PVM Office of Global Engagement is to develop more globally conscious veterinary professionals that are ready to collaborate, exchange, and engage with the world around them. The certificate program was put in place to assist students on this path, and expose them to global approaches to veterinary medicine, ways to market their global experience, as well as methods to enhance their intercultural communication skills. A total of 38 PVM students completed the certificate program.
Wrapping up the event, attendees bid farewell to 2017-2018 IVSA Purdue officers and welcomed the new officers who will lead the club during the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you to all who attended this year’s Spring Extravaganza!
Writer(s): Helen Thimlar, PVM Communications Intern | firstname.lastname@example.org