Oath Ceremony Completes Journey for Australian Veterinary Technology Graduate

May 20, 2016

VTDL program graduate Renée Hájek with her parents, Pierre and Brigitte Legare, and Dean Willie Reed, at the reception that followed the PVM Oath Ceremony.

VTDL program graduate Renée Hájek
with her parents, Pierre and Brigitte Legare,
and Dean Willie Reed, at the reception
that followed the PVM Oath Ceremony.

Living on the opposite side of the globe did not deter Veterinary Technology Program graduate Renée Hájek from attending the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Oath Ceremony Saturday, May 19. As the ceremony began, Renée was right in line with her fellow Purdue Veterinary Technology graduates, including those who, like her, earned their Associate in Applied Science degrees through the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning (VTDL) program.

A resident of Canberra, the capital of Australia, Renée learned about the VTDL program as she looked for a U.S. veterinary technology educational option. She had earned a veterinary nursing degree in Australia, but she said she knew that additional and better training was available. "I was disappointed and hungry for more knowledge."

Having lived previously in Ottawa, Canada, where she worked in a veterinary clinic before marrying an Australian and moving to Canberra, Renée said she was aware of the quality of the veterinary technology education available in the U.S. When she discovered the Purdue VTDL program she realized it was just the right option. "Because all of the lectures were recorded, and available to watch at your convenience, the Purdue program had the edge over other options that utilized real time lectures," Renée explained. Being in Australia, she wanted flexibility to view the courses at times that worked for her, half-way around the globe from North American time zones.

Renée also said the requirement to videotape the practical hands-on skills as part of the clinical mentorships was easy to meet since she could just make the videos using her camera phone. "That was easy to do to complete the practical skills component," she explained.

Renée also said her trip not only enabled her to participate in commencement, it also gave her a chance to spend time with her parents, Pierre and Brigitte Legare, of Ottawa, who were on-hand to witness the Oath Ceremony. She noted that this was the first time she has been able to see her father since 2008, and she left during the post-ceremony reception to travel with her folks to their home in Ottawa.

Renée’s visit also attracted media attention.  Her story was reported in the Lafayette Journal and Courier and the Indianapolis Star.  Click here to view the Journal and Courier story.  Congratulations Renée!

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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