PVM Bids Farewell to International Guests

August 4, 2016

Chinese veterinary student Xinying Zhao interacts with a patient in the small animal medicine unit of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Chinese veterinary student Xinying Zhao interacts with a patient in the small animal medicine unit of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff gathered in the Alumni-Faculty Lounge (Lynn 1192) last Friday (July 29) to recognize two delegations of veterinary and veterinary technology students from China and Japan at the conclusion of their two-week visit to Lynn Hall. As part of exchange arrangements made through the PVM Office of International Programs, a total of seven students along with two faculty members observed various clinical rotations and participated in a variety of events and activities. The Rakuno Gakuen University delegation from Hokkaido, Japan consisted of two veterinary technician students and Associate Professor Takanori Kooriyama. The group from Sichuan Agricultural University in Chengdu City in China's Sichuan Province was comprised of five veterinary students and the College of Veterinary Medicine's Program Leader Renyong Jia.

The exchange arrangement gave the visiting students the opportunity to spend time in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, gaining first-hand exposure to veterinary clinical education in the U.S. Their itinerary also included a variety of fun activities to introduce them to Indiana and local attractions and culture, including a summer picnic at Munger Park.

At the farewell reception, Dean Willie Reed commended the visiting faculty and students and presented each with a certificate. Chinese veterinary student Wenjing Yu responded, saying they learned a lot during their visit and experienced a lot of activities. "Time flies. We don't want to go. We had many happy times here," she said. "We have seen your serious attitude toward your work... and we learned a lot from you." Speaking on behalf of the delegation from Rakuno Gakuen University, Associate Professor Takanori Kooriyama said he was very impressed with the unique system here of the veterinary students and veterinary technology students studying together. He noted that Rakuno Gakuen University also has both veterinary and veterinary technology students, but he added, "We are still developing the educational system so we will utilize our experience that we acquired here at Purdue for improving the educational system in our veterinary school." He concluded saying that he hopes Rakuno Gakuen University and Purdue develop a good relationship in the veterinary medical field in the future.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Purdue veterinary students is on a two-week, faculty-led program focused on the different aspects of Chinese veterinary medicine as part of the exchange program with Sichuan Agricultural University. Their visit includes clinical rotations in Sichuan Agricultural University's veterinary hospital.

Additionally, another international delegation will arrive at Lynn Hall next week. As part of a longstanding exchange program between PVM and Kitasato University, nine Kitasato veterinary students will be at Lynn Hall from August 13 through August 27. Accompanying the students will be a Kitasato University faculty member, Dr. Ryota Terashima.

All the photos from their visit are available in our Facebook Photo Gallery.

(Left-right) Rakuno Gakuen University Associate Professor Takanori Kooriyama and veterinary technician students Shinnosuke Sakurai and Ai Umino with Dean Willie Reed and Sichuan Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine Program Leader Renyong Jia and veterinary students Wenjing Yu, Dongyu Dou, Xinying Zhao, Lan Zhou and Qian Rong.
(Left-right) Rakuno Gakuen University Associate Professor Takanori Kooriyama and veterinary technician students Shinnosuke Sakurai and Ai Umino with Dean Willie Reed and Sichuan Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine Program Leader Renyong Jia and veterinary students Wenjing Yu, Dongyu Dou, Xinying Zhao, Lan Zhou and Qian Rong.

 

Rakuno Gakuen University Associate Professor Takanori Kooriyama discusses an animal behavior case with Dr. Niwako Ogata, PVM assistant professor of animal behavior.
Rakuno Gakuen University Associate Professor Takanori Kooriyama discusses an animal behavior case with Dr. Niwako Ogata, PVM assistant professor of animal behavior.

 

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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