National Pre-veterinary Student Symposium Draws Crowd to PVM

Dr. Darryl Ragland, PVM associate professor of food animal production medicine and faculty advisor for the Purdue Pre-veterinary Medical Association, pauses for a photo-op with Purdue Pete in Lynn Hall during the Pre-veterinary Symposium.
Dr. Darryl Ragland, PVM associate professor of food animal production medicine and faculty advisor for the Purdue Pre-veterinary Medical Association, pauses for a photo-op with Purdue Pete in Lynn Hall during the Pre-veterinary Symposium.

Pre-veterinary students from across the nation converged on Lynn Hall this spring as the Purdue Pre-veterinary Medical Association (PPVMA) hosted the 2016 National American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) Symposium March 11-12.  The event featured a variety of activities, fun events, hands-on labs and diverse lectures, many led by Purdue Veterinary Medicine's talented faculty and staff.  The estimated 500 attendees also had the opportunity to take tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, led by Purdue veterinary students.

The various symposium sessions were designed to highlight the opportunities and diverse careers offered through veterinary medicine. Hosted by a different veterinary college each year, the annual event also provides an important chance for pre-veterinary students to meet with veterinary college representatives in attendance and gain insight into the admissions process.  Attendees can attend a variety of lectures and workshops, make new friends, and gain a greater sense of how to achieve the dream of becoming a veterinarian.  An entire day of the symposium is dedicated to lectures and hands-on labs pertaining to advances, techniques, and opportunities in the field of veterinary medicine.

The Purdue Pre-veterinary Medical Association is a student organization for undergraduate students interested in the veterinary medicine field led by faculty advisor Darryl Ragland, PVM associate professor of food animal production medicine.  After the conference, the APVMA posted a message of thanks on its website.  “The Symposium 2016 was wonderful and we want to send a big thank you to Purdue University…”  Organizers from the PPVMA said they loved meeting other pre-vet students from around the world, and providing the opportunity for attendees to experience lectures and labs that showcased Purdue Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Veterinary student Ashley Mealy (left), of the DVM Class of 2018, leads pre-veterinary students Kristen Short and Muning Wang, from Penn State University, and Rachel Large, from Missouri State, on a tour of the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Veterinary student Ashley Mealy (left), of the DVM Class of 2018, leads pre-veterinary students Kristen Short and Muning Wang, from Penn State University, and Rachel Large, from Missouri State, on a tour of the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
PVM Admissions Process Manager Lori Stout talks to a pre-veterinary student at the symposium’s college fair.
PVM Admissions Process Manager Lori Stout talks to a pre-veterinary student at the symposium’s college fair.
Dr. Bethany Funnel, clinical assistant professor of bovine theriogenology, leads a workshop in the Equine Health Science Building.
Dr. Bethany Funnel, clinical assistant professor of bovine theriogenology, leads a workshop in the Equine Health Science Building.
A team of PPVMA volunteers worked on the arrangements and helped throughout the two-day event.
A team of PPVMA volunteers worked on the arrangements and helped throughout the two-day event.

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