IVSA Partnership Blossoms into International Exchange

June 30, 2017

Fifth year veterinary students from Thailand (left-right) Lalida Tantisuwat, Latticha Pluemhathaikij and Napasorn Ngamrojanavanit are visiting the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine through July 7 as part of an international university exchange agreement between PVM and Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Fifth year veterinary students from Thailand (left-right) Lalida Tantisuwat, Latticha Pluemhathaikij and Napasorn Ngamrojanavanit are visiting the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine through July 7 as part of an international university exchange agreement between PVM and Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University School of Veterinary Medicine.

In spring 2016, the Purdue International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) reached out to IVSA Thailand to start a conversation on a potential partnership for both a cultural and educational exchange. Fast forward a year later, and this conversation has blossomed into an international university exchange agreement between Chulalongkorn University School of Veterinary Medicine (CU) and the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM).

The impact of the agreement is already evident in Lynn Hall as PVM is currently hosting a group of exchange students from CU who will be visiting through July 7. Napasorn Ngamrojanavanit, Latticha Pluemhathaikij, and Lalida Tantisuwat are 5th year CU students who are spending their time here rotating through the Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Small Animal Community Practice, Anesthesiology, and Behavior sections in the Small Animal Hospital. Be sure to greet them and extend a warm welcome as you see them in the hallways!

Also this summer, a group of six PVM students led by Dr. Samuel Yingst, assistant professor of molecular diagnostics in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, will be heading to Thailand for a 14-day course combining unique cultural experiences with broad exposure to veterinary medicine from multiple perspectives. Students will learn from staff representing the diverse opportunities for international veterinary employment, while also gaining a deeper fundamental understanding of the veterinarian’s role in the global community. CU will host a portion of the visit, which also will include additional programs to provide a wider range of veterinary medical, cultural and geographical experiences.

CU is among the premier veterinary schools in Asia. PVM students will have the opportunity to directly participate in clinical activities at the university over the course of their program. As rabies remains endemic in Thailand, students will have the unique opportunity to understand the efforts to control the disease in the context of a Buddhist culture (didactic only – no added risk of infectious disease exposure). CU also leads research on the transmission of viruses between humans and bats, and it is expected that students will have the opportunity to observe surveillance methods for bat viruses.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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