Purdue programs help youth learn about veterinary medicine careers

October 1, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Several programs for families with elementary through high school students interested in learning more about the veterinary medical profession are being offered by the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The PVM Family Program Series begins Thursday (Oct. 4). All presentations are free, but registration is required due to limited seating. Contact Adrianne Fisch, fischa@purdue.edu to register.

All sessions will be from 6-7 pm. in Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine, Room 1136. Presentations will include:

* Oct. 4. "Anesthesia – A Strange Sleep," with Dr. Jeff Ko, a veterinarian who specializes in anesthesia and pain management. He will talk about the art of anesthesia in veterinary medicine.

* Nov. 1. "What are a stegosaurus's plates for and other age-old dinosaur questions," with Russell Main, a scientist with a joint appointment in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Basic Medical Sciences and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering;

* Dec. 6. "Animal Babies," with Dr. Katharine Naughton, a veterinarian who specializes in animal reproduction.

* Feb. 7. "Eyeballs, Eyeballs Everywhere," with Dr. Wendy Townsend, a veterinarian who is an eye doctor for animals.

 * March 7. "Veterinary Technology – It's More Than Just Being a Nurse!" with registered veterinary technologists Paige Allen and Jamie Schoenbeck Walsh.

There also is a session scheduled for Jan. 3 with a topic to be determined later.

For more information on the PVM Family Program Series, visit http://vet.purdue.edu/engagement/p12/family-program-series.php

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Source: Sandra San Miguel, associate dean for engagement, College of Veterinary Medicine, 765-494-8052, amass@purdue.edu

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