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May 2, 2013

Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine to celebrate National Pet Week

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will help celebrate National Pet Week, May 5-11, with an essay writing contest.

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Auxiliary to the AVMA founded National Pet Week in 1981. It is observed around the country to emphasize responsible pet ownership and increase public awareness about veterinary medicine.

The college will offer a National Pet Week digital badge to youth in kindergarten through high school who write a short essay on why it is important to take your pet to the vet. The Purdue Veterinary Medicine digital badge program is a new, free initiative that gives children the ability to earn badges for participating in activities offered by the college throughout the year. The pet week badge will only be offered May 5-11.

For more information, visit http://www.vet.purdue.edu/engagement/p12/badges.php. The website provides instructions for enrolling in the PVM digital badge program. 

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

Source: Kevin Doerr, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine public affairs, 765-494-8216, doerrkr@purdue.edu