Purdue programs help youth learn about veterinary medicine careers

September 30, 2014  

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. 2) with a session focused on what you can learn from animals' skulls. All presentations are free, but registration is required due to limited seating. Contact Adrianne Fisch, pvmengaged@purdue.edu, to register.

All sessions will be from 6-7 p.m. in Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine, Room 1136, except for the first session on Thursday (Oct. 2), which will be in Room G210. Presentations will include:

* Oct. 2. "SKULLS!" with Sandra San Miguel, associate dean of engagement in the college and a professor of swine production medicine. Participants will learn what clues to look for on a skull to determine what type of animal it came from and also learn more facts about those animals in the process.

* Nov. 6. "Learn to Train Your Dog," with Candace Croney, director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science and associate professor of animal behavior and well-being. Students will have the opportunity to practice training techniques on their parents, or other adults, during this interactive presentation as they learn how they can train their own dog at home. There will be no live animals at this presentation; please do not bring any pets.

* Dec. 4. "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super X-ray! Saving Lives one Radiograph at a Time," with Liane Shaw, diagnostic imaging instructional technologist at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Participants will learn about X-rays.

* Feb. 5. "Common Household Poisons," with Aimee Brooks, clinical assistant professor of emergency and critical care. How to protect against common products and foods that are toxic to pets.

* There also are sessions on Jan. 8 and March 5 with topics to be announced later.

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

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

Kevin Doerr, public affairs and communications for the College of Veterinary Medicine, 765-494-8216, doerrk@purdue.edu

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