PVM Global Faculty Led Programs

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PVM Faculty are engaged internationally and have built strong ties with different partner universities throughout the world. Faculty-Led programs are headed by PVM faculty throughout the country or countries specified below. These programs are usually offered throughout the summer, and last for 2-3 weeks. Faculty members for these programs have mapped out the day-to-day activities for students.

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People's Republic of China

  • June 22, 2019 to July 7, 2019
  • Exchange Program with Sichuan Agricultural University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Clinical Rotation with short-term internship in Panda Medicine
    About: This two-week faculty-led program is focused on the different aspects of Chinese Veterinary Medicine and designed for our veterinary students in their first through third year. Students will partake in clinical rotations throughout the Sichuan Agricultural University Veterinary Hospital, attend lectures by faculty of Sichuan Agricultural University, visit different small and large clinics throughout the Sichuan Province, and even have the opportunity to participate in a short-term internship in Panda medicine within a Panda base in Ya’an. See Sample Itinerary From Last Year Here
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  • Annually in June
  • Veterinary Technology Program
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • About: This two-week summer program will be in collaboration with the Asociación Rescate Conservación de Vida Silbestre (ARCAS) Rescue Center in Peten, Guatemala. ARCAS is a non-profit Guatemalan NGO formed in 1989 by a group of Guatemalan citizens who became concerned as they saw their precious natural wildlife -rapidly disappearing before their eyes. Since its establishment, the ARCAS Rescue Center has grown into one of the largest and most complex rescue centers in the world, receiving between 300 and 600 animals of more than 40 species per year. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation as well as engage in a culture that is very different from their own. See More Here
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  • Annually in August
  • Dr. Sarah Steinbach
  • International Clinical Rotation in Veterinary Internal Medicine (Seniors only)
    About: This 3 week rotation spanning 2 blocks combined with your vacation block (blocks 5-6 or 7-8) allows students to complete clinical rotations while experiencing another perspective of animal health care throughout Switzerland and Germany. Students will be able to interact with multiple facilities and veterinarians throughout the region to gain a better understanding of global medicine practices.
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Japan (Anatomic Pathology)

  • Mid-May 2018
  • Dr. Tiffany Lyle
  • Intercultural Pathology Program in Tokyo, Japan 
  • About:  Dr. Lyle’s 2-week anatomic pathology program will be located in Tokyo, Japan. This experience will fully immerse students in necropsy techniques, identification of gross lesions, preparation and evaluation of histologic specimens in academic, industrial, government, and zoological settings. Learn more here.
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Japan (Exchange) 

  • Mid-May 2018 
  • Dr. Tomo Inoue
  • International Clinical Exchange Opportunity with Rakuno Gakuen University 
  • About: Dr. Tomo Inoue will lead a 2-week exchange program to Rakuno Gakuen University. This faculty-led exchange program was developed through a partnership between Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Rakuno Gakuen University College of Veterinary Medicine. Both Veterinary Technician students and DVM students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations within the Rakuno Gakuen University Veterinary clinic. These students will be exposed to different aspects of veterinary medicine as well as receive lectures on how the different approaches to veterinary medicine tie into both Japan’s rich history and culture.
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Czech Republic and Austria

  • May-June 2019 (bi-annually)
  • Dr. Steve Thompson
  • Conservation and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery
  • About: This 3 credit, three week study abroad program is designed for veterinary students in the first two years of their program. The program occurs on site at the Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University (VFU) Brno with an off-site opportunity nearby at the Brno Zoo. The clinical avian and exotic pet program at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital includes 5 focused clinical exotic pet faculty members and three poultry veterinarians with an exotic pet caseload exceeding 2000 visits a year (in contrast to Purdue’s 280 exotic pet visits/year). The Brno Zoo is a large metropolitan zoo with a full time veterinarian and hospital. Students will be exposed to primary and referral exotic pet care daily as well as conservation and clinical medicine in rotations through a large metropolitan zoo.
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  • Annually in June
  • Dr. Alex Biondo
  • Exotic,Wildlife, Mixed Animal Veterinary Medicine/International Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine
    About:This three to four-week faculty-led program is focused on multiple aspects of veterinary medicine within Brazil. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a "hands-on" clinical rotation within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Federal University of Parana. Within this hospital, students will be exposed to multiple aspects of small animal, mixed animal, equine, exotic, and wildlife medicine under the guidance of the veterinarians. Students will also have the chance to participate in community outreach projects throughout the Curitiba community. Joined with faculty from the Federal University of Parana, Purdue students will gain small animal and equine experience through traveling with the Neuter Bus and assisting faculty in the Carthorse Project throughout small villages. They will also tour with Animal Services and the City Zoo of Curitiba. After their experience within Curitiba, those students interested in Wildlife Rehabilitation will spend time at the Foz do Iguaçu at Itaipu, Brazil. Foz do Iguaçu is a wildlife reservation area that hosts a zoo and wildlife hospital, along with one of the world's biggest hydroelectric plants. During their time within this reservation, students will work with veterinarians within the hospital and learn of the wildlife throughout the reserve. Purdue students will be exposed to animals like giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, anacondas, and endangered jaguars and participate in different medical procedures and necropsies throughout the hospital under supervision. Students interested in wildlife medicine will have an opportunity to work with veterinarians within the Curitiba Zoo and get hands-on experience with the wildlife within the zoo. See Sample Itinerary From Last Year Here
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