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Women > Men (in numbers, that is)

By: Elizabeth Wormley

Iowa State Univeristy, Class of 2011

My, how times have changed. Not too long ago, my great aunt was essentially told to not even bother applying to veterinary school, as it was a man’s job. When taking a career aptitude test in high school (the year was 1959), her result was “farmer’s wife,” as that would be a good way for her to interact with and care for the animals she so adored.

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Oreo and Jesse

By: Jun Yu

Class of 2012, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine

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Pigs...In...Space! (Oops, I meant Nebraska!)

By: Ruth West

Class of 2011, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine


I am a junior at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with an interest in swine medicine. UF does operate a small swine unit just off of campus, where I lived and worked for a year, yet I was very interested in seeing some large operation swine units and finding out for myself what working as a food animal veterinarian was all about.

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AVMA HQ Externship

Too many acronyms for you? Well, the American Veterinary Medical Association's Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL is looking for students to participate in their externship program to explore the opportunities in organized veterinary medicine. I've talked with a few students that have participated in the externship in the past, and all I've heard are great things! It's a wonderful opportunity for meeting the AVMA "big wigs" and finding out what you can do to make progress in our organization.

This externship is open to all students who are members of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). The AVMA will provide five stipends up to $1,000 for externships lasting between 3-4 weeks (3 weeks $750; 4 weeks $1,000). You can spend the whole externship in one division or your experience may be spread among divisions depending on choice, time, and availability. Submit you complete application package to be RECEIVED at the AVMA HQ by March 15, 2010.  Award winners will be responsible for securing their own transportation and housing while on their externship at the AVMA Headquarters. Please note that the blackout dates are July 19th-August 6th due to the AVMA Annual Convention.

The AVMA Headquarters Student Externship application can be found on the Web site located at

If you require further information please e-mail or call 1-800-248-2862 ext 6693.



By: Kimberly Lednum

Class of 2011, Mississippi State University