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Vet science short course aims to inspire future veterinarians

Monday, June 5, 2023

Media Contact: Kaylie Wehr | Coordinator, Marketing and Public Relations | 405-744-6740 |

Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently hosted 30 Oklahoma 4-H students for a Vet Science Short Course.

The course, which was hosted in collaboration with OSU Extension and the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, provided students the opportunity to gain insight about veterinary school from current vet students and learn about career opportunities from current veterinarians. 

“The Vet Science Short Course was created as an opportunity for 4-H members to experience hands-on agriculture activities and explore options in veterinary science careers,” said Lisa Nicholson, 4-H youth development extension educator for Tulsa County Extension. 

During the two-day event, students participated in several hands-on demonstrations including a disease outbreak simulation, animal anatomy, a small animal exam, equine limb bandaging and calving simulations. 

Agriculture and 4-H educators from across the state were excited for their students to learn more about attending vet school and being a veterinarian from current vet students and veterinary professionals. 

“Events like this give youth a hands-on educational experience they might not have the opportunity to be part of otherwise,” said Jennifer Patterson, extension director and agriculture/4-H educator for Adair County. “With these experiences, it can help them make a better-informed decision if they are considering a career in the veterinary profession.” 

With current veterinary shortages across the country, particularly in rural areas, there is a high demand for programs that expose children and adolescents to the veterinary profession. 

Dr. Rosslyn Biggs — assistant clinical professor, beef cattle extension specialist and director of continuing education at the CVM — hopes this program will continue to spark interest in the veterinary field. 

“The 4-H Veterinary Sciences Short Course exposes young leaders from across Oklahoma to the opportunities that exist in veterinary medicine and animal health,” Biggs said. “The interest in the program has been extraordinary and we are hopeful that it will inspire attendees to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.” 

The inaugural 4-H Vet Science Short Course was a great success and plans are already underway for the 2024 course next May. If you would like more information or have questions, please visit the 4-H Youth Development website.

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