Through the vision and guidance of several faculty members, the Rainier Scholars Program at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is working to make futures brighter for veterinarian students looking to pursue careers in industry.
Led by Dr. Patrick Green, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and holder of the Rainier Chair in Industrial Veterinary Medicine and Research at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the program earns its namesake from Dr. Robert Rainier, a retired veterinarian and research scientist for Pfizer Inc.
Dr. Rainier received both his BS in agriculture and DVM from Ohio State. After graduating from the university in 1963, he worked as a clinician at the Gurley Small Animal Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Shortly after, he became the assistant director at the Bio-Toxicological Research Association in Spencerville, Ohio.
For the last 22 years of his career, Dr. Rainier worked in Veterinary Product Research and Development at Pfizer Inc. where he held key leadership and managerial roles throughout his tenure.
“The program is designed to engage professional degree/graduate students in veterinary medicine with academic, laboratory and hands-on projects and experiential opportunities to better position them for opportunities in industry,” Green said.
Selected students will begin by participating in a 12-week research program and graduate business minor program in health sciences during their first two years at Ohio State. The four-year program also requires students to take several specific online electives, and concludes with an industry or translation focused internship for up to six weeks.
“Within the four-year DVM degree timeframe, it provides a series of experiences, coursework, and engagements to better prepare students for non-traditional careers with emphasis on industry,” Green said. “It is an organized and facilitated program to help them reach a goal of a career in industry.”
The program allows only first-year students with minimum 3.3 GPA to apply, and the requirements for application materials comprise of an essay highlighting how this experience aligns with and will help achieve career goals, a current advising report as well as a resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
Green said that Rainier Scholars is not for every veterinary student, and will likely appeal to about two-to-three students per class. The class of 2017, the first of the program’s history, features four aspiring Buckeyes, including Thishan Desilva, Michael McKinney, Eline Nijveldt and Amahdi Tracey.
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