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Fall quarter's community service involved 2 projects.
The first project involved collecting Yoplait yogurt lids for the "Save Lids to Save Lives" campaign. Yogurt lids were collected in the main auditoriums of the veterinary school and mailed to Yoplait. For each lid, Yoplait donated $0.10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. We collected a total of 200 lids!
The second project was a toy collection drive for the Salvation Army. Students were allowed to choose tickets for various ages of young girls and boys and then delivered presents to our community service table. A total of 75 children were given presents this Christmas from this toy drive!
Coming up: Winter quarter community service projects will be centered on collecting enrichment items for local dog shelters.
Veterinary Explorers is a program to introduce high school students interested in veterinary medicine to the many different pathways a career in veterinary medicine can take them. The high school students receive guidance and information on veterinary school and the veterinary profession through a series of lectures and laboratories. Due to increasing demand over the past few years, at this falls open house we were able to be more selective with the students we take on, allowing us to taylor our lessons to older students with more biology background.
This past spring we had a number of lectures and labs to expose students to a number of areas in veterinary medicine. We had an equine anatomy lesson with Dr. Masty and a lab on pathology with Dr. Krakowka. The hands-on labs are always successful, so we have tried this year, and will continue to try, to have more hands on labs. This fall so far we have had a lecture on radiology in veterinary medicine with Dr. Green and a tour and rounds of the food animal hospital with Dr. Niehaus.
Coming up this winter and spring we are in the works of planning rounds in the zoo with a zoo veterinarian, a tour of the equine center with a small lecture on equine emergency medicine and an open house at the Columbus State Veterinary Technician school.