Teen “science cafes” around the country are bringing together students and professional scientists together in a fun, informal way. Dr. Dondrae Coble, associate professor of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and interim assistant dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, recently talked with East High School students as part of the Science Café program in Columbus, Ohio. He shared his personal story in the field of veterinary medicine, encouraging them to consider the profession for their own careers.
Dr. Coble met with different cohorts of students on two consecutive days at the Martin Luther King Library to provide background and information on veterinary medicine in an informal setting. A laboratory animal medicine veterinarian, Dr. Coble also brought visual aids for his presentation, including his pet guinea pigs Ren and Stimpy. The students performed physical examinations, including auscultation with a stethoscope.
The students were excited for the opportunity to have a “real-world” experience talking with a medical health professional from Ohio State. Dr. Coble enjoyed the experience as well.
“My goal is to encourage and serve as a role model for the students,” he said.
The Health Sciences Academies are a partnership of Columbus City Schools, The Ohio State University and Partners Achieving Community Transformation.