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Oregon State University Aims to Boost Diversity in Veterinary Medical Education

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University is hosting 20 high school students from low-income and underrepresented groups for its Summer Veterinary Experience. Students will spend a week on the Corvallis campus this month to get hands-on experience in the field of veterinary medicine.

The students will take classes in equine acupuncture, small animal rehabilitation, and participate in a research project designed to develop teamwork and leadership skills.

Tess Collins, the admissions coordinator for the Summer Veterinary Experience stated that “our goal is to provide a realistic understanding of the field of veterinary medicine, and to get participants excited about higher education, even if they decide veterinary medicine isn’t for them.”

Susan Tornquist, dean of university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, added that “many past participants came to the program with a vague interest in veterinary medicine, among other fields, but they left with a passion for the profession.”


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