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VMRCVM Hosts Tour of Baltimore Aquarium

More than 80 Maryland residents—most of them prospective students and their families—learned more about the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and some of them toured the National Aquarium in Baltimore on Sunday, July 15, 2012.

The college offered an information session for prospective students, a social for alumni and guests, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the award-winning aquarium, which has more than 16,000 animals from more than 600 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.

Participants also heard from Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at VMRCVM’s College Park campus, about the “One Health” initiative and from Dr. Stephen Smith, professor of aquatic, wildlife, and exotic animal medicine, about alternative careers in veterinary medicine such as aquatic, zoo, marine mammal, and pocket pet medicine. Also in attendance was MVMA President Dr. Krista Evans, who briefly discussed the state veterinary association. The event gave prospective students and others interested in the veterinary profession a chance to learn more about the wide range of careers available to today’s veterinarians.

“As a regional college, we are especially interested in reaching out to students who want to learn more about the only in-state veterinary college for both Maryland and Virginia,” said Dr. Jacque Pelzer, director of admissions and student services.

As the competition for veterinary student applicants continues to reach an all-time high, VMRCVM continues to focus on recruitment, especially in Maryland. The college has also worked to enhance its partnerships with the MVMA and its membership. In addition to the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference—a partnership between VMRCVM, Maryland and three other regional VMAs—VMRCVM has also begun providing local continuing education programs in Maryland. One event occurred in Gaithersburg, Md., this past March and VMRCVM will be offering another one in Frederick, Md., this fall.

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