VMRCVM Hosts Tour of
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
“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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