Over the course of this school year, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of supplementing my education with meaningful experience. Earlier this month I attended the Food Animal Symposium at The Ohio State University (OSU). After the weekend in Ohio, I walked away with the realization that it is critical to get exposed to different approaches to vet med. For me, that short time spent interacting with leaders in the food animal industry and colleagues from other schools helped give me some perspective on my professional goals and a glimpse of where I would like to be in the next few years.
In recent posts, I’ve discussed my perspective on active participation in extracurricular activities to enhance didactic learning. I think members of the OSU Food Animal Club would agree, and they were true rockstars. This group of dedicated students coordinated several wetlabs and small lectures among clinicians and industry vets for students from several other veterinary schools. While I personally enjoyed the dystocia wetlab and backyard swine and poultry lectures, it’s safe to say that every student had the opportunity to enhance his or her education while learning from one of the most talented professionals out there.
More importantly, OSU did an excellent job integrating students from different vet schools. This was fantastic, and I look forward to keeping in touch with new acquaintances throughout vet school and reuniting at next year’s symposium. If you’re a food animal enthusiast, I would absolutely recommend attending the symposium next year.