This past Friday, I had the chance to teach 4H students about the basics of a dairy cow physical exam. For some, it was the first time they had ever listened to a cow’s heartbeat with a stethoscope. This lesson was a supplement to an afternoon of dairy barn lessons taught by members of our Veterinary Education Club here at Cornell. The “Vet Ed” club teaches younger generations at various events at Cornell, the Science Center in downtown Ithaca, and any other place where young people are learning about science.
I am always so thankful that we have the chance to be a part of the process of educating the future generations of veterinarians and science advocates. While these chances at teaching may seem small and relatively unimportant, I would emphasize the opposite reality. Think back to your time in middle school and high school. Did you have a teacher you particularly remember as someone who had a major effect on how excited you became about a subject? Maybe a certain teacher had such an impact on your learning that it directly affected your career choice.
Anyone can have similar impacts on young people during any educational encounter. These instances are not only a chance for us to perfect our teaching skills but also a chance to show younger generations how passionate and excited we are about the profession of veterinary medicine. It is this passion that will most likely prove to be contagious. This, in itself, is one of the traditions of veterinary medicine that remains strong to this day.