Vets Offer Students a View of Animal Care

Sheba Mohankumar created a project in the SELP program that allowed high school students to get an opportunity to find out about what it would be like to be a vet. Mohankumar also got an article published in the Lansing State Journal (of Michigan) about the project, which is reprinted below.

Lansing High School students get a view of veterinary medicine

First year students from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University visited J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing last Thursday to talk about their experiences in Veterinary Medicine.

This was part of a program called “Reach for your dreams”. Five students from the first year class visited the high school. They made and displayed posters describing what high school students should do to apply to veterinary schools, what activities and opportunities are available while students are in the school and career options after completing the DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) degree.”Veterinary medicine is one of the fastest growing professions in the country and there is a need to increase the diversity in our colleges and the profession to match the changing demographics”, said Sheba MohanKumar, faculty advisor for the program. This is one of the community projects that she has started from being part of the Self Expression and Leadership program conducted by Landmark Education.

“There are only 28 veterinary schools in the country and we need to use every chance we get to reach out to students in elementary, middle and high schools to increase the number of qualified minority applicants”, said Doris Roberson, pre-vet advisor.

Veterinary students Nick Barbu, Aimee Campbell, Daniel Cole, Crystal DeGroot and Ashley Taylor shared their personal experiences.

They talked about how they developed an interest in the subject, and how they got admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. High School participants were given a survey to complete and interested students will be contacted to provide more specific information.

They were all invited to the “Vet-a-visit” program, a free, open-house event at the College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU that is being held on Saturday, April 18, 2009.

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