Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has set Sept. 26 as the date for its eighth annual “Vet School for a Day” program. This year for the first time the college is encouraging South Carolina’s high school students to join high school students from throughout Georgia for the event.
“Vet School for a Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the College of Veterinary Medicine’s campus and is designed to educate high school juniors and seniors about the wide variety of careers available in veterinary medicine. The day includes a tour of the teaching hospital, a panel discussion by faculty veterinarians in a variety of specialties and the opportunity for high school students to meet veterinary student leaders. Students also will learn about the high standards for admission to the college and what they need to study to be prepared for veterinary school.
“Through this program, we hope to educate students and guidance counselors about the many career opportunities available within the field of veterinary medicine,” said Paige Carmichael, associate dean for academic affairs in the veterinary college.
Registration, which is required, is open Aug. 8 through Sept. 7. All students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (parent, counselor or teacher). Students attend for free, but to help offset the cost for food, there is a $15 per person fee for each chaperone. The fee is payable on the day of the event.
“Vet School for a Day” is sponsored by the David Forehand Foundation and created in memory of alumnus Dr. David Forehand (DVM, class of 1976). For more information on the event, see http://www.vet.uga.edu/academic/vet_school_for_a_day.
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, conducting research related to animal and human diseases and providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 600 who apply. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.