Cheryl Scott, RN, MSN, DVM, MPVM, has joined the Office of Student Programs to lead a new program that aims to attract students with diverse backgrounds and career interests to the School of Veterinary Medicine.
The program’s goals are to encourage students with different ethnic, educational, regional (rural/urban) and socioeconomic backgrounds to consider veterinary medicine as a career and explore the many options within the field. The aim is to broaden the range of veterinary expertise, form partnerships, and disseminate information to address animal, human and environmental health issues and meet the needs of society.
"The interactions of humans, animals and the environment seem to be important in addressing many of the concerns we have today regarding the globalization and spread of disease," says Dr. Scott. "As Al Gore recently said on National Public Radio, our planet has a fever, and we really don‘t know how to fix it. Veterinarians are the perfect component of the ‘fix-it’ team because they already have knowledge and training in comparative health and disease. If we can combine our veterinary expertise with that of human and environmental experts, we can better understand the positive as well as negative interactions at the human-animal-environmental interface."
Dr. Scott says, "As the program takes effect, I expect to see a new cadre of veterinary professionals who will be the practitioners of the future—those with advanced skills and education in areas such as public health, food safety, environmental health and biosafety as well as veterinary skills."
Dr. Scott's background includes experience as a nurse practitioner and wildlife veterinarian.