Evelyn Sagastume, Class of 2009, is reaching out to future veterinary students, and so are many of her friends. Co-president of the Veterinary Student Outreach club, Sagastume explains, "On February 23 we expect to host about 80 Future Farmers of America and 4-H Club members from high schools all over California."
Future Day is one of the Veterinary Student Outreach club's biggest yearly events, Sagstume says. "We will start the day with a talk on the different veterinary careers and what it takes to get into veterinary school, and then guide everyone through hospital tours as well as fun and educational veterinary medicine demos and exhibits."
This Future Day's demonstrations include canine ultrasound, a physical exam of a llama or alpaca, a laboratory animal presentation, large animal comparative anatomy, a demo looking at embryonated chicken eggs and comparative blood smears, a parasitology exhibit and pathology demonstration.
The event will run from about 8 am to 3 pm.
Approximately 30 veterinary students, including members of the Veterinary Student Outreach club and other veterinary medicine clubs, are volunteering to make presentations, accompany the visitors through the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and answer questions.
Club members gather regularly to host outreach events, and individual members make presentations at schools and other venues throughout the year. Sagastume states, "Next quarter we hope to hold a second Future Day for local high school students."
The Veterinary Student Outreach club at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine promotes interest in veterinary medicine and other fields of science. The club's goal is to educate audiences of all ages and help its members develop communication and organizational skills that are vital to a successful veterinary career. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/Clubs/vso/