June 17, 2011
More than a dozen veterinary students are forgoing part of summer vacation to spend time with experienced veterinarians ideally positioned to share an insider's view of the rewards and challenges of food animal practice.
"The Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program aims to increase the number of veterinary students who choose careers working with dairy or beef cattle. EVSBEP provides funding to support students for 4 weeks of intensive experiential training. "The generous financial support of Pfizer Animal Health has allowed this program to grow over the years," says Dr. John Angelos, coordinator of the program and a faculty member at the Large Animal Clinic.
Some program participants have already demonstrated an interest in this practice area, while others are just beginning to explore opportunities in food animal practice.
Most students ride along with food animal practitioners or else work directly with producers on dairies or beef ranches. At the clinic and on field calls, participants observe cases, help with diagnostics and vaccination programs, and take part in discussions with producers and veterinarians as they analyze issues unique to each herd.
Along the way, participants receive practical career advice, business tips and insights about the rewards, challenges, working conditions and lifestyle of the rural veterinarian, a professional sector where veterinarians are in demand.
Most 2011 participants work in Northern California or the San Joaquin Valley where much of the dairy industry is centered. This year, one student is heading for Montana and another to Michigan.
Each student receives a $2,000 stipend underwritten by Pfizer Animal Health, which has supported the program since its inception in 2001.
Food animal veterinarians must know how to manage the health of large herds or flocks of animals. Food animal practitioners also have responsibilities regarding food safety and the appropriate use of drugs in animals used for food.
Students and Mentors
Kevin Bauer: Dr. Jason Bravos, Mill Station Veterinary Service, Dixon
Jacob Ewing: Dr. Troy Ford, Veterinary Surgery Center, Clovis
Kallie Graham: Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic
Jim Myers: Lander Veterinary Clinic, Turlock
Kate Platt: Dr. Mike Karle, Mid-Valley Veterinary Hospital, Orland; Dr. Nancy Martin, East Meets West Large Animal Service, Vacaville
Jimmy Rose: Dr. Russell Dickson, Bakersfield
Josh Betschart: Dr. Nell Moore, Sierra View Animal Health, Escalon
Steffani Hall: Dr. Nancy Martin, East Meets West Large Animal Service, Vacaville
Russ Sakai: Dr. Calvin Dotti, Cotati Large Animal Hospital, and Lone Oak Veterinary Clinic, Visalia
Tanya Applegate: Dr. Nancy Martin, East Meets West Large Animal Service, Vacaville; Dr. Michaelyn Harris, DVM, Chino Hills
Amanda Plunkett: Dr. Tom Graham, Davis; Dr. Nancy Martin, East Meets West Large Animal Service, Vacaville; Dr. Melissa Sandford, Sterner Veterinary Clinic, Michigan
Megan Schutte: Dr. Tom Graham, Davis; Dr. Jason Bravos, Mill Station Veterinary Service, Dixon
Sara Steidl: Dr. Tom Graham, Davis, and Vigilante Bison/Ruby River Ranch, Montana
Katrina Thompson: Dairy Veterinary Services, Escalon