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Cal Poly - A Key Partner in Student Recruitment

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Drs. Breitmeyer and Lairmore visit the Beef Center at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with operations manager Aaron Lazanoff (right) and Michael Hall, Senior Beef Specialist (left).

Since joining the School last year, Dean Michael Lairmore has made outreach a priority to promote the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in California and beyond. One of those visits took him to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he met with students, faculty and staff at the Animal Sciences and Dairy Sciences departments.

“This university represents one of our key partners as we seek to recruit the best and brightest students to our professional veterinary classes and as our graduate students,” Lairmore said. “Cal Poly is known for its "learn by doing" educational philosophy that encourages students to solve real-world problems by combining classroom theory with experiential laboratory exercise.”

That hands-on approach to learning is critical as veterinary medicine evolves. A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences on “Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine” points out that veterinarians will increasingly be needed to fill a broad range of careers not typically thought of with veterinary medicine such as: environmental health, food safety and security, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness, food production systems, regulatory medicine, diagnostic laboratory medicine, biomedical research, health promotion and disease prevention, public health research and epidemiology.

This collaboration with Cal Poly, and other universities, is very important to the school’s overall success in the teaching arena as well as in research and service activities.  The Cal Poly students are like many that seek further training at UC Davis.  They are highly selected, motivated to learn, and embrace learning.   These are highly sought-after traits in students seeking the DVM degree or advanced degrees through graduate programs. 

By strengthening partnerships across UC Davis and with other academic, government, agricultural and business partners, the School of Veterinary Medicine aims to address these critical societal needs and lead the future of veterinary medicine.

“While collaborations are hard work at times, history tells us that those that improvise and collaborate, while maintaining the highest academic standards are usually the winners,” Lairmore said.