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USU School of Veterinary Medicine Inaugural Class to Celebrate

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Students enrolled in Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), along with faculty, are invited to a reception held in their honor Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Park in Logan, Utah.

The Utah Veterinary Medical Association (UVMA) and SVM host the event in the hopes of building relationships between the current veterinary community and the SVM students.

“We want to welcome students and give them the opportunity to meet veterinarians from around the state,” said Dr. Cliff Mitchell, incoming UVMA president. “This will be a fun and important event to introduce the new generation of veterinarians to the existing community.”

While attending classes in Logan, students are required to gain clinical experience.

“My main hope for this event is to make it easier for students to get that clinical experience,” said Kerry Rood, associate professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Mitchell and Rood believe meeting current veterinarians will help students secure internships early on in their academic career to the benefit of both parties.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some students, and they really are top quality,” Mitchell said.

The School of Veterinary Medicine at Utah State University is a joint program between USU and Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Each year, the school accepts only 30 students, 20 Utah residents and 10 non-resident students. The students will earn their professional degree after completing two years of pre-clinical training in Logan then spend their final two years at WSU completing the clinical portion of their veterinary education.

Contact: Tiffany Adams, USU College of Agriculture, 435-797-7406,

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