The officers decided to organize the Vet Aide Club differently this year to give members better exposure to other fields of veterinary medicine and provide opportunities to gain hands on experience to better decide which veterinary tracks to pursue. Each of the coming months in the 2011-2012 school year will be dedicated to a certain field of veterinary medicine which include field trips, handling workshops, and veterinary speakers that correspond to the theme. Here are the following themes for the 2011-2012 school year.
October: Food Animal Medicine
If you like large animals, such as sheep, cows, and llamas then October is your month. The Vet Aide Club at UC Davis will dedicate the month of October to food animal medicine. We will feature veterinary talks from food animal faculty veterinarians and veterinary students tracking in food animal medicine. In addition, extracurricular learning opportunities are scheduled that focuses on handling production animals. Lastly, a field trip to the UC Davis Tulare Research Center and Curtimade Dairy will provide students an inside look in the daily operations of a modern dairy research facility.
November: Zoological Medicine
A new born panda...A elephant suffering from TB...A vet trying to figure how to perform physical examination on giant emu...This November the Vet Aide Club at UC Davis will offer members a rare glimpse into the world of zoo animals and the veterinarians who care for them. Hear stories from pioneering zoological veterinarians tell real-life tales of innovative procedures for patients weighing tons or ounces, treating broken wings to a broken femurs. This month will forever change the way you think about wild animals and the doctors who treat them. We will host a special one night only talk featuring Dr. Geoff Pye, staff veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo. In addition, we will be going on a field trip to the Oakland Zoo where members will have a chance to see an elephant up close and personal.
January: Laboratory Animal Medicine
Want to find a career that combines research and clinical veterinary medicine? Then laboratory animal veterinarian is a career for you. Come and join the Vet Aide Club at UC Davis explore this satisfying and interesting field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Kari Christe, DVM, ACLM will be giving a talk about her job at the California National Primate Research Center. Join us later in the month as we go on fields trips to the UC Berkeley Hyena Research Laboratory and Genentech, Inc in Vacaville.
February: Small Animal Medicine
Would you like to open your practice someday? Do you want to contribute to the human-animal bond through a fulfilling career? Then February will be your month because the Vet Aide Club at UC Davis will provide interesting talks and events associated with small animal medicine. We will be going on a field to the Blind Dogs for America in San Rafael, CA to attend a puppy graduation. Likewise, we will be hosting fun workshops like canine behavior hosted by Dr. Melissa Bain, DVM , DAVB, MS where she will teach students about gentle leaders. So join us for this month and learn more about small animal medicine.
March: Avian & Exotic Animal Medicine
Do you like feathers, fur, and scales? Then March will be your favorite month of the year because it will be dedicated to avian & exotic animal medicine. The Vet Aide Club at UC Davis would like you to join us explore this fascinating field of veterinary medicine. We will be hosting veterinary speakers that treat every kind of exotic animal and provide hands-on workshop opportunities that will give you a taste of this amazing field of veterinary medicine. In addition, we will go on field trip to the International Bird Rescue Center in Fairfield and a local pot belly pig farm in the Bay Area.
April: Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine
Do you like going outdoors and get wet? Well the Vet Aide Club at UC Davis is proud present April as the month dedicated to Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine. Join us as we go on field trips to the UC Santa Cruz Marine Wildlife Laboratory to view a sea otter necropsy and then a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see behind scenes of the world's best aquariums. Later will be hosting interesting workshops that entails Oiled Wildlife Care and Fish Necropsy taught by veterinary experts from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Please join in on the fun and experience an awesome field of veterinary medicine.
May: Equine Medicine
Join the Vet Aide Club this May as we celebrate Equine Medicine Month. This month we plan to on field trips to a horse rescue center in Northern California and a equine sports medicine facility in the Bay Area. Come hear interesting talks about the advances in equine medicine and surgery from the foremost experts in those fields. Lastly, sign up for a equine handling workshop which include both beginner and advanced handling.