In the spirit of the recently passed Thanksgiving and upcoming holiday turkeys, let’s talk about poultry! A little bit of background: According the the USDA, the total combined value of the poultry industry in 2014 was $48.3 billion ($2.5 billion of that came from California!). Now that’s a lot of money--and it also means a large market with a lot of work opportunity. Getting into this business means working mostly with chickens (meat and eggs), but also turkeys, and perhaps even quail. Being a Poultry Veterinarian: Everyone knows about being a small animal vet, an equine vet, or a large animal vet--but you hardly hear about people working with chickens! There is actually an American College of Poultry Veterinarians, a specialty board that provides certification, as well as an Association of Avian Veterinarians. Some veterinary schools have specific tracks for students wishing to become poultry vets. For instance, North Carolina has a Poultry Health Management option, and the University of Florida offers courses on poultry health, nutrition, and management. Employment can be found with major name brands. Tyson, for example, hires multiple veterinarians to be in charge of breeding, feeding, and welfare practices, and so does Foster Farms. How You Can Get Involved: Here at UC Davis, we have a variety of avian facilities available for research and teaching. There is the Hopkins Avian Facility out in west campus, as well as the Meyer Hall Hatchery and Meyer Hall Avian Facility. (Check out http://asac.ucdavis.edu/facilities%20info.htm for more information and contact details.) There is also a newly created pastured poultry project, also in west campus (http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/phr/crowdfunding.cfm).
Hello Vet Aides! Here's a summary of our trip to the California Academy of Sciences from October 17th! Thank you so much to Keyhan Kaveh for the amazing pictures and to Rosalynn Sarvi for writing the summary of the event! We started off the tour at The Swamp, where snapping turtles and an albino alligator named Claude reside. We then walked around the museum exhibits while Dr. Dunker, the head veterinarian at the Academy, described the live animals on display and explained the parameters involved in making sure an exhibit is suitable (Things such as temperature, humidity and salinity.) We also got a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital, and the area where the Academy makes its very own saltwater for the aquarium. After the tour, we walked around on our own, visiting exhibits such as the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Osher Rainforest and the Living Roof.
Hello wonderful Vet Aide Club members! This upcoming Monday, October 26th, pass times for Winter Quarter will be released and will begin on November 2nd! Our lovely historian assistant, Nicole Fernandez, put together a list of fun and interesting animal courses that any pre-vet student should look into taking!
Need units? Want to get ahead? Need an edge? Take these courses!
Every pre-veterinary student knows that they have to fulfill a list of prerequisites for veterinary school: things like the dreaded chemistry, confusing physics, and basic biology. However, there are also many classes offered here at UC Davis that aren’t required, but worth taking. These classes are interesting, fun, and relevant--everything you want and expect from your college experience! Here are some courses recommended by pre-vet students, for pre-vet students:
ANS 49F: Laboratory Animals In this lab course, you’ll be able to gain hands on experience working with rats, mice, and rabbits! You’ll learn handling techniques and husbandry practices, as well as how to give injections and draw blood. The other ANS49 courses are a great way to get hands on experience and are focused in a range of different species from pigs to goats!
ANS 140: Management of Laboratory Animals Have the opportunity to practice clinical techniques, and learn about drawing vaccinations, blood draws, sterility, animal physiology, health, welfare, and more! A great hands on approach that will give you an edge when you enter the veterinary field.
ANS 150: Animal Health and Disease The title says it all! What better way to get a head start learning about the central issue of veterinary medicine?
CMN 1: Intro to Public Speaking As a veterinarian, you’ll constantly be communicating with clients, coworkers, and others. It’s crucial to be able to do this effectively, and a class on public speaking can help.
FAP 92C: Primary Care Clinics A class that runs in harmony with the Knights Landing One Health Clinic (KLOHC). Students in the class learn clinical skills, with activities such as a field trip to the VMTH to see microscopes, which they then apply at monthly Knights Landing Clinics. This course is in junction with the PSSD club.
GDB 101: Epidemiology Broaden your knowledge about disease in this study of human, animal, and plant epidemiology.
NPB 130: Physiology of the Endocrine Glands You’ll be surprised to find out just how big a role hormones play in reproduction, metabolism , and disease! Understanding the endocrine system will help you be a great future veterinarian.
UWP 104E: Writing in the Professions: Science UWP104F: Writing in the Professions: Health Much as with CMN 1, it is important for veterinarians to have great communication skills! These two courses can help you to learn how to identify important information, respond to it, and correspond with a chosen audience in an effective way. Also, UWP104F requires you to write a personal statement, which you can use for your vet school application!
VMB 101Y: Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology Do all of those drugs veterinarians talk about and dispense seem confusing to you? Take this course to shed some light on the matter!
Much thanks to Animal Science Advising and pre-vet undergraduates for their contributions and ideas. Descriptions from UC Davis General Catalog.
Disclaimer: These classes are suggestions only; go see an academic adviser for more information or with scheduling help!
I am Savannah Miller and I'm the historian for the Vet Aide Club for the 2015-2016 school year! On the blog this year, I will be giving y'all weekly updates on what is going on in the Vet Aide Club, campus events that are veterinary related, and general advice that I think would be beneficial for all club members! If you ever have any questions about any of my posts or events that I mention, please feel free to contact me! I would also love to hear any ideas for a future blog post or something you would like to know more about that is animal related!
Here are some event reminders for October!
10/14: Internship and Career Fair at 10am-2pm in the ARC Pavilion.
10/17: California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour. **Attendees for this event have already been selected! 10/21: General VAC meeting at 7pm in Roessler Hall Room 66.
10/22: HPA- Building Relationships with Faculty at 4:10pm in Wellman 106.
10/25: Avian Workshop at 1:30-4:30pm, location is TBD. **Information will be sent out later this month. 10/27: Community Service Fair 1pm-4pm in the ARC Pavilion.
10/28: HPA- GRE Prep at 6:15pm in Surge III 1309.
10/29: HPA- UCD School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Presentation at 6:30pm in Kleiber 3.
If you are not already familiar with HPA, it is the Health Professions Advising on campus that can help guide you through the steps to applying to veterinary school! There are “class” meetings held each quarter to help keep you on track during each year of undergrad. For those of you applying during the 2016 application cycle, HPA is holding a VetPrep and AppPrep series throughout the school year to help you throughout the entire application process: acquiring letters of recommendation, drafting your personal statement, selecting which schools to apply to, and much more! I highly recommend attending their events or scheduling an advising appointment with HPA if you have not already!
Good luck on your midterms and I look forward to seeing everyone at the VAC general meeting next Wednesday! :)
On this trip to the California Academy of Science, the Vet Aide Club had the opportunity to have an exclusive tour with wonderful and amazing Dr. Freeland. The California Academy of Science was absolutely beautiful! Featuring 7 amazing permanent exhibits (one of which is an ALBINO CROCIDILE!) and an entire floor of new exhibits every few months, we were kept busy with what to see! The California Academy of Science stars over 45,000 animals, the majority of which are vertebrates. We saw a great diversity of exotic animals from all around the world, from macaws to South American penguins. The tour was incredibly informative and a great learning experience for those who wanted to learn more about exotic animals or are interested in animal research. Dr. Freeland was an incredibly enthusiastic teacher for us, teaching us about everything the facility and its animals. We learned everything from the initiation of molting behavior in penguins to the venom-titration of poisonous snakes. Dr. Freeland took us behind-the-scenes and showed us the clinic/hospital rooms. Most importantly, Dr. Freeland who was so encouraging yet realistic about our pre-vet goals, gave us a heart-to-heart about what actions we should take to make it to vet-school. His long journey from undergrad to working for the Academy of Science was reminder to us all that life takes us on many different paths before we find our true calling. Dr. Freeland worked in equine practice and was a wildlife ranger before he worked with aquatic animals at the Academy of Science. In a nutshell, his best advice was to work harder, harder, harder; dream jobs are not met with lucky encounters. Apply yourself, find yourself, and, unless you’re setting up your own business, sell yourself!