Enhancing Vet Med Student’s Experience

Enhancing Vet Med Student’s Experience
January 24, 2022

The VetCor network is rich with experience and skills and we always seek opportunities to reinvest that knowledge. Recently, students across the country were able to participate in VetCor hosted presentations and virtual events covering NAVLE prep, exotics, and dentistry.

Students preparing for NAVLE took part in a Jeopardy event with Dr. Elizabeth Hodge, Vet Student Program Coordinator and veterinarian at Hingham Animal Clinic. Over the course of many nights in October, 4th-year students were invited to test their knowledge.  A group of VetCor associate veterinarians including Dr. Rachel Davis from Jennings Veterinarians, Dr. Brenda Fox from A Country Veterinary Clinic, and Dr. Taylor Darwin from Red Bank Animal Hospital, helped make this possible by leading the small group breakouts. Students were able to have fun and relax while strengthening their confidence on the NAVLE topics and networking with each other. 

Thanks to Dr. Dawn Brooks, Chief of Staff at Littleton Animal Hospital, students from a number of schools were invited to learn about introducing exotic pets into a practice. Dr. Brooks offered three regionally-based presentations which were all very well attended and received. The students walked through how to encourage a practice to see exotic pets and covered the benefits of being able to support clients who have them. They appreciated the light-hearted delivery and fun trivia (of which they all got correct!).  


Building Exotics into Your Practice

Presented by Dr. Dawn Brooks

UC Davis students participated in a virtual lecture on Canine Dentistry from Dr. Jon Klingborg, Chief of Staff at Valley Animal Hospital of Merced. Klingborg led the students through a unique breakdown of the book “Veterinary Dentistry: A Team Approach” by Steven Holstrom. Easily applicable to real-life situations, they covered “What I See in Practice”, “What I Say to Clients” and “How We Help the Patient”.  This talk was designed for students, but is an excellent resource for practitioners as well and serves as a reminder of the various problems small animals may encounter in the oral cavity. The Q&A session was lively and the students gained more valuable tips through each other’s questions.

We are so grateful to have such amazing and dedicated veterinarians in our network who continue to make a positive impact on future generations of DVMs. If you have any interest in sharing your knowledge with students or new grads, please reach out to your regional manager so they can connect you with Dr. Elizabeth Hodge.