In the fall of 2008, representatives from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences signed an International Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland, to establish a Sister School partnership for exchanges of veterinary and graduate students, faculty and, in the future, professional staff, residents and potentially even joint appointments.
Today, that partnership continues to grow. Last summer, CVMBS hosted five exchange students for a four-week clinical exchange, and sent two clinical and three research students to RSDVS. The research program ran for 10 weeks.
“Our goal this year was to start a faculty travel program and we funded four awards to Christin Hardy, Christine Olver, and Paul Morley in CVMBS, and Susan Meyer in the College of Business,” said Dr. Sherry Stewart, CVMBS Assistant Dean for Admissions. “We’d like to continue to grow the program to send more faculty members, develop co-research projects, as well as send staff members to Scotland who can consult and help with training.”
CVMBS and RDSVS support world-renowned veterinary programs, have very similar research interests (infectious diseases, equine orthopedics, neuroscience, oncology, and animal reproduction), and both share international reputations for excellence in basic and applied biomedical research in these and other areas of research.
“The culture of the two institutions is very international, and both have robust veterinary and research programs that offer rich opportunities for collaboration,” said Dr. Stewart. “These types of international collaborations are becoming increasingly important as our College seeks to increase its global activities and partnerships to enhance both research and teaching programs.”
Students in the Professional Veterinary Medical Program apply at the end of their freshman or sophomore year to attend the summer research scholar program, or during their junior year for the clinical rotation exchange program which requires special accommodations for class schedules. This year, five PVM students have been selected for the four-week clinical program. They are Rita Akers, Amy Daley, Jarred Forrest, Juliette Hart, and Kimberly Krug.
For additional information on the program, contact Dr. Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.