Around six hundred veterinary students from Canada, the United States and even beyond were present at the 30th National Veterinary Scholars Symposium that took place at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts, from July 24th to July 27th with some of the students coming from as far away as Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University was the host of the symposium that is responsible for showcasing the accomplishments by veterinary students of mostly first- and second-year that are completing biomedical research projects of around ten to twelve weeks during their summer. Each of the veterinary scholars is provided with a mentor as well as a laboratory for conducting a research project driven by a hypothesis which is developed by the scholar and his mentor. The students also have to attend seminars as well as discussions on careers in the field of science. The scholars have to present their findings to their peers and the attending faculty at the end of the program.
The Dean, Terence Flotte, MD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, gave the keynote address on the topic, “Impact of Research Collaborations Between DVMs and MDs.” A plenary address was given by Dr. Tim Leard of Boehringer Ingelheim on “Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics: Experiences and Opportunities in Animal Health.” And another one was delivered by Charles Shoemaker of Cummings on “How Re-engineered Antibodies from Camelids may be the Antibody Therapeutics of the Future.”
The symposium has highlighted some ways in which the veterinary scientists use to advance, basic and applied research for supporting evidence-based medicine. Furthermore, it enabled participants to gain insights into the options of careers in biomedical research. The meeting also featured poster presentations from many veterinary students. Students as well as the faculty attended the breakout sessions also on critical care, cancer biology, antimicrobial resistance, infectious diseases, regenerative medicine, and pathways for researching career development.