New partnership to help veterinary students interested in research careers

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 6, 2010 – The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, a part of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, will partner with the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) to create new opportunities to help veterinary students who seek research-oriented careers focused on laboratory investigations and animal disease surveillance.

“Veterinary students who have an interest in diagnostics and laboratory work will have a great opportunity to learn from AAVLD members,” said Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. “Many of our students are interested in research and this will be a good opportunity for them to gain knowledge and have access to those with expertise in the laboratory side of veterinary medicine. We hope this partnership will further educate students and provide them with new networking and career path opportunities.”

“This is a great step in working towards addressing the current growing shortage of veterinarians in the areas of diagnostic medicine and research,” said Dr. Gary Anderson, AAVLD president and director of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.” We look forward to help develop veterinarians in this sector of veterinary medicine.”

Located near Washington, D.C., the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine is administered through a partnership of Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland.

The AAVLD is a not-for-profit professional organization consisting of more than 1,200 members from 35 different countries seeking to disseminate information relating to the diagnosis of animal diseases; coordinate diagnostic activities of regulatory, research and service laboratories; establish, improve, and develop new diagnostic techniques; establish accepted guidelines for the improvement of diagnostic laboratory organizations relative to personnel qualifications and facilities; and act as a consultant to the United States Animal Health Association on uniform diagnostic criteria involved in regulatory animal disease programs.

For more information on the program, contact Ragan at (301) 314-6820 or Anderson at (785) 532-4454.