VETERINARY MEDICINE: ALLIED FIELDS Back
This session provides the participants with an introductory understanding of numerous fields of veterinary medicine beyond the traditional role of a veterinarian with direct animal contact.
- Veterinary Medicine
This session covers some of the many allied fields of veterinary medicine. Each has a distinct role in society and each depends heavily on the training of a veterinarian. This collective session could be broken down into individual sessions during which one or two individuals from different allied fields could make presentations. The opportunity for tours or hands-on discovery activities might be minimal in this session. Activities might be limited to a subject matter expert’s (SME’s) presentations at a post meeting or possibly a tour of the SME’s workplace with a presentation.
As you engage your post in activities each meeting, please include comments, discussions, and feedback for the group relating to Character, Leadership and Ethics. These important attributes make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and in life.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the public service fields with a need for veterinarians.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles a veterinarian plays in public health, public defense and welfare, research and development, and higher education.
- Understand the educational requirements for veterinarians, including high school and college courses that would be helpful.
Laptop computer or equipment to view videos
Speaker: Introduction to a Specific Allied Field
All subject matter experts (SMEs) will cover the same basic topics modified to apply to their specialized fields.
Have the speaker
- Show a video about this field of veterinary medicine. Select a video from a reputable online source or other resource. View the video in advance to make sure it is appropriate.
- Give a job description of his or her job in this allied field.
- Describe the role in public health, if any, this allied field provides.
- Describe the role in public welfare and defense, if any, this allied field provides.
- Describe the role in health care research and development, if any, this allied field provides.
- Describe the role in education, if any, this allied field provides.
- Observe a demonstration of a military, police, or other governmental working dog and learn how the veterinarian supports these animals.
- Tour a food processing plant where a USDA veterinarian works.
- Tour a public health diagnostic laboratory where a public health or research veterinarian works.
- Visit a university’s college of veterinary medicne.
Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific area of focus.
- Which aspects of the allied fields session interested you the most?
- What ethical concerns might a veterinarian encounter in this area of veterinary health care?
- What did you learn during this session about the roles a veterinarian plays in public service through the allied fields?
- What can you do now, during your time as a student, to prepare yourself for a career in veterinary medicine? Why is this topic important?
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