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Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine invites prospective students, alumni to July 15 event in Baltimore

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 25, 2012 – The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is teaming up with its Alumni Society to offer a series of events in the historic inner harbor area of Baltimore, Md., on Sunday, July 15.

“We are excited to offer an information session for prospective students, an alumni social, featured speakers, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Aquarium in Baltimore,” said Dr. Jacque Pelzer, director of admissions and student services. “As a regional college, we are especially interested in reaching out to students who want to learn more about the only in-state veterinary college for both Maryland and Virginia.”

Activities will begin at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel at 550 Light Street with an information session for prospective students at 1 p.m. and a social for the veterinary college’s alumni and guests at 2:30 p.m.

Two faculty members will also give presentations there at 3 p.m. Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine in College Park, Md., will speak about the “One Health” initiative, which seeks collaborations to achieve optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. Dr. Stephen Smith, professor of aquatic, wildlife, and exotic animal medicine in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, will share his thoughts about opportunities in nontraditional veterinary medicine such as aquatic, marine mammal, and pocket pet medicine.

Starting at 4:30 p.m., a behind-the-scenes tour of the nearby National Aquarium in Baltimore will cap off the day. The aquarium has more than 16,000 animals from more than 600 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals that live in award-winning habitats.

Prospective students, alumni, and others interested in the veterinary profession are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, please contact Lynn Young, director of alumni relations, at 540-231-5809 no later than Friday, July 6.

Novartis, an animal health company, is providing support for the event.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is a leading biomedical teaching and research center, enrolling more than 700 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, master of public health, and biomedical and veterinary sciences graduate students. The college is a partnership between the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. Its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, features the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and large animal field services which together treat more than 79,000 animals annually. Other locations include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Maryland.