The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine on the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s Maryland campus has partnered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enhance their career-development oriented graduate seminar series this semester.

The funding was made possible through the efforts of Dr. Bettye Walters, director of the center, and Dave Waterman, assistant director of program development for Virginia Tech’s Continuing and Professional Education.

“This is a collaborative effort with our center, the University of Maryland in College Park, Virginia Tech, and the Food and Drug Administration and we will all benefit from it,” said Walters.

The funding will help sponsor presentations by high-profile speakers who discuss current topics and new methodologies in veterinary science. As part of the program, speakers will first make presentations to students on the College Park campus and then travel to FDA headquarters in Rockville, Md., to talk to the FDA veterinarians. They will also spend time with post-doctoral students. This will provide students with an opportunity to network and seek practical career advice from some highly successful future colleagues, explained Walters.

The first seminar of the series was held on Jan. 24. Dr. David Mosser, a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics in the University of Maryland, presented “The Many Mysteries of the Activated Macrophage.”

The schedule of speakers through March 25 is as follows:

  • Feb. 12- Dr. Linda Detwiler, assistant director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine.
  • March 12- Dr. Robert Lamb, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a well-known researcher in the field of influenza and paramyxovirus.
  • March 25- Dr. Brian Kelsall, head of the Mucosal Immunobiology Section of the National Institutes of Health, president of the Society of Mucosal Immunology, and editor-in-chief of the journal of Mucosal Immunology.

Speakers for the remainder of the semester are currently being confirmed. For more information, e-mail Walters.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.


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