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Veterinary Public Health Club Day at the CDC

A group of students from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Public Health Club traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia to spend a day with top CDC veterinary officials. They had the unique opportunity to network with College of Veterinary Medicine alumni who currently work at the CDC regarding their career paths, how their current positions relate to public health, global health and veterinary medicine, and to gather advice on gaining , internships, and fellowships with the CDC.

President of the Veterinary Public Health Club, Daniela Monje, DVM class of 2020, gave insight into what the experience meant for students. “OSU alumni at the CDC were extremely encouraging and open to answering our questions. They expressed how much they wanted to make sure we had opportunities and the knowledge necessary to be able to succeed in this field. They encouraged us to reach out for . We felt that an OSU-only trip really helped us connect our CDC alumni,” said Monje.

The students split into smaller groups throughout the day to have one-on-one conversations with alumni from the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and the National Center for Occupational Safety and Health. They also had private tours of the Emergency Operations Center and Global Disease Detection Operations Center, as well as a dinner with alumni.

Amanda Berrian, DVM, MPH, PhD, who accompanied the students to the CDC and helped facilitate the event, talks about the value for all those involved. “The OSU-CDC Visit Day is such a unique opportunity because it is specifically created with our students’ background and professional goals in mind. OSU alumni who are now in positions at CDC, namely Drs. Sherry Burrer and Mark Laughlin, helped us create an agenda that provided a comprehensive yet intimate look at careers and training opportunities with the CDC. The OSU focus provided networking and engagement opportunities not otherwise possible with larger events, and the inclusion of veterinary and public health students emphasized the One Health concept that will shape their careers,” said Berrian.

Learn more about the students who visited the CDC

Update 2/25/2019

A group of 13 students from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine traveled to the CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for ‘CDC Veterinary Student Day', January 13-14. The theme for this year was "The League of Extraordinary Veterinarians" and the main focus was on career and training opportunities for veterinarians in federal government, in fields such as global health, food protection and emergency response. More details are available here 


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Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:36pm