Pre-Veterinary Day provided 93 students with a realistic look
into the advancing field of veterinary medicine on Saturday.
“It’s been pretty interesting. The veterinary student panel
answered many questions,” said Bianca Garcia, a sophomore
veterinary medicine open option major.
The event, sponsored by the Pre-Veterinary Club, offered a
variety of lectures and labs to attend as well as several guest
speakers. Students were able to choose three of six lectures in the
morning and three of five labs in the afternoon.
“We wanted to provide a realistic outlook for those interested
in the field of veterinary medicine,” said Heather Brandfellner,
the president of Pre-Vet Club.
The lectures were over a wide range of topics, including
wildlife rehabilitation, oncology, ophthalmology, virology and
community practice. In the labs, students had a more hands-on
experience. One lab included a sheep heart dissection and a live
cow was brought in for a metabolic lab.
“All the speakers seemed well-educated and know their stuff,”
said Kunal Mandal, a transfer student from University of
Colorado-Denver, “It’s well-organized, so you can’t complain about
Members of the Pre-Vet Club paid a registration fee of $8 and
nonmembers paid $10. The money helped to pay for the guest
speakers, labs and other event expenses.
Ken Blehm, an associate dean in the pre-vet undergraduate
program, gave encouragement to students as the keynote speaker.
Blehm stressed that determination is the key and that the pre-vet
program can help students prepare for their future.
“What it all boils down to is that we want you to be
well-prepared for success,” Blehm said. “We will help you and you
will walk away with our reputation. It’s a win-win situation.”
Blehm discussed the veterinary school application process. He is
currently serving on the admission committee for CSU’s veterinary
Ashley Linton, a senior biology student from University of
Northern Colorado, was very impressed with the turnout.
She is a member of the pre-vet program at UNC and has enjoyed
working with CSU in the past. She decided that this would be a good
“I love it. There have been a lot of presentations that I didn’t
know much about,” Linton said. “It is neat to see the different
directions you can go after vet school.”
The Pre-Vet Club is working to make this an annual event. The
last time that CSU had a Pre-Vet Day was spring 2001.
This year the club has 150 paid members.
College students were not the only ones drawn to this event.
A few high school students were also in attendance, including
Jessica Shaffer, a freshman at Loveland High School. Shaffer heard
about the program through the school newsletter.
“I’ve been thinking about becoming a vet and have been working
on career paths in school, so I thought this would be good,”
A common message through out the program came from Ann Bowen, a
student adviser at the Center for Advising and Student Achievement,
in a lecture, “Choose what you really love.”
Her advice to students is to be well rounded.
“Do not push yourself so hard that you can not compete.”