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VA-MD Vet Med around the globe

Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Brazil India Republic of Georgia Italy France England China

Beijing, China - May-June 2011

Beijing, ChinaDr. Gary Vroegindewey, director of global health initiatives at VA-MD Vet Med's Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine in College Park, Md., traveled to Beijing, China to participate in the 17th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. learn more

Uruguay - June 2011

UruguayDr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, traveled to Montevideo and Paysandu, Uruguay to discuss brucellosis control and eradication at the invitation of the Uruguayan Ministry of Agriculture, and as an invited speaker at the XV Latin-American and XXXIV Uruguayan Buiatric Congress. learn more

Paraguay and Argentina - October 2010

Paraguay & Argentina 2010Dr. D. Phillip Sponenberg, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology at VA-MD Vet Med, traveled to Paraguay and Argentina to identify breed types, develop breed conservation guidelines, and provide training and resources for local textile producers to increase economic opportunity. learn more and view photos

Birmingham, England - September 2010

In his role as President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), Dr. Nathaniel White, Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and Director of the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, has had the opportunity to participate in events that took place outside of the United States this year.

One such event was the British Equine Veterinary Associationís 2010 Congress, held in September in Birmingham, England, where White moderated a session on equine welfare, and he presented a talk about unwanted horses in the U.S. This annual event incorporates three days of scientific presentations along with an industry-based trade show.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil - September 2010

Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of VA-MD Vet Med's Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) on the College Park, MD campus traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil in September as an invited speaker at the Brazilian National Seminar on Brucellosis and Tuberculosis.

The seminar was held at the Veterinary College of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, and participants also included animal health officials from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and New Zealand. Dr. Ragan spoke on the U.S. Brucellosis and Tuberculosis programs, focusing on lessons learned and mechanisms to address challenges to the success of those programs.

Toulouse, France - September 2010

Dr. John Rossmeisl, associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, travelled to Toulouse, France in September to speak at the post-congress session of the 2010 European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE). His talk focused on one of his research areas, the impact of canine thyroid disease on the function of the brain.

The ESVE post-congress session is focused towards and attended by experts in the field of veterinary endocrinology from across the globe, and Rossmeisl's invitation to speak at this meeting amongst his peer group is quite an honor. The meeting was held as part of the larger meeting of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Congress.

Dean Schurig and Dr. Sriranganathan hold high-level meetings in India - September 2010

India 2010 Dr. Gerhardt Schurig, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med) dean, and Dr. Nammalwar Sriranganathan, professor of bacteriology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology, travelled to Chennai, India, in September to hold high-level meetings at Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) and to observe livestock health in the region. learn more and view photos

Summer Clinical Internship in Exotic Infectious Diseases of Animals - July-August 2010

India 2010 A memorandum of understanding between Virginia Tech and Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) in Chennai, India, and a grant from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) under the US-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative have facilitated a collaborative student and faculty exchange program between VA-MD Vet Med and TANUVAS. As part of the exchange program, Dr. Elankumaran Subbiah led eight students from VA-MD Vet Med on a clinical training program this summer at the various campuses of TANUVAS, including field visits to exotic animal farms, wild life sanctuaries, and elephant reserves. learn more and view photos

Republic of Georgia - July 2010

Republic of Georgia 2010 Dr. Valerie Ragan of VA-MD Vet Med's Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) traveled to the Republic of Georgia in July 2010 as part of a team from the University of Maryland working with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service to evaluate the success and impacts of a pilot project involving the development of several Regional Veterinary Service Units (RVSU), supported by USDA. learn more

FAO Conservation Guidelines Workshop - June 2010

Italy 2010 Dr. D. Phillip Sponenberg, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology at VA-MD Vet Med, was asked to participate in an international workshop to develop breed conservation guidelines for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. learn more

"Culture and Agriculture of Italy" Course - May 2010

Italy 2010 As part of the VA-MD Vet Med's ongoing international outreach initiatives, Dr. Jacque Pelzer, director of admissions and student services at the college, and 29 Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State University (OSU) students, traveled to Italy over the summer for the course "Culture and Agriculture of Italy." learn more and view photos


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