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K-State Today

August 21, 2012

What it takes to be a veterinarian: New College of Veterinary Medicine lecture series on Olathe campus will explore career options

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will offer a fall lecture series on the Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, with the first lecture to be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Forum Hall at the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute.

The presentation by Ronnie Elmore, "Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine," will cover career opportunities in the field and how to be a successful applicant to veterinary college. Elmore is associate dean for academic programs, admissions and diversity at the College of Veterinary Medicine. A veterinarian for more than 40 years, he has been in private practice and has taught at three colleges of veterinary medicine. He has more than 20 years of experience in administering admissions to veterinary colleges in the United States.

The Greater Kansas City area is the national leader in the animal health and nutrition industry. The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, which stretches from Manhattan, Kan., to Columbia, Mo., accounts for one-third of the nation's $19-billion global animal health market. Companies and universities in this area lead the nation in animal health and nutrition research, innovation, business functions and production.

"Training the future workforce for this industry begins with our students," said Micheal Strohschein, director of K-12 science education partnerships at Kansas State University Olathe. "Years from now, they will be ensuring the continued growth of the success in the corridor and in this field overall."

The lecture series is geared to high school students, but parents, teachers and the general public are invited to attend. College of Veterinary Medicine faculty will be available the day of each lecture to meet with interested students and their families.

Additional lectures will be offered Oct. 3 and 17 and Nov. 14 and 28 on a variety of topics.

For more information, contact Strohschein at mistroh@k-state.edu or 913-307-7342. More information and registration is also available on the Olathe campus website at http://olathe.k-state.edu/k-12/vet-med-lecture-series/index.html.

Kansas State University Olathe advances the mission of Kansas State University by integrating education, research and entrepreneurship focused on animal health, food safety and security.