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Title: International Opportunities International Veterinary Student Association College of Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


1
International Opportunities International
Veterinary Student Association College of
Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois at
Urbana Champaign
Val Beasley, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, American Board
of Veterinary Toxicology Professor of Veterinary,
Wildlife Ecological Toxicology Executive
Director, Envirovet Program in Wildlife
Ecosystem Health
2
International Opportunities Personal Suggestions
  • Represent yourself well.
  • Represent your country well.
  • Be candid
  • Conditions in the US.
  • Opportunities expectations in US.
  • Weaknesses of US (free speech).
  • Export your knowledge, enthusiasm work ethic,
    not your culture.
  • Measured impatience can be helpful.
  • Be humble.
  • Learn about others, their culture, problems,
    hopes, needs, dreams, economic political
    conditions, perspectives, constraints.
  • Offer your expertise.
  • Help them grow as you grow.
  • Help solve local regional problems.

3
Envirovet Summer Institute
  • W. Evet Baltic, has served about 330 students
    from 33 countries since inception in 1991.
  • Funded by foundations, corporations, private
    donors course fees (6,500/student).
    Expenditures 10K/student/yr equivalent
    in-kind provision of room/board, professional
    technical staff.
  • Classes (25 maximum) are about half veterinary
    students half veterinarians.
  • Eligibility Minimum of 1 year in a DVM program,
    a Masters in relevant study, or equivalent
    experience.
  • Seven weeks of intensive classroom, laboratory,
    field experiences in three locations.
  • Mid-June to early August.
  • 2 weeks Terrestrial at White Oak Conservation
    Center in N. Florida and St. Catherines Island
    Conservation Center off the coast of Georgia.
  • 2 weeks Aquatic at Harbor Branch Oceanographic
    Institution on Indian River Estuary coast of
    Florida.
  • 3 weeks South Africa Swaziland, including the
    central northeast regions, Kruger National
    Park, the Indian Ocean coast.
  • See http//www.cvm.uiuc.edu/envirovet/

4
CVM Center for Zoonoses Research Summer Research
Training Program
  • Has provided research experience to 27 students
    since inception in 2003.
  • New NIH grant will provide over 50,000/year for
    up to 5 years to attract highly qualified
    veterinary students to careers in biomedical
    research.
  • Up to 10 U.S.veterinary students/year (_at_5K/ea).
  • Eligibility Completed 1-2 years toward Doctor
    of Veterinary Medicine degree at a U.S. school.
  • Three months of summer research training in
    infectious diseases (not necessarily zoonoses).
  • Minimum of 1 week at UIUC.
  • Minimum of 11 additional weeks here or abroad.
  • Program participants paired with UIUC-CZR faculty
    researchers for laboratory field work.
  • Past participants worked in Uganda Argentina.
  • Merck-Merial pays for all travel subsistence
    for veterinary students from all over the country
    to come together for a meeting in July.
  • See http//www.cvm.uiuc.edu/news/viewartcl.cfm?id
    78

5
Merck-Merial Program
  • Pending funding (seems very likely).
  • Most work to be here on campus.
  • Possibility of some research abroad.
  • Mentors fund the research supplies other costs,
    except..
  • Merck-Merial funds stipends of students.
  • Merck-Merial also pays for all travel
    subsistence for veterinary students from all over
    the country to come together for a meeting in
    July.
  • See CZR website (to be posted).

6
USDA Pan-American Health Assoc.
  • New program under discussion.
  • Foot Mouth Disease (FMD) has been established
    in South America, but an effort to eradicate it
    is underway.
  • US Government may hire veterinary students
    provide subsistence to vaccinate animals around
    infected areas.
  • Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Ned Hahn is
    working to develop this program.

7
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Frontiers for
Veterinary Medicine Program
  • Started 1996 about 210 students supported to
    date.
  • Twenty-three fellowships awarded in 2005.
  • Fellowships up to 7,000.
  • Veterinary students from US Canada encouraged
    to step outside traditional bounds of veterinary
    education to explore bring new solutions to
    pressing, animal-related issues.
  • Encourages topics that address companion animals,
    shelter medicine, conservation medicine the
    link between open space, habitat, working land
    use/land management practices animal welfare.
  • Other topics eligible, e.g. lab animals, zoo
    animals, human-animal bond, animal-assisted
    therapies humane and/or veterinary education.
  • Funded students are brought together for a
    symposium the Spring after their summer projects.
  • World-class speakers (Temple Grandin, Jane
    Goodall).
  • International work is ok if exceptionally
    compelling.
  • Proposals postmarked by December 16, 2005.
  • http//www.grdodge.org/frontiers_main.htm

8
International Veterinary Student
Association Meeting in South Africa
  • 54th IVSA Symposium
  • South Africa
  • December 12 to 19, 2005.
  • Scholarships possible up to 1000 Euros.
  • One small animal one large animal (or mixed)
    student/country/year.
  • IVSA AUSTRIA skiing vacation
  • February 4 to 10, 2006 in Bayern, Germany.
  • 300, includes accomodation, breakfast,
    liftcard, fondue evening, tobogganing, skiing
    race.
  • http//www.ivsa.org/

9
WildlifeVets.Com (formerly Afri-Vet)
  • Drs. Cobus Raath Ferreira Du Plessis
  • Several Types of Offerings Each Year.
  • Introduction to Conservation Medicine.
  • Advanced Course in Conservation Medicine.
  • 70-day Internship at the Practice. 
  • Specialized Courses in Collaboration with the
    University of Pretoria, Veterinary faculty of
    Onderstepoort.
  • Chemical Immobilization Course. 
  • Assist with a wildlife practice
  • Immobilization drugs
  • Darting
  • Routine care
  • Disease monitoring, control
  • Translocations    
  • http//www.wildlifevets.com/

10
Bateleur Wilderness Safaris
  • Timbavati Nature Reserve, South Africa Greater
    Limpopo Reserve.
  • 5-day supervised practical course on the African
    bush.
  • Worked with Envirovet, International, now a
    module in course.
  • Informative bush walks.
  • Day night game drives.
  • Restoration work (erosion site, seepline and veld
    rehabilitation).
  • Tracking.
  • Rifle craft shooting exercises.
  • Navigation compass map work.
  • Vegetation plants, general medicinal uses.
  • Bush survival - building a shelter fire
    building, finding food water.
  • Managing a game reserve.
  • Geology soils.
  • Grassland/bush ecology fire as a management
    tool waterhole impacts.
  • Elephant research.
  • Cost R5,700 per student 839 (excluding 14
    VAT) admission.
  • Game capture with veterinarians who dart the
    animals for research purposes at an additional
    cost.
  • http//www.ivsa.org/newsd.asp?PrID21

11
SYMCO 2006 Wildlife Utilization in Southern
Africa, A Veterinary Perspective
  • June 23 to July 9, 2006
  • Supported by Course Fees the South African
    Veterinary Foundation.
  • Symposium fee of R14 500 (2,133) includes
  • All accommodations, meals, entrance fees.
  • All in-country travel expenses.
  • Social program including symposium banquet.
  • Lecture notes compiled in book.
  • Symposium memorabilia eg. clothing etc.
  • The fee does not include
  • Airfares to/from South Africa.
  • Insurance.
  • This applies to most programs, except Envirovet.
  • http//www.symco.co.za

12
Wildlife Production, Research, Medicine
  • Brazil
  • Pro-fauna
  • Gonzalo Barquero BS, MS.
  • Wildlife production for meat conservation.
  • Capybaras, peccaries, river turtles.
  • Restocking Xavante Indigenous Reserve.
  • Hunting culture no longer migratory
  • overhunted depleted mammals birds.
  • Stocking peccaries.
  • Teaching wildlife management.
  • Hunt only the young males other spp. Recover.
  • Contact, Darrel Kesler PhD, Department of Animal
    Sciences, UIUC.

13
Fulbright US Student Program
  • Grants cover all expenses.
  • Can do some programs in summers (check with
    country collaborating institution).
  • Get letters of support from collaborators.
  • Developing professionals may plan their own
    programs.
  • Projects may include university coursework,
    independent library or field research, special
    projects in the social or life sciences, or a
    combination.
  • One focused on urban landscape design in Japan.
  • Apply through UIUC.
  • Deadline is one month before Fulbrights
    deadline there is a campus committee
    interview a rating system.
  • Competition is finished for 2006.
  • Next deadline is September, 2006 for 2007.
  • http//www.fulbrightonline.org/us/program_universi
    ties_school.php?id19
  • For most countries, contact Dr. Deborah Ritchie,
    Assoc Dean of Graduate College.
  • For the UK, contact Mr. Davis Shug, International
    Programs, Scholarships.

14
Agriculture 21 - FAO United Nations
  • Veterinary diagnostics.
  • Area-wide integrated pest management
  • Requires fewer inputs, pest control is usually
    more effective sustainable.
  • Farmers supermarkets in Asia.
  • Globalization livestock.
  • Securing the food chain.
  • Food safety systems face unprecedented challenges
    arising from rapid urbanization, globalization of
    food trade intensive food production
    techniques.
  • Good agricultural practices, sustainable
    agriculture rural development.
  • After the tsunami.
  • Agricultural reconstruction will be a huge task.
  • Damage to thousands of kilometres of coast
    hundreds of small islands.
  • Water, food ecosystems in Africa
  • Agriculture ecosystems are inherently linked
    both use same resources are based on same
    biological processes.
  • Avian influenza in Asia.
  • http//www.fao.org/ag/

15
UIUC International Programs Studies the
Study Abroad Office
  • Elective credit required.
  • Some language requirements may apply.
  • Courses at schools on different semester
    schedules.
  • Volunteer work.
  • Dr. Pijanowski is very supportive.
  • There is a course rubric for CVM students.
  • Tuition plus program fee.
  • Office of Scholarships for International Study
    assists in applying for regionally or nationally
    competitive study abroad scholarships.
  • Provide your application materials/essays to the
    Office, then schedule an appointment to discuss
    your draft.
  • Many applications due gt 1year before studying
    abroad.
  • START EARLY!!
  • Contact person is Erika Ryser.
  • First check web page Resource Room.
  • http//www.ips.uiuc.edu/sao/
  • Go to Summer Programs web page.

16
Go Independent/Unconventional
  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environmental Program.
  • World Health Association.
  • United States Government Student Programs
  • USDA, US EPA (EPA programs in Germany)
  • Foundations.
  • Corporate.
  • Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Biological Industry (vaccines).
  • Chemical Industry.
  • Agricultural Industry.
  • Timber/Lumber Industry.
  • Universities.
  • Search research project topics, summer jobs.
  • Veterinary schools.
  • Medical schools.
  • Public health schools.
  • Pharmacy schools.
  • Biology departments.

17
Envirovet Regional Programs
  • Volunteer work from here?
  • Concepts, contacts, grant applications.
  • Envirovet Baltic Baltic University Programme
    Collaboration
  • Courses MS in Sustainable Agriculture
    Ecosystem Health
  • Borje Gustafsson, Torsten Mörner.
  • Envirovet Asia
  • Ravi Gooneratne, Karn Lekagul.
  • Envirovet Anglophone Africa
  • Jan Myburgh, Gerry Swan, Cobus Raath, George
    Owiti.
  • Envirovet Middle East
  • Alan Shlosberg, Eve Levin, Anne Fairbrother, Mo
    Salman.
  • Envirovet Amazonia
  • Gonzalo Barquero, Christina Whiteman, Rural
    University of the Amazon.
  • Envirovet Polar
  • Todd OHara, Kathrine Ryeng.

18
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