More than 450 veterinary students and scientists gathered Aug. 1-4 on the campus of the National Institutes of Health for the 2007 Merck-Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.
The University of Pennsylvania hosted the symposium, which offered a forum for veterinary students to present work from summer research programs in the United States and Canada. This year's event marked the first national gathering of veterinary students in combined-degree programs. The event also highlighted research from postgraduate and more senior veterinary scientists.
The symposium focused on comparative oncology and the contributions of veterinary scientists to public health. Sessions also covered other topics in immunology, genomics, stem cells, genetic disease, neurobiology, oncology, infectious disease, and laboratory animal medicine.
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges hosted a concurrent conference on "Veterinarians in biomedical research: Building national capacity," which sought to identify barriers to students entering research careers. Student leaders participated in the AAVMC meeting and then led discussions on the subject matter during the symposium.
About 275 veterinary students attended the symposium, including 33 combined-degree students. Also in attendance were about 75 university faculty members, almost 50 NIH scientists, and scientists from Merck and Merial.
Financial supporters included the AVMA, Merck, Merial, NIH, AAVMC, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Morris Animal Health Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, and other universities.
Financial support for student research comes from the Merck-Merial Summer Scholars Program, NIH National Center for Research Resources, and other organizations.
Information about summer research programs is available at http://cvm.msu.edu/ORG/rgs/nationalwebsite.htm. Presentations from the AAVMC meeting are at www.aavmc.org under Meetings & Events, Past Presentations.