By Christiana Benoit

Western University of Health Sciences’ CVM (College of Veterinary Medicine) Research Day provides a venue for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students and research trainees to present their results in podium and poster scientific presentations. This event offers students the opportunity to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and get inspired by peers and keynote speaker. Presenters enjoy a supportive audience of faculty and students from all colleges on campus and are eligible for awards. First time attendees benefit from a glimpse into research opportunities at WesternU. Faculty can take pride in the achievements of their trainees and entertain thought-provoking conversations.

In this context, full participation of students and faculty is crucial to ensure the success of this event. The sharing of information can go a long way towards sparking inspiration in students and faculty here at WesternU, or perhaps trigger networking between our residents and collegiate guests seeking future collaboration. When an inspirational keynote speaker, such as this year’s Guy H. Palmer, is added to the mix, a ‘perfect storm’ of learning is created!

Our 2019 CVM Research Day drew record attendance thanks to a well-crafted program that resulted from the collaborative efforts of CVM Associate Dean for Research Dominique Griffon and CVM curriculum leaders. Special acknowledgements are due to Dr. Gagandeep Kaur and Dr. Kris Irizarry for their willingness to adjust course schedules and integrate this event into their course to encourage student attendance. These strategies drew a record-breaking crowd of over 227 people—which included the majority of first- and second-year students—to the podium and poster presentations throughout the day.

Adding to this event was the honored keynote speaker, Dr. Guy H. Palmer, Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, who presented on “Veterinary Medicine as a Driver to Achieve the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.” This presentation sparked a great deal of interest from students and faculty alike, and led to good discussion surrounding global health. Productive exchanges extended beyond the presentation, as Dr. Palmer interacted with students during the poster session and breaks, inspiring students to learn more about eco-health and veterinary research. Faculty also took the opportunity of Dr. Palmers’ visit to meet with him individually throughout the day.

It is with immense pride that the CVM Office for Research acknowledges the presenting students and their mentors for the excellent presentations showcased that day. Special thanks also go to our wonderful audience, for its supportive attitude and engaging questions. It is the hope of the WesternU CVM that this event left all inspired and has sparked interest in the discovery of new knowledge.

We look forward to a special 2020 CVM Research Day!