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This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to speak with two groups of seventh and eighth grade students at the New Garden Friends School about the veterinary profession.

I shared my thoughts about what makes this career interesting, and why the subjects of math and science are of particular importance in the education of a veterinarian. I emphasized that the learning process never truly ends for vets. We must stay up to date on the ever-changing world of medicine, develop new skills, and consult with colleagues who specialize in various aspects of the profession. This is why learning how to be an excellent student is so important for young people.

The students are currently studying the structure of cells and the role of DNA in cell replication. We discussed how these concepts are an important part of how antibiotics work. The middle-schoolers were sharp and quickly understood the principles of how antibiotics stop bacterial infection. Next, we walked through some calculations used commonly in daily practice to dose medications accurately. Eager volunteers took on the arithmetic exercises ranging from basic to challenging.

We ended the session with questions from the students. I was impressed with the creativity of the questions. These students are bright, attentive, curious, and remarkably polite. It was a pleasure speaking with them and I look forward to our next encounter.

Tim Queeney, DVM


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