College offering four-day vet school

AFP Correspondent

BLACKSBURG, Va. (April 21, 2015) — Dr. Peter Eyre, dean emeritus of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, was busy last week walking through the crowds during the college’s annual open house letting people know about the summer Four-Day Vet School.
The school, stretched across four dates from May 7 to June 11, is geared toward farmers, pet owners and others interested in animals, to experience the breadth and sophistication of 21st century veterinary medical education.
“In a nutshell, we first offered the Four-Day Vet School on the college’s 25th anniversary in 2005, then repeated it several years later,” Eyre said. “This is just the third time — although we may do it again if this year’s is a success. The previous programs were a sell-out. I received complaints from people who could not get in.”
The dean emeritus wrote about it in an e-mail.
The program includes multiple animal species’ anatomy and physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, surgical procedures, public health, human-animal bond, and more, Eyre said. Participants will meet the new dean, Dr. Cyril Clarke, learn about medical and surgical procedures available to animals and find out about the cutting-edge clinical and biomedical research happening at the veterinary school and tour the state-of-the-art teaching, clinical, and research facilities.
The classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are taught by members of the college’s faculty.
The school will kick off the series May 7 with a dinner and introduction from Clarke and get a tour of the facility. The classes will then meet on the next four Thursdays.
Dates, speakers and topics are as follows:
• May 14, Dr. Bonnie Smith, associate professor of anatomy in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathology, an anatomy lesson on “the leg bone’s connected to…”
Brad Klein, associate Professor of neurobiology, “The Brain: A University in Your Head
Dr. Nammalwar Sriranganathan, professor of bacteriology, “The Fight Within Vaccines and Herd Health”, a discussion of immunology;
• May 21, Tour of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg
Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, “Human, animal and environmental health:  We are all in this together!”
Dr. Bess Pierce, associate professor of population health sciences and director of the Center for Animal Human Relationships, “Why do people and animals need each other?”;
• May 28, Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, Ebola, SARS, and MERS: Emerging Viral Zoonoses and the Animals Transmitting Them”
Dr. Phil Sponeberg, professor of pathology and genetics, “Genetics, Diseases and a Sustainable Future”
Sandra James-Yi, clinical assistant professor of toxicology, “Toxicology and Everyday Living”
• June 4, Dr. Marti Larson, professor of radiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, “Imaging in the Dark,” a diagnostic imaging presentation
Dr. Chris Byron, associate professor of large animal surgery in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences “Adventures in large animal surgery,” an equine surgery presentation
Dr. Shawna Klahn, assistant professor of oncology, “Cancer treatment in dogs and cats”;
The school will wrap up with a dinner and graduation on June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. with certificates of completion presented to the graduates.
Enrollment is open to individuals over age 16.
Tuition is $149 per person for the full series of classes and includes dinner each evening.
Registration is due by April 24. Participants can register online at