LVH In the Community: A love for animals helps get kids excited about science and veterinary medicine.

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Recently, LVH’s Dr. Jennifer Boyle organized an Introduction to Veterinary Medicine course for area middle schoolers.  Held over the course of two weekend sessions at our practice, about 20 local students between the ages of 10 and 14 took part in exciting and stimulating workshops – all giving them an inside look into the world of veterinary medicine and the day-to-day life at a full service companion animal practice.  From understanding the basics of a canine wellness exam, to learning to read x-rays, ultrasounds, and microscope slides, and even practicing their surgery skills by suturing bananas, our veterinarians-in-training did an awesome job honing their animal expertise!  Dr. Boyle expressed her excitement with the success of the courses:

“I am so glad that we were able to offer an Introduction to Veterinary Medicine Course to local students.  It was a fun event and I really enjoyed seeing how interested the students were in veterinary medicine. I was also very impressed with how well they retained the information – I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few future veterinarians in the group!”

It was also great to get really positive feedback from the students’ parents:

Avery was a chatterbox all night! We went to dinner at my parents’ house and she told my parents every detail at 90 miles an hour! I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to do this!

 

My son, Jack, loved the two sessions…he really enjoyed using the scalpel and suturing the banana today and told me he definitely wants to be a vet when he goes to college.

Our veterinarians, techs, and assistants were honored to host these eager students. Take a look at some photos from the sessions below, then look forward to announcements on future courses soon!

 

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Dr. Betsy Henly reviews ultrasound readings with the students.

 

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital Vet Med Course

Ready for a wellness check!

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital Vet Med Course

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Perfecting those stitches by suturing bananas!

 

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Dr. Strickland lends a hand!

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital Vet Med Course

Taking notes while learning from our Licensed Veterinary Technician, Jennifer. Very studious!

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Leesburg Veterinary Hospital - community involvement

Laboratory work!

 

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