This was my very first visit to a veterinary school , Sept 8-9, North Carolina State University CVM (NCSU-CVM). Like I said – I am behind in my blogs!!!
NCSU-CVM is a beautiful modern-looking campus in Raleigh NC with a very rural look and feel to it. The city of Raleigh comprises one vertex of what makes up the “Research Triangle” – with the other 2 vertices of the triangle being Durham and Chapel Hill . Although the traffic can be heavy for commuters zipping between these locations, this area of NC is a wonderful, progressive, and stimulating place to live.
I am going to show some pictures of things I think belong on my “Gold Star List” for NCSU. (I can’t always take pictures, so when I get to – I am happy to show a lot of them!)
*Teaching Animal Unit 1
When you walk out the back door of the CVM or teaching hospital, you see rolling pastures, a pond, and a large barn with a silo.
This 80 acre, “working & teaching farm” provides vet students, starting in their 1st year, with a multitude of “hands-on” experiences such as performing physical exams, restrain, and care of a range of species (dairy and beef cattle, dairy calves, goats, horses, pigs, chickens, turkeys and barn cats!), as well as managing and milking dairy cows, and leaning about the milking industry. Not only is this a “complete farm” – it is sooo convenient! (many vet schools have facilities where similar experiences can be gained – but this is the most convenient proximity-wise that I have seen, literally no need to get in a car!)
* Anatomy Lab and “feature pieces”
So far, I think NCSU-CVM has the best anatomy labs and the most extensive specimen collection (bones, skulls and complete skeletons) that I have seen. In addition to inside the lab, skeletons are displayed in many areas around the vet school.
I was always told that the myth of the Cyclops arose when early people saw elephant skulls and couldn’t explain them – thinking that the skull belonged to some giant humenoid with only 1 large eye. The space for the “1 large eye” is actually the opening for the nasal passages that enter the center of the forehead and is adjacent to where the olfactory system connects specialized olfactory epithelium, and sensory nerves communication to the Olfactory bulbs via the Cribriform plate.
*Teaching Hospitals (the picture of the cute puppy below is from the NCSU-CVM website)
The design of their beautiful small animal hospital consists of modules for each discipline (Dermatology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, etc.) that are independent yet connected . Each has its own entry way and waiting areas for patients. Wards are spacious and clean, there are well equipped exam and procedure rooms, and high-tech conference/meeting spaces for faculty and students.
While there – I met with my former pre-vet, Kristen Malinak, in her 1st yr at NCSU-CVM. Kristen was always in to horses, but has decided to pursue some aspect of small animal medicine/surgery. Kristen LOVES living in Raleigh, enjoys the “big city feel” if this rural environment, and is very happy about her classes and classmates alike. Kristen was admitted to several veterinary schools, but chose NCSU-CVM above them all (and has NO regrets!)
Next blog – I will talk a bit about NCSU-CVM curriculum. I’m getting back in to bloggin’ mode…