Veterinary-track students tour TVMDL’s College Station lab during career-development event

Students watch a technician demonstrate diagnostic technology on a computer.

Students from R.L. Turner High School watch as Bennie Jacobs, a technician in the bacteriology section, demonstrates diagnostic technology.

Students from a Dallas-area high school toured TVMDL’s College Station lab during a Dec. 12 career event.

The event exposed the students to a wide range of opportunities in veterinary medicine. It also allowed them to meet and observe veterinary professionals on the job.

About 40 students from R.L. Turner High School in the Carrolton/Farmers Branch School District attended the event.  The students belong to the school’s Academy of BioMedical Professions, which provides education and training for careers in medicine.

All of the students are on a career track for veterinary science.

Shannon Miller, the academy’s teacher for veterinary medicine and agricultural sciences, led the group.

During the morning session, students visited the hospitals for large animals and small animals at the Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

In the afternoon, the students toured TVMDL, where they met diagnosticians who work in bacteriology, virology, serology, pathology, toxicology and molecular genetics.

They learned about career opportunities in One Health from Dr. Heather Simmons, the FAZD Center’s program manager and theme leader for Education & Outreach.

The students then discussed education, training and other options in career development with Dr. Floron C. (Buddy) Faries Jr., a professor and Extension specialist with the FAZD Center.

Man in lab coat speaks to teenagers in large room.

Mike Beauvais, assistant head of diagnostic services, explains how samples are received at the College Station lab.

Woman in lab coat holds up a microscope slide.

Stephanie Weaver, diagnostic lab supervisor, demonstrates how specimen slides are used in the histopathology section.

Woman in a lab coat talks to teenagers in a laboratory.

Sandy Rodgers, assistant section head, answers questions about the serology lab.

Woman in lab coat talks to high school students.

Dr. Tam Garland, section head for toxicology, talks to R.L. Turner students about career opportunities as toxicologists.