For the ninth year the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium (USDETC) brought students to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in Amarillo for a field day. Hosted by Pathology Section Head William Gilmore, DVM, PhD, and Resident Director R. Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, the lab provided students with an opportunity to see diagnosticians in action as they worked to diagnose veterinary issues.
In 2016, the USDETC will host 53 students from 23 universities across the U.S., and students from Nepal, Canada and New Zealand. The students attend a 6-week program that focuses on meeting the educational and training needs for the dairy industry.
“The Amarillo laboratory field day is a fundamental component of the students’ education,” said Dr. Gilmore. “The lab helps students understand how livestock producers maintain herd health through diagnostics. While here, the students see first hand how regular diagnostic testing can impact a herd, bettering the overall health or identifying a problem before there are whole herd implications.”
The students witnessed Dr. Gilmore perform a necropsy as well as viewed the different sections performing diagnostic testing like Virology, Bacteriology and Molecular Diagnostics.