College of Veterinary Medicine Hosts 55th Annual International Veterinary Student Association Summer Congress

Pomona, Calif - 02/02/2006 -- The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences will be the host the 2006 International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) Summer Congress. This is the first time the IVSA will visit the State of California and only the second time the conference is to be held in the US. The organizing committee at WesternU is expecting to draw up to 150 international and domestic veterinary students to the ten day event highlighting innovative veterinary education. The conference dates are July 19-29, 2006. The students will travel to several California locations and hold meetings and lectures at various universities including: the University of California, San Diego; California Polytechnic University, Pomona; San Francisco State University and University of California, Davis. The students at UC Davis have a committee that has been working in cooperation with WesternU for the 10- day event. This is also the first time two different US veterinary colleges, with two different curriculum, are working together to bring the Summer Congress to the United States.

The mission of the 2006 IVSA Congress is to advance international veterinary education through the exchange of ideas and strategic partnerships between global veterinary student communities. The organizing committee at WesternU, led by Co-Chairs Karen Eiler (DVM 2007) and Terence Krentz (DVM 2008) are doing every thing to bring the congresses mission for 2006 to fruition. The initial plans began last year and the student committee has now begun to finalize the program schedule, secure accommodations and transportation, and create a website for students to apply for participation. They are also still actively fundraising to meet the financial demands of conference this size and importance. The IVSA itself imposes a registration fee of $275 euros per student, the travel, lodging and remaining conference expenses are covered by the organizing committee, which is a large margin to fill. So far, sponsorships have been made by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), Banfield, the Pet Hospital, VPI, Elsevier, Novartis, AAHA, and Purina. As of January 2006, the organizing committee has met approximately 60% of their goal.

To learn more about the 2006 IVSA Summer Congress, please visit www.ivsacongress.com/index.php . Privately funded, innovative, and meeting the needs of a changing society, the College of Veterinary Medicine at WesternU stands at the forefront of a paradigm shift in veterinary medical education. We are educating a new generation of veterinary doctors┐problem solvers and lifelong learners prepared to protect the health of animals and people to resolve 21st century challenges in: animal health and welfare, bioterrorism (safety of foods of animal origin,) the human-animal bond, biomedical advances, and global medical issues. Hosting the 2006 IVSA is another avenue that allows our students to build key relationships within the global veterinary student community and affords the congress a forum to exchange and develop new ideas within the practice. If you would like to be a sponsor for this noteworthy event, please contact:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine IVSA-Congress 2006 ATTN: Daisy Burns 309 E. Second Street Pomona, CA 91766

You may also e-mail the organizing committee at ivsacongress@hotmail.com .


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