Harrogate, Tennessee, September 10, 2019 – Students from Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) met future employers and clinical affiliates at the third annual LMU-CVM Career Fair August 23-24. Over 35 future employers attended the event held in the new College of Veterinary Medicine building on the LMU main campus in Harrogate.
“This was a great opportunity for veterinarians and industry professionals to share information about their company with future veterinary graduates,” said Dr. Randy Evans, associate dean of career services and professional development.
Volunteering to help promote the event were Kelly Williams, a third-year veterinary medicine student and vice president of the student chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and Sharon Swears, a second-year veterinary medicine student and president-elect for the VBMA.
“I love networking and talking to people. Getting to hear directly from the clinics and hear from them about their passion for what they do just makes me more interested in learning more about them and excited for rotations to begin,” said Williams.
Networking was a big part of the two-day event. The event helped students familiarize themselves with LMU-CVM clinical affiliates and learn about their practices to help them make clinical year scheduling decisions. The four-week clinical rotations completed in the students’ final year of veterinary school serve as excellent month-long working interviews and valuable clinical experiences for veterinary practices and students alike.
“We connect with these affiliates through our computer system, but meeting them in person has been very beneficial,” said Swears. “Many of these organizations do externships for first- and second-year students so this has been a great opportunity for us to see what is out there and begin building relationships with clinical affiliates to see if this is where we would like to eventually work.”
First-year veterinary medicine students also attended the event and found it to be helpful.
“Even as a student only a few weeks into vet school, I was able to take away so much from this opportunity,” said Kylie Watson, a first-year veterinary medicine student from Hawaii. “I established a relationship with a company that has a sister hospital back home, where I plan on returning to after graduation, and they offer students scholarships in return for working at their clinic as a veterinarian. I also found many externship opportunities for the upcoming summer.”
The LMU-CVM Career Fair offered students and exhibitors more than just the ability to network. The two-day event provided students a resume workshop and time for conducting one-on-one interviews with the exhibitors present. LMU-CVM also offered exhibitors and veterinarians the opportunity to obtain continuing medical education (CME) credit on the topic of IMHA and Diabetes Management, taught by Dr. Antu Radhakrishnan, a veterinarian at Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists in Lexington, Kentucky.
Williams serves as the vice president and Swears serves as the president-elect of the VBMA at LMU-CVM.
“The resume workshop was helpful,” said Williams. “It was awesome to hear what the employers are looking for on our resumes from their perspective. It helped to show me what to highlight on my resume to be attractive to an employer.”
Williams and Swears hope to see the event grow even more in the coming years, but for now, they are focused on preparing for their clinical year that will soon come.
“The support for our students has been phenomenal,” said Evans. “Some of our exhibitors drove several hours to be here today. We really appreciate all who attended.”
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.