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Veterinary Enrichment & Teambuilding Orientation - Class of 2011

The College’s incoming class of 2011 experienced very hot and dry Missouri weather as they took part in the “Veterinary Enrichment & Teambuilding” (VET) orientation program held in the Lake of the Ozarks designed to introduce them to the College and their new classmates. Typical of the dog days of summer, the temperatures reached over 100 degrees but that did not stop the Class of 2011 from having a great time getting to know their peers and experience learning opportunities in the areas of communication, self awareness, leadership, and trust. The goal of this event is to assist these future veterinarians in the best possible way as they pursue their educational and professional careers.

The newly named VET, the third annual orientation event, was sponsored by several partnerships with industry. Nestle` Purina and Hill’s Pet Nutrition were gold sponsors for the event with Bayer, Pfizer*, Merial, Novartis, AVMA/GHLIT, MVMA, SCAVMA, and the CVM also providing support.

For three days the class took part in a rather fast paced, activity packed program that was designed with challenges that focused on communications, leadership, and team work. More importantly, the class simply got to know and trust each other. The activities were designed to challenge strangers, both mentally and physically, bringing them together in ways known to quickly build trust, respect, communication, discipline, integrity, and honesty. Dr. Ron Cott, Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, organized the experience. His goal was to not only help the incoming students to become acquainted with each other but also to strengthen the needed non-technical skills to be successful as they matriculate through the veterinary curriculum. “Success in our profession not only depends on technical skills, but relies heavily on the ability to be a leader and team player, and exhibit excellent communication and interpersonal skills. By providing an opportunity to interact as a class at the beginning of their veterinary educational experience, we anticipate that we see a class that works and plays well together.”


*The original story posted on September 14, 2007 did not include Pfizer in the list of sponsors. Pfizer has a solid history of supporting the CVM.

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