Indiana State Fair Vet Camp participants
learn how to suture their stuffed animals.
PVM Ambassadors hosted 38 kids and community leaders from the Hanna
Community Center on Purdue Day at the State Fair. This has become an annual
event to celebrate the end of Hanna summer camp. Veterinary medical and
veterinary technology students deliver weekly lessons for elementary school
students during the summer and then explore career opportunities with the kids
on Purdue Day. The PVM Ambassador program is coordinated by Adrianne
Fisch in the PVM Office of Engagement.
in grades 6 through 8, and a Senior Vet Camp for students in
grades 9 through 12. Participants in the Junior Vet Camp had
the opportunity to be a doctor for the day. Hands-on sessions
included exploring blood and other items under a microscope,
practicing surgical skills by suturing up simulated incisions,
and looking at radiographs to learn what is inside of animal
patients. The campers in the Senior Vet Camp also had hands-on
opportunities to learn about suturing, physical exams of animal
patients, and reading radiographs. They also observed a live spay
or castration surgery on a dog and were able to talk with Purdue
veterinary students about careers in veterinary medicine, and the
educational pathway to admission to veterinary school.
Seven current veterinary students served as ambassadors for
the College, working as vet camp instructors, and communicating
with State Fair guests who visited the PVM Tent. Although in
a new location this year, the tent proved to be a popular PVM
destination. The exhibit hosted as many as 500 people per day
during the entire run of the fair.
Additionally, the College of Veterinary Medicine participated in
Purdue Day at the fair on Friday, August 8, hosting an interactive
booth as part of a row of Purdue exhibits along the State Fair
Boulevard. The booth gave guests a chance to try out their skills
in working with instruments that veterinarians use on a daily
basis. One activity involved using forceps to insert pieces of rice
into teddy bears, and another gave visitors a chance to “suture,”
using string, needle holders and forceps. Guests also could ‘Name
the Dog Breed’ by studying a Pit Bull skeleton, and practice their
life-saving skills on a CPR dog with simulated heart sounds.
Additionally, Dr. Steve Thompson, clinical associate professor
of small animal community practice, was a guest on the special
Purdue Stage set-up for Purdue Day, giving informational talks on
the topics, “Choosing a Pet” and “Snakes Alive!”
Another way in which Purdue Veterinary Medicine made a
positive contribution to the State Fair involved the 4-H State Fair
Dog Show. Dr. Thompson and Dr. Lorraine Corriveau, PVM
wellness clinician, coordinated veterinary technology and DVM
students, who worked as examination teams along with Dr. Paulo
Gomes, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, and Dr. Sandra
Norman of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. A 4-H dog
show adult coordinator was matched with each team to check
paperwork. Then each team conducted physical exams on 50-60
dogs in about three hours. During the exams, the students looked
for evidence of contagious diseases, females in heat, or other
health and temperament concerns.
A host of Purdue Veterinary Medicine volunteers made the
College’s participation in the Indiana State Fair possible. The
surgery demonstrations also involved collaboration with the
Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).
A camper prepares to look
at a blood sample under a
microscope as part of Indiana
State Fair Vet Camp.