UC Davis Today
Preparing veterinary scientists
Veterinary students spent the summer on the frontiers of animal, human and environmental health.
During the 10-week STAR program, faculty mentors guide students through major aspects of veterinary and biomedical research, including library and literature research, laboratory conduct and professionalism, research ethics and bioethics, and critical review and assessment.
Participants learn to form scientifically sound and testable hypotheses, identify specific objectives, design and conduct methodical experiments, and develop technical expertise.
They may work on campus in a laboratory or the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, or in the field at places such as the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Seminars and discussion groups take place to help STAR students gain informed insights into careers in research and veterinary education.
The program encourages research careers, and each veterinary student benefits from exposure to the research environment, learning the value of research discoveries and how they influence veterinary practice.
From left, Frank Verstraete, professor of dentistry and oral surgery in the School of Veterinary Medicine; Jenna Winer, a veterinary medical student; and Shannon Liong, an undergraduate in neurobiology, physiology and behavior, examine the dental structure of a skull during the documentation of southern otter skulls at the California Academy of Sciences. Gregory Urquiaga of UC Davis took this photo and all of the photos in the slideshow.