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September 13, 2006

Veterinary college to host Food Animal Scholars' fall forum

The third annual Food Animal Scholars Forum for students who are interested in animal agriculture and food animal veterinary medicine will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the South Theater of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

Sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the forum will feature an address by Dr. Jack Britt, executive vice president of the University of Tennessee System, who will discuss "Food Animal Production and Health in a Global Economy."

The talk will include discussion concerning animal production technologies in developed and developing countries, global agriculture economies, global availability of drugs and therapies to treat animal diseases, and the need to understand and protect against transmission of emerging diseases that, if left unchecked, can spread quickly within a country or even internationally.

The forum will begin with welcoming comments by Dr. John Cornwell, CALS associate director of academic programs and director of the Agriculture Institute. Dr. Jeannette Moore, CALS undergraduate coordinator and associate professor, will introduce Food Animal Scholars currently in the CALS and the CVM programs. Dr. Jim Floyd, head of the CVM Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, will introduce guest speaker Jack Britt.

About Dr. Jack Britt
As executive vice president of the University of Tennessee System, Dr. Jack Britt is the chief operating officer and provides oversight for the system’s four campuses and three statewide institutes. Prior to his current position, he served as the UT vice president for agriculture and provided leadership for the Institute of Agriculture, which involves the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service.

Before joining the University of Tennessee, Britt served six years as the associate dean for research and graduate programs at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and spent 15 years as a professor of animal science in the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He was also a professor of dairy science at Michigan State University. He is the author or co-author of more than 540 scientific and technical publications and has been the invited speaker at conferences throughout North America and 20 countries.

About the Food Animal Scholars Program
The Food Animal Scholars (FAS) Program was initiated in response to a significant need for food animal veterinarians. Through FAS, up to six qualified sophomore students and two alternatives who are majoring in animal science or poultry science are selected annually to join the program. An academic plan and work experiences are devised for the students who receive mentoring through their CALS undergraduate degree. Upon graduating, successful scholars are admitted to the CVM where they continue their studies to obtain the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, with a focus on animal agriculture. For more information on the Food Animal Scholars program please call 919.513.6463 or visit: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/an_sci/FoodAnimalScholars/

Posted by Natalie at September 13, 2006 10:20 AM