AAVMC Career Fair Informs and Inspires Prospective Veterinary Students


An estimated 500 prospective veterinary medical students and guests converged on the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C. on March 4 for the AAVMC’s 2018 Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions.

The event was free for any high school or undergraduate student with an interest in the veterinary medical profession.

Students gathered information from more than 20 veterinary medical schools at display tables staffed by college representatives, as well as representatives from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the United States Department of Agriculture.

In the exhibition hall, students and their parents asked questions and picked up informational materials about schools, admissions requirements, and veterinary careers.

After spending time in the exhibition hall, students attended information sessions on preparing to apply to veterinary school, with separate sessions geared specifically toward either high school or undergraduate students.

In the session on how to get into veterinary medical school, the AAVMC’s Tony Wynne, director of admissions & recruitment affairs, advised attendees to consider many factors when applying to veterinary school, including “Location, culture and cost,” and the importance of fulfilling prerequisites.

A session on Alternative Careers in Veterinary Medical Education by Dr. Raphael Malbreu, a lab animal veterinarian and assistant professor at The Ohio State University, outlined the many choices available to those with a veterinary medical degree, including examples of veterinarians with federal careers in the uniformed public health service, USDA, Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and even NASA.

Dr. Malbreu conveyed his personal story of how he found a mentor, became interested in lab animal veterinary medicine, and overcame challenges to obtain a career that he feels is “one of the best careers in the world.” He told the crowd that his work enables him to advance scientific research and be a “voice for the animals so that they are not abused.”

Students who asked questions were able to win a t-shirt that said, “I am a Future Vet,” featuring a mouse in honor of Dr. Malbreu’s career in laboratory animal medicine.