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Convention-a-rama: 4 Good Reasons to Go

Sep 30, 2015 / Student Blogs

I have a confession to make. I’m a stone-cold convention junkie. Convention, symposium, conference, meeting…no matter the name, I am there! Since I started at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, I have been to at least eight or ...

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Vet Med Celebrates Dr. Kummerow

Sep 29, 2015 / General News

Throughout his birthday month of October, the College of Veterinary Medicine celebrates emeritus professor of comparative biosciences Dr. Fred Kummerow and his legacy of improving human health. His biggest accomplishment is winning a ...

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