Vet Tech Distance Learning Student Links PVM with Singapore
Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Vet Tech Distance Learning Program (VTDLP) proved to be just what the doctor ordered for student James Mun of Singapore, as he looked for a way to achieve his dream of having a career that involves working with animals. Mun enrolled in the program and in May, he actually visited the Purdue University campus to take part in optional workshops for VTDLP students. The workshops give those students who elect to participate the opportunity to demonstrate acquisition of skills needed for some of the clinical mentorship courses in the VTDLP.
Mun explains that from a young age, he always was interested in working with dogs. However, there is no veterinary school in Singapore, and he was not in a position to commit to full time veterinary school studies abroad. So he opted for veterinary technology training through distance learning. He learned about the Purdue program from a Purdue Veterinary Medicine graduate, who encouraged him to enroll. “I thought it was a breeze in the beginning, but I must admit that the VTDLP was a tough program to conquer as time went on,” Mun said. But he added, it is a great program because it maintains high standards and expectations for the students.
Mun and 15 other students who attended the May workshops performed skills related to basic safe handling of cattle, sheep, horses, and pigs, nursing techniques, diagnostic imaging and anesthesia. “It was a great learning curve for me to be involved with large animals,” said Mun, who attended the sessions along with students from Indiana, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Virginia, Tennessee, and California. He said he especially appreciated meeting the instructors: Dan Walsh, Paige Allen, Julie Roahrig, Maggie Lump, Liane Shaw, Kelly Guy, and Amy Huffman. “We don’t get to see them in person through the distance learning program…The instructors are very dedicated in their work to ensure that we meet the expectations that are set by the curriculum.”
This was not Mun’s first visit to the United States but it was his first trip to Indiana and Purdue. “I love the beautiful campus that is filled with a rich history.” Mun said he felt honored to be part of the Purdue VTDLP program and he looks forward to graduating in the future and possibly pursuing an area of specialization.