Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine to observe World AIDS Day

AUBURN – Lectures on December 1 at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will explore the veterinarian’s continuing role in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The symposium begins at 11 a.m. in Goodwin-Overton Auditorium at 1180 Wire Road.

Stephanie Schleis, a veterinarian with Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and veterinarian Mark Freedman, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are the keynote speakers.

Schleis, who is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, will speak on “Pet Ownership and the Immunocompromised Client.” Her lecture will focus on what veterinarians should know and will offer information to help veterinarians educate their clients and work with physicians to facilitate the benefit of having companion animals when owners are immunocompromised.

Sponsored by Auburn Diversifying Veterinary Medicine, the symposium is free and open to the public. For information, e-mail or call (334) 844-3698.

The veterinary program at Auburn is the oldest in the South and the nation’s seventh oldest. More than 6,000 doctors of veterinary medicine have graduated since the first degrees were officially awarded in 1909.

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