student services coordinator at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary
Medicine, Angela Tennison, DVM '01, works with
veterinarians to develop preceptorship programs
for veterinary students. A transplanted Southerner who dislikes winter
weather, Tennison recently found her own
horizons expanded when her search for opportunities for students to
broaden their hands-on learning experiences took her to Alaska.
truly one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, and I have
traveled fairly extensively," she said.
Tennison's journey into America's last frontier began when she became
aware that the American Bald Eagle Foundation offers preceptorships to veterinary students and internships
to undergraduates. She contacted Dan Hart, OD, a retired optometrist
who is the raptor curator for the foundation, and began working with him
to develop a program that would give MU's veterinary students the chance
to spend time studying bald eagles and other birds and working an avian
medical specialist in Alaska.