Life Science and Veterinary Medicine Lectures on Campus

Published on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The life sciences, and veterinary medicine, are the topics of two lectures next week at Becker College.

William Gavin, D.V.M., vice president of Farm Operations and chief veterinarian at GTC Biotherapeutics, presents a lecture on advances in gene technology, and the life sciences job market, on Thursday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. in Daniels Hall, in the Borger Academic Building on Becker’s Leicester campus.

Dr. Susan Whitehead, associate professor of science at Becker invited Dr. Gavin to campus. “When students feel like they can potentially be a part of something big it makes their work, their investment in study so much more valuable,” said Dr. Whitehead.

“I always enjoy talking with students who have exploring and inquisitive minds and hopefully can give them a sense of the extraordinary opportunities out there,” said Dr. Gavin.

Dr. Gavin has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of embryology, transgenics and nuclear transfer/cloning. He has numerous peer reviewed scientific publications, authored book chapters, has multiple international awarded patents, and has presented internationally at scientific conferences and symposia.

GTC Biotherapeutics develops, produces, and commercializes therapeutic proteins through transgenic animal technology. GTC is developing therapeutic proteins that have potential applications in hematology, oncology, and autoimmune diseases.

Todd D’Allessandro of Banfield Corporate Veterinary Practices will speak on November 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the Borger Academic Building.

Banfield has become the largest Pet general veterinary practice in the world, with more than 750 hospitals in neighborhoods across the U.S. and more than 2,000 veterinarians. Banfield hospitals use computerized medical records, a beneficial practice, according to Becker Professor of Veterinary Science Stella M. Richard.

GTC and Banfield regularly recruit and place animal science students in service learning and intern positions.