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Welcome, Incoming Class of 2018! The start of your veterinary program is quickly approaching. Orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. We will meet in lobby of the Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine building at 7:30am for a full day of activities. A schedule with full details will be available soon. The following day (Thursday, August 28, 2014) we’ll meet again at 7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine building for GOALE!

GOALE (Gopher Orientation and Leadership Experience) will bring together the new members of the Class of 2018, faculty mentors, veterinary leaders from the community and veterinary student leaders. The objectives of GOALE are to introduce the professional skills that are essential components for success in the curriculum and the profession, and to allow you to begin building connections with your classmates. GOALE is based on the model introduced at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE). The VLE was created in response to a number of studies that show that veterinarians require both excellent medical skills and well-developed professional skills to be successful. A number of our students and faculty have attended the VLE over the last several years and will be with us at camp to help introduce leadership concepts.

We’ll depart for Camp St. Croix at 8:00 a.m. sharp on Thursday, August 28, 2014 and will spend the entire day and the following day at the camp. This includes an overnight stay on Thursday night, so be sure to pack appropriately. We will return you to campus on Friday, August 29 around 6 p.m. All three days require mandatory attendance.

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