CLEMSON, S.C. – The Pre-Vet Club at Clemson University is now a Delegated Student Organization, giving it access to resources that will benefit members now and in the future.
Delegated Student Organizations are groups comprised of Clemson University students and students in the Bridge to Clemson Program. Students in the Bridge Program are enrolled at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton for their freshman year and can transfer to Clemson after earning a minimum of 30 transferrable credit hours with at least a 2.5 grade point average.
Natalie Boulos, a junior from Greer majoring in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, is club president. Transitioning the club to a Delegated Student Organization was one of her goals when she became club president in April 2020. Other goals included finding an efficient and effective way to meet virtually, maintaining attendance and membership numbers during the pandemic and finding opportunities for the next executive board to pursue once the club is able to return to normal functions.
“I believe receiving this status will be in the club’s best interest now and in the future,” Boulos said. “I am pleased we were able to finalize it during my term as president.”
About 40 active members are involved with the Clemson Pre-Vet Club. The COVID-19 pandemic has halted in-person activities, but during normal school years club members meet 5-to-10 times each semester to hear from various speakers in the veterinary field. Club members also are involved in various events including fundraising events such as Rent-A-Puppy, social events such as Goat Yoga, as well as educational events such as suture clinics.
Boulos said she believes being designated as a Delegate Student Organization will help make the club more visible and attractive to new members. She also believes involvement in extracurricular activities, such as the Pre-Vet Club, complements what she learns in the classroom and adds to her Clemson experience.
“In addition to being president, I also have served as historian for the Pre-Vet Club,” Boulos said. “I believe experiences in these leadership roles have enhanced my time at Clemson and have prepared me for professional school and work.”
Advisors for the Pre-Vet Club are Charles Rosenkrans, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department chair and professor, and Jeryl Jones, professor and Pre-clinical Assessment Core director. Jones said the new designation brings with it several advantages for the club including administrative support and a better web presence. Rosenkrans said this designation is indicative of the caliber of students in the club.
“We are proud of Natalie and the other students who worked to obtain this designation for the Pre-Vet Club,” Rosenkrans said. “This achievement is just one example of the hard work and dedication our students show every day while learning to be successful strong leaders once they begin their careers.”
For more information about the Pre-Vet Club, follow on Instagram, @clemson_prevetclub, or contact Boulos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students in all majors are welcome to join.
For information on other clubs and organizations available in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, go to https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/current_students/clubs.html.
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