Students who participate in the Hackathon will build valuable professional competencies applicable to a wide variety of both clinical and non-clinical career pathways. Idea generation, problem-solving, forming and working within diverse multi-disciplinary teams, project management, branding and marketing, and delivering pitches are just some of the many skills students will practice in this experiential learning setting.
Mentors from industry, veterinary private practice, academia, information technology, and entrepreneurial start-ups will be on hand to serve as consultants to student teams throughout the weekend. This provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to network and develop valuable career contacts. Previous mentors have included representatives from Encore Vet Group, IDEXX, Boehringer Ingelheim, Zoetis, IBM, Nestle Purina, Caring Hands Animal Hospitals, Vitus Vet, and Ethos Vet.
The event also features presentations from leaders in veterinary health care and business.