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Colorado State University (CSU) veterinary students on Monday (June 6) began essential animal-care instruction for high-schoolers in the Navajo Nation, equipping teenagers with basic veterinary skills in a region dependent on livestock production while also encouraging the teens to pursue college education.

In another part of the newly launched project, starting in August, the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program will provide weeklong surgical clinics for pets, horses and livestock in the Monument Valley region of the Navajo Nation. The area in northern Arizona depends on agriculture and is in dire need of veterinary services.

The two-pronged project is largely prompted by Navajo veterinary student Patrick Succo, 26, who grew up in Ts’ah bii Kin, or “House in the Sagebrush,” and was inspired a decade ago to pursue veterinary medicine in a program very much like the one he’s now leading in the very same place.

“Veterinary medicine is what I really want to do, and that’s where it all started,” said Succo, entering his second year in Colorado State’s DVM Program. “I’m hoping the high-school students attending our workshops will gain the motivation to pursue higher education like I did

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