— Vets In 3D by veteran and veterinarian, Dr. Turnera Croom, celebrates its first complete year of using the burgeoning technology of 3D printing to teach veterinary skills and produce commemorative dog tags for her fellow veterans. —
Nationwide — This past Veterans Day commended the great bravery and sacrifice of United States troops. To celebrate this nearly 100-year old tradition, businesses everywhere gave veterans free or discounted meals. But this federal holiday means something extra to Dr. Turnera Croom, an entrepreneur and a Black veteran of the elite Army Veterinary Corps. One year ago, Dr. Croom launched her Michigan business, Vets In 3D, a 3D printing and design company. Today, she is proud to be celebrating a successful year in business in which she gained certification as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) while she honors those who have served.
But Dr. Croom refuses to let her technical veterinarian skills sit idly by. She puts her veterinary teaching skills to use, while incorporating 3D printing techniques when she presents her STEM-based courses. She runs several workshops in which she teaches everything from the basics of laboratory animal veterinary science to how exotic animal veterinarians care for wildlife and zoo animals.
To provide an entry point to the field while keeping her workshops hands on, Dr. Croom uses 3D-printed, dissected models of animals in her classes. These models can be realistically sized and are made of flexible materials to better represent real animal cadavers. Through the blending of material design and veterinary education, Vets In 3D has been extremely successful in this first year and Dr. Croom plans to continue educating and producing gorgeous products.
About Vets In 3D
Vets In 3D was founded by local Michigan veterinarian Dr. Turnera Croom on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015. The business is 100% veteran-owned and located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There, Dr. Croom works to provide Veterinary and Animal Science education through programs geared towards underprivileged and minority Kalamazoo Public School students. To make the most of the Kalamazoo Promise, sometimes children simply need to see and learn from a professional doctor that looks like them.
To learn more, visit www.vetsin3d.com
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