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Ethical considerations raised by the provision of freebies to veterinary students

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  • 1 College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

Every first-year veterinary student at Colorado State University is assigned a small desk in a dingy warren in the Anatomy building affectionately known as “the cubes.” These desks are unremarkable in all ways but one: when students first arrive, they find their desks piled high with a variety of freebies—pens, notepads, backpacks, notebooks, highlighters, academic calendars, pet treats, pet food bowls, reference books, and more—all emblazoned with pet food, pharmaceutical, and other corporate brand names from across the veterinary industry. And that is only the beginning.

As the year unfolds, students discover that they are entitled to free and sharply

Contributor Notes

Ms. Dally was a second-year veterinary student at the time of submission.

Address correspondence to Ms. Dally (mdally@colostate.edu).