DVM Learning Outcomes

Basic science, paraclinical and clinical knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mechanisms of disease and the body's response at the molecular, cellular and systemic level
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the clinical manifestations, diagnostic procedures, methods of treatment and typical pathologic abnormalities for common diseases
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms important in maintaining normal function
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the normal structure of the body and each major organ system
  • Use basic science knowledge and concepts in the practice of medicine as it pertains to professional careers in practice, industry, government, service or academia

Business

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of small business management and economics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory laws pertaining to the veterinary profession
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the working environment of a veterinary practice

Communication skills

  • Demonstrate effective communication of diagnostic and therapeutic options to clients
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills with veterinarians, animal health technicians, staff and the general public

Entry-level clinical skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in alleviating animal suffering and pain
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in handling and examining
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in obtaining a history from clients
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the interpretation of common diagnostic procedures
  • Demonstrate technical skills used in the diagnosis and management of diseases
  • Demonstrate the ability to concisely organize and prioritize medical data and records
  • Develop and apply diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for common problems identified from the clinical evaluation of the animal

Ethics

  • Demonstrate humane and responsible treatment of animals
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical principles that guide decision affecting individual and population health
  • Demonstrate knowledge an understanding of the diversity of roles of veterinarians in society
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the societal responsibilities of veterinarians locally, nationally and globally
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the uses and roles of animals in society
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the human-animal bond and its importance in society

Problem solving, critical thinking and life-long learning skills

  • Access biomedical information and medical records from electronic databases and other resources
  • Critically evaluate new knowledge with an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of scientific investigation in biomedical sciences
  • Demonstrate competency in effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate skills and tools necessary to promote life-long learning

Professionalism

  • Exhibit altruism, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and compassion in the delivery of high quality healthcare
  • Exhibit interpersonal behaviors with colleagues, clients, and patients consistent with those expected of a member of the veterinary community
  • Exhibit personal behaviors consistent with those expected of a member of the veterinary community
  • Work as part of a high-quality, professional healthcare team with the ability to provide and receive appropriate constructive criticism, suggestions, and feedback

Public, environmental, and animal population health

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of foreign animal diseases that may threaten animal and human health in the United States
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common determinants of disease and mechanisms by which the environment can impact the health of animal populations
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases and of approaches to control animal-to-animal and animal-to-human agent transmission
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mechanisms of introduction and of transmission of disease, as well as disease prevention, control and eradication at the animal population and ecosystem levels
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of new and emerging issues facing veterinary medicine locally, nationally and globally
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of food safety
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of epidemiology and population health
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the veterinarian's role in maintaining and promoting public and animal population health