Strategic Planning

3.2. Foster excellence in clinical teaching

The advanced specialty training program for residents is one of the largest in the country, dedicated to nurturing veterinarians with career interests in clinical specialty practice or academia. The faculty embraces the need for advanced training with protected time and opportunities to gain clinical research experience. Faculty mentors will foster closer interactions between basic science faculty, graduate academic students and residents to promote an integrated culture of discovery and learning for best investigative practices.


a. Align residency programs with programmatic goals and societal needs.

b. Elevate research and scholarly activities in the clinical training program.

  • Provide protected time and opportunities for research.
  • Foster closer interactions between graduate academic and graduate clinical students.
  • Actively engage and mentor residents in clinical teaching and basic research.

c. Mentor exceptional residents and researchers into academic careers. (See Strategy 1.2)

  • Focus resources to support resident transition to graduate training programs and vice versa.

d. Develop clinical experiences with appropriate clinical partners.

Current Actions
  • Worldwide Impact - Resident Program
    The VMTH resident program routinely attracts candidates from around the world. Since 2010, participants have come from 32 countries and 39 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Not only are we providing outstanding advanced training, but we're helping to raise the quality of veterinary care throughout the world.
    Worldwide Impact of SVM Resident Training Program

  • Supporting Future Academic Leaders
    The Center for Companion Animal Health has provided donor funded resident grant support for more than 50 projects since 2010. This past year, 13 grants totaling $50,000 were funded on topics such as nutrition, oncology, imaging, pharmacokinetics and more. Learning best practices in clinical research is a critical part of training these future academic leaders.
  • 37th G. V. Ling House Officer Seminar Day - House Officer Seminar Day, held March 20th, was the culmination of unique research and publishing opportunities afforded residents at the VMTH. Hospital residents, fellows and interns presented their research findings to peers and mentors. This year 35 seminars were presented on topics such as: use of infrared thermography to detect jugular venipuncture in horses; pain management in guinea pigs; causes of swallowing disorders; and ultrasonic diagnosis of femoral fractures in large animals.
  • Pioneering Hemodialysis (Download pdf)
  • The VMTH offers more than 40 residency training positions each year in: behavior, cardiology, dermatology, oncology, ophthalmology, emergency/critical care, small and large animal medicine and surgery, etc.
Past Actions
  • Progress Report – June 2013 – Foster Excellence in Clinical Teaching Download pdf
  • Excellence in Clinical Teaching (3.2.) Download pdf