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 schularly 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
  • 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