Strategic Planning

3.1. Provide outstanding patient care in an efficient, compassionate and service-oriented manner.

Efforts to support continued excellent patient care will include planning for new clinical facilities, recruiting top clinical faculty and staff, engaging in clinical programmatic planning along species and specialty lines and reorienting operations to meet customer needs. Our clinical teams are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care for our animal patients and compassionate service and communications for their human owners.


a. Strengthen the teaching hospital and clinical programs.

  • Proactively plan for state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
  • Rebrand the VMTH to increase public recognition and support for the role that the teaching hospital plays in education and research. (See Strategy 5.3)
  • Recruit and retain top clinical faculty and staff.
  • Engage in clinical programmatic planning along species and disciplinary lines.
  • Reorient operations to meet market needs.

b. Explore effective models to expand the School’s clinical program outreach; consider the following:

  • Community-based practices run by the School of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Collaborations with outside practices;
  • Joint clinics in partnership with UCDHS in outlying area for animals and people. (OneHealth);
  • Clinical facility on Sacramento campus;
  • Environmental consulting services in rural practice; and Expanded use of telemedicine.
Current Actions
  • Collaborative Efforts to Share Educational Expertise and Best Practices
    Faculty members representing the five college partners of the Western Region Consortium of Veterinary Medical Colleges met January 8-9, 2015 here at the School to continue planning efforts. The consortium conducted a strategic planning session related to the potential establishment of a Center of Excellence (COE) for Ruminant Health. Local leaders Terry Lehenbauer and Joan Dean Rowe, organized the 2-day sessions which were professionally facilitated by Daniel Stone. The COE goal is address societal needs for sustainable animal agriculture through collaborative research, education, outreach. The COE is interested in taking fuller advantage of the different resources that exist across colleges in small ruminant health, provide students the educational opportunities they need, foster increased creativity and interactive approaches in teaching, research and outreach, and be better able to address industry and societal needs.
  • Advancing Patient Care
  • The School acquires an innovative Linear Accelerator system allowing our clinical service to expand oncology treatments with image-guided radiotherapy
Past Actions
  • Progress Report – June 2013 – Cutting Edge Clinical Programs Download pdf
  • Welcome – Jane Sykes - Director, Small Animal Clinic Download pdf
  • Quarterly Report – October 2012 – Cutting-edge Clinical Programs (3.1.) Download pdf