Stem cell researcher Dr. Jan Nolta of the UCDMC Stem Cell Program in her Sacramento laboratory.
Strengthen external collaboration in all mission areas
Academic veterinary medicine has many issues to address which are best served by broad discussion with interested collaborators, constituents and stakeholders. We will bring forward these discussions and establish partnerships to collaborate on specific educational, recruitment, research or outreach projects that would advance animal health. We will also attempt to leverage our position as the only UC veterinary school to become the leading government advisor on animal health-related issues and their relationship to human and environmental health.
In support of our goal to collaborate with other schools to support innovative educational approaches we are participating in a Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine initiative to develop a teaching academy. The Consortium is interested in creating a collaborative teaching academy as a means to support best practices in veterinary medical education and to establish the veterinary educator as a valued career. Drs. Jan Ilkiw and Joie Watson are representing the School as members of the steering committee. The committee met in early June to: design the start-up of the academy; identify objectives; define the scope of the deliverables; develop the vision; and create a set of core values to guide the program’s development. The committee also discussed issues related to the committee’s leadership, membership, roles and responsibilities, operational framework , meeting schedules, metrics and specific projects. The committee will continue to meet via monthly video conferences and will schedule a 1-2 day meeting in January 2013.