Strategic Planning

1.2. Design curriculum and training programs to meet current and future societal needs

Identifying the needs and interests of our students and of the society we serve is critical to the development and ever-refinement of the professional DVM curriculum. Our veterinary graduates and veterinary scientist trainees (M.S./PhD students) must be not only well qualified, but in-tune with societal demands and changing priorities, in order to advance the profession and lead in the discovery of new knowledge and its practical application to animal, human or environmental health.


a. Identify needs and interests of students and society and develop educational programs to meet those needs.

b. Develop future academic leaders in veterinary medicine.(See Strategy 3.2)

  • Create alternative (shorter) educational paths for students interested in pursuing academic careers.
  • Identify resources to fund high-quality graduate students.
  • Establish a pre-faculty mentoring program.
  • Develop advanced training (clinical and research fellowship) opportunities.
  • Increase the number of training grants.
  • Provide support for transition between graduate clinical training and graduate research training.

c. Prepare veterinarians who are trained to address the requirements of their profession, as well as broad societal needs.

  • Define the clinical end product that meets the needs of society.
  • Ensure that students are prepared for entry-level clinical practice, primary care work, and business management skills required in veterinary practice.
  • Encourage students to apply for relevant awards to enhance their ability to practice in rural areas.

d. Ensure that all educational programs offer interdisciplinary experiences.

e. Provide career development support and training for all.

  • Incorporate leadership training into all educational programs.
  • Develop mechanisms to track success of graduates.

h. Regularly evaluate and improve curriculum to ensure that it produces the desired result. 


Current Actions

Past Actions

  • Curriculum Communications 
    The Curriculum Committee continues to work diligently on the continued development and implementation associated with the new curriculum. They recently provided a schoolwide Curriculum Update (March 22nd) to communicate broadly about the following four important announcements concerning the New Curriculum: Comprehensive Examination at the end of Year 2 – Responding to the majority of faculty opinion in favor, the Curriculum Committee also voted to administer a comprehensive examination at the end of Year 2. Students and block leaders have been notified. Length of Third Year Streams – The overall length of the third year streams, small animal, large animal with emphasis and comparative, has been set by the Curriculum Committee at 30 weeks, as recommended in the Curriculum Review Steering Committee Report of 2008. Options for year 3 and 4 – the Curriculum Committee has published the various options that will be available to students for years 3 and 4 at link Minimum 36 weeks SOVM Clinical Rotations – the Curriculum Committee has voted unanimously that all students must complete a minimum of 36 weeks of rotations in SOVM clinical programs.
  • Progress Report - June 2013 - Curriculum Design to Meet Societal Needs (download pdf)
  • Research and Education in Advanced Clinical Health (REACH) - Educate World Leaders in Vet Med (download pdf)
    In support of our goal to train veterinary academic leaders (1.2.), we have launched this new program referred to as REACH. The program provides 1 year of stipend support for veterinarians who have recently completed their 2 or 3-year clinical residency and are interested in pursuing a PhD or post-doctoral training in translational research. The deadline to apply for REACH program funding is Monday, January 14, 2013. Application materials can be found on this website.
  • Curriculum Design/Graduate Education Programs (1.2.) Download pdf
  • Summary of new IPB course (Download pdf)
  • Admissions Update Download pdf
  • Case-Building and Facilitation Workshops (PBL) (July-August 2012) (Download PDF)
  • Regional Teaching Academy (June 2012) (Download PDF)