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 continuous improvement the professional DVM curriculum. Our veterinary graduates and veterinary scientist trainees (MS/PhD students) must not only be 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 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 results. 


Current Actions
  • Essential Investments in Veterinary Scientific Training (Download pdf)
  • Vet Med Teaching and Research Center (Download pdf)

Past Actions

Dean's Updates

Curriculum Updates

  • January Update (pdf)
  • December Update (pdf)
  • November Update (pdf)
  • Progress Report - June 2013 - Curriculum Design to Meet Societal Needs

  • 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 the REACH program. This 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.
  • 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)