Veterinary students study in an empty lecture room in Gladys Valley Hall at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis.
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.
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.
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.