Strategic Planning

1.3. Lead the field of veterinary medicine by sharing educational expertise and best practices locally, nationally and internationally

Veterinary best practice includes the sharing of knowledge to advance the understanding of veterinary medicine and science, and to effectively utilize materials and resources to educate professionals beyond the borders of our California community. We will work to establish collaborative partnerships with other schools/colleges of veterinary medicine and institutions of learning or discovery to share educational resources, foster best teaching methodologies, and take advantage of the collective research and teaching expertise available.

a. Conduct and publish peer-reviewed research on educational methodology.

b. Consider marketing educational programs that advance veterinary medicine.

c. Evaluate the school’s use of distance learning to enhance its effectiveness.

  • Expand online fee-based continuing education.
  • Provide web-based international graduate training programs.

d. Advance the development of a center of excellence related to food animal veterinarymedicine for the Western U.S.

e. Explore regional collaborative efforts to share educational resources between vet schools. (See Strategy 7.1)

f. Consider the development of a teaching academy to foster best practices in teaching.

g. Recognize and reward educational investment, innovation and scholarship in faculty and staff career advancement.

Current Actions
  • Fall Festival Supports Multiple
    The school held its annual Fall Festival weekend filled with special events, alumni gatherings and continuing education (CE). Beginning with the Vet Med Center Campaign launch, the weekend reunions honored alumni, the annual career fair promoted networking for students, and a robust CE program for practitioners and professionals.

  • Veterinary Licensing Program
    In January 2017, licensure became required for all veterinarians who participate in patient care within California, even previously exempt academic faculty. The school's second offering of the California Licensing Curriculum, required for a University Veterinary License (UVL), was held August 3-5, 2017 for incoming residents and faculty.

  • Growing a Community of Teachers
    Faculty are embracing new ways to foster engagement in the classroom, assist students with deep understanding and improved information retrieval, and promote life-long learning through the regional and local teaching academies.(pdf)

  • Fostering Best Practices in Teaching
    The school's Teaching Academy recently hosted colleagues Drs. Steve Hines and Leslie Sprunger from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Both are Fellows of the West Region Consortium Teaching Academy, who came here to observe Problem-Based Learning and Team-Based Learning sessions in two of our block courses (VET404 & 414). At the weekly Teaching Academy meeting the group discussed successes of the respective Teaching Academies and methods for encouraging and sustaining faculty engagement.
  • Advancing Disaster Preparedness
    The Center for Equine Health has teamed up with International Animal Welfare Training Institute and school units to support disaster preparedness, and brought animal rescue specialist Jim Green from the U.K. to the school for a 1-year collaboration. Green will help educate first responders, veterinarians and animal owners on best practices in rescue incidents. He'll learn from our team about large scale disasters and community preparedness.
  • Enhancing Professional Communications
    In its third year, more than 63 students, faculty and technicians are participating in the continuing education organized course "Spanish for Veterinary Professionals." These professionals are learning the words, phrases and questions to improve communication with Spanish speaking clients in common veterinary settings.
  • Sharing Education Resources for Global Health
    The school, CAES and WIFSS have formed an educational exchange program with Nanjing Agricultural Univ (NAU) directed at establishing a One Health Center for Food Safety at NAU. WIFSS hosted the three-week NAU-UC Davis Graduate Education Conference on One Health for NAU students focused on understanding food safety and water quality issues to promote food safety in Asia.
  • Honoring Alumni
    Last weekend the school welcomed alumni (from the classes of 1952, 1955, 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006) back to campus for social events, tours, lectures, and the Rose Ceremony for the 50th reunion class (1966). Since the first class of students accepted in 1948, more than 5,000 veterinary professionals have graduated from the school and gone on to successful careers and leadership positions. Alumni Weekend, organized by the Office of Development, provides an annual opportunity to celebrate with our alumni and help them to reconnect with their classmates and their alma mater.
  • Sharing Educational Expertise
    The Fall Festival held 10/24-25 included 32 lectures and laboratory workshops presented by 22 of our board-certified faculty. Topics ranged from One Health, dermatology, ophthalmology, stem cell applications in horses, interventional radiology, and much more. Participants included 132 DVMs, 37 RVTs and 7 students/employees - 87 attended in person and an additional 89 participated via webinar.
  • Teaching Academy - Summer Conference - Members of the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of Western Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine have been working diligently to plan the 2015 Summer Conference to be held July 22-24 at WSU in Pullman, Washington. The theme of this year's conference is "Building a Culture of Excellence in Teaching & Learning." Registration is now open for participants. Please review the Teaching Academy Newsletter and message from the Chair Joie Watson for details.
  • 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 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 session to address societal needs for sustainable animal agriculture through collaborative research, education and 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.

Past Actions

  • Sharing Educational Expertise - The Center for Continuing Professional Education organized 28 seminars and symposia in 2014, sharing educational expertise locally, regionally, and internationally. The total number of programming hours was 257; attended by 867 veterinarians and 509 techs, as well as 1,073 animal owners and 529 students. This year (2015) is off to a great start with 222 hours already programmed for veterinary professionals and the animal-owning public.
  • Continuing Education at Home and Abroad - The Center for Continuing Professional Education (CCPE) has expanded its continuing education (CE) offerings both for the regional and national audiences and for international colleagues in China and Costa Rica. With more than 20 programs each year, and webinar capabilities, our CE team and faculty are sharing their educational expertise broadly and promoting future partnerships. The CCPE is now partnering with Nanjing Agricultural University to provide clinical programs twice each year in China. Offerings have also been developed specifically for animal owners to provide good animal health information, promote clinical expertise here at the teaching hospital, and cultivate greater interest in potential philanthropic support of the School.
  • Educating World Leaders in Veterinary Medicine (Download pdf)
  • Invited Faculty to apply for Summer 2014 Educational Events/Training
  • Dr. Matt Mellema receives National Teaching Award
  • Temple Grandin speaks at 3rd Annual Beef Improvement and Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar
  • Progress Report – June 2013 – Lead Veterinary Medical Education Download pdf
  • Quarterly Report – October 2012 – Regional Teaching Academy (1.3.) Download pdf
  • Quarterly Report – October 2012 – Centers of Excellence (1.3.) Download pdf
  • Quarterly Report – October 2012 – Lead Veterinary Medical Education (1.3.) Download pdf
  • Teaching Academy Initiative (April 2012) (Download PDF)