Strategic Planning

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

Veterinary best practices 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 fee-based continuing education online.
  • Provide web-based international graduate training programs.

d. Advance the development of a center of excellence related to Food Animal Veterinary Medicine 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
  • 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 here 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 sessions 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.
  • 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

Past Actions

  • 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
  • Progress Report – June 2013 – Lead Veterinary Medical Education Download pdf
  • Teaching Academy Initiative (April 2012) (Download PDF)