Strategic Planning

1.1. Attract, mentor and support the best and brightest students and trainees

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

  • Summary of new IPB course (Download pdf)
  • Admissions Update 
    As part of our goal to attract the best and brightest students, we implemented the new Admissions Process this year for the entering class next Fall. The new process allowed us to review 1136 applications, conduct the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) for 237 candidates, and accelerate the offers of admission by 3 months. All candidates eligible for scholarship support have been notified.
  • Progress Report - June 2013 - Educate World Leaders in Vet Med (download pdf)
  • Quarterly Report – October 2012 - Educate World Leaders in Vet Med (download pdf)