Photo: Excellence in Education
Class of 2013 Veterinary students Kin Padilla (in black), Nathan Sunderson (with hat) and Mary Stiece, practice their blood drawing techniques using a latex vascular access model of a dog leg at the Ira M. 'Gary' Gourley Clinical Teaching Center at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine. These models were designed by the veterinary school as a non-invasive way to teach students various techniques. The school also has created and uses latex models of the canine head.

Excellence in Education

The School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis is committed to delivering a first-class education in world-class facilities. 

Over the last 6 years, the faculty have participated in a process of introspection, discussion and debate to develop a curriculum that will set a new standard in veterinary medical education and serve the profession and society well into the future.

The school developed and adopted Learning Outcomes that set the expectations for what a graduate from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine should know and do at graduation.

With input from both faculty and stakeholders, the school developed and adopted veterinary competencies for a UC Davis entry-level graduate. Competencies that are core to all students irrespective of track, as well as competencies for students in small animal, food animal and equine tracks have been developed and the tracking of learning and assessment of these competencies within the DVM curriculum is in progress.