Students

Photo: Veterinary Outcomes
Veterinary Technician Sophia Najera works with a Holstein Dary cow outside "C Barn" the livestock clinic of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The cow has a Fistula, that allows veterinarians, researchers and students a closer look inside the cattle's digestive system for teaching purposes, to see how samples of how various grains used for feeding livestock are processed through digestion and to collect the naturally produced stomach rumen from this healthy cow and use it to help treat cows that are sick with abnormal rumen. This cow is affectionally named "Moozillia".

DVM Learning Outcomes

The Curriculum Review Steering Committee (CRSC), with wide input from the faculty, has defined the end-product for the professional DVM program (DVM Learning Outcomes).

Basic science, paraclinical and clinical knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mechanisms of disease and the body's response at the molecular, cellular and systemic level
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the clinical manifestations, diagnostic procedures, methods of treatment and typical pathologic abnormalities for common diseases
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms important in maintaining normal function
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the normal structure of the body and each major organ system
  • Use basic science knowledge and concepts in the practice of medicine as it pertains to professional careers in practice, industry, government, service or academia

Business

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of small business management and economics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory laws pertaining to the veterinary profession
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the working environment of a veterinary practice

Communication skills

  • Demonstrate effective communication of diagnostic and therapeutic options to clients
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills with veterinarians, animal health technicians, staff and the general public

Entry-level clinical skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in alleviating animal suffering and pain
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in handling and examining
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in obtaining a history from clients
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the interpretation of common diagnostic procedures
  • Demonstrate technical skills used in the diagnosis and management of diseases
  • Demonstrate the ability to concisely organize and prioritize medical data and records
  • Develop and apply diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for common problems identified from the clinical evaluation of the animal

Ethics

  • Demonstrate humane and responsible treatment of animals
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical principles that guide decision affecting individual and population health
  • Demonstrate knowledge an understanding of the diversity of roles of veterinarians in society
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the societal responsibilities of veterinarians locally, nationally and globally
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the uses and roles of animals in society
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the human-animal bond and its importance in society

Problem solving, critical thinking and life-long learning skills

  • Access biomedical information and medical records from electronic databases and other resources
  • Critically evaluate new knowledge with an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of scientific investigation in biomedical sciences
  • Demonstrate competency in effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate skills and tools necessary to promote life-long learning

Professionalism

  • Exhibit altruism, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and compassion in the delivery of high quality healthcare
  • Exhibit interpersonal behaviors with colleagues, clients, and patients consistent with those expected of a member of the veterinary community
  • Exhibit personal behaviors consistent with those expected of a member of the veterinary community
  • Work as part of a high-quality, professional healthcare team with the ability to provide and receive appropriate constructive criticism, suggestions, and feedback

Public, environmental, and animal population health

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of foreign animal diseases that may threaten animal and human health in the United States
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common determinants of disease and mechanisms by which the environment can impact the health of animal populations
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases and of approaches to control animal-to-animal and animal-to-human agent transmission
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mechanisms of introduction and of transmission of disease, as well as disease prevention, control and eradication at the animal population and ecosystem levels
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of new and emerging issues facing veterinary medicine locally, nationally and globally
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of food safety
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of epidemiology and population health
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the veterinarian's role in maintaining and promoting public and animal population health