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Course Offers New Approaches to Primary Care in Veterinary Practice

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The faculty members of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Association for Veterinary Family Practice are pleased to announce the first credential course in Veterinary Family Practice. 

The course consists of four modules, two online and two taking place at the UC Davis campus. 

The first module is now available online.  It combines video presentations with manuscripts addressing essential clinical competencies  of Veterinary Family Practice.

Course faculty include Richard Timmins, DVM; Angela Hughes, DVM; Sally Perea, DVM, MS; Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB; Thomas Catanzaro, DVM, MHA, FACHE, DACHE; and Cheryl Scott, RN, DVM, MPVM.  Topics include Risk Assessment, the Nature of Human-Animal Attachment, Genetics, Nutrition, Behavior, Developing Lifestage Health Plans for Patients, Team-Based Practice Management, and End-of-life Issues.

Module 2 takes place September 13 and 14, 2008, at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UC Davis campus.  Dr. Suzanne Kurtz of Washington State University leads an interactive session on Clinical Communication.  Drs. Elizabeth Boynton of Western University College of Veterinary Medicine and Richard Timmins and Donald Klingborg, both of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, will also speak.

Modules three (online) and four (onsite) are tentatively scheduled for Spring 2009.

Upon completion of all four course sessions, participants will earn a credential in Veterinary Family Practice from the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

For more course and registration information, please go to:  http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/CE/vfp.html


The dramatic revolution in medical knowledge, combined with the evolution in the relationships between people and companion animals, has changed the nature of primary care in veterinary practice. Veterinary Family Practice embraces this change and acknowledges that the new roles of pets in human families affect their health care and well-being. Family practice veterinarians recognize the need for specialized skills and new approaches to best meet the needs of clients and patients. 

The credential course in Veterinary Family Practice aims to define and teach this body of knowledge.  Achieving this credential will allow primary care practitioners to demonstrate to clients and colleagues that they are commited to team-based, relationship-centered healthcare for pets who are considered members of their human families.

 The contact person for the course is Cindy Gibson, cgibson@ucdavis.edu .