DVM Educational Goals
The primary educational goal of the DVM program is to set the stage for a productive career within the veterinary medical profession. Whilst the program is designed to provide students with entry-level knowledge and skills, it also provides opportunities for students to follow specific career paths.
The School developed and adopted Learning Outcomes that set the expectations for what a student in the DVM program should know and do at graduation. They fall under the following 8 domains:
- Basic science, paraclinical and clinical knowledge
- Communication skills
- Entry-level clinical skills
- Problem solving, critical thinking and life-long learning skills
- Public, environmental, and animal population health
The School, with input from both faculty and stakeholders, developed and adopted 365 veterinary competencies for a UC Davis entry-level graduate. The individual competencies are housed under top-level competencies (61) such that, throughout the 4 years of the program, students are provided multiple learning and assessment opportunities. In the clinical year, real-time assessment of overarching competencies provides students with feedback and allows the school to ensure that all students are competent at graduation.