Important Updates

DVM Educational Goals

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
  • Business
  • Communication skills
  • Entry-level clinical skills
  • Ethics
  • Problem solving, critical thinking and life-long learning skills
  • Professionalism
  • 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.

 

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 decisions affecting individual and population health
  • Demonstrate knowledge and 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 the 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

 

Top-Level Competencies

Basic science, paraclinical and clinical knowledge

  • Mechanisms of disease
  • Clinical manifestations and treatment for common diseases
  • Normal function
  • Normal structure
  • Practicing profession

Business

  • Business management
  • Regulatory laws
  • Veterinary practice environment

Communication skills

  • Client communications
  • Oral and written communication

Entry-level clinical skills

  • Analgesia
  • Welfare
  • Examining skills
  • Handling skills
  • History skills
  • Clinical pathology interpretation
  • Imaging interpretation
  • Medical interpretation
  • Nutrition interpretation
  • Anesthesia skills
  • Behavior skills
  • Clinical pathology skills
  • Dentistry skills
  • Emergency Medical Skills
  • Imaging skills
  • Medical skills
  • Nutrition skills
  • Ophthalmology skills
  • Pathology skills
  • Reproduction skills
  • Sample collection skills
  • Surgical skills
  • Medical records
  • Common problems
  • Diagnostic strategies
  • Individual animal wellness
  • Therapeutic strategies

Ethics

  • Ethical treatment of animals
  • Ethical decisions
  • Veterinarian's role in society
  • Veterinarian's societal responsibilities
  • Animal's role in society
  • Human-animal bond
  • Accessing information
  • Evaluating information

Problem solving, critical thinking and life-long learning skills

  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Life-long learning

Professionalism

  • Professional behaviors
  • Interpersonal behaviors
  • Personal behaviors
  • Healthcare team

Public, environmental, and animal population health

  • Foreign animal diseases
  • Environmental impact on animal populations
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Disease transmission and control
  • Emerging issues
  • Food safety
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinarian's role in animal and public health
  • Veterinarian's role in population health
  • Veterinarian's role in regulatory practice