Clinical accessions for the Small Animal, Large Animal and Ambulatory Clinics are being made to increase students' exposure to swine and lectures are being presented by visiting instructors with expertise in dairy cattle.
While on clinical rotation duty, DCS faculty members are responsible for the completion of patient records using the problem-oriented veterinary medical record system and for the instruction of students assigned to each section (out patient services, medicine, surgery, radiology, large animal in-house and ambulatory).
The student rotation under the auspices of the DCS faculty consists of seven blocks: small animal outpatient service, small animal medicine, small animal surgery, large animal in-house, ambulatory, anesthesia and radiology. Fourth-year students spend three days of the assigned ambulatory time away from campus working in the west Alabama outreach project. Third- and fourth-year students assigned to the rotations spend approximately three weeks in each block. The maximum number of students in each block is eight which allows for sufficient faculty/student interaction.
During clinical rotations, the students participate in patient evaluation, care, and therapy and interact with clients. Students assume a major role in receiving cases, obtaining accurate histories and performing physical examinations in an effort to arrive at tentative diagnoses. They also assume a major role in documenting the patients' progress under the supervision of the senior clinician on duty. The clinics function on a 24-hour schedule, and students are responsible for emergency duty at all times.
Daily rounds are conducted by faculty and interns at the beginning of clinics to review case assignments and materials as they pertain to each service. All aspects of the students' activities in the clinics are under the direct supervision of faculty, interns and technical support staff.