Continuing Education

The goals of the Department's continuing education activities are:

  • to assist veterinarians and clients in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal diseases; andto provide resources to stimulate the professional development and self-renewal of faculty and staff. Departmental faculty participate both in the planning and implementation of all continuing education activities for the department. They are also involved in the annual veterinary medical symposium (both wet laboratories and seminars) for veterinarians. The horse fair and the small animal health fair are two important yearly events for the Department. Some outreach activities that DCS faculty are involved in include area and regional career day programs, human animal bonding projects, area humane shelters, area kennel clubs, community rabies control programs and livestock owner education. Seminars and presentations are also made to local, state and regional veterinary associations.Professional development is encouraged and required for all faculty. All faculty and staff are given the opportunity to attend at least one major meeting per year and more if travel money is available. Faculty are also encouraged to attend all area short courses and continuing education activities. Specialty board certification is encouraged and required of all new faculty.Faculty are given time off the clinic floor to become involved in clinical or basic research activities, develop and update class notes, develop innovative teaching materials, prepare for tenure and prepare manuscripts for publication. Faculty are encouraged to develop an area of expertise and are given the time to prepare for this increased level of training.RECOMMENDATIONS

It is recommended that:

  1. faculty members be encouraged to participate in the development of novel continuing education programs; b.the faculty continue to present information in areas of expertise at local, state, and national meetings and courses;c.funding for faculty professional development activities be continued and expanded; andd.an incentive program be developed to reward faculty for the development and presentation of continuing education activities.