Statement of Goals and Objectives

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) is an integral part of the Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH). The basic goal of the VTH is to provide an environment and adequate teaching cases which are conducive to excellence in clinical veterinary medical education, and to deliver diagnostic outreach services for the University and to the animal-owning public. The VTH complements the academic clinical training program by coordinating diagnostic outreach services and providing an environment which exposes veterinary medical students to problem-oriented medical records, client communication, human-animal interdependent relationships, problem-based learning and total patient care. The VTH provides students with the opportunity to apply a scientific database in an effort to arrive at an accurate diagnosis for the treatment and control of animal diseases. The principles of epidemiology, preventive medicine, husbandry, economics, safety and management are integrated in a problem-solving approach.

Specific Objectives

  • To provide state-of-the-art instructional clinical laboratories for veterinary medical students.
  • To provide an academic environment which fosters positive client relationships, sensitivity to animal welfare issues, safety, quality clinical instruction, and respect for lifelong learning.
  • To provide students with adequate problem-solving skills through proper instruction in the work-up of clinical cases, computer-assisted learning, improvement of surgical skills, and clinical rounds using accepted problem-solving techniques.
  • To provide quality management of clinical cases in an effort to provide quality health care services to clients, both local and referred.
  • To provide a referral service to area veterinarians in an effort to improve quality animal care.
  • To provide a medical record system that accurately maintains a clinical database necessary for the problem-oriented medical record format.