Comments Sought on Veterinary Education

The North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium wants to hear your thoughts about how we can create a workforce of future veterinarians who are prepared to address society’s needs. 

The Consortium, which is led by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, recently completed a draft report and recommendations titled “Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible.” Now it’s your turn to weigh-in through a public review and comment period. 

The draft report and recommendations can be found at If you would like even more information, you’re also invited to participate in a series of Webinars detailing the report and the recommendations contained therein. 

Comments will be accepted through February. Dr. DeHaven and I urge you to read the report and provide your input into what is truly an exciting opportunity for us to address the challenges we face and to improve and enhance veterinary education.

4 thoughts on “Comments Sought on Veterinary Education

  1. Greetings,

    I would like to know if you could point me in the right direction in obtaining a current 2009-2010 annual study for heartworm cases in Florida. All surveys I have seen range from 2000-2007. My local vet does not know or have any information, and they got defensive when I questioned the current stats. They said they have cases all the time, but anyone can say that. Unless there is current evidence for consumers, why should we support this multi-million dollar industry? As much as I support prevention/treatment for heartworms, I believe on the consumer level the industry can appear to be pushing pharmaceuticals for animals that don’t need it. I am open minded and aware of the potential risks associated with not treating dogs, but I think that if it is something this critical your industry would have a more accurate and current study than what appears for pet owners. I am currently administering “Revolution” as a prevention for my Labrador Retriever, and we live in the Florida Keys. Thank you for your help and hard work you do for our pets.

    Joseph Cangemi

  2. I believe behavioral education is a great need that is unmet in our current system for educating veterinarians. This is a major reason for euthanasia and relinquishment of companion animals while not enough is taught to veterinarians in order to be first-line defenders against this problem.

  3. I believe that behavior education should be a big part of the veterinary curiculum. This a major area of education that is overlooked though very necessary in today’s world. If more veterinarians were educated on even the basics of learning theory & behavior, I believe many more animals would have better lives with their families and not have to be euthanized.

  4. If our society needs large animal DVMs in rural America our schools better return to providing a functional education to the students. I have hired highly spoken of graduates from K State and CSU and neither was able to earn a living in rural practice. I have had confirmation from many collegues that graduates today universally expect to “have a life” instead of make a living when they graduate and they don’t have the clinical skills they need when they graduate either.