Montana State University (MSU) has joined the University of Idaho (UI) and Utah State University (USU) as partners with Washington State University (WSU) in its Regional Cooperative Program in Veterinary Medical Education to serve the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.
This innovative and highly successful program, now known as the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) Regional Program, has served hundreds of students in the Northwest and Northern Rockies for nearly 40 years.
In the first year of this DVM program, 10 highly qualified Montana-resident students will be taught by MSU faculty, located on the MSU Bozeman campus. Students will spend the next three years at WSU’s Pullman campus.
The Regional Program serves students with interests in all facets of the veterinary profession, whether they are interested in companion animals, horses or livestock, in private practice, industry or academia, or whether they are unsure. The breadth of opportunities available for DVM education in this Regional Program well prepares all graduates for entry into any of the exciting dimensions of veterinary medicine.
This exciting expansion to create the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah Regional Program in Veterinary Education enables students who are certified residents of the State of Montana to apply now for admission to enter first-year studies of Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Immunology, General Pathology, Professionalism and Ethics, Introduction to Clinics, and Introduction to Surgery in the Fall of 2014 on the Bozeman campus of MSU. Classroom and clinical study will continue in years 2 and 3 on the Pullman campus of WSU, and then students have the opportunity to learn in a wide network of clinical placements throughout the four-state region in the 4th year before graduating as part of the Class of 2018.
How to apply to the Montana DVM Program?
Montana resident applicants must fill out both a VMCAS (choose WSU CVM as the institution you wish your application sent) and a WSU supplemental application. In addition, applicants must certify as Montana residents through the Montana Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) - information and application are found at http://mus.edu/psep
(click on "Veterinary" under the blue "Application Materials" section on the left - here you will find the application).
Why apply to the Montana DVM Program?
Highly-Skilled Medical Faculty. Many of the MSU faculty members who will teach 1st year DVM students have taught in the long-standing WWAMI Medical Education Program of the University of Washington and are very experienced health science educators. Teaching in WWAMI has given these faculty a great experience that will benefit the students and their education. Their familiarity with DVM and MD curricula can also lead to opportunities for students to be educated in a One Health context, where veterinary medicine and human medicine intersect to greatly affect public health and the safety of our food supply. There is a unique opportunity for veterinary medical students and medical students to be educated in parallel programs that allow them to get to know each other and learn from each other.
Small Class Size, Big Network. The small class size will provide very personalized attention to student success while providing the same opportunities for professional growth and the development of clinical, leadership, and interpersonal skills as afforded all students across the Regional Program. Students at the MSU location will learn with faculty and classmates in Bozeman, and also with faculty and classmates in Logan and the Pullman campus through faculty and student exchanges and real-time video conferencing and lectures. In these ways, student orientation, student government, student clubs, and special educational activities are shared across the Regional Program locations even though the bulk of teaching occurs locally by campus-based faculty.
Strong Community. Because of the quality and experience of the faculty at MSU, the small class size, and the clinical resources available at MSU and in nearby veterinary practices, students who study at MSU will have great preparation for moving on to Pullman at the beginning of their second year of DVM education, where they will be welcomed by our strong community and family-oriented culture of support and success. They will join into a 2nd year class of about 100, no larger than the classes that currently serve Montana students admitted previously as non-residents or with WICHE support. Because of shared activities across campus locations in the 1st year, Montana students will already know their classmates.
Hands-on Experience. The MSU hands-on approach will continue because the Pullman faculty encourages and welcomes students to get all they can out of time spent in the Teaching Hospital and with faculty on educational trips outside of the CVM. Looking ahead to the clinical education opportunities for students, the entry of Montana as a partner in the Regional Program means that all students will have more choices to study in a wider network of clinical practice sites throughout the region as we add more Montana practices and facilities to the opportunities that will be available in Washington, Idaho, and Utah. Montana students will also have access to all other major educational sites in the cooperative network, including shelter programs in Seattle, WA and Boise, ID, the satellite small animal specialty clinic in Spokane, WA, the Caine livestock center in Caldwell, ID, the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, WA, the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Logan, UT and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. They will also have access to a wide array of basic and clinical research opportunities throughout this network of four university partners.
Exceptional Education. Whether university-based or adjunct veterinary practitioners, all faculty members are invested in student success. The development of professional skills will continue seamlessly throughout all four years of the program, whether students begin their study in Bozeman, Logan, or Pullman. The combined resources of the Regional Program allow delivery of cutting-edge educational opportunities to develop leadership ability and the ability to communicate and foster the relationships that will lead to successful careers. Clinical skills development begins the first week of class, regardless of campus location, and continues throughout all four years, supported not only by opportunities to study in the teaching hospital and with private practice partners, but also by impressive classroom facilities for medical communication, clinical skills, and patient simulation. Students have 24/7 access to a growing array of models, simulators, cadaver material, and other assets to build their confidence and skillset in many technical procedures.