College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medical Education Innovation 

Education Innovation

"We want to do the best job we can for the students adding excellence to our already strong curriculum." -Dr. Steve Hines, associate dean for Teaching and Learning at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Teaching Academy

The Teaching Academy, the first of its kind in veterinary medicine, was created in July 2010 to continue to foster innovative curriculum at the college.  The academy supports faculty dedicated to teaching and learning and brings educators together to help integrate common elements in the curriculum.

Diagnostic Challenges (DC)

Diagnostic Challenge
In the Diagnostic Challenges, students  are given real world cases to practice their skills. Collaboration between WSU faculty and veterinarians who volunteer to be facilitators makes this class unique in veterinary education nationwide.


Diagnostic Challenges are case-based exercises are conducted collaboratively with faculty in pathology, clinical pathology, bacteriology, virology, immunology, and radiology.  Visiting veterinarians, who are WSU alumni of the college, come to college as volunteer case facilitators to give back to their school and work with current students. Collaboration between WSU faculty and veterinarians who volunteer to be facilitators makes this class unique in veterinary education.

20 years of Diagnostic Challenges Future vets practice problem solving, communication

Clinical Simulation Center

The WSU Clinical Simulation Center offers hands-on surgical training to veterinary students beginning their very first year.  Using a peer-based teaching approach, the center offers exceptional training.  Students have the opportunity to use simulation models from basic suturing to models that give an accurate feel of actual exam or surgical procedures.

Clinical and Professional Skills Lab

The Clinical and Professional Skills Lab  teaches clinical skills, such as communication, that veterinarians need to be competitive in today’s workforce and practice the best medicine possible. The WSU veterinary clinical communications class uses real cases (with identities changed) and is simulated with trained actors or voluntary community members.  Each class is overseen by a faculty coach who facilitates the simulated scenarios.

Cougar Orientation Leadership Experience (COLE)

COLE is an off-site retreat designed to promote leadership skills and team building that started in 2002. COLE brings students from different place and connects them to WSU, acclimates them to professional school, and sets the foundation for cooperation and teamwork over the next four years.

Animal Health Policies Program

Impacting Animal Health and Food Security Policy through Science, Politics, and Beliefs.   The Animal Health Policies Program gives graduate students an opportunity to learn about policy-making and implementation at local, national, and international levels.  Each is a case-based course conducted on- and off-campus through a series of experiential learning opportunities based on relevant animal health issues. 

The Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program (NWBVEP)

The Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program (NWBVEP) helps prepare veterinary students for a career working with livestock.  Students gain first-hand experience working with veterinarians on commercial dairy or cattle operations.  DVM students at WSU can apply for a stipend to help offset costs of the six week program.  For more information visit .  To make a gift to this unique program, see the right hand box on this page.

To make a gift by mail:
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:

Lynne Haley
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

For questions about giving, contact Lynne Haley, Director of Development, at (509) 335-5021 or
Last Edited: Sep 03, 2014 1:32 PM   

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