"We want to do the best job we can for the studentsDr. Steve Hines, associate dean for Teaching and Learning at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
adding excellence to our already strong curriculum."
The Teaching Academy
The Teaching Academy, the first of its kind in veterinary medicine, was created in July 2010. The academy supports faculty dedicated to teaching and learning and brings educators together to help integrate common elements in the curriculum.
Cougar Orientation Leadership Experience
Cougar Orientation Leadership Experience (COLE) is a week-long orientation that includes an off-site retreat designed to promote personal leadership and community. COLE brings students from different places and connects them to WSU, acclimates them to professional school, and sets the foundation for cooperation and teamwork over the next four years.
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 make this class unique in veterinary education. Future vets practice problem-solving, communication skills
Animal & Food Policy
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.
Clinical Simulation Center
The 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 Communication Program uses techniques such as simulation to enhancing clinical communication for the benefit of patients, clients, profession, and society. Based in relationship, and grounded in evidence the program offers strategies for advancing formal communication training for students, house officers, staff, and practitioners. Based on the learning objectives of the project collaborators, the program generates and facilitates experiential learning opportunities within a safe environment that promotes experimentation towards skill mastery.
Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience
The Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program 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 the costs of the six-week program.
Humane Society Alliance Education Program
The Humane Society Alliance Education Program is a partnership with regional humane societies to give our students an extraordinary educational opportunity in community-based, wellness-centered, primary care facilities during their final year in school. The experience better prepares them to enter the workforce after graduation.
One Health Clinic – Healthy People + Healthy Pets
Our college strives to give DVM students opportunities to learn about veterinary care options independent of the owner’s financial means. The One Health Clinic is offered in Seattle and Healthy People + Healthy Pets is offered in Spokane. Both offer free veterinary care in partnership with other organizations specifically for people who are low (or no) income.
Innovative Education In the News
Not just for humans
WSU nursing and veterinary students team up
Passing the baton: Abbott to lead WSU’s Diagnostic Challenges
Once a participant in the fourth Diagnostic Challenges, 26 years later Dr. Jeffrey Abbott will lead the program.
‘An opportunity to work through the process’
Making teaching matter
For Steve Hines, it was Mrs. Ellen Walters, his fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Walter Shade Elementary School in West Carrollton, Ohio, that brought together his love for animals and science.
Replicating private practice: A telemedicine take on veterinary medicine
What is often the first animal case for veterinary students at Washington State University is transforming into a weeklong crash course in veterinary telemedicine.
Washington State University Vet School and Seattle Humane Society
Talent, compassion and passion are impressive qualities in individuals and may be included as part of a mission statement in the corporate sector. The partnership between SHS and WSU Vet School includes all 3 of those qualities in their collaborative business model.