Innovative Education

Innovative Education

"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. 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 Challenge

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

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.

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