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Continuum of Clinical Training

It’s no surprise that your training environment dictates the clinical experience and quality of learning—and quality of veterinarian it produces. That’s why the Building Preeminence Program intentionally creates training environments where our students practice medicine while faculty provide guidance. It’s that kind of hands-on training that expands a graduate’s medical toolkit to better identify options and provide a wider spectrum of care. It’s bridging the proficiency gap between basic and advanced care—more veterinarians capable of providing everything from palliative to curative options. By teaching to the spectrum, you receive more hands-on experience to practice the skills needed to be competent and confident veterinarians on your first day of practice.

group of 5 students performing exam on large poodle during vet campThe more hands-on training you have, the more competent and confident veterinarian you’ll be.

The Building Preeminence program was created to propel our students from Novice to Doctor. Immersive hands-on training broadens the expertise of our graduates by honing skills through simulations, treating animals, learning more care options, interacting with diverse clients and learning the business of running a practice. 

Each year in the program, you’ll become more deeply entrenched in clinical training by working in every aspect of the practice—maintaining and strengthening the human-animal bond.  Through the Building Preeminence Program, the college can offer the most innovative and immersive training in the country. Our breadth of programs that provide immersive experiences, combined with our approach to learning by doing reverberates through all of our programs, creating an environment unmatched by any other institution. 

Veterinary Clinical & Professional Skills Center

From year one in our program, students receive practical, hands-on training in a realistic environment that imitates the actual doctor and patient interaction with our state-of-the-art Veterinary Clinical and Professional Skills Center (VCPSC) made possible by the Stanton Foundation. This innovative educational resource gives students an immersive, simulated experience by combining state-of-the-art technology with interactive high and low fidelity models. 

As part of the VCPSC, The Communication Skills Labs provides students the opportunity to practice professional communications in a low risk, supportive environment during specialized communication labs. With the help of trained actors, students practice client-doctor communication scenarios ranging from basic skills like taking a history to difficult conversations such as the cost of procedures and addressing medical errors. The labs provide comprehensive training and preparation that focus solely on building communication skills in our students. 

Stanton Summer Externship 

The Stanton Summer Externship Program is an experiential training program where exceptional second-year veterinary students spend the summer immersed in weeks of practical clinical training, both in the VCPSC and in a spectrum of care private practice setting. From spaying cats to dealing with skin cases, lacerations, broken bones and more, the Stanton Summer Externship familiarizes students with working in a busy practice. Because the program provides students a wide variety of cases, they learn real life critical thinking and problem solving with the resources available. studio portrait of student richard algarin, dvm class of 2020

“Being able to get hands-on surgical experience was so rewarding. Now I’m in my third year going through surgery class, and I’m teaching other students what I learned through Stanton. It gave me so much confidence in myself and my abilities. And coming originally from Staten Island, New York, going to Proctorville, WV, was a whole new experience aside from the veterinary medicine aspect. It was a cultural experience as well as a learning experience.” — Richard Algarin DVM Candidate, Class of 2020

Shelter Medicine & Surgery 

Through the Shelter Medicine and Surgery program, students treat animals from local shelters making it more likely those animals will find a forever home. The program gives students experience performing multiple spay and neuter procedures, honing their surgical skills and enhancing their confidence.  

In addition to performing basic spay and neuter procedures, students also treat skin disease and ear infections, perform dental cleaning and extraction and manage behavioral issues. Without access to the newest, cutting edge medications and procedures used in the academic teaching hospital, students learn and apply spectrum of care treatment options. The shelter population requires comprehensive care, challenging students to provide treatment where funds are limited.   

Outreach Medicine

In this program, veterinary students and the Outreach Medicine faculty provide wellness and preventive care to underserved animals, with an emphasis on dogs belonging to low-income, elderly, homeless, disabled or housebound residents, and other vulnerable populations with pets in Franklin County. Students have the opportunity to interact with diverse populations, better preparing them for general practice-centric veterinary careers in which compassion and interpersonal skills are as essential as medical knowledge. 

Students learn spectrum of care principles when working with underserved animals in the Outreach Medicine program when they provide high-quality medical assessments and care to dogs and cats while working with limited client resources. Outreach appointments are conducted in homes and community venues in an environment that encourages creativity and teaches students to adapt and provide medical care in an ever-changing environment. Also, students participate in monthly student-driven vaccine clinics which develop skills in verbal and non-verbal communication. Students develop leadership skills by orienting and training their peers and managing staff and volunteers.  Practice management concepts such as inventory, record-keeping, budgeting and inventory are emphasized.  

Spectrum of Care Career Area of Emphasis

instructor susan barrett lectures students around exam table with small white dog

Prior to their final clinical year, students choose a Career Area of Emphasis (CAE) to focus a portion of their clinical year on their interest area. The college offers a Spectrum of Care CAE for students with an interest in general spectrum of care practice. Before entering the clinical environment, students in this CAE attend an intensive two-week “boot camp” to refine the clinical skills necessary to be successful in a general veterinary practice focused on spectrum of care. Students then complete a four-week Community Practice (the general practice within the academic teaching hospital) rotation and finish their clinical program with an eight-week externship in a spectrum of care practice.

Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic

Scheduled to open in 2021, the newest component of the Building Preeminence Program, the Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic, will immerse students in the clinical training program. 

This groundbreaking primary care clinic is where fourth-year students will take the lead role in providing veterinary care to patients while faculty clinicians and locum practitioners will serve as coaches. This approach to veterinary medical education will graduate veterinarians with a deeper knowledge of care options and a wider range of diagnostic, therapeutic, business and communication skills.