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Spectrum of Care

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Veterinarians have a wide spectrum of care options to choose from — ranging from technologically advanced and expensive options to less costly ones. The specific care provided across this spectrum for an individual patient will be influenced by factors, such as the knowledge and skills of the veterinarian and the owner’s goals, values, and resources. 

Graphic of an arch, depicting two different spectrums of care at each end

Many recent veterinary graduates are only comfortable performing the procedures they have participatory experience with during their veterinary training, which may limit the treatment options they can offer after graduation. Because of this, the veterinarian and pet owner may perceive a lack of available options, which often results in animals receiving no or limited care or being euthanized. 

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Preparing for Excellence in Veterinary General Practice Education program is addressing these limitations by training veterinarians who can practice broadly across the spectrum of care. The goal is to graduate veterinarians who are confident and competent to provide a full range of treatment options, thus producing positive pet and client outcomes. The program supports the college’s ambition to Be The Model® comprehensive college of veterinary medicine by advancing education and student success. 

Learn more about our program and our commitment to the spectrum of care concept in a recent AVMA View Point Article .