Workplace-based Veterinary Education, previously described as Distributed Veterinary Education, is veterinary clinical education delivered at facilities not owned by the university program. These facilities can be geographically at the college or physically distant from the university footprint. All required educational experiences are done at facilities meeting accrediting body standards.
· Preparation – Hands-on preclinical years prepare students well to enter, participate and learn in the workplace during their clinical experience.
· Assurance – Preselected approved clinical learning sites by the university provide students clinical experiences that are good clinical learning environments. Personnel at these sites have undergone training and understand learning outcomes desired by the university. Training is ongoing.
· Mentorship – Build a network of mentors to support students before and after graduation. Work with veterinarians and staff that want to help students grow and learn on their veterinary journey.
· Employment – Opportunities to work at facilities that may be available for permanent employment after graduation. Clinical year experiences are a working interview for both the student and practice. Students hone their interview and communication skills during their experiences.
· Culture – Ability to participate in the culture and workflow in real-world situations. Students see what they prefer or not from a potential permanent employment opportunity. Be part of the care team.
· Diversity – Work with veterinary clients from different backgrounds and not select clientele of a referral hospital.
· Experience – Learn directly from experienced, expert veterinarians.
· Spectrum of Care – See various communication techniques used to provide spectrum of care to meet the needs of patients and clients.
· Specialty Care – Should your career interests be one of becoming a specialist, one can concentrate their elective studies in these areas.
· University Support – Students have the support network of the university including health services. Students are supported throughout their clinical journey. Infrastructure at each university oversees, supports, coordinates and assures desired learning outcomes of students. Clinical educators have the support of their partner universities.
· Hands-On – Get hands on experience in medicine and surgery. In most cases students are not behind a graduate intern or resident.
· Location – Potentially work close to home or areas desired to live, to line up a post-graduate position and save money during the clinical educational experience.
· Adaptability/Flexibility – Schedule your clinical year experiences in subject areas the student is most interested (e.g. surgery, medicine, large animal, laboratory animal, exotics, equine, etc.). Let your career plans guide your clinical schedule.
· Case Load – Large number of cases seen and involved. Seeing real-world cases worked up and diagnosed prepares students upon graduation with entry level skills. Repetition improves skills. Prepares students for real-world cases. See and participate in similar cases investigated differently based on client needs and ability and practice protocols.
· Graduate – Graduate from an accredited school with proven quality outcomes.