Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Western University of Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

Mission & Goals

Mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Collage showing veterinary students in education and practice settingsThe College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to serving society and animals through the preparation of students for the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary public health and/or veterinary research in an educational program of self-directed learning, reverence for life and clinical education through strategic partnerships. Instruction and clinical opportunities are provided in a wide variety of domestic species, including food animal, equine and companion animals. The college sustains a vibrant, diverse faculty by encouraging advancement through personal and professional development and research. This creates an environment of competent, caring, ethical professionals, where cooperative learning, public service, and scholarship can flourish in an arena of excellence.


Goals of College of Veterinary Medicine

  1. The primary goal of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU-CVM) is the creation of an innovative, accredited, four-year professional curriculum leading to the DVM degree. Graduates will be prepared to enter employment as entry level veterinarians in the private, public, or corporate sector, or to proceed into postgraduate training programs.
  2. The second goal of the College is advancement of collaborative, clinically based veterinary research.
  3. The third goal of the College is the recruitment and retention of a diverse and interactive student body, faculty and staff within a university environment in which multiple health professions flourish and interact in instructional and research missions. In WesternUs culture of different disciplines, in which all are connected to a care philosophy, there is a unity of differences that enriches each profession.
  4. The fourth goal of the College is the provision of cost-effective education by maximizing the use of contemporary educational technology and utilization of shared resources among existing educational programs (private and public) and cooperative agreements with the private sector animal health care. delivery system.