Clinical Sites and Preceptors utilized for the clinical education of Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine students are evaluated prior to hosting student courses or rotations by the college’s Committee on Clinical Instruction. The evaluation process is intended to ensure all potential student clinical experiences meet college expectations for high quality education. The following guidelines are provided to assist facilities and preceptors in determining their eligibility. There are areas of overlap between the documents. Please review all applicable documents prior to submitting of an enrollment form.
In Years 1 and 2 Courses, Clinical Sites serve as a venue for Clinical Skills Course activities related to large animal handling, husbandry, and safety. These activities are led directly by WesternU-CVM faculty at the site. In Year 2, students practice more advanced technical skills (vaccinations, catheter placement, sedation, diagnostic imaging, bandaging, and dentistry). Years 1 and 2 Clinical Sites include private and public livestock production facilities, equestrian facilities, equine veterinary clinics, and other educational institutions.
In Year 3 Courses, Clinical Sites serve as a venue for two-week clinical courses focusing on general medicine and surgery concepts for the major domestic and zoo species, as well as laboratory animal medicine and ancillary diagnostics (anatomic and clinical pathology). Preceptors at each Clinical Site facilitate and evaluate student participation in clinical case management and development of technical skills. College faculty provide oversight of student learning through site visits and other course-dependent activities. Faculty Course Leaders design course learning objectives and ancillary learning activities such as written assignments, online conferencing, email, and discussion boards.
In Year 4 Core Courses, Clinical Sites serve as a venue for Core Internal Medicine and Core Surgery courses. These are specialty/referral practices with Preceptors who are board certified by either American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine or American College of Veterinary Surgeons, depending on the course. The emphasis for student learning is on case management and clinical decision-making. Both the Preceptor and WesternU-CVM faculty provide instruction and supervision of students. This includes case and topic rounds conducted via videoconference several times during the rotation, submission of problem-oriented veterinary medical records (POVMRs), and other assignments designed to develop and evaluate clinical problem solving skills.
Year 4 Selective Courses, Clinical Sites serve as a venue for rotations approved for specific disciplines and specialties. Preceptors provide primary instruction and supervision of students and college faculty monitor student performance.