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

Clinical Preceptor and Site Information

External Clinical Sites and Preceptors

Distributive Clinical Education Facilities
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.

 

Years 1 and 2

Clinical Sites
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.

 

Year 3

Clinical Sites
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.

 

Year 4 Core

Clinical Sites
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

Clinical Sites
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.

Clinical Site Enrollment Form:

Clinical Site Guidelines

– Guidelines regarding the specific facility and personnel needs for clinical courses and rotations in given disciplines. 

Alternative Medicine Anatomic Pathology Ancillary Diagnostics in Medicine and Pathology
Anesthesia Aquatic Animal Medicine Avian Medicine
Beef Cattle Practice Behavior Camelid Practice
Canine Cardiology Dairy Practice
Dentistry Dermatology Emergency
Equine Practice Exotics Practice Feline Practice
Food Animal Practice General Practice Global Health
Internal Medicine Lab Animal Medicine Neurology
Nutrition Oncology Ophthalmology
Poultry Medicine Public Policy Radiation Oncology
Radiology Research Rural
Shelter Medicine Sports Performance Small Ruminant
Surgery Swine Practice Theriogenology
Toxicology Wildlife Medicine Zoological Medicine
Epidemiology
Clinical Preceptor Guidelines

– Guidelines regarding the specific personnel qualifications needed for clinical courses and rotations in given disciplines. 

Alternative Medicine Anatomic Pathology Ancillary Diagnostics in Medicine and Pathology
Anesthesia Aquatic Animal Medicine Avian Medicine
Beef Cattle Practice Behavior Camelid Practice
Canine Cardiology Dairy Practice
Dentistry Dermatology Emergency
Equine Practice Exotics Practice Feline Practice
Food Animal Practice General Practice Global Health
Internal Medicine Lab Animal Medicine Neurology
Nutrition Oncology Ophthalmology
Poultry Medicine Public Policy Radiation Oncology
Radiology Research Rural
Shelter Medicine Sports Performance Small Ruminant
Surgery Swine Practice Theriogenology
Toxicology Wildlife Medicine Zoological Medicine
Epidemiology