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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 Coruses

Clinical Sites

 

In Years 1 and 2 courses, clinical sites serve as a venue for Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Skills course activities related to large animal handling, husbandry, and safety. These activities are led directly by Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine 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 Courses

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 student learning in the clinical setting and evaluate student performance 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 determine course learning objectives, ancillary learning activities (e.g., written assignments, videoconference, discussion boards, etc.), and assess student knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes via course assignments and examinations. course leaders determine the student’s overall performance using both their assessment of the student as well at the preceptor’s evaluation of the student’s performance at the clinical site.

Click the link below to see the Preceptors and Clinical Sites Guidelines.

 

Small Animal Practice I

Equine Practice I – Ambulatory

Small Animal Practice III

Equine Practice II – Referral Hospital

Small Animal Practice IV

Diagnostic Laboratory & Pathology

Livestock Practice I – Dairy

Laboratory Animal & Research

Livestock Practice II – Meat & Fiber

Zoo Animal & Wildlife

 

Year 4 Core Rotations

Clinical Sites

 

In Year 4 Core Rotations, clinical sites serve as a venue for Core Small Animal Internal Medicine, Core Equine Internal Medicine, Core Small Animal Surgery, and Core Equine Surgery rotations. These clinical sites 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 rotation. The emphasis for student learning is on case management and clinical decision-making. Both the preceptor and Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine faculty provide instruction and supervision of students. This includes case and topic rounds at the clinical site as well as those conducted by the course leader 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.  Faculty course leaders determine course learning objectives, ancillary learning activities (e.g., written assignments, videoconference, discussion boards, etc.), and assess student knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes via course assignments and examinations. course leaders determine the student’s overall performance using both their assessment of the student as well at the preceptor’s evaluation of the student’s performance at the clinical site.

Click the link below to see the Preceptors and Clinical Sites Guidelines.

 

Core Small Animal Internal Medicine

Core Small Animal Surgery

Core Equine Internal Medicine

Core Equine Surgery

 

Year 4 Selective Rotations

Clinical Sites

 

Year 4 Selective Rotations, 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. Faculty course leaders determine course learning objectives. Rotation Administrators monitor and assess student learning via case logs submissions. course leaders determine the student’s overall performance using both the Rotation Administrators assessment of the student as well at the preceptor’s evaluation of the student’s performance at the clinical site.

Guidelines regarding the specific facility (clinical site guidelines) and personnel needs (preceptor guidelines) for clinical rotations in given Year 4 rotations. Click the link below to see the Preceptors and Clinical Sites Guidelines.

 

Complementary/Alternative/Integrative Medicine Practice

Laboratory Animal Medicine Practice

Anatomic Pathology

Neurology

Clinical Pathology and Ancillary Diagnostics

Nutrition

Anesthesia

Oncology

Aquatic Medicine Practice

Ophthalmology

Avian Medicine Practice

Poultry Medicine Practice

Beef Cattle Medicine Practice

Public Health

Behavior

Public Policy

Camelid Medicine Practice

Radiation Oncology

Canine Medicine Practice

Diagnostic Imaging

Cardiology

Regulatory Medicine

Dairy Medicine Practice

Research

Dentistry

Rural Practice

Dermatology

Shelter Medicine Practice

Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Sports Performance/Rehabilitation Practice

Epidemiology

Small Ruminant Medicine Practice

Equine Medicine Practice

Surgery

Exotics Animal Medicine Practice

Swine Medicine Practice

Feline Medicine Practice

Theriogenology

Food Animal Medicine Practice

Toxicology

General Practice

Wildlife and Conservation Medicine Practice

Internal Medicine

Zoological Medicine Practice

Global Health