Student Involvement in Research
As developing scientists, students are encouraged to engage in research during their tenure at WesternU-CVM. Opportunities are available each year of the curriculum for students to strengthen the basic research learning objectives received through core courses. These additional opportunities include apprenticeship in general laboratory maintenance, participation include the Veterinary Student Summer Research Program (Year 1 and 2), Student Technology and Research Symposium (STARS), College Research Day (all years), presentation at national scientific meetings (all years), Junior Presentations (Year 3), Research Rotation (Year 3 and 4), and Independent Research with Thesis. Faculty members within CVM as well as other colleges on campus are available to students as research project coordinators and mentors to help develop the drive toward scientific inquiry in all veterinary graduates.
List Courses With a Special Emphasis on Research Related Skills
Please note that this is non exhaustive list, for more information contact CVM Research Office : firstname.lastname@example.org
CVM 7090 Third Year Student Presentation (1 credit) – Semester 5 & 6
Each student is required to make an oral presentation of a case, series of cases, research project, or a herd/flock problem with which they have been involved during years one through three of the curriculum. Students, in preparing their case presentations, carry out a thorough literature search and evaluate the strengths of relevant published materials, as it may apply to their case(s). Presentations are evaluated by faculty and students are encouraged to be both critical and analytical in their presentations.
CVM 7564 Research Rotation (Optional) (4 credits) – Semester 5 & 8
This rotation provides students with hands-on research experience. The student will learn principles of experimental design and good laboratory practices. Early in the rotation, the student will develop a specific hypothesis and design a protocol to test the hypothesis. The student will maintain a laboratory notebook, documenting the procedures and assays that are performed on a daily basis, as well as define and explain the scientific questions that each assay is addressing and the underlying mechanisms by which the assays operate. Depending upon the rotation site, the student may participate in laboratory meetings, seminars, and/or journal clubs. At the end of the rotation, the student will prepare a one page summary of their research project, which will be written in abstract form that contains both a title and an author(s) section, with the body of the abstract addressing the background, objectives, methods, results, and conclusions of the project. Additionally, a four to five-page technical summary of the research project will be prepared. This document should be written in manuscript format, including an abstract (same as above), introduction, methods, results, and conclusions/discussion sections.
CVM 8095 Independent Research with Thesis (Optional) (2 – 8 credits) – Semester 3 & 8
The goal of this course is to improve the scholarly writing and scientific presentation skills of students. These skills are especially relevant to students considering further clinical (internship or residency) or research (MS or PhD) training after graduation. This course is applicable to students who have previously completed a research rotation (CVM 7564), independent study (8090) or been engaged in scholarly activities during their clinical rotations or during summer programs. The course is designed to allow final preparation of the scholarly writing (article submitted for publication or thesis), preparation of an abstract, and public defense. Students may elect to enroll in this course during Years 2, 3 or 4, and must complete the course prior to graduation. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits. Year 4 students are limited to a total of 8 combined credits for concurrent enrollment in CVM 8090 and/or CVM 8095. Prior permission of the Dean’s Office is required to repeat this course. Credit awarded for this course does not count toward the total number of credit hours required for the DVM degree.
Extracurricular opportunities are also available for students interested in strengthening research related skills and/or expanding their understanding of a specific field of investigation.
CVM Laboratory Apprenticeship Program
The Laboratory Research Apprenticeships provide opportunities for First and Second Year CVM students to gain hands-on experience in laboratory- based research. Apprentices receive a stipend and benefit from a flexible schedule to spend 80 hours/ Block (8 weeks) in supervised research.
Introductory Apprentices will be trained in general laboratory maintenance by the CVM research staff, and will be exposed to the research methodology used by researchers in the college. No prior experience is required and students can be enrolled for up to 12 months. This program provides a good opportunity for students to explore and prepare for our summer Veterinary Research Scholars Program.
Advanced Apprentices must have previous laboratory experience and will work on a research project under direct supervision from a faculty mentor, for up to 4 blocks in Fall and Spring. This experience is especially relevant to previous Veterinary Research Scholars needing additional data to complete their summer projects.
For further information regarding the program and application process:
*NEW* cvm fear free research
The Fear Free Research program supports students’ engagement in a project that meets the following criteria:
- Evidence based research in dogs and/or cats investigating the prevention or reduction of fear, anxiety and stress associated with veterinary visits including travel, facilities, procedures, hospitalization or return home
- Evidence based research in dogs and/or cats investigating the effects of enrichment in the home for the prevention or reduction of fear, anxiety and stress.
The student will be expected to present a poster (incomplete results are allowed) at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS), at Tufts University in July 2019. Travel, registration, housing and poster costs will be covered by the CVM Office for Research.
To apply, the student should:
- Complete the veterinary scholars application form
- Prepare a narrative of the project
- Obtain from the mentor a letter of support including a detailed budget. If the cost exceeds those provided by the mechanism, the mentor should disclose an alternative source of funding.
Applications should be submitted by November 15, 2018 to receive full consideration, but will not be considered until a project has been funded. The timing of the project is flexible (could start in January) but must be completed within 12 months of funding. Students would be eligible for a Fellowship if they work on the project during the summer.
This project comes with accompanying support for the interested student engaged in research. The CVM Office for Research will match with this funding towards consumables and supplies — please see links below for more information.
CVM RESEARCH ROUNDS
CVM Research Rounds consist of a recurring time each month, dedicated to CVM student and faculty development in Research. The objectives of these rounds are:
- To increase awareness of research currently conducted at WesternU-CVM
- To increase contact between students and graduate students / residents in preceptor sites
- To promote mentorship of residents / graduate students in preceptor sites by WesternU, CVM faculty
- To provide regular updates of Research Interest Groups’ (RIGs) activities to all members of the college
- To facilitate the scheduling of conferences by external speakers
- To expose faculty and students to new methodology and equipment in research
Rounds are organized by Research Interest Groups, around the interests of their members. Faculty and Graduate Students from all colleges at WesternU are invited to attend, along with all CVM students.
- Topics presented in 2013-2014 are available here: CVM 2013-2014 Research Rounds.
- Topics presented in 2014-2015 are available here: CVM 2014-2015 Research Rounds.
- Topics presented in 2015-2016 are available here: CVM 2015-2016 Research Rounds.
- Topics presented in 2016-2017 are available here: CVM 2016-2017 Research Rounds.
- Topics presented in 2017-2018 are available here: CVM 2017-2018 Research Rounds.
Rounds are scheduled on the following dates in 2018-2019. Topics and presenters will be announced prior to each round. CVM 2018-2019 Research Rounds.
CVM Research Day
CVM Research Day provides a venue for students currently enrolled in the DVM program (Year 1-4) to present their research in podium scientific presentations. Students are able to exchange ideas, share their knowledge, present their research to faculty and students from all colleges on campus, improve their presentation skills, and earn awards. The program ends with a presentation by a keynote speaker. A call for abstracts is sent prior to each event. The 2019 CVM Research Day is on Feb. 1, 2019.
To view past program:
CVM Student and Research Trainee Travel Support: Presenting Research Abstracts At Scientific Meetings
Purpose: This program supports CVM and post-doc/graduate students presenting the results of their original research at national or international scientific meetings. Travel support up to $1000 will be allocated from the CVM Office For Research per eligible student with successful application.
Requirements: CVM students must be enrolled in the CVM curriculum (Year 1 to 4) at the time of presentation; post-doc and graduate students must be enrolled in a formal graduate program at time of presentation; students must have been primarily involved in the project (including data collection and analysis) during their curriculum; the primary mentor of the student must be a current CVM faculty.
For further details regarding this program and application process: CVM Student Travel Support Program
The Veterinary Research Club (VRC)’s
The VRC mission is to enhance interest in the field of biomedical research and laboratory medicine and to promote scholarly opportunities for veterinary students. Some of the activities organized in previous years by the club the club include on-campus research facility tours and guest lectures on topics related to veterinary research. Examples include seminars offered by Western University faculty about their ongoing research, presentations on general topics such as navigating on-line research resources, and organization of a meeting between faculty and students interested in summer veterinary scholars programs.
In addition, our club takes an active role during our College’s open house event, illustrating the impact of veterinary research to the general public and introducing such concepts as zoonotic diseases.
In upcoming years, the research club would like to expand their activities and organize field trips to surrounding research facilities, designed to maximize the exposure of club members to different research settings and career opportunities.