DVM Degree Program


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Kansas State University
College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objective

Graduates of the doctoral program in Veterinary Medicine will: demonstrate competency in knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, aptitudes and behaviors in the practice of medicine and surgery applicable to a broad range of species in the context of ever-changing societal expectations and life-long learning.

Program Outcomes

Preclinical education Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply central biological principles and mechanisms that underlie animal health and disease from the molecular and cellular level to organismal and population manifestations
  2. Apply and compare the knowledge of normal function, homeostasis, pathophysiology mechanisms of health/disease, and the natural history and manifestations of important domestic and global animal diseases in a diverse society

Core Clinical Competencies or Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

  1. abilities to use problem solving skills to analyze a patient and to synthesize a diagnosis or differential diagnosis by applying appropriate use of clinical laboratory testing
  2. abilities to develop a comprehensive treatment planning including patient referral when indicated
  3. ability to apply learned material in managing anesthesia, pain, and patient welfare
  4. proficient abilities in basic surgery skills and to evaluate cases to provide case management
  5. proficient abilities in basic medicine skills and to evaluate cases to provide the adequate management
  6. proficient abilities in emergency and intensive care case management
  7. ability to identify ways to prevent disease, identify organisms that require biosecurity measures, identify zoonotic disease and food safety issues and to promote awareness of the public and animal health
  8. proficient abilities in client communications and ethical conduct as it relates to patient/client communications and proper interactions with a diverse population of clients
  9. demonstrate strong appreciation for the role of research in furthering the practice of veterinary medicine

CVM First Year Classes SLO/Required Courses/experiences

CVM Second Year Classes SLO/Required Courses/experiences

CVM Third Year Classes SLO/Required Courses/experiences

CVM Fourth Year Classes SLO/Required core Courses/experiences

CVM Fourth Year Classes SLO/ Elective Courses/experiences