Development and implementation of a national center of excellence in dairy production medicine education for veterinary students: Description of the effort and lessons learned

John Fetrow, Erin Royster, Dawn Morin, Laura Molgaard, Deb Wingert, Jessica Yost, Michael Overton, Mike Apley, Sandra Godden, Ricardo Chebel, Gerard Cramer, Ulrike Sorge, Jeremy Schefers, Timothy Goldsmith, David Anderson, Gregg Hanzlicek, K. Angelique Dwyer, Linda Dwyer

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Abstract

The need for consortial programs to provide advanced education in food animal veterinary production medicine has been recognized and lauded for nearly three decades. This article describes one effort to create a dairy production medicine curriculum funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Higher Education Challenge Grant. This National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians is housed at the Dairy Education Center of the University of Minnesota and the project was a collaboration of the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois, the University of Georgia, and Kansas State University. The article reviews the need for innovative ways to educate students who will optimally serve the dairy industry, provides a broad overview of the process of developing and delivering the eight-week dairy production medicine curriculum, and describes the challenges faced and lessons learned as a result of offering such a program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-262
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of veterinary medical education
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
In 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Higher Education Challenge Grant program awarded a grant to a consortium of four veterinary colleges: University of Minnesota, University of Illinois, University of Georgia, and Kansas State University. The objectives of the grant were to create a center of excellence for dairy production medicine education and to design and implement a comprehensive production medicine course for senior veterinary students who were committed to a career serving the dairy industry. The first year of the 2-year grant was devoted to designing the curriculum. In the second year, the course was delivered to two cohorts of senior veterinary students in the Class of 2013. The course has since been offered to students in the Classes of 2014–2018 and the goal is to sustain it into the foreseeable future. The senior veterinary students who first participated in the course came principally from the four consortium colleges. Since then openings are made available to students from other veterinary colleges and some of the original collaborating colleges no longer send any students to the program. The course is delivered in two 4-week blocks of time during which the students live at the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Education Center. The Dairy Education Center is the product of a 2009 public/ private partnership between the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a large commercial dairy farm in south central Minnesota. It was constructed, in part, to create a workable venue to implement the concept of a center of excellence for dairy veterinary education.

Funding Information:
This project was funded by a USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant: Development and Implementation of a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians: Award Number 2011-38411-30617. Grant period: September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2013.

Funding Information:
The need for consortial programs to provide advanced education in food animal veterinary production medicine has been recognized and lauded for nearly three decades.This article describes one effort to create a dairy production medicine curriculum funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Higher Education Challenge Grant.This National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians is housed at the Dairy Education Center of the University of Minnesota and the project was a collaboration of the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois, the University of Georgia, and Kansas State University.The article reviews the need for innovative ways to educate students who will optimally serve the dairy industry, provides a broad overview of the process of developing and delivering the eight-week dairy production medicine curriculum, and describes the challenges faced and lessons learned as a result of offering such a program.

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Centers of excellence
  • Consortia
  • Curriculum
  • Dairy production medicine
  • Dairy veterinary education
  • Delivery
  • Design
  • Food animal veterinary education
  • Observations
  • veterinary manpower

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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