Challenges and opportunities in modern swine veterinary education

Gilbert Patterson VMD, MPH, DACVPM1, Justin T. Brown DVM2, Glen W. Almond DVM, MSc, PhD3, Alejandro Ramirez DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM4, Jeremy Pittman MS, DVM, DABVP5, Maria Pieters DVM, PhD6, Andrew S. Bowman DVM, MS, PhD, DACVPM7, Locke A. Karriker DVM, MS, DACVPM2, and Perle E. Zhitnitskiy DVM, MSpVM6
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  • 1 Lincoln Memorial University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Harrogate, TN
  • | 2 Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA
  • | 3 North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC
  • | 4 University of Arizona, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oro Valley, AZ
  • | 5 Smithfield Hog Production North Region, Waverly, VA
  • | 6 University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, Saint Paul, MN
  • | 7 The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, OH

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to veterinary education. As the public health situation worsened, veterinary colleges and schools across North America adapted rapidly to continue teaching and mentoring their students. This required a close examination of veterinary curriculums to prioritize efforts to adequately prepare future veterinarians for their careers. As part of the examination, the appropriate role of swine veterinary medicine in modern curricula needed to be defined and updated. As a new normality emerges, it is critically important that both a basic understanding of swine medicine, as well as opportunities for advanced swine learning and clinical skill

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Corresponding author: Dr. Patterson (