Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine: an integrated curriculum prepares practice-ready veterinarians through experiential learning

Carmen Fuentealba College of Veterinary Medicine, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

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Oscar Illanes College of Veterinary Medicine, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

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Jerry Roberson College of Veterinary Medicine, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

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Fortune Sithole College of Veterinary Medicine, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

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Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine (LIU-CVM) was founded in 2017, joining LIU’s existing programs in the health professions. The mission of LIU-CVM is to awaken, enlighten, and expand the horizons of its students through a commitment to innovation in teaching, research, and service to society. The DVM program at LIU-CVM received provisional accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education in April 2020, joining a select group of schools adopting a distributed model of clinical education. Consistent with the mission of LIU, this approach to veterinary education encourages experiential learning through cooperative education, community service, and research. Graduates will be competent, compassionate, practice-ready veterinary professionals who will have the option to join the work force (day 1 competent) or pursue further specialization.

The DVM curriculum is a 4-year program organized into 2 academic semesters per calendar year. The first 2 years concentrate on various aspects of veterinary biomedical sciences with associated labs. The Veterinary Skills courses, taught semesters 1 through 6, progressively enhance students’ clinical and professional skills through use of various low- and high-fidelity simulation stations and early and frequent exposure to experiential learning opportunities seamlessly embedded into the curriculum. The Integrations courses, taught semesters 1 through 4, bring clinical applications to the basic sciences while teaching collaborative skills, problem solving, and clinical reasoning. Diversity, equity, and inclusion; wellness; communication; and entrepreneurship topics are embedded into both the Veterinary Skills and Integration courses. While clinical skills learning takes place throughout the curriculum, the third year of the program offers courses targeting preparation for the fourth year, which consists entirely of clinical rotations/clerkships.

The College’s admissions process aims to attract and admit highly qualified applicants with demonstrated academic competence, understanding of the profession, and motivation toward a career in veterinary medicine. The admissions process is designed to be holistic, transparent, and reliable. LIU-CVM receives applications through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service, and all applications are ranked taking into consideration academic and nonacademic factors. Minimum academic requirements include completion of at least 60 credits of full-time postsecondary education and a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Preference is given to applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science and prerequisite courses. Applicants are required to take the CASPer test, an online situational judgment test used to assess professional attributes including collaboration, communication, empathy, equity, ethics, motivation, problem solving, professionalism, resilience, and self-awareness. Standardized interviews, in the form of Multiple Mini Interviews, are conducted virtually.

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The LIU-CVM Veterinary Skills Laboratory.

Citation: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 261, 3; 10.2460/javma.23.01.0022

Currently in its third year of operation, LIU-CVM has partnerships with numerous academic, private, and corporate institutions that provide students ample research and experiential learning opportunities via access to high-quality and high-caseload clinical practices and mentorship by dedicated faculty and affiliated specialists willing to train the next generation of veterinarians. New York City metropolitan veterinary facilities (small animal and exotic animal practices, zoos, shelters, and laboratory animal medicine) give fourth-year students many clerkship options and are perfectly suited for enhancing LIU-CVM veterinary education experiences.

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