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Student Learning Experiences and Outcomes in The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program

Version 1 : Received: 23 October 2017 / Approved: 24 October 2017 / Online: 24 October 2017 (03:47:43 CEST)

How to cite: Shivley, J.M.; Brookshire, C.W.; Bushby, P.A.; Woodruff, K.A. Student Learning Experiences and Outcomes in The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program. Preprints 2017, 2017100151 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201710.0151.v1). Shivley, J.M.; Brookshire, C.W.; Bushby, P.A.; Woodruff, K.A. Student Learning Experiences and Outcomes in The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program. Preprints 2017, 2017100151 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201710.0151.v1).

Abstract

While referral-level medicine is important in the veterinary curriculum, students also need a solid base knowledge of clinically relevant routine surgery and diagnostic skills. Veterinary hospitals must maintain a steady caseload that provides wellness cases and commonly encountered conditions. Shelter Medicine programs can create the opportunities to meet these challenges. Students can gain quantifiable surgical experience in spay/neuter with measured growth in surgical efficiency and competency while providing needed community service for animal shelters. Students can directly interact with shelter animals by performing examinations, diagnostic testing, and development of treatment protocols and recommendations for commonly encountered problems. Furthermore, students can obtain a working knowledge of biosecurity on a population level to minimize risk of infectious diseases spreading to healthy populations.

Subject Areas

shelter medicine; animal sheltering; shelter surgery; veterinary medical education; veterinary student training; population medicine; biosecurity

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