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Campuses expand size, services
A look at what's new and under way at the nation's veterinary colleges


New technologies

  • The University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center will start the school year with a new outpatient imaging service, GatorVetImaging, which will allow veterinarians in the Southeast and Florida to have access to state-of-the-art imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Virginia Tech's Marion Scott DuPont Equine Medical Center will offer new equine ophthalmology services this year through a partnership with Eye Care for Animals of Scottsdale, Ariz. The new ophthalmology services include full examinations with a slit-lamp biomicroscope and ophthalmoloscope, glaucoma testing, cytology ocular ultrasound and electroretinogram. Corneal surgery also will be offered.
  • The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a new cardiology outreach service. It is the newest branch-out service from Madison to Sun Prairie, Wis., joining ophthalmology and radiology. Services will be conducted at the school's new veterinary care referral facility.
  • The Ohio State University is offering a variety of new programs this year at its veterinary teaching hospital, including 24/7 emergency services, laser lithotripsy to treat urinary stones, various ophthalmology services such as cataract and laser eye surgery, teleradiology, canine rehabilitation services, a healthy weight management program for pets and a new referral network program at the clinical trials office.

Additional programs

  • The Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes a new student group this year called the Orange, Blue & Green Committee. It is composed of environmentally aware students and faculty who will look at cost-saving and Earth-friendly measures for the school, which is considered the largest energy guzzler at the university.
  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is offering two new seminars for incoming students. The first provides those with limited food-animal experience an opportunity to learn more about food-animal and dairy production. The second provides a curricular overview of the food-animal program at Penn Vet and the numerous opportunities offered by a focus in food-animal production.
  • A new program at Washington State University called the Cougar Orientation Learning Experience teaches students skills for team-building and leadership. The program serves as a welcome to new veterinary students.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine created a Personal and Wellness Support Services (PAWSS) office for the emotional health support of students. The program will teach clinical communications and grief management. Students may earn two new degree types through two five-year combined training programs, a DVM/MPH degree and a DVM/Certificate in Global Health training program.
  • The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a new course this year that aims to decrease, not increase, student stress levels. It's called Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). The eight-week, $150 course teaches mindful practice techniques for relieving daily stress, chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression and other conditions.
  • Texas A&M University Center for Executive Leadership in Veterinary Medicine established a DVM/MBA program that provides management training.
  • Western University will open the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences in 2009, a continuation of its master's degree in biomedical sciences. The program accelerates the pace of scientific research at the college and provides more opportunities for biomedical and scientific investigation.


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