Department of Clinical Sciences: ACE Program

The Department of Clinical Science's Accelerated Clinical Excellence (ACE) Program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to practice veterinary medicine at the highest degree of excellence. The majority of faculty in the Clinical Sciences department actively participate in the program. The program includes a core course in the second semester of the second year of the professional curriculum, and many other opportunities for participation throughout the curriculum. The specific goals of the program are:

  1. To introduce concepts of evidence-based veterinary medicine and improve students' ability to search information resources.
  2. To help students develop skills that are not taught in the traditional veterinary curriculum, but are required by an excellent veterinarian, such as client communication skills and use of the referral system.
  3. To introduce students to the opportunities available in specialty practice early in the curriculum.
  4. To better prepare students who are interested in applying for internship and residency programs.
  5. To introduce students to the role of clinical research in veterinary medicine, and to help them understand the benefits and challenges of clinical research.

Additional information can be found of the ACE Program website.