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Purpose and Goals of the DVM Program

The purpose of the Cummings School DVM program is to prepare graduates for entry level practice in any of the major domestic species, provide exposure to the innovative Cummings School Signature Opportunities, and provide enough flexibility and access to resources to allow our students to pursue non-practice or non-traditional practice careers (such as public health, wildlife, international veterinary medicine and biomedical research). The curriculum is designed to nurture students who will become leaders in developing the science, technology, and ethics that will shape the veterinary profession in the future and to foster students to become lifelong learners.

The goals of our DVM program are:

  • To provide students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and ample opportunities to apply their knowledge.
  • To provide excellent medical and surgical training in order to graduate veterinarians who are competent and confident in their chosen field.
  • To encourage critical thinking, research, evidence-based decision making, and lifelong learning.
  • To offer students primary care learning opportunities to better prepare veterinary graduates for entry-level practice and provision of affordable care.
  • To nurture interest in animal welfare, ethics, and public policy, One Health, international veterinary medicine, and wildlife.
  • To enhance student competencies in non-technical skills such as communications, financial literacy, business management, emotional intelligence, and resilience.
  • To help students to gain a broad understanding of diversity and cultural competencies.