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Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I learn.

-Benjamin Franklin

Lincoln Memorial University's College of Veterinary Medicine puts Mr. Franklin's last mandate to the test; while all our pre-clinical students are carefully taught the science behind the practice of veterinary medicine, which supplies the knowledge base they need to succeed, our clinical year students' education is approached quite differently. 

Here, we challenge our students to apply their knowledge, and they learn by doing. It is the cornerstone of our hybrid workplace-based model, involving predominantly one-on-one education for each of our 4th-year students at high-quality clinical site veterinary practices. We continually witness our students obtaining the real-world, hands-on experiences not afforded to the average student in standard, brick-and-mortar veterinary teaching hospitals. 

The goal of this approach to learning is that it allows for a mutually beneficial collaborative partnership between the veterinary college and community professionals. The students observe, assist, and perform (under supervision) veterinary procedures, which they will see regularly once they have graduated and have joined the profession. In essence, they will have learned to identify commonly seen conditions and have the means to approach and treat them uncommonly well. 

The LMU-CVM has created an exciting veterinary medical education program that graduates confident and competent career-ready veterinarians. Leaders in our profession, including the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC), have called for an innovative, collaborative, and sustainable model for the delivering 21st-century veterinary education. By building on the success of the institutions that came before us and incorporating innovations from across other disciplines in medical higher education, the LMU-CVM is committed to preparing the next generation of veterinarians to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving society. 

Whatever you are, be a good one.

-Abraham Lincoln