LMU-CVM Recognizes Community Veterinary Partners and Southern Veterinary Partners as Distinguished Clinical Affiliates

LMU-CVM Recognizes Community Veterinary Partners and Southern Veterinary Partners as Distinguished Clinical Affiliates

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) has selected Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) and Southern Veterinary Partners (SVP) as the recipients of the Distinguished Clinical Affiliates Award for 2020.


Each year LMU-CVM awards a clinical affiliate with the Distinguished Clinical Affiliate Award in recognition of the vital role the clinical partner played in preparing LMU-CVM graduates. This award is traditionally accepted during the LMU-CVM Commencement Ceremony. As this year’s commencement exercises were canceled due to extraordinary circumstances, LMU-CVM’s Associate Dean of Clinical Relations and Outreach, Dr. Mitchell Moses, will deliver each award to the partners at a later date. Mr. Kevin Ruffe of CVP and Dr. Jay Price of SVP will accept the awards for their organizations. Each organization has given beyond the clinical year experience.


“With our distributive clinical model, we’ve been honored to work with many outstanding veterinarians and veterinary practices,” said former LMU-CVM Vice President and Dean Jason Johnson. “These affiliates prioritize education, and we are proud of our partnership with these outstanding organizations.” 


CVP, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owns and operates veterinary hospitals throughout the United States and is committed to providing world-class treatment and health services to animals. The CVP family currently consists of 52 animal hospitals in 10 states. CVP has offered the availability of 112 four-week blocks of exceptional clinical and educational experiences; of those available blocks, 13 LMU veterinary medicine students have chosen to take one or more rotations with them. The students who have rotated through CVP Hospitals rated the experience at the top of all clinical affiliate experiences offered, and students highly recommend this program to future classes. Giving beyond the clinical year experience, CVP returns all or part of their honoraria to the students to offset housing costs by giving the students a $500 stipend for each of their rotations.


SVP, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a veterinarian owned and managed regional network of veterinary teams providing personalized care with exceptional hospitality. As of August 2019, Southern Veterinary Partners has 87 locations across 12 southern states with over 2,000 employees and has been named to Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America. SVP has made available 188 four-week rotations of exceptional clinical and educational experiences, and 18 LMU veterinary medicine students are taking advantage of one or more of these open rotations. SVP has a student debt relief program where they currently award at least two fourth-year students $25,000 each.


“The real thanks for the success of LMU graduates goes to great organizations like Community Veterinary Partners and Southern Veterinary Partners, who, as we were founding the college, stepped up and immediately jumped right in to be a part of the educational process.  It is with groups like these, who are making diligent efforts to give back to graduates, to mentor, to train, and to create innovative ways to provide scholarships, that we will transform veterinary education.  Thank you,” said Johnson.


LMU-CVM’s hybrid distributed community-based educational model allows premier practices and institutions to participate in the education of future graduates. Well-qualified fourth-year veterinary students rotate through select, high-quality clinical affiliate locations where they obtain real-world learning experiences from highly qualified veterinarians. It allows for a mutually beneficial collaborative partnership between the veterinary college and community professionals.  


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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