VCA Animal Hospitals Recognized as Distinguished Clinical Affiliate
Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) recognized VCA Animal Hospitals (VCA), with the Distinguished Clinical Affiliate Award in recognition of the vital role they have had in preparing LMU-CVM graduates. Dr. Anthony Guerino, regional medical director of VCA, accepted the award on their behalf at the class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony on May 22 in Harrogate, Tennessee.
“We have been honored to work with many outstanding veterinarians and veterinary practices,” said Dr. Stacy Anderson, dean of LMU-CVM. “VCA Animal Hospitals and their practices joined the LMU family early on and have continued to be instrumental in helping us deliver a high-quality clinical year for our students.”
Seventy-nine VCA practices are clinical affiliates that serve to educate LMU-CVM’s fourth-year veterinary medicine students.
“We have witnessed the deep commitment of the LMU faculty and staff to providing a well-rounded veterinary education which fosters a culture of lifelong learning in their graduates,” VCA Chief Medical Officer Marie E. Kerl, DVM. “We at VCA share that vision and have a real responsibility to support the next generation of veterinarians. On behalf of the 30,000+ associates at VCA, thank you to LMU for this recognition.”
In the clinical year of 2020-2021, VCA practices provided 242 clinical rotation slots, of which 198 were filled by LMU-CVM students. In the clinical year 2021-2022, VCA practices provided 311 clinical rotation slots of which 280 were filled by LMU-CVM students. VCA also provides up to five ER Student Debt Relief awards annually for LMU-CVM students, and a travel stipend to students who complete rotations at their general practices.
“VCA has gone above and beyond to help our students even in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Anderson. “This past year, when the country and veterinary education programs were hampered by cancellation of clinical rotations, VCA offered the use of their virtual training platform WoofU for our students to utilize as part of their virtual rotations. We are thankful for all they have done for the LMU-CVM program.”
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.
“Innovation is at the core of what we do at LMU-CVM,” said Associate Dean of Clinical Relations, Outreach and Outcome Mitch Moses, DVM, MBA. “We treasure our relationship with VCA Animal Hospitals as strategic thought and innovation partners, with our students and the veterinary profession as the beneficiary of these efforts.”
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. 6600 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.