Fourth-year veterinary students in Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine’s (LMU-CVM) inaugural class have set out on clinical rotations this summer as part of their final year on their path to earn their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
“This is another turning point in our story and a crucial step in our students’ journeys to become veterinarians,” said Dr. Jason Johnson, LMU-CVM dean. “Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to build relationships with veterinary clinics around the United States. Thanks to their hard work and the support of donors, community members, faculty and staff, our students’ dreams of becoming veterinarians will soon be realized.”
Using a unique hybrid distributive model, LMU-CVM’s clinical relations and outreach team has established affiliations with over 220 veterinary clinics around the country. Student experiences will vary from general rural and urban practices to specialties such as dermatology, dentistry, surgery, internal medicine, pathology, oncology and emergency medicine. All specialties are represented for both small and large animal focused students.
Prepared fourth-year veterinary students rotate through clinical affiliate sites where they will obtain real world learning experiences from highly qualified veterinarians and other professionals. Each student participates in an immersive 52-week clinical rotation which includes 4-week blocks at primary, secondary and elective sites. The clinical schedule is created to be flexible, allowing students with research, business, government or exotic interests to develop a fourth-year program to meet their career goals. Many affiliates are located in clinical hub areas which include Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee, Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky and western New York State. These regionally grouped hubs are designed to facilitate LMU-CVM clinical oversight and visitation as well as minimize student travel between rotations.
“We are looking forward to working with our clinical partners to develop confident and competent veterinarians to meet the needs of the greater Appalachian region,” Johnson said.
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.