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Inclusive Curriculum

Inclusive Curriculum

CVM is helping to lead the nation in integrated curricular design, innovative teaching methodologies, and diversity cultural competencies focused on the veterinary and biomedical professions. Encompassing DVM, BIMS, and Graduate course, this curriculum drives our internationally ranked faculty to teach even better, ensuring our graduates are the best prepared DVMs and Researchers in the nation.


Changing the Way We Teach

Since the establishment of the first veterinary college in Lyon, France in 1761, professional veterinary medical education has continued to evolve. In both human and veterinary educational programs, there is an obligation to deliver curricula that support development of compassionate and competent healthcare professionals.

Today’s world class education is no longer just rote memorization and textbooks. In TAMU-CVM’s modern professional education setting, academic standards address not only coursework requirements, but clinical skills, non-technical skills, cutting edge innovative technologies, and inclusive curricular design. We confirm day one competencies, utilize proficiency scales, encourage entrepreneurial thinking, and train in inclusive professional behaviors.

At TAMU, we are redefining processes, reducing costs, and simplifying delivery to ensure the best and most affordable education that students can find in the country and the world.



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Teaching with Diversity Learning Outcomes

Diversity in its broadest definition, is closely aligned to excellence and stronger teaching and learning environments. The CVM weaves inclusion and diversity learning outcomes directly into our curriculum at all levels, helping to prepare our graduates to be fully ready to lead, adapt to change, and be successful in a global society.





Innovative Teaching Methods


Inclusion Instilled in Curriculum from the Start

CVM’s dedication to inclusion and diversity starts at the beginning. During the DVM Mini—Interviews (MMIs) cultural competency scenarios have been used since 2012. Cultural competencies are discussed as professional behaviors during first-year Student Orientation, included in the DVM Professional Student Handbook., and discussed in the Professional Skills course.







Cultural Competency

The DVM program emphasizes cultural competency throughout the curriculum. One of the New Graduate Outcomes specifically states that new DVM graduates will demonstrate sensitivity to people who are different from them and interact with others free of discrimination in professional settings. To achieve this outcome, courses throughout the curriculum utilize simulated client interactions (including ESL, for blind and deaf clients) for developing a culturally welcoming practice and skills for communicating with diverse groups.




Ethical Decision-Making

As part of our curriculum, all DVM students participate in interactive ethical scenario experiences. DVM faculty and local veterinarians come together to facilitate students working through mock ethic scenarios .




Inclusive Learning


5 years = 1 DVM & 1 MBA degree

Joint DVM & MBA

The DVM/MBA degree program is a joint Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Business Administration degree. Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles in many areas of veterinary medicine and business with MBA training in leadership, management, human resources, teambuilding, communications, marketing, business, finance and accounting. CVM DVM/MBA joint program has been producing strong business-minded veterinarians since 2005.




BIMS International Certificate in Cultural Competency And Communication in Spanish

One of the goals of Vision 2020 is to "diversify and globalize the A&M community." Students graduating from Texas A&M University will be able to function effectively in their chosen career fields in an international setting. Specifically, students who complete the BIMS international certificate will: be functionally bilingual and employ attained language skills in both social and formal settings, be able to perform linguistically and in a culturally sensitive manner within the medical and/or agricultural environment, gain experiential knowledge abroad, expanding their cultural sensitivities and functionality in a foreign environment. Students should be able to compare and contrast Latin American and Spanish cultural ideas with those of the Anglo population within the United States. Students should recognize cultural differences, using language and social skills to interact effectively within a foreign environment.

Requirements:

  • Students will be required to have a minimum of 9 hours of Spanish credit.
  • Students must choose one cultural competency course for a total of 3 credit hours.
  • Students are required to complete a 5 hour experience.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum 9 consecutive days abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.




DVM Rotations with Houston SPCA & TDCJ

DVM rotations at the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) expose students to large numbers of diverse clients with a large variety of animals, procedures, and case load experiences during the 4th year.







BRIDGE Program

Biomedical Research Immersion and Diversity for Graduate Education (BRIDGE) is an innovative, 8 week research-intensive recruiting program that combines hands-on mentored research laboratory experience, journal club sessions, and engaging field trips to different biomedical research facilities in Texas. The program exposes undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds to available CVM graduate/professional programs. This program is being expanded and will target additional URM-serving institutions.




Study Abroad

CVM offers unique Veterinary & STEM Study Abroad opportunities through our international programs' office. Such experiences not only provide students with the appropriate academic/professional training but also exposure to other cultures around the world.

Biomedical students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program during their academic career and typically, students will participate in these programs once they reach their junior year.

134 undergraduate students participated in either a course or independent study through the CVM study abroad office in 2016. Additionally, CVM supports Reciprocal Education Exchange Programs (REEP), Transfer Credit Programs, Research/Intern/Volunteer/ and Conferences Aboard, and hosts Scholarship sites for student access.





Inclusive Curriculum


One Health

One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem. The goal of One Health is to use collaborative research to Improve the health and well-being of humans and animals as well as the environments in which they live. It is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact.

With leadership provided by Dr. Gerald Parker, the CVM Associate Dean for Global One Health (former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response), Global One Health currently has 26 national and international partners. Global One Health research initiatives are solving real world problems.




Graduate & PhD enhanced student experiences

Inclusive communication is one of the most useful skillsets a graduate can have. To improve student competency in this area, CVM hosts a 3-day intensive scientific writing workshop and a 3-day grant-writing training that are facilitated by Bioscience Writer, LLC in Houston. Thirty-five graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, residents, and new faculty members participated in each of these events. CVM also hosts a 2-day manuscript development workshop, in which professional editors work with students and postdocs on draft manuscripts to improve scientific writing skills and prepare manuscripts for submission.

CVM hosts etiquette dinners for BIMS graduate (primarily international) students to acquire etiquette rules that vary significantly from culture to culture. This experience provided an opportunity for students to practice in a safe environment and lead to greater confidence in future professional settings. Conflict management workshops have been provided for graduate students and faculty mentors to build important leadership skill sets.




The Inclusion of Industry & Education

Veterinary Innovation Impact


The Inclusion of Industry & Education

Inclusion makes research stronger, collaborations more viable, and education more proactive. Expanding the intersection between research and ideas becoming market reality is at the heart of CVM’s Innovation Impact. This is how veterinarians of the future will impact the world.

“Aggies Invent”

Solving problems in 48 hours, Aggies Invent is an intensive design experience offered at the Engineering Innovation Center (EIC), a 20,000 square foot rapid prototyping lab. The format of the experience is to engage 60 or more students in multidiscipline /multi-level teams in hands-on projects that will push their innovation, creativity, and communication skills. The end goal is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire skills essential to becoming successful innovation leaders and support them in founding startup companies. Veterinary students and faculty participated in 2017 Aggies invent.

Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy

CVM hosts a summer curriculum-based academy with students from multiple veterinary schools. These students are paired with industry partners to create new veterinary and biomedical solutions/inventions. This program allows students to work with early stage startup companies with applications in veterinary fields. The companies that partner with the academy are innovators, and working with them allows students to have a hand in shaping how technology impacts the future of veterinary medicine.




CVM Innovation Symposium

In the summer of 2017, CVM hosted the first National Veterinary Innovation Summit. Dedicated to sparking and fostering ingenuity, the Veterinary Innovation Summit offered a combination of unique programming, a diverse attendee pool and an immersive learning environment to the veterinary profession.







A Unique Learning Experience


CVM’s Hands-on Clinical Skills Laboratory

CVM has a new cutting edge Clinical Skills Lab, offering students high-impact learning opportunities necessary to become successful in their future veterinary careers.  These opportunities include critical thinking exercises, surgical skills, and clinical medicine techniques. Students are encouraged to hone their techniques using mannequins, models, simulators, and various types of technology paired with immediate feedback from experts and peers.




Transformational Learning

Center for Educational Technologies(CET)


Diversifying Education

Today’s students needs more than just textbooks. Technology and innovation are equal partners in CVM’s teaching methodology. CVM has some of the most innovative faculty in the nation with a support system helping them to bring their teaching vision to life. The Center for Educational Technologies (CET) is a special unit within the CVM with an imperative mission to create innovative teaching materials for the veterinary community on campus and around the world. Creating and using cutting-edge technologies, CET provides methods and materials that bridge educational gaps from all perspectives in the veterinary field. CET is investing in transformative teaching methods for CVM.





StepStone—Innovative Educational Software

StepStone is a content authoring software that allows educators to create a variety of learning experiences accessible from any Internet-enabled device. StepStone was born out of a desire to empower instructors to develop e-learning materials more quickly and cost effectively. StepStone utilizes a unique customizable template approach to e-learning. Built as a web app, StepStone functions across platforms in modern desktop browsers. The content authoring process allows users to map a learning path using an intuitive navigation system in a responsive environment. Users have the flexibility to customize their content, from a single-screen multiple-choice question to a branching, comprehensive, narrative journey. Once the content has been entered into the software, StepStone is used to publish a standards-based, SCORM 1.2-compliant, responsive HTML5 learning package. The learning material can be loaded onto any Learning Management System (LMS), and be accessed on an assortment of desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

StepStone is a great example of educational innovation happening here at Texas A&M. We now have a scalable solution that allows us to rapidly produce e-learning materials and enhance every course in our veterinary program.




3D Interactive Learning

Z-space© is a virtual Anatomy Learning Tool for medical education. Students can manipulate 3D learning objects and three-dimensional visualization and interactive models help provide an advanced level of comprehension of complex structures and systems. Through 3D modeling, scanning, texturing and compositing, we can bring educational materials to life.

CET has developed the first 360-degree virtual reality video for veterinary education. When a viewer wears a VR headset, that viewer is able to see the entire surgical suite by a simple movement of the head, as if present in the room. While there are many programs utilizing surgical videos to better prepare veterinary students for surgery, to our knowledge, this is the first use of VR in veterinary surgical training.





3-D Printing used to Teach

The medical field is already using 3-D printing for surgical preparation and research. 3-D printers can create intricately realistic surgical models to practice on before actual surgery. The CVM is adapting this technology into teaching skills labs, research studies, and customized surgeries.




Diversifying Education

Committed to Hiring Diverse Faculty & Administrators

One role of leadership is to instill genuine respect for the diversity of intellectual opinions, ideas, and community at our university. A diverse faculty and their unique contributions to our mission are essential parts of what makes us able to discover, to teach, and to learn. Research conducted by scholars like Sylvia Hurtado demonstrate that diverse faculty and curricula are essential to improving the educational experience for all students. These faculty can provide mentorship and intellectual opportunities to ensure that all CVM students can succeed in this intense academic and social environment.

Inclusive Steps:

  • TAMU– CVM is the only veterinary college to have an Executive Associate Dean as the Director for Climate and Diversity.

  • Recruiting and hiring a more diverse faculty remains a strategic and dedicated initiative for the college. Diversity elements are required for all CVM searches.

  • Providing mentoring to junior faculty to ensure their professional success.

  • CVM is dedicated to helping our faculty be successful, by offering numerous professional development opportunities such as CVM Mediation Training, Leadership experiences, Grant writing seminars, Faculty Release time, Research and Publishing initiatives, external training opportunities, etc.

  • Ensure equal opportunity and pay through merit–based salary adjustments. The college reviews faculty salaries annually and makes equity adjustments as needed.

  • Diversity accountability is documented as a required element in Annual Performance Evaluations of all individuals reporting to the Dean.

  • CVM continues to nurture the Inclusive and welcoming environment of our college through support of individuals, organizations, and new initiatives.