Texas A&M's CET, PCVE Collaborate To Create Primary Care Educational Resources
Posted July 05, 2018
Veterinary students across the country will have the opportunity
to learn more about preventive care through resources created by
the Center for Educational Technologies (CET) at the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM)
beginning this fall.
Working with the Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) and
Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP), the CET designed and developed
five modules on preventive health care topics such as vaccines and
parasites, dentistry, nutrition, and low-stress handling as part of
an initiative to create materials that could be used by veterinary
Jordan Tayce introduced the modules on preventative health care
topics (and presented a poster on their work) during a June 23
launch party at the Veterinary Educator Collaborative meeting.
The PCVE and PHP, which introduced the modules at a launch party on
June 23 during the Veterinary Educator Collaborative (VEC) meeting
in Ithaca, New York, came to the CET to implement the program.
To begin creating the curricula, the CET received input from
individuals at more than 20 colleges of veterinary medicine
internationally; the team also is working to ensure the curricula
meets the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
(AAVMC) competencies and the new Competency Based Veterinary
Education entrustable professional activities (EPAs).
“All of the modules we are creating have been mapped to those
competencies, which is a fairly universal language among the AAVMC
schools now; that helps each college know where they can use it in
their individual curriculum,” said Dr. Jordan Tayce, CET associate
director and instructional assistant professor.
“One of the challenges, which I think is going to be fun, is
figuring out how this can be used for different schools that each
have unique curricula. We have been working to create a program
that is modular—one school can pick and choose the parts that fill
gaps in their curriculum, while another school can choose different
parts that fit for them,” he said.
The goal, Tayce said, is to create materials that will augment
instruction, not necessarily replace any existing materials.
Each learning module has an online component and in-class lesson
plans for instructors to use or modify, to customize the content
for their own purposes; the curriculum also provides an
instructor’s guide for rapid implementation into an existing CVM
curriculum. Interwoven into the curriculum are professional skills
topics such as communication, internet marketing, social media, and
“We have unique activities in our modules, through which
students can practice what they're learning,” he said. “We have
some pre-designed lesson plans with ideas for faculty. If they want
to use something, we’re saying, ‘here is a way in which you can use
it in your own classroom.’”
An example of one of the activities the CET is developing
includes a dentistry module that includes more than 110 dog and cat
photos that students will use to practice numbering teeth.
“The activity starts out very simple, and then the plan is it's
going to get very complex—maybe it’s on a timer to increase
pressure, because in the real world, veterinarians don't have all
day to examine an animal’s mouth; the animal is going to move,”
Tayce said. “The activity gets steadily more difficult as students
advance through it.”
Tayce said he hopes these modules will be useful to any
veterinary college that chooses to implement them into their
curriculum; all of these resources are free to use by any
“I think it’s really important that we were able to get so much
buy-in from so many different schools; to be able to get 20
colleges to participate, through their input, is really big,” Tayce
said. “I am encouraged that this course will help them put more
emphasis on preventive health care in their curricula.”
For more information, or to receive the free resources, contact
Tayce at email@example.com.
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