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Continuous Curricular Quality Improvement

Our instructors constantly seek to improve teaching and help students achieve the most they can from their time at the college. Annually the Office of Curricular and Student Assessment prepares detailed reports regarding our students' performance as measured by available measures such as the NAVLE, the VEA, Surveys (Senior Exit, Alumni, and Employer), and other relevant measures. Those reports are available to the ISUCVM community within VetZone and can be accessed here.

Veterinary Educational Assessment (VEA; formerly the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Qualifying Examination).  The ISUCVM measures basic science knowledge using a standardized instrument, the VEA,  administered to all VM3 veterinary students. This examination informs students of their knowledge base, and provides information for college curricular improvements. Recent analysis by the CVM Office of Curricular and Student Assessment demonstrates that VEA test scores are strong predictors of performance on the NAVLE.

North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) pass rates.

2011 - 97%

2012 - 97%

2013 - 98%

2014 - 93%

2015 - 97%

Comprehensive Survey and Outcomes Assessment Evaluations (selected examples).


Alumni Survey. ISU CVM alumni complete a survey regarding preparation during years 1 and 5 following graduation.

Senior Exit Survey. Students complete a survey upon graduation.

Employer Survey. Employers of ISU CVM graduates complete a survey regarding graduates' knowledge and abilities following the first year after graduation.

Professional Communication Assessment and Learning Laboratory (PCAL). All students have standardized video recorded client encounters during the 3rd year communications course. In year 4, all students have video recorded client encounters, with the permission of the teaching hospital client. These encounters are reviewed and assessed by the students and faculty members.

Case Correlation Assignments (CCA). A comprehensive capstone case is required of all students during the 4th year that includes the analysis and reporting of a case with multidisciplinary factors, communications, and diagnostics.