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Role of Students

The students are highly involved in the process of diagnosing, treating, and caring for your pet, so be prepared to give them a history of your pet's problem. The students do not make the primary care decisions, but they are involved in the process of making primary care decisions. We are a teaching hospital that prepares future veterinarians, and our students are among the top students in the nation.

Teaching veterinary medical students is one of our primary missions, and this is the distinct difference between the Veterinary Medical Center and a private veterinary practice or hospital. Because senior students will soon be leaving their academic setting, it is essential that they be involved in providing veterinary care in all aspects of the Veterinary Medical Center.

Under the direct guidance of faculty/clinicians, senior veterinary medical students assist with the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Each student is closely supervised by a veterinarian in order to ensure that the student receives proper training and to provide the best possible care to patients. Students do not engage in direct medical care of patients without explicit supervision by professional veterinary staff.

Animals who come to our medical center are valued patients and our students are attentive, compassionate caregivers. In addition to the long-term benefits of our teaching mission, the combination of highly trained veterinary specialists and senior students provides patients and their client-owners with the immediate benefit of extra attention and round-the-clock care.