Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Essential Functions and Technical Standards Policy

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recognizes the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM.) degree as a broad degree requiring that the holder has acquired general knowledge and skills and shows an ability to apply both in a reasonably independent and autonomous manner in all fields of veterinary medicine. To earn a DVM, a student must complete the clinical component which involves direct care of actual patients and communication with clients, colleagues and veterinary medical professionals.

In accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE-2014), outcomes of the DVM program must be measured, analyzed, and considered to improve the program. Student achievement during the pre-clinical and clinical curriculum and after graduation must be included in outcome assessment. New graduates must have the basic scientific knowledge, skills, and values to provide entry-level health care, independently, at the time of graduation. Essential Functions and Technical Standards

Also, in accordance with the AVMA COE clinical competency standards, the college has a clinical competency remediation policy for year 4. Document

Academic Standards (Executive Summary of Major Standards)

The core courses of the veterinary curriculum are the foundation of the veterinary education. Mastery of the core coursework is essential for the veterinarian. For purposes of action by the College Academic Standards Committee, both the grade point average (GPA) earned in all courses required for graduation (includes all courses, elective and core) and the GPA earned in core curriculum courses of the veterinary curriculum will be used to determine academic standing of the veterinary student. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.00 or greater in both the cumulative GPA and the GPA of core courses.

A student receiving a final grade of F in any core curriculum course will be dismissed from the college of veterinary medicine. A student may fail an elective class. A student failing to maintain a GPA of 2.00 in the core curriculum courses or having a GPA below 2.00 in all courses (including electives) will be placed on academic probation. At the end of any subsequent semester, students on academic probation will be dismissed from enrollment in the veterinary curriculum if their GPA for that semester falls below 2.00 in the core curriculum courses or if their GPA falls below 2.00 calculated on all courses, including electives. A student on Academic Probation will be dismissed if their GPA across all semesters completed falls below 2.00 in the core curriculum courses or if their GPA falls below 2.00 calculated on all courses, including electives.

A VM-4 student who fails a clinical rotation including preceptorships will be dismissed, unless the instructor and College of Veterinary Medicine permits the student to repeat the rotation. This is a special option that is not always available. A VM-4 student who receives a grade of D or D- in any clinical rotation must repeat that rotation. The student will have to take the rotation again when there is space available in the rotation. In some cases this may not happen until after the end of the school year and may necessitate postponement of graduation.

ISU Student Policies

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Honor Code

The purpose of this Honor Code shall be to promote ethical standards of personal and professional conduct among veterinary students at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (referred to in this document as “ISU CVM”). During our tenure in the veterinary profession we are expected to uphold standards established by our predecessors and elucidated in the Veterinarian’s Oath and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics. Honor Code

DVM Student Syllabus Template

This template is created to clarify student and faculty understanding of course requirements and obligations.

Syllabus Template


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