Small Animal Clinical Sciences
The faculty’s primary obligation is to the teaching programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Each faculty has a major commitment in the lecture and laboratory instruction of students in the first three years of the curriculum and spend approximately one-half of their time in the clinical training of students during the final year of the curriculum. The department is devoting time and resources to develop computer based teaching techniques to help provide our students with the best possible education.
Other teaching obligations include the training of 15 interns and residents assigned to the various specialty programs in the medical center. The residencies are three year training programs in the clinical specialties of dermatology, medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, and surgery. Internships are one year broad based experiences for graduate DVM’s who wish to gain additional experience or are preparing for admission into residency programs. (Interns and residents are chosen through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Matching Program.)
Another primary responsibility for the department is the Small Animal Clinic within the Veterinary Medical Center. The nearly 12,000 dogs and cats admitted to the hospital each year provides a broad variety of routine and unique cases for the training of DVM students and house officers (interns and residents) The hospital activities also include numerous consults and referrals from veterinarians in Tennessee and surrounding states.