Today's Veterinary Business

FEB 2019

Today’s Veterinary Business provides information and resources designed to help veterinarians and office management improve the financial performance of their practices, allowing them to increase the level of patient care and client service.

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46 Today's Veterinary Business Community Community EDUCATION You might ask, "What are those students' expectations?" Well, a qual- ity education is definitely on the list, but millennials and Generation Z'ers consider other things when choos- ing a veterinary college — factors such as social causes, personal well- ness, hospitality, curricular flexibility, cost of attendance, geography, the "experience," the overall value of the degree, hands-on learning and the ability to curate their own niche in veterinary medicine. Enter the distributive learning model. Pioneered by the medical profession nearly 30 years ago, this model places students in the trenches, delivering real-life, intense, in-your-face immersive practice during the curriculum's final one or two years. The model is fast gaining popularity in the veterinary profes- sion and holds great benefits for the veterinary ecosystem. Many North American veterinary colleges provide some component of distributive education. Some deliver more real-world experiences than others. The full-on, immersive expo- sure over time that a full distribu- tive model provides is the way of the future. The Two-Legged Example The human medical profession has utilized community-based distributive education for about 27 years. Since 2007, the majority of new medical schools, both MD and DO, have chosen the model. The American Association of Medical Colleges, along with the American Medical Association, the Institute of Medicine and the Macy and Carnegie foundations, have called for medical school innovation and expanding curricula to "further embrace innovative institutional approaches and to sponsor clinical training and clerkships that result in health care services delivered in a manner that better meets societal needs and expectations." So, what was the outcome of this educational approach in hu- man medicine? The literature shows The future has arrived Call it distributive education or community-based learning. Either way, veterinary students want it and benefit from it, and so do affiliated practices. By Bob Lester, DVM, and Jason W. Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT Today's educational consumers, especially those pursuing advanced professional degrees, are motivated to select colleges that meet their expectations and better prepare them for a career. And frankly, through access to data, technology and social media, these students are more informed in the decision-making process than ever before. From left, Dr. Lisa Ebner and Class of 2020 veterinary student Leigha Jessie perform a physical exam at Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center.

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