The Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine conducts discovery, instruction, and service relevant to companion animals, horses, food and fiber animals, and exotic, wildlife, and zoological species.
Expertise in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine spans a wide range of clinical specialties. Most faculty spend a significant proportion of their time delivering or supervising the care of patients in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This clinical service integrates the training and education of residents, interns, and veterinary students who are engaged with patient care
In addition to teaching as part of patient care delivery, departmental faculty teach and lecture in core courses and electives in the veterinary degree program, in graduate student seminars, and in the college’s online Master of Veterinary Science program. Most also engage in continuing education for veterinary professionals through publications in practice-oriented journals, presentations at professional meetings, or delivery of online continuing education modules. Many take on leadership roles nationally or internationally in the professional associations devoted to their area of specialty.
Research is very often focused on advancing the standards of patient care, addressing problems that arise in the patient population that they see. Innovations developed for human patients are frequently adapted to animal patients. For example, a real-time imaging device that could allow oncologic surgeons to ensure that they have excised all of a tumor without having to wait for a pathologist’s report is being borrowed from breast cancer surgery and applied to canine cancers.
Medical advances sometimes originate in veterinary medicine and move to human medicine: chemotherapeutic approaches to osteosarcoma that have proven effective in naturally occurring cancers of dogs treated at our hospital are beginning trials in people with cancer.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine faculty frequently use clinical trials to answer specific questions about new therapies and drugs. Patients at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital may be eligible to enroll in a clinical trial that offers cutting-edge treatments at a reduced cost to the animal owner.
Faculty are dedicated not only to animal health and welfare, but to improvement of human and environmental well-being through improved understanding of the human-animal bond, food production systems, and ecosystem health.