We all know that there are critical issues in attracting and retaining equine veterinarians in practice today. While there are immediate solutions being sought, considered and implemented to help alleviate these issues, there is a program starting at a vet school in Tennessee that is looking to solve this issue for the future.
In The Business of Practice podcast episode 43, we talked with Drs. Eleanor Green and Jim Heird about the new Lincoln Memorial University Equine Veterinary Education Program in Tennessee.
The Equine Veterinary Education Program is being coordinated with the guidance of Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, Dean Emerita of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and Jim Heird, PhD, a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association, as well as the former director of the Equine Sciences Program at Colorado State University and former coordinator of the Equine Initiative at Texas A&M University.
The basis of this program is to recruit students before their freshman year of college into an equine-focused pre-vet curriculum. These students will have solid equine experience before starting school, and they will be required to undergo six immersive summer paid internship experiences that are created by the university and the Equine Veterinary Education Program advisors.
The program will offer a two-and-a-half-year Associate degree program followed by a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program at LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM).
In this podcast we discussed how the idea for the program came about, how it works, why it is important to the equine and veterinary industries and how those industries can become involved.
“We hope your listeners will tell young equine students about this unique opportunity,” said Green. “They can learn more by going to the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine website, where they can read about the program and see the extensive facilities and resources on campus.” Interested students can contact the university to get specific questions answered.
See the press release about LMU’s new equine veterinary program.
See the press release about LMU’s advisory council.
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