Senior veterinary students receive instruction in population medicine as part of their rotations in clinical practice. Students in selected clinical tracks are introduced to large scale livestock production, animal-health systems and food-processing facilities. Additionally, the Center offers two to eight week instructional programs to selected senior veterinary students from institutions throughout the United States and Canada.
MPVM students electing to study food animals rotate through the VMTRC as part of their instructional and research program. Participation of MPVM students in VMTRC programs provides opportunities for field applications of epidemiologic concepts and exercise of creativity in analytic and epidemiologic research.
Residents in dairy-production medicine and other related programs receive part of their training at the VMTRC. The Center provides opportunities in a variety of graduate clinical instruction programs, including those directed at career enhancement and reorientation.
Graduate students in M.S. or Ph.D. programs are involved extensively in academic programs involving combination at both the Davis campus and the VMTRC. They are encouraged to develop field or laboratory based research projects at Tulare that are suitable for their thesis project and dissertation.
The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) advances the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence in species-oriented clinical practice. ABVP Diplomates have a common desire and willingness to deliver superior, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary veterinary service to the public. In 2009, the VMTRC Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Residency Program was approved by the ABVP Residency Committee, making it the first dairy residency program in the U.S. to receive that distinction. This approval of our Residency Program entitles residents who have chosen to pursue ABVP-Dairy Practice Board Certification to be eligible to take the certifying examination at the end of their three-year training program.