VA-MD Vet Med's Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences provides an academic, departmental base for faculty members whose training, teaching, research, and service efforts are in the following disciplines:
- Community practice
- Shelter medicine and surgery
- Small animal internal medicine
- Small animal surgery
Small Animal Clinical Sciences Mission
Faculty of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences contribute to all three missions of the college: teaching, research, and service.
Faculty members within the department are involved in teaching through all four years of the professional curriculum, as well as the post-DVM training of interns, residents, and graduate students. Teaching in the professional program includes participation in didactic teaching through the first three (preclinical) years of the curriculum and extensive participation in clinical teaching in the fourth year of the curriculum through clerkships offered in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) and off-site. Advanced clinical teaching is directed at interns and residents/graduate students, partially through clinical activities in the VTH and partially through graduate courses, advising, and mentoring.
Clinical responsibility in the VTH includes both instruction and service efforts through delivery of routine patient care, emergency medical services, and referral and consultative activities. Faculty service efforts also include participation in continuing education/outreach programs locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; discipline-oriented national organizations; and VTH, department, college, and university governance activities. Creative scholarship within the department is directed at a wide spectrum of clinical, basic, and applied endeavors that include the generation, application, and dissemination of knowledge utilizing departmental, collegiate, university, and external funding sources.