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Chiu ES, Goldsmith EW, Moon CS, VandeWoude S. A Model Course to Enhance Veterinary Student Exposure to Research. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 2020 Mar 12; e0718081r.
Abstract: Despite many career opportunities available to veterinarians in research related fields and requirements for training in research methodologies by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE), formal approaches to development of veterinary curriculum related to research topics have not been widely reported. Colorado State University (CSU) offers a one-credit course that introduces first-year veterinary students to skills and career opportunities in research. Here we provide information about the course structure and content, and report outcomes of survey data that assesses the impact of the course on student appreciation and understanding of the research process. We found that most United States (US) veterinary colleges do not offer a didactic course on the research process. Student opinions of veterinary researchers were generally high, though a proportion of students (30%-40%) would have preferred a practice management class to a course on research principles. Nearly 25% of students reported that they were significantly influenced to consider research careers after taking the course. We document that this one-credit seminar course improved veterinary student perceptions of their understanding of the research process and resulted in self-reported influence of career choice.