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Mission

UCVM's mission is to meet the veterinary, animal and public health needs of Alberta through:

Excellence in delivery of a comprehensive undergraduate veterinary medical education, emphasizing production animal health, ecosystem and public health, equine health, and investigative medicine;

Excellence in clinical, diagnostic and professional teaching and service, in collaboration with our partners in the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community, and;

Excellence in the creation and distribution of new knowledge through research, graduate veterinary education, and continuing education in animal health, disease, and welfare, and its relation to human health.

Our education, research and service activities will contribute to the promotion and protection of animal and human health and welfare in Alberta, Canada and internationally.

UCVM remains committed to this Mission statement which emphasizes the educational focus of our DVM program, our partnership model of education and professional service founded on the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC), our focus on research and knowledge translation, and our commitment to continuing education. The Mission statement describes our five portfolio areas:

DVM education

Graduate Education

Research

Community Learning

Return to the Community, including clinical and professional service

In our integrated core-elective DVM program, we deliver a core program comparative medicine and general veterinary practice that provides a foundation for all career pathways in veterinary medicine. We emphasize preparing students for practice in rural communities. The core program therefore includes the health and wellness of the major domestic species (including production animals, equine, and companion animals), wildlife health, public and ecosystem health, professional and communication skills, research skills and comparative medicine. The elective program addresses our areas of emphasis.

We remain committed to education, research and return to community in our four Areas of Emphasis:

Production Animal Health: population and individual animal health of all food and other production animal species; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of the livestock industry and rural Alberta.

Ecosystem and Public Health: animal and public health at the interface of domestic animals, wildlife, humans and the environment; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of society through public and private practice in areas related to public health, food safety, environmental and agricultural interfaces, wildlife/ conservation/zoo medicine and health.

Equine Health: population and individual veterinary care of horses; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of the horse industry, horse owners, and rural Alberta.

Investigative Medicine: comparative medicine and biomedical research; encouraging students to pursue careers advancing animal and human health through research (basic, clinical, applied, or population health)

In our research and graduate education programs, we will continue to conduct research relevant to animal health, disease, and welfare, and its relation to human health. We will continue to establish effective partnerships and collaborations that build on our expertise and support our research programs. This includes collaborations with the Faculties of Medicine, Environmental Design, Kinesiology, and Science, among others, within the university. It also includes partnerships with community, NGO and industry groups and other research institutions in Canada and internationally. We will support Strategic Research Areas that advance our Mission, but we remain committed to supporting a strong foundation of research excellence across the disciplines that support our programs and our strategic research areas.