The Teaching Academy
of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine

In 2011, the deans of five west region colleges of veterinary medicine came together to discuss ways in which their colleges might effectively collaborate to address important issues faced by the profession and the colleges. The result was formation of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. Recognizing that improving educational practices was a primary shared concern, the deans and their representatives chose establishment and support of a Regional Teaching Academy as the first initiative of the new consortium.

Today, the Academy has 76 members from seven west region colleges of veterinary medicine, these include: Colorado State University, MidWestern University, Oregon State University, University of Arizona, University of California РDavis, Washington State University, and Western University of Health Sciences.  Academy members represent a wide range of disciplines, educational interests and experience, and career stages.

The mission of the Regional Teaching Academy is to ensure that the members of the consortium collaborate to develop, implement, and sustain the best practices in veterinary medical and biomedical education in our colleges, and to establish veterinary medical educator/biomedical educator as a valued career track. Through these efforts we hope to meet the needs of society and the profession.

Regional Teaching Academy Bylaws


External Review of Teaching

The goal of this initiative is to address 2 major obstacles to recognizing and rewarding teaching in our colleges:

  1. The lack of defined and ready-to-use tools to assess teaching, teaching-related professional activities, and the scholarship of teaching.
  2. The lack of a respected and rigorous external review process.

Faculty Development

The goal of this initiative is to design and implement a faculty development program for new-to-teaching faculty.

Local Peer Observation

The primary goal of this initiative is to enhance teaching. To address this, we initially developed two outputs:

  1. A straightforward instrument designed to facilitate the peer observation process
  2. A set of guiding principles, or best practices, to facilitate implementation of local peer observation