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2017 VETS 1.0 Program

July 10-12, 2017 – Fort Collins, CO

The Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (RTA) Faculty Development Initiative would like to invite participants to attend the Veterinary Education Teaching and Scholarship (VETS) 1.0 program this July 10th through the 12th at Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colorado.

The goal of the VETS program is to support veterinary and biomedical faculty in the use of student-centered teaching strategies and in best practices for designing instruction. The VETS 1.0 program will focus on strategies designed to engage students in the classroom, clinic, or laboratory settings. Topics will include facilitating interactive learning experiences, writing learning objectives, constructing and deconstructing exams, and strategies for receiving feedback on instruction.

Following the VETS program is the 2017 RTA Biennial Conference in Fort Collins – July 12-14. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the conference! For more information please click here.

VETS 1.0 Schedule Below

Colorado State University Diagnostic Medicine Center
300 W Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Room #DMC101
Program Details: 
The VETS 1.0 is a two day workshop (1 full day & 2 half days)- will begin at noon on Monday and continue through Wednesday at noon. In order to receive the full benefits of the program it is strongly encouraged to attend the entire workshop. Please plan travel accommodations accordingly.

Registration is open to faculty and staff from colleges that are members of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. If you have questions, please see your local Faculty Development Initiative Member or email Dr. Rachel Halsey.

VETS REGISTRATION Needs to be done by June 12th – Registration fee for the VETS participants are waived for participating RTA institutions.  

Registration to the the 2017 Biennial Conference (July 12-14) is a separate registration, click here.

Lodging Accommodations: 
There are a few lodging options to select from, click here for the options. You will need to make your own reservations and let them know you are with the Regional Teaching Academy. Please book your room no later than June 8.  For VETS 1.0 participants, lodging expenses will be reimbursed up to $100/night for 3 night. For more information and to book a hotel room, CLICK HERE. (Please note this is the same site for the conference lodging, different reimbursements restrictions will apply).

Bus Shuttle from the Denver airport to Fort Collins – Green Ride


July 10, Monday:

11-12:00 PM: Registration and Lunch

12:00 PM: Welcome

12:30 PM: Session #1: Facilitating an Interactive Learning Experience

4:15 PM: Reflection

6:00 PM: Dinner & Social Activity

July 11, Tuesday:

8:00 AM: Session #1: Continued

10:30 AM: Session #2: Writing Learning Objectives

1:00 PM: Reflection

1:15 PM: Session #3: Constructing Exams

2:30 PM: Session #4: Putting Goals, Objectives, & Assessments Together

4:30 PM: Reflection

July 12, Wednesday:

8:00 AM: Session #5: Deconstructing Exams

9:45 AM: Session #5: Peer Observation of Teaching

11:30 AM: Reflection and Wrap-up