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Veterinary Educator Teaching and Scholarship (VETS)

July 16-17, 2023

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 Educator Teaching and Scholarship (VETS) program this July 16th and the 17th. 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. Advocating our mission “teaching matters”. This program is designed to support all educators, not just those working with DVM students.

Sunday, July 16th

Workshop: Enhancing Clinical Teaching: Focus on Wellness, Active Learning, and Feedback:

    • Will focus on strategies for strengthening instruction that occurs in clinic settings. Topics will include facilitating interactive learning experiences, providing feedback, and wellness. VETS: Fundamentals facilitators will model active-learning strategies and will allow time for participants to reflect with each other about ways to implement the ideas from the program. Our goal is to refine educators’ clinical teaching practices through understanding the importance of personal and professional well-being, implementing effective active learning strategies, and providing constructive feedback.

Monday, July 17th

Workshop: How to get Started with Team-Based Learning (TBL): A Fun, Supportive, Hands-on, and Interactive Boot Camp.

    • Have you noticed all the interest in Team-Based Learning (TBL) in Veterinary Medical Education? Are you curious regarding what all the excitement is about? See for yourself how TBL can help you enliven group- and case-based learning for your classroom. Learn how to make a big class seem smaller, develop student critical thinking skills, and avoid common pitfalls of collaborative learning while having fun. Increase learning gains, motivation, and engagement for your students/ul>
    • We invite you to join us on July 17 for an all-day interactive, hands-on workshop, pre-meeting workshop to:

        • Experience what it is like to be a student in a TBL class.
        • Learn how to design and optimize an effective TBL application exercise(s) for your own classroom under the expert guidance of a team of faculty developers, faculty colleagues, and instructional designers who are experienced in both teaching with TBL and designing effective TBL exercises.
        • This is a full immersion boot camp where the whole workshop is designed for you to learn TBL using TBL methods.

Following the VETS Pre-Conference Workshops is the 2023 RTA Biennial Conference – July 17-20. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the conference!