Development and Implementation of a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinary Students: Description of the Effort and Lessons Learned

J Vet Med Educ. 2020 Jun;47(3):250-262. doi: 10.3138/jvme.1117-161r.


The need for consortial programs to provide advanced education in food animal veterinary production medicine has been recognized and lauded for nearly three decades. This article describes one effort to create a dairy production medicine curriculum funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Higher Education Challenge Grant. This National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians is housed at the Dairy Education Center of the University of Minnesota and the project was a collaboration of the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois, the University of Georgia, and Kansas State University. The article reviews the need for innovative ways to educate students who will optimally serve the dairy industry, provides a broad overview of the process of developing and delivering the eight-week dairy production medicine curriculum, and describes the challenges faced and lessons learned as a result of offering such a program.

Keywords: assessment; centers of excellence; consortia; curriculum; dairy production medicine; dairy veterinary education; delivery; design; food animal veterinary education; observations; veterinary manpower.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Curriculum
  • Dairying / education*
  • Education, Veterinary*
  • Humans
  • Kansas
  • Students
  • United States
  • Veterinarians*