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Community / Campus Partnership Program Prepares Students, Supports Animal Health

student with patient

The Community / Campus Partnership Program at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine offers a range of veterinary services to surrounding North Carolina communities, while providing opportunities for NC State veterinary students to practice routine surgical procedures and diagnose and treat common diseases of dogs and cats.

The service-learning and experiential-learning activities involved on the program equip the next generation of veterinarians with the community-oriented competencies necessary to practice in a changing veterinary environment. These competencies will make a difference in the lives of their clients as well as in the diverse communities they serve.

Program activities:

Animal Shelter Planned Pethood Program

The Planned Pethood Program operates at a statewide and county level.

Statewide Animal Shelter Planned Pethood Program

A collaboration with shelter and animal rescue organizations and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association allows second and third year students to hone medicine and surgery skills and serve a segment of the pet population that normally would not have access to medical care.

Caring for the Pets of Emotionally Disturbed Children in Central North Carolina

PEN-PALS, a collaboration of Pitt, Edgecombe, and Nash Public Academic Liaison Services, includes leaders from social services, public schools, mental health, the seventh judicial district, and East Carolina University. PEN-PALS has identified the importance of the human-animal bond in treating emotionally disturbed children. (currently on hold)

Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Project

Feral cat populations in the communities on the Outer Banks of North Carolina represent a growing problem for condominium associations and many businesses. To ameliorate this problem, fall and spring spay neuter and rabies vaccination clinics are carried out in cooperation with local animal control and rescue organizations, veterinarians, and businesses.

Community Classroom Experiential Learning

A two-week fourth-year elective has been established in a local small animal practices to reinforce skills in problem-solving, general medicine and surgery, client communication, and principles of practice management.

Doctors and Staff

The Community Campus Partnership Program is directed by Dr. Kelli Ferris. Her achievements were recognized recently when she was inducted into the Academy Of Outstanding Teachers and the Academy of Faculty Engaged in Extension.

For more information: Please call 919.513.3418 if you would like more information on any of the program activities.

Posted April 13, 2012