Veterinary Science B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary bachelor degree program in Veterinary Science is to provide high quality instructional and research opportunities for students interested in careers in veterinary medicine, animal health, livestock production and range management. The curriculum emphasizes the relationship of "One Health" between the environment, animals and the human management of these resources. It is designed to provide a foundation in both basic and applied sciences as well as strengthening the problem solving and communication skills of its graduates. 

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Students will be able to demonstrate technical competency within their respective discipline.

Student Performance Indicators
  • An exit survey will be conducted with graduating seniors.
  • Student success in admission to graduate or professional programs will be measured.
Assessment Method
  • The Assessment Committee will evaluate interview results.
  • The Assessment Committee will evaluate alumni survey questions regarding graduate and professional school acceptance.

2.  Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills within their respective discipline.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student in the major will demonstrate their ability to organize and present scientific information suitable for their profession.
  • Students in the major will demonstrate the ability to synthesize data and produce written and oral reports related to laboratory, field or scientific investigations.
Assessment Method
  • Students in AGSC 400 (Senior Seminar) are required to research topics within the field and organize 2 oral presentations in class. VM 475 & 675 requires demonstration of student knowledge of topics in animal health through student presentations, in a didactic format, to the rest of the class. Student performance is evaluated by the instructors and by members of the class and the results will be shared with the Assessment Committee.
  • VM 481 (Capstone course) requires students to research and write a scientific review paper and convey this information as an oral presentations to their classmates. Student performance is evaluated by two instructors in the department and the results will be shared with the Assessment Committee.

3.  Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills by being able to assess a problem, gather and analyze relevant information associated with the problem and propose possible solutions.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students in the major will be able to apply data collection and synthesis techniques to investigate pertinent problems in real world settings.
Assessment Method
  • This will be evaluated through classroom activities and completion of related projects. Department faculty will be interviewed annually by the Assessment Committee to determine how this performance indicator is being met.