Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium,
July 27-28, 2012

From Novices to Experts: Supporting Students’ Development of Professional Skills

Come to Colorful Colorado this summer for the scenery and join us at Colorado State University for the Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium, sponsored by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The 2012 Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium is uniquely tailored to the needs of veterinary educators. Whether you are an experienced faculty member, or new to the field, there will be something to support your professional development at this symposium. Each day’s theme tracks will feature nationally and internationally renowned veterinary educators describing their work in the classroom and clinics. Keynote speaker Dr. Sarah Baillie will pose the question “Simulation: The answer to all our problems?”

On Friday, choose between sessions on “How People Learn – Designing Effective Instruction” and “Spotlight on Professional Skills.” Saturday’s tracks are “Focus on Large Groups” and “Teaching in the Clinical Curriculum.” Check out the pre- and post-conference workshops where you’ll have the opportunity to test drive Dr. Ray Whalen’s Virtual Canine Anatomy program as well as get a preview of cutting-edge surgical simulators being developed at CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


VEC Symposium Schedule (PDF)


The symposium is sold out! Registration is closed, and individuals on the wait-list will be contacted if we have any cancelations.

Contact Information

For questions about the conference content, please contact Dr. Regina Schoenfeld, or (970) 491-6008

For questions about accomodations or conference registration, please contact the Office of Conference Services, or (970) 491-6222.

students interacting with VCA program during anatomy lab

Virtual Canine Anatomy

Join us for a pre-conference workshop, led by Dr. Ray Whalen, winner of the AVMA Norden Teaching Award, and a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar. This workshop will be an active session. Participants will visit the anatomy lab, see the virtual dog dissector in action, and learn about its use in veterinary education. There is no charge for this session, but pre-registration is required.

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Dinner and Networking

July 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Group dinner at Canino's Italian Restaurant, in Fort Collins. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit with your colleagues and enjoy a delicious, family-style Italian dinner. Transportation will be provided between CSU campus and the restaurant. This session is sold out!


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Surgical Skills Simulators

July 28, 4-5:30 p.m.: If you'd like to gain first-hand experience (literally!) with the simulators being developed by Drs. Fausto Bellezo and Dean Hendrickson, sign up for this session. Participants test-drive the new materials and see how they are used in veterinary education. There's no additional cost, but space is limited. This session is sold out!