Canine College is a veterinary student run program devoted to the enrichment of dogs housed within the CVM. Veterinary students participate in a variety of skills laboratories that provide hands-on experience in the handling and physical examination of dogs. A stock colony of purpose-bred research dogs is maintained to help meet this learning objective. Several years ago, concern was raised following receipt of complaints from students and instructors that some of the dogs were fearful, hard to examine, and/or uncooperative during the labs. In response, the Canine College program was started.
The purpose of the Canine College internship program is to provide undergraduate students interested in veterinary medicine the opportunity to participate in the enrichment of laboratory animals through Canine College. Upon completion of the program the student will have a better understanding of canine behavior and training techniques, an introduction to laboratory animal medicine, access to veterinary school lecture series, and create relationships with current veterinary students and CVM staff.