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                                      HANDBOOK




Office of Student Services
Teaching Research and Wellness Building
2E08, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N2
www.vet.ucalgary.ca
Welcome from The Dean

Welcome to the University of Calgary Faculty
of Veterinary Medicine. Congratulations on
being selected to enter our program. You
have an exciting and challenging four years in
front of you. At the end, you will be prepared
to enter the many career paths available in
veterinary medicine and to serve society.

This Student Handbook contains a wealth of
information. This is be a great place to start
when you have questions, but the Office of
Student Services, the Curriculum Office and
the Dean's Office will always be open to you if you need assistance. Don't hesitate to
ask your instructors if you have questions or concerns related to your courses.

We are happy to receive your thoughts and comments as you move through the
program. Completion of course and instructor evaluation is an important way of
providing feedback so I encourage you to fully participate in the process. I can assure
you that the feedback is treated seriously and is used to modify courses over time.

Participation in student life and activities are important components of building a
professional relationship with your colleagues. The Honor Code and its provisions,
outlined in this handbook, will also help you to build a practical understanding of
professional ethics and self-regulation that will last you a life time.

I hope that you will be an active member of UCVM. I look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,




Alastair Cribb, DVM PhD
Dean
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary




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TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                                                                                                 Page
Welcome from the Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   1
UCVM’s Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              4
UCVM’s Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             4
Canadian Veterinary Oath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      4
Honor Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          5

Undergraduate Veterinary Medical Office                                                 ............                6-16
Welcome from the Associate Dean, Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                  6
What It Means To Have A Degree From UCVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                       7
Course Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              8
   First, Second and Third Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        8
   Fourth Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             8
Courses Formats in UCVM Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  9
   Discipline Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  9
   Clinical Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           9
   Professional Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                10
   Clinical Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   10
   Field Experiences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                10
Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          11
Areas of Emphasis (AoE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   12
   Ecosystem and Public Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        12
   Investigative Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   13
   Equine Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              14
   Production Animal Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     14
Attendance Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               15
Exam Results and Course Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            15
Faculty and Staff Directory at UCVM . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            15
UCVM Locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              16
   South (Foothills) Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   16
   Spy Hills Campus (Clinical Skills Building) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          16




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Office of Student Services                              ..............................                           17-30
Welcome from the Director, Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                             17
Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    18
Clinical Skills Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          18
Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               19
Disability Resource Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  19
Dress Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            20
Driving Rental Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               20
Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         21
Feedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        21
Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         21
Health and Dental Coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    21
Honor Code Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          22-24
Internet Posting Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             25
Pregnancy and UCVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    25
Professionalism at UCVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27
Recreation Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            28
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    28
Student Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          29
UCVM Boehringer Ingelheim Mentorship Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                          30

Associations, Clubs and Committees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                         31-39
Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      31
   Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                     31
   Calgary Association of Veterinary Students (CAVS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  31
   Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   31
Clubs (Student Clubs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         32-33
Committees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   34-39
   Academic Appointment Review Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  34
   Curriculum Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 34
   Faculty Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          35
   Faculty Promotions Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       35
   Government and International Relations Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                       35
   Health and Safety Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      35
   Honor Code Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                36-38
Other Committees Important to Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                               39
Emergency Telephone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                           40


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Student Handbook                                                                  Page 3 of 40
UCVM's Mission
Our mission is to meet the veterinary, animal and public health needs of Alberta through:

 excellence in delivery of a comprehensive undergraduate veterinary medical education,
  emphasizing the production animal health, ecosystem and public health, equine health,
  and investigative medicine;
 excellence in clinical, diagnostic and professional teaching and service, in collaboration
  with our partners in a Distributed Veterinary Learning Community;
 excellence in the creation and distribution of new knowledge through research,
  graduate veterinary education, and continuing education in animal health and disease,
  and its relation to human health.

Our education, research and service activities will contribute to the promotion and
protection of animal and human health and welfare/wellness in Alberta, Canada and
internationally.



UCVM's Vision
Bringing innovation and community together to advance animal and human health.



Canadian Veterinary Oath
As a member of the veterinary medical profession, I solemnly swear that I will use my
scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society.

I will strive to promote animal health and welfare, relieve animal suffering, protect the
health of the public and environment, and advance comparative medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles
of veterinary medical ethics.

I will strive continuously to improve my professional knowledge and competence and to
maintain the highest professional and ethical standards for myself and the profession.

CVMA 2004
http://canadianveterinarians.net/about-oath.aspx



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Honor Code
In 2010 UCVM adopted an Honor Code (HC). This has now become an integral part of the
Veterinary School. Starting on page 22 of the Student Handbook is the Honor Code Policy in full
and on page 37, the Terms of Reference that the committee will operate under. The following
are extracts from the policy.

Purpose:
The Honor Code promotes an environment of honesty, integrity, professional responsibility and
ethical conduct for the community of UCVM. It encourages students to take responsibility for
their actions and fosters respect amongst students and faculty. It also provides a valuable
opportunity for DVM students to learn the principles of self-governance. All members of
UCVM community are responsible for ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of the Honor
Code.

Honor Code Statement:
The DVM students of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) accept
and respect the principle of self-regulation. Therefore, they agree to act in a professional and
honorable manner in all aspects of their academic and non-academic conduct while registered
at UCVM. It is expected and understood that students will not engage in any activity that would
violate academic, non-academic, or professional codes. Further, they agree to be responsible
for making recommendations regarding sanctions in the event that infractions should occur.
The DVM students and UCVM faculty and staff recognize and appreciate the freedom and
responsibilities that the Honor Code Policy provides, and agree to uphold its principles.

Students will be asked to take the following oath:

“I promise I will act with integrity and honesty in both academic and non-academic
matters, as befits a student of UCVM and a member of the veterinary profession”

For the Honor Code to be effective it is important that you have a good understanding of what
constitutes Professional Behavior and Student Misconduct.
The Honor Code Committee will deal with minor violations of non-academic misconduct.

For information regarding Non-Academic Misconduct:
www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/misconduct
For information regarding Academic Misconduct:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/k-2.html



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Undergraduate Veterinary Medical
Education Office
Welcome from the Associate Dean, Curriculum
On behalf of the members of the Office of Undergraduate
Veterinary Medical Education (UVME) I would like to welcome
you, the DVM Class of 2015, to the University of Calgary Faculty
of Veterinary Medicine.

The DVM program at the UCVM is new and unique, and
represents the hard work put in by the faculty to design a
program that will allow you to develop an excellent foundation of
knowledge and skills in preparation for the career path of your
choice.   The program as a whole emphasizes the scientific
principles underlying veterinary medicine and integrates basic
biomedical sciences with clinical material. A key component of the UCVM program is that it
promotes and requires your active engagement in your classes.
                                                                      TO
In your third year you will be required to select one of four Areas of Emphasis (AoE):
Production Animal Health, Equine Health, Ecosystems and Public Health, and Investigative
Medicine. Through your studies in your particular AoE you will gain advanced knowledge
and skills that will benefit you in your future career. There is information about the AoE in
this handbook but I would encourage you to begin to learn more about the four Areas of
Emphasis and to discover the ways in which they will help you attain your professional
goals.

All DVM programs are challenging and this one is no different. The entire faculty is
interested in your success; however your active participation in your courses, your use of
sound study habits and utilizing collaborative learning opportunities will all contribute
towards your individual and collective success.

As you enter this first and exciting stage of your future professional life, I wish you all the
best. The doors of the UVME are always open to you and we will be happy to assist you in
any way we can.

Sincerely,




Dr Jeremy Bailey, BVSc. MVetSc. Dip ACVS
Associate Dean, Curriculum



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What It Means To Have A DVM From UCVM
You will graduate from UCVM as a competent entry level
general veterinary practitioner with the added advantage of
                                                                 This highly integrated
having a more advanced education in your chosen area of
emphasis. This highly integrated program, with a strong          program has a strong
emphasis on the practical aspect of veterinary medicine, means      emphasis on the
that you will almost immediately be involved in working with       practical aspect of
and handling the common domestic species of Alberta.              veterinary medicine

The general veterinary education core program will focus on
the health and primary care of all key domestic species, including food animals, horses and
small/ companion animals.

In the first three years you will be exposed to the different Areas of Emphasis
(AOE) however it will not be until the third year that you need to select your
preferred AOE.




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Course Layout
First, Second and Third Year
The curriculum is delivered over four calendar years
and includes nine semesters of instruction. During         You will have early and frequent
the first three years (six semesters) a total of
                                                           contact with animals, where you
twenty-seven hours of class and laboratory time
and one hour of seminar are scheduled weekly. The
                                                          will learn and practice clinical and
final year consists of forty weeks of practicum             professional skills necessary for
rotation experiences delivered over a full calendar                the practicum year
year and is comprised of hands-on clinical and
professional education. The DVM program provides a balance of opportunities for you to learn
foundational knowledge, to acquire and practice clinical and professional skills, and to develop
diagnostic reasoning capability during the first three years. Broad coverage of the scientific
veterinary knowledge base is provided in a series of discipline-based courses. You will be
exposed to clinical material regularly in the Clinical Presentations courses. In these courses, you
will begin to develop your diagnostic reasoning skills, to apply concepts learned in your
discipline courses, and to explore broader issues related to animal health. A series of Clinical
and Professional Skills courses offered in each semester of the first three years enables you to
have early and frequent contact with animals, where you will learn and practice clinical and
professional skills necessary for the practicum year. To view the timetable, log in to Veterinary
Curriculum Online (VETCO) www.vetco.ucalgary.ca


Fourth Year
Delivery of final year practicum rotations through the Distributed Veterinary Learning
Community (DVLC) provides a wealth of clinical and professional experiences, preparing you for
the broad range of career opportunities available within the veterinary profession. The
Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital (DVTH) gives you access to a large hands-on case load
that includes a significant proportion of primary care cases, in addition to more complex,
tertiary care cases. Scheduling of the final year over twelve months provides opportunity to
capture clinical experiences specific to spring and summer. More details regarding the Fourth
Year Rotations are available in the Fourth Year Student Handbook.
For the Program Sequence go to: http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/index.htm




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Course Formats in UCVM Program
Discipline Courses
The UCVM DVM program delivers an integrated core
elective curriculum. Discipline courses provide a solid           The underlying idea is to
foundation of scientific and theoretical veterinary medical        connect the theoretical
knowledge. This foundational knowledge will be applied and
                                                                 discipline knowledge with
enhanced within clinical context in the Clinical Presentation
                                                                       clinical cases and
and Clinical Skills courses. The underlying idea is to connect
the theoretical discipline knowledge with clinical cases and     problems to enhance your
problems to enhance your learning experience.                        learning experience
In the first year you will, for example, study fundamental
concepts and knowledge in anatomy. Clinically relevant anatomical details and their application
will be taught within the clinical context of the Clinical Presentation and Clinical Skills courses
across the first three years.


Clinical Skills
                                                      The Clinical Skills course is offered over
                                                      each year of the first three years of the
                                                      curriculum. This course is comprised of a
                                                      series of laboratory sessions taught twice
                                                      weekly that are designed to teach and
                                                      allow practice of many of the hands-on
                                                      skills that you will need to be a
                                                      veterinarian. The clinical skills covered
                                                      range from animal handling and restraint,
                                                      to diagnostic tests and procedures, to
                                                      treatment methods including surgery. The
course covers small and large domestic animal species, as well as exotics and wildlife. The
instructors are from a range of backgrounds including board certified specialists, members of
the DVLC, a core group of clinical skills instructors who are also practicing veterinarians and a
dedicated team of animal health technologists. Herds of teaching animals have been
established and are maintained specifically for the course. These animals are also used in
extracurricular practice time termed “animal interaction”. Performance in the course is graded
as pass/fail and assessment is conducted using OSCE (see Assessment page 11 for more details).


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Professional Skills
Professional competence is vital for success in school and in practice. This three year course
builds in intensity and complexity over the DVM program. The skills learned in this class
including communication, technical skills, critical thinking, reflection, research and informatics
management will be reinforced in other classes. Classroom activities include highly interactive
small group sessions, lectures, assignments and readings they are organized around five topics:

        Communication            Ethics & Jurisprudence
        Research                 Business & Economics
        Informatics


Clinical Presentations
Clinical Presentations is a three year course and will examine individual, group or population of
animals as well as ecosystems, public health and investigative medicine issues. Clinical
Presentations will reinforce concepts learned in discipline courses while providing opportunity
for you to develop your clinical thinking skills and will cover all areas of emphasis as well as
general practice.
The Clinical Presentations course represents an opportunity for you to apply and understand
the concept of the discipline courses in a real life context. Real problems encountered in
veterinary medicine will be presented to the class, and you will be encouraged to actively
participate to propose solutions through a variety of activities. These include group discussions,
presentations to peers, role-playing and computer simulations. Each Clinical Presentation
focuses on a particular theme and consists of two sessions a week each lasting ninety minutes.


Field Experiences
Two weeks of each semester during
the first three years of the program
are assigned to field courses. Field
courses have been designed to allow
you to work on selected veterinary
topics, under supervision in the
Distributed     Veterinary   Learning
Community. Some of these field trips
will be done as an entire class and
others in small groups.



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Assessment
Purpose of Assessment
Assessment provides information about your performance in order to:
- Provide timely feedback to you on course related performance
- Assess your performance and achievement of curricular goals
- Provide programmatic feedback regarding student performance level and identifying
  strengths and weaknesses in the educational program
- Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, overall achievement and growth in a content
  domain.
Formative Assessment
Formative assessment is used to monitor learning progress during instruction. It provides
continuous feedback to you and your instructors regarding your performance. Formative
evaluations may be samplings of certifying evaluations with briefer duration and/or
demonstrations of examinations question format. Results of formative assessment will not be
used to calculate your final course mark.
Course Examinations
Each course in the DVM program must have a formal exam. The exam should be a fair and
representative sampling of the course learning objectives. The exam may have one or more
components, but a single final grade is compiled for each course.
Multiple Choice Examinations
Multiple choice questions will be written in the “single best response” format. The single best
response question has better psychometrics than other formats. Questions will aim to test
“higher level objectives” such as application and problem solving rather than simple recall of
factual knowledge.
Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
The Clinical Skills course is assessed using OSCE. These exams are a series of timed stations
where candidates are asked to demonstrate competence in specific practical skills. You are
graded using an objective marking sheet that breaks each skill down into a series of smaller
tasks. The exam is graded as pass or fail, as is the course.
Other Evaluation Methods
In addition to multiple choice examinations, OSCE, short essays and graphic questions, a variety
of other evaluation methods will be used as components of a course assessment. These may
include measurement of student participation, completion of specified assignments and clinical
reasoning questions etc. In calculating the final grade, term work should count for not less than
50%.



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Areas of Emphasis (AoE)
You will have the opportunity to enrich your program by choosing from one of the four
following Areas of Emphasis (AOE). You will be making this selection during your third year.


Ecosystem and Public Health
Ecosystem and Public Health has been identified as
one of four areas of emphasis for the Faculty of           You will be selecting your
Veterinary Medicine. This is to ensure that future       preferred area of emphasis in
members of the veterinary profession are well                       third year
equipped to contribute to the development of
effective solutions to environmental and public health
concerns. To maintain public health, environmental health and sustainable food and water
supplies it is important to integrate ecosystem perspectives with policy designed to address
growing human and animal needs in an effective manner.

                                                There are currently a number of
                                                collaborative studies underway at the
                                                University of Calgary designed to ensure
                                                early detection of emerging diseases in
                                                human, domestic animal and wildlife
                                                populations. Some of this work is based at
                                                the Calgary Zoo and the UCVM Wildlife
                                                Facility at Spy Hill Campus and in ranching
                                                and      Aboriginal   Communities.      Other
                                                programs include assessment of health
                                                parameters in Arctic Caribou and urban
coyotes, wildlife health management and conservation, public health impacts of livestock, non-
profit animal humane organizations, and community engagement in Tanzania.

If you select Ecosystem and Public Health as an area of emphasis you will be well placed to
consider a career in wildlife health and conservation programs, provincial and federal
government (food safety, development of disease surveillance, and animal and human health
preventive medicine) research on the interactions of animals, people and the environment they
share, and international veterinary practice. On completion of your DVM degree you may
consider further training in wildlife pathology, zoo animal medicine, epidemiology, public health
and policy studies.


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Investigative Medicine
Investigative Medicine champions the role of veterinarians in the discovery of knowledge that
will benefit animal and human health and wellbeing.
The Investigative Medicine Area of Emphasis introduces you to the principles of evidence-based
medicine and teaches research skills as part of many of the required and elective courses in the
DVM program. These skills will benefit you, regardless of your choice of career path. The
Investigative Medicine electives and fourth year program will provide you with the opportunity
to practice the principles of investigation and research in clinical and comparative contexts.
Completion of the Investigative Medicine program provides an excellent platform for students
with potential interests in research-related careers, academic careers, advanced clinical
specialization, or industry careers.
Veterinarians are uniquely qualified to contribute to the advancement of health through
comparative biomedical and population health research. Career opportunities exist in academia
(clinical, population, basic and applied research); specialized clinical practice through pursuit of
residency training; in agricultural, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; in government
research and regulatory agencies; in regulatory oversight of animal models research, laboratory
animal medicine and management; and in non-profit organizations sponsoring research in
human and animal health.
The Investigative Medicine Area of Emphasis will give you the opportunity to participate in
research activities related to your areas of interest; to pursue advanced clinical and
experimental animal models rotations, including laboratory animal management, and to get
exposure to state-of-the-art research methodology such as stem cell technology and advanced
imaging techniques that will also impact clinical specialty practice.
                                                                      These     experiences      will
                                                                      provide     you     with     a
                                                                      foundation in evidence-
                                                                      based medicine and will
                                                                      provide     a     competitive
                                                                      advantage      to    students
                                                                      interested in graduate study
                                                                      programs and research
                                                                      careers, or those interested
                                                                      in     pursuing     advanced
                                                                      training      in       clinical
                                                                      internships and residencies.



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Equine Health
The Equine Health Area of Emphasis
provides opportunity for those of you who
have a particular interest in horses to gain
an enhanced knowledge in this area.
Different areas of the horse industry will be
focused on including population and
individual health and medicine. The Equine
Area of Emphasis is the only area to focus
primarily on individual animal medicine,
where horses can be used as a model to
learn about individual animal health and
medicine.

Career      opportunities  for    equine
veterinarians are varied and include
postgraduate specialist training, equine
practice, mixed animal practice and
regulatory medicine.


Production Animal Health
Production Animal Health (PAH) is the segment of the veterinary profession that cares for
animals used for food and fiber production. Animal species commonly included in this category
are beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats and game farmed wild ungulates.

Production Animal Health veterinarians provide individual animal medicine and surgery to
these animals, but also are responsible for investigation, prevention and treatment of problems
that threaten herds of these animals. These veterinarians play a lead role in addressing health
and welfare issues in the production of food from animals.

The number and diversity of career opportunities for veterinarians with skills in production
animal health are increasing. Besides veterinarians working in veterinary practices (either
focused on one or multiple species or species exclusive specialist), job opportunities related to
both human and animal health (the meat industry, government) are future perspectives for
PAH focused veterinarians.



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Attendance Policy
You are adult learners who are expected to take responsibility for your learning. Considering
the nature of the curriculum and the high number of hands-on and interactive sessions and
group activities, we expect that you will participate in all scheduled sessions. All courses in the
first three years of the DVM program are essential. Please refer to Attendance Policy
http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/Attendance+Policy.pdf for your obligations regarding
attendance. If you, for good reasons, are not able to attend a session the expectation is that it is
your responsibility to ensure you develop the knowledge and skills covered in the missed
session.


Exam Results and Course Grades
You are able to access your final grades via
My UofC using the online Student Centre. If
you are requiring an official transcript they
may be obtained from the University of
Calgary       Service       Stop         (visit
http://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar. For further
information regarding transcripts, refer to
http://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/grades_faq

For information regarding grade conversion
from letter to number grades, copy this link
into your browser: http://www.ucalgary.ca/comculstaff/g-o/g/grades
For a description of the Grading System and information regarding Continuation of Study
Policy please refer to http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/28_continuationofstudy.pdf
For information regarding Policy on Deferred Final Exams please refer to:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/deferred_final


Faculty and Staff Directory at UCVM
UCVM is a growing Faculty with new faculty and staff being employed. This can make it hard to
find people or know where they fit into the organization. If you want to know how to contact
any one of the faculty or staff at UCVM go to http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/contact-us/directory/staff.
This not only gives their contact details (email and telephone numbers) but can help to place
the person in the organizational structure of the UCVM.



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UCVM Locations
UCVM is located at the University of Calgary South (Foothills)
Campus (16 Avenue and 29 Street NW) and at the Spy Hill
Campus (118 Avenue and 85 Street NW) in Calgary.


South (Foothills) Campus
Classroom work, basic science laboratories, and much of our
research takes place at the Foothills Campus in the Teaching
Research and Wellness (TRW) Building. The 2E23 Lecture
Theatre, the Dean’s Office, Curriculum Office and Student
Services are located in this building along with the student
lounge, lockers and mailboxes.

Spy Hill Campus (Clinical Skills Building)
                                                    The Spy Hill Campus houses the Clinical
                                                    Skills Building (CSB), the Veterinary
                                                    Sciences Research Station (VSRS), and the
                                                    Wildlife Research Station. This is the site
                                                    of hands-on clinical and diagnostic
                                                    learning in the DVM program and clinical
                                                    and applied research. The building houses
                                                    medical exercise areas, animal handling
                                                    areas, pathology facilities, anatomy
                                                    laboratories and surgical suites.

Fourth Year
The fourth year of the DVM program and much of the clinical research will take place in the
Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC) that encompasses private practices, non-
governmental organizations, private and government research laboratories, public health and
policy environments, and partners engaged in wildlife and environmental activities. This rich
assortment of locations and partners provides an exciting collaborative environment for the
DVM, graduate, and research programs. You will spend two weeks of each semester
throughout the program learning in the DVLC.
Please refer to http://vet.ucalgary.ca/distributed_veterinary_learning_community for details
on the DVLC.




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Office of Student Services

Welcome from the Director, Student Services
Welcome and congratulations on your admission to University of
Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

As Director of Student Services I look forward to working with you
to ensure that your next four years are as fulfilling and enjoyable
as possible. It is the Office of Student Services role to assist you
in any way we can throughout your time with us. So if you have a
question, any question, you are more than welcome to contact
me. If I cannot answer your inquiry I will ensure that it gets
directed to the appropriate person.

This handbook has been produced by Student Services, to
introduce you to UCVM and some of the things that we believe are most pertinent to
you as you begin your journey with us. It does not cover every eventuality nor does it
contain detailed information on policy and procedures but it does provide details as to
where more information can be accessed.

The following pages outline some of the student services that are available to you
through the university. Additional information is available on the University of Calgary
website. This handbook is also available electronically on the UCVM webpage. If
however you can’t find something or have further questions please don’t hesitate to
ask.

We welcome feedback on the handbook as to its relevance to you and how it can be
improved. Please forward all feedback to my office.

Sincerely,




Kylie Evans, BSc. B.V.M.S.
Director, Student Services
University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching Research and Wellness Building, 2E08
3280 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4Z6
Phone: 403-210-6615
Fax: 403-210-3939
Email: evansk@ucalgary.ca




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Awards
University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Awards
     These are awards you may be eligible for as a DVM student. Some of these awards require
     an application where as some of them are nominated by the faculty.
     The application deadline date is June 1, 2012, 4:30 pm.
     http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/awards_bursaries_and_scholarships
University of Calgary Competitive Awards:
     Eligibility Requirements: Students must have successfully completed the most recent fall
     and winter terms at the U of C as a full-time student.
     How to Apply: Login to the myUofC portal at my.ucalgary.ca + Select Student Centre +
     Apply for Awards + Undergraduate Competitive Awards + Apply.
     The application deadline date is July 31, 2012.
     http://www.ucalgary.ca/awards/
Government of Alberta - Scholarships and Bursaries- http://alis.alberta.ca


Clinical Skills Building
The Clinical Skills Building is where you will be doing all your practical work, dealing with live
animals and necropsy specimens. It is located in the North West of Calgary approximately 20
minute drive from the South Campus. The location and nature of the activities that are
conducted in this building necessitate the need for specific policies and procedures .
Access
The Clinical Skills Building is not staffed 24 hours a day and for safety reasons students are only
allowed to be in the building when there are staff present. Exceptions are currently made in the
two weeks prior to, and the two weeks of, end of semester exams. For more details refer to:
http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/Deans+Policy+Student+Acccess+to+CSB+and+TRW.pdf

Animal Handling
For specific safety guidelines when dealing with animals see the Health and Safety Guidelines:
http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/32_UCVMHealthSafetyGuidelinesFinalNovember2009.pdf

Necropsy Areas
There are also specific dress requirements and procedures for entering and exiting the
Necropsy Areas. These precautions are important components of a biosecurity program and are
designed to minimize the risks associated with infectious and zoonotic diseases. Student
expectations are outlined on the website. This must be read prior to attending class.
http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/Necropsy+Area++-+Expectations+for+Students+Aug2011.pdf


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Counseling Services
An important aspect to being a student is looking after one’s self. It is not uncommon for
students to experience varying degrees of stress, fatigue, depression or personal challenges.
Fortunately, the University of Calgary has a number of resources available to you with the aim
of providing support for your health and well-being. Feel free to contact the course coordinator
or the UCVM Student Services Office should you require assistance in making initial contact
with these resources. It is planned to have a counselor available at the Foothills Complex on
Friday afternoons.

For a list of the available resources and their contact numbers please refer to page 40. For a
more extensive list of all the services offered by the University see the following website

http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnessguide/


Disability Resource Centre                                          DRC: Services for Students

The Disability Resource Centre's (DRC) mission is to facilitate
an accessible learning environment for students with a            Programs and services are
disability. Disability Resource Centre staff, in collaboration    tailored to meet each student’s
with the student with the disability, identify those              academic needs.         Services
                                                                  students may access through the
reasonable academic accommodations, which will
                                                                  DRC include:
contribute to the successful completion of their academic
careers. The services are available to students with                Academic accommodation
documented disabilities ranging from attention deficit               advising
disorder, learning disabilities, chronic health issues, mental      Accommodated exam
health issues, hearing and visual impairments, physical              administration
                                                                    Adaptive technology
disabilities and temporary impairments due to accident,
                                                                     assessment and training
illness or injury. If you are a student who utilized                Assistive service
accommodations (i.e. extra time for exams, use of a                  coordination (note-takers,
computer) in high school or another post-secondary                   scribes, tutors, strategists,
institution, please contact DRC to discuss receiving                 sign language interpreters)
accommodations at the University of Calgary.                        Disability related funding
                                                                     information
Accommodations letters from DRC should be given to
                                                                    Information on campus
instructors during the first two weeks of the semester.              accessibility
Please call 403-220-8237 or e-mail drc@ucalgary.ca for              Information and referral
additional information or to schedule an appointment with            for:
an advisor.                                                          - Learning Disability
                                                                       assessment services
                                                                     - Learning strategist
                                                                      services
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Dress Guidelines
UCVM dress code has been developed primarily for the benefit of clients, staff, and visitors. As
a professional, it is important to remember that you are in the service of others and as such we
should be respectful of the needs of others. Your manner of dress should display this and
should be appropriate to the community of learning, practice, etc. in which you are engaged.
For more details including wearing of protective clothing please refer to:
http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/29_DressGuidelinesJuly2009.pdf




Driving Rental Vehicles
At times during the course you may be asked to drive a rental vehicle in order to travel to
different field courses. For details regarding insurance of these vehicles please copy this link to
your browser http://www.ucalgary.ca/riskmgmt/policies-legislation




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Emergency
In the case of an Emergency telephone 911 or Campus Security 403-220-5333. Campus
Security will contact 911 and provide detailed directions to the required location.


Feedback
The UCVM welcomes your comments. You are encouraged to provide feedback via individual
comments and/or through your elected representatives. There is a suggestion box located in
the student lounge. These comments (anonymous or signed) are collected regularly and
recorded by the Office of Student Services, and discussed with the Dean and/or Leadership
Council.


Financial Aid
For information on financial aid go to http://www.ucalgary.ca/awards/student_loans and
http://alis.alberta.ca/ or contact the Service Stop at 403-210-ROCK (403-210-7625) during
weekday hours or the On-Line ‘Ask the Rock’ at http://ucalgary.intelliresponse.com/current/.
For a comprehensive listing of UofC web resources, go to the On-Line Service Stop at
http://www.ucalgary.ca/currentstudents/. To print an enrolment verification letter required to
apply for a financial loan go to http://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/enrolment_steps


Health and Dental Coverage
All full-time undergraduate students (taking three or more courses per term) at the University
of Calgary are automatically enrolled in the Student Health and Dental Plan when they register
for classes. The Health Plan provides students with a comprehensive set of health insurance
benefits (prescription drugs, paramedical services, such as physiotherapy, chiropractic
treatment, ambulance services, and many other benefits). This plan is supplementary to any
provincial health care plan. The Managed Dental Plan provides you with dental coverage
through a specific network of dental clinics throughout Calgary. It is mandatory for you to visit a
Network Dental Clinic in order to be eligible for coverage. Please contact the Undergraduate
Health and Dental Plan Office or visit www.gallivan.ca for a list of clinics. For eligible students
starting in the Fall Term, coverage begins September 1 and ends August 31. Optional family
coverage (for one or both plans) is also available for an additional fee. This procedure must be
completed by October 1 for new Fall Term undergraduate students and by January 28 for new
Winter Term undergraduate students.
For more information refer to: http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/p-1-12-2.html


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Honor Code Policy
Purpose
The Honor Code promotes an environment of honesty, integrity, professional responsibility and
ethical conduct for the community of the UCVM. It encourages students to take responsibility
for their actions and fosters respect amongst students, faculty, staff and the DVLC community.
It provides a valuable opportunity for DVM students to learn the principles of self-governance.
All members of the UCVM community are responsible for ensuring the integrity and
effectiveness of the Honor Code.

Scope
The Honor Code applies to DVM students, and its effective implementation and application
requires the support of all faculty and staff.
The Honor Code applies to all matters of minor non-academic misconduct by DVM students, as
defined in the U of C Student non-academic misconduct policy, and with academic misconduct,
in accordance with U of C Policy.
Matters that are considered to be major non-academic or academic misconduct, if reported to
the Honor Code Committee, will be referred to the Dean. The Dean shall refer major non-
academic misconduct to the Associate Vice-Provost (Students Success and Learning Support
Services), in accordance with U of C policy, and shall refer academic misconduct to the
Associate Dean, Curriculum.
The U of C academic and non-academic misconduct policies will take precedence in any
situation that where there may be conflict between these and the Honor Code.
Definitions
‘Self-regulation’ – a system by which an organization or institution deals with its own conduct
and disciplinary problems e.g. the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
‘Honor’ – A sense of ethical conduct; one's word given as a guarantee of performance.

Policy Statement
U of C policies on academic and non-academic misconduct take precedence over and guide the
policies described below:
    - Academic Misconduct: http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/k-2.html
    - Non-Academic Misconduct: http://ucalgary.ca/registrar/misconduct
According to these policies, the Dean of the Faculty is responsible for academic and minor non-
academic misconduct. The Dean may, while retaining decision- making authority and
accountability, delegate primary responsibility for consideration of the misconduct. This policy
describes the procedure for delegating responsibility for initial consideration of academic and
minor non-academic misconduct to an Honor Code Committee. In all situations, a student may



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request that any consideration of misconduct is referred directly to the Dean, in the case of
non-academic misconduct or to the Associate Dean, Curriculum, in the case of academic
misconduct.

The Honor Code
The DVM students of UCVM accept and respect the principle of self-regulation. Therefore, they
agree to act in a professional and honorable manner in all aspects of their academic and non-
academic conduct while registered at UCVM. It is expected and understood that students will
not engage in any activity that would violate academic, non-academic, or professional codes.
Further, they agree to be responsible for making recommendations regarding sanctions in the
event that infractions should occur. The DVM students and UCVM faculty and staff recognize
and appreciate the freedom and responsibilities that the Honor Code provides, and agree to
uphold its principles.
As part of the White Coat Ceremony on admission to UCVM, students will be asked to take the
following oath:
“I promise I will act with integrity and honesty in both academic and non-academic
matters, as befits a student of UCVM and a member of the veterinary profession”


General Considerations

a.   A copy of the Honor Code (this document) is given to all DVM students and all faculty and
     staff members. Normally, this will be distributed to all new faculty and staff members on
     arrival and to DVM students during orientation.
b.   The Dean (or designate) and the Chair of the Honor Code Committee will address the
     principles, relevance and application of the Honor Code with all new incoming students
     during the first half of the Fall Term. The academic and non-academic misconduct policies
     will also be reviewed.
c.   The Dean and Chair of the Honor Code Committee will review the principles, relevance and
     application of the Honor Code with all second, third and fourth years during the first half of
     the Fall Term.
d.   The Dean will promote the relevance and importance of the Honor Code at UCVM Faculty
     Council and at a general staff meeting held in the Fall term.
e.   The Honor Code will be in the student hand book as well as on UCVM website.
f.   Department heads, managers, and supervisors shall communicate the Honor Code and its
     principles to all new faculty and staff.




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Honor Code Policy continued
Responsibilities of the Students
Students will respect and uphold the regulations and spirit of the Honor Code.
Students will be responsible for ensuring that they are well acquainted with the principles and
policies of the Honor Code, the U of C Academic and Non-academic misconduct policies and
UCVM Guidelines on professionalism.
When a violation of the Honor Code is observed, the students must notify a member of the
Honor Code Committee or the Dean/Associate Dean, Curriculum. Failure to do so may be
deemed a violation of the Honor Code.
Responsibilities of Faculty and Staff
Each Faculty member at the beginning of each course and prior to examinations shall inform
students of regulations that apply to academic integrity in his/her course. They shall make clear
as to what extent collaborative work or exchange of material is acceptable.
Each instructor shall, in the case of quizzes or examinations, outline the conditions of how the
quiz or exam is to be conducted.
A faculty or staff member who observes or knows of a violation of the Honor Code must notify
a member of the Honor Code Committee or the Dean/Associate Dean, Curriculum.
Honor Code Committee
An Honor Code Committee (HCC) shall be established to consider situations of academic and
non-academic misconduct that are brought to its attention by students, faculty and staff. The
HCC will be responsible for dealing with matters in a professional manner and in accordance
with the principles outlined in the Honor Code, the U of C Policies on Academic and Non
Academic Misconduct and the UCVM Guidelines on Professionalism.
The HCC is to make recommendations to the Dean regarding any action that should be taken in
cases of misconduct. The recommendation must include a summary of the situation and the
reasons for the recommendation. The recommendations must be in keeping with U of C
policies. The Dean shall make a final decision on the recommendation and is responsible for
ensuring that the decision is acted upon. In cases of academic misconduct, the Dean shall
consult with the Associate Dean, Curriculum prior to accepting a recommendation from the
HCC.
The composition and activities of the HCC shall be established in a separate Terms of Reference.
The Terms of Reference shall be reviewed periodically and updated as required.’
Retirement
The Honor Code may be retired at any time by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. Normally,
such a vote will only occur if it is supported by the majority of the DVM student body.
Drafted: April, 2010; Approved by Leadership Council: May 11, 2010;
Approved by Faculty Council: June 23, 2010; Effective: June 23, 2010


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Internet Posting Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance
to UCVM students and employees with regards to
posting images and information to public domain
sites on the internet. The primary purpose is to       OBTAIN PERMISSION
ensure that the privacy of UCVM, its
stakeholders, and those in the community who           BEFORE POSTING
participate in our programs are appropriately
protected.                                             IMAGES OR
Students, staff, and faculty should not post
pictures (of animals or people), text or other         INFORMATION
materials derived from UCVM activities, including
those within the Distributed Veterinary Learning
Community (DVLC) and information posted on
VETCO (vetco.ucalgary.ca), without specific
permission of the individuals or the owners of the animals or information. Posting of
information may be a violation of the privacy of UCVM personnel, UCVM partners, and the
owners of animals involved and/or a violation of copyright in case of materials. For more
details:
http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/internetpostingpolicy+LC+May+11.2010.pdf



Pregnancy and UCVM
UCVM is committed to provide equal opportunity and a safe environment for all academically
qualified students. UCVM will offer reasonable accommodations to all students with a
documented permanent or temporary disability following the guidelines of the Disability
Resource Centre (University of Calgary). While pregnancy is not considered a disability the main
objective of these guidelines is to inform you about the risks to the mother and unborn child
inherent to the practice and training of veterinary medicine. Special needs associated with
pregnancy can be related to circumstances or conditions arising from health complications,
recovery from childbirth, miscarriage and abortion. Potential hazards include traumatic injury
from working with animals, exposure to toxic drugs, infectious agents, inhalation anesthetics,
radiation, and other agents. For more information refer to:
http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/36_PREGNANTVETERINARYSTUDENTS.pdf



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Professionalism at UCVM
The professional standards articulated here demonstrate our recognition of the special
professional privileges granted by society, which in turn expects us to reflect in work and deed
our commitment to its welfare and to the welfare of animals. Consistent with this, the conduct
of professionals should be characterized by the highest ethical integrity and humanistic values.
In keeping with sustaining the highest standard of professional behavior, fostering these values
is a moral obligation for all.

Professional Standards for Students and Faculty at UCVM
Honesty
We have a commitment to:
Maintain the highest standards of personal and academic honesty and integrity;
Conduct research in an ethical and unbiased manner, report results truthfully, and credit ideas
developed and work done by others;
Record accurately history and physical findings, test results, and other information pertinent to
the care of the patient;
Communicate truthfully and compassionately with clients, learners, faculty members and staff
both verbally and in writing;
Neither give nor receive aid in examinations unless such cooperation is expressly permitted by
the instructor.

Respect for Others
We have a commitment to:
Treat everyone with respect and without discrimination in my interactions with others, on
protected grounds such as (but not restricted to) age, race, colour, ancestry, place of origin,
political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual
orientation or unrelated criminal convictions;
Contribute to a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning;
Respect the personal boundaries of others including, but not limited to, refraining from making
unwanted romantic or sexual overtures, protecting personal information, and respecting
individual workspace;
Treat patients and clients with respect and dignity both in their presence and in discussions
with other members of the veterinary medical team;
Ensure that interactions with learners, teachers, patients, clients’ families, veterinary and
research colleagues, both academic and non-academic, are always respectful and considerate;
Respect the privacy of clients and research participants.



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Confidentiality
We have a commitment to:
Regard the confidentiality of patients, clients, and research and educational participants as a
central obligation;
Assure confidentiality by limiting discussion of patients and clients to appropriate settings for
clinical or educational purposes.

Responsibility
We have a commitment to:
Ensure patient wellbeing in the clinical setting;
Recognize my own limitations and seek help when my level of experience is inadequate;
Be accountable for personal decisions in the workplace;
Provide supervision and assistance to others appropriate to their need and level of expertise;
Adopt strategies to deal with errors, adverse events, and “near misses”, and promote a culture
of safety;
Not engage in exploitative relationships with colleagues, learners, patients, or their families for
emotional, financial, research, educational or sexual purposes;
Conduct myself professionally regarding my demeanor, use of language, and appearance in
health care settings;
Encourage and model language, appearance, and demeanor appropriate to the professional
healthcare setting;
Not use alcohol or drugs in any way that could interfere with my academic, professional and
clinical responsibilities;
Attend to my personal well-being, so that I am able to attend to my professional responsibilities
to the best of my abilities;
Appropriately acknowledge contributions made to research publications by others;
Reveal to sponsors, universities, journals or funding agencies, any material conflict of interest,
financial or other, that might influence their decisions on whether I should be asked to review
manuscripts or applications, test products or be permitted to undertake work sponsored from
outside sources;
Participate in the processes of self-regulation of the profession;
Report professional misconduct and unskilled practice to the appropriate authorities,
respecting the need to avoid unjustly discrediting the reputation of others.

Complete guidelines regarding Professionalism can be found at:
http://www.vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/PROFESSIONALISM.pdf




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Recreation Centre
University of Calgary Health and Recreation Centre
Facilities on Main Campus
are open to students, U of
C staff, alumni, and the
general public. All current
registered         students
become        All    Access
members of Campus
Recreation through a
compulsory fee ($33.98
semester) assessed with
their tuition. Students
may also purchase family
memberships at special
student rates at the
Kinesiology Client Services Office (KNA 101). These memberships include access to a wide range
of facilities. Please refer to: http://www.ucalgaryrecreation.ca/ Registration: 403-220-7749
Information: 403-220-7241 Fax: 403-284-5867 Email: camprec@ucalgary.ca

In addition to services available on the Main Campus, there is the Kinetix Fitness and Wellness
Centre located on the Foothills Campus in the TRW Building, First Floor.
For more details about student memberships and fitness classes, please visit their website at
http://www.ucalgary.ca/kinetix/


Security
A Campus Security Officer is on duty 24 hours a day in the Health Science Centre. Security
Services in the TRW/HRIC are available weekdays during day hours only. A Safewalk Program is
also available, where students are escorted to any location on the South (Foothills) Campus by
Security. To reach Security on Main Campus or South (Foothills) Campus, or in the event of a
medical emergency, or to use the Safewalk Program, dial 403-220-5333. Campus Security can
also be contacted from any of the "Help" phones located around campus. Remember to carry
your UCID card at all times.




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Student Safety
The University of Calgary considers health and safety to be a priority and is committed to
providing a safe and healthy work and study environment for the entire University community.
The goal of the University of Calgary is to integrate health and safety into all aspects of
University activities. To this end, specific responsibilities are designated for employees and
students. http://www.ucalgary.ca/safety/staff_students_thingstoknow

UCVM has specific guidelines regarding wearing of protective clothing, animal handling, bio-
safety, emergency response procedures, first aid services and international travel. Go to:
http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/32_UCVMHealthSafetyGuidelinesFinalNovember2009.pdf

Reporting Work-Related Injuries or Illnesses
Students must report all accidents or incidents to their Supervisor, Instructor or University
Representative as soon as possible and complete a report via the Online Accident Reporting
System (OARS). Refer to www.ucalgary.ca/safety/oars

Worker's Compensation Board Claims
The University of Calgary's OARS does not replace Worker's Compensation Board (WCB)
reporting requirements. All WCB reportable incidents require the completion of WCB forms and
the University of Calgary's OARS incident report.

WCB reports need to be completed when a Level 2 or Level 3 OARS report is submitted.

For WCB forms copy this link to your browser http://www.wcb.ab.ca/pdfs/workers/c060_with_instructions.pdf

In the Event of an Evacuation
If an alarm is sounded, all occupants of a building are expected to evacuate the building
immediately. This is both for the safety of the occupants as well as the first responders as it
ensures that first responders will not have to re-enter the building to search for individuals who
have not evacuated. All employees and students are expected to know their Assembly Points
and alternate Assembly Points for evacuating from the buildings, in which they work, go to
class or study. Go to http://www.ucalgary.ca/emergencyplan/assemblypoints

Following are the Assembly Points:
VSRS – Parking Lot directly in front of the building
Clinical Skills Building – Tent (North West Corner – behind CSB building)
TRW and HRIC – HSC Atrium
HSC and HMRB – HRIC Atrium


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UCVM Boehringer Ingelheim Mentorship Program
The UCVM Boehringer Ingelheim Mentorship Program has been created to help you to be
happy and successful students and facilitate your transition into the profession. You will
hopefully have the opportunity to meet your mentors during Orientation. You will be
designated a faculty mentor and a community mentor. If you have any questions regarding the
program please do not hesitate to contact Kylie Evans, Director, Student Services. It is hoped
that you will also gain assistance and advice from your peers.

   •   Learn and develop faster than you would unguided
   •   Develop industry links, get to know your colleagues
   •   Develop a greater appreciation for your chosen vocation
   •   Progress more quickly in your preferred area of interest
   •   Be more motivated in your study
   •   Gain a friend




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 Associations, Clubs and Committees

Associations
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA)
http://www.avma.ab.ca/



Calgary Association of Veterinary Students (CAVS)
The Calgary Association of Veterinary Students (CAVS) advocates
for the needs of students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
(DVM) program at the University of Calgary in academic, social,
and professional regards. CAVS is a resource for DVM students
needing academic and/or professional guidance.

                                                       CAVS serves as a social organization,
                                                       promoting networking amongst
                                                       DVM students. CAVS also serves as a
                                                       resource for students interested in
                                                       applying to the DVM program. CAVS
                                                       acts as a liaison between DVM
                                                       students, the UCVM faculty, the
                                                       Students' Union, and relevant
                                                       professional          organizations.
                                                       http://www.ucalgary.ca/~cavs/




Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
http://canadianveterinarians.net/index.aspx




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Clubs
Animal Welfare Club
Email: casgrant@ucalgary.ca
Description: The Animal Welfare Club promotes a science-based evaluation of the treatment of
wild, companion and production animals, as well as animals involved in entertainment
industries. Open-floor discussions are encouraged and all members are able to participate in
club decisions. Please join us in the fall for the annual Animal Welfare Club documentary night!

Calgary International Veterinary Student Society (CIVSS)
Website: http://civss.cavs.ca/index.html
Description: CIVSS is comprised of students interested in international exchanges, travel,
internships, externships and related projects. The emphasis of the club is on learning about
planning, executing and fundraising for international exchanges as well as developing the skills
needed to work in these fields. The club organizes and participates in activities involving guest
speakers, day trips, field courses, fundraising events, volunteer activities, conferences and
more!

Ecosystem and Public Health (EPH) Club
Website: http://www.ucalgary.ca/~eph/
Email: eph@ucalgary.ca
Description: The Ecosystem and Public Health Club is comprised of students interested in zoo
medicine, wildlife, ecology and public health. The EPH Club emphasis is on human/animal/
ecosystem interactions and the issues that arise from them as well as developing the hands-on
skills needed to work in this field. The club organizes and participates in learning activities
involving
Guest speakers          Day trips
Field Courses           Fundraising events
Volunteer activities    Conferences and more
Suggested experts involved in these activities will
include zoos, Parks Canada, Coastal Health,
Department of Environment and Natural
Resources of the Government of Northwest
Territories and Canadian Food Inspection Agency.




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Equine Club
Description: The Equine Club is a club that is geared to increase the exposure of vet med
students to the equine industry. We aim to do this through seminars, videos, wet labs, weekend
horse clinics, farm tours and trips and potentially international travel. Previous events have
included a weekend clinic with Jonathan Fields, a trip to an equine farm to practice working
with weanlings and yearlings (to improve our handling skills), hands-on labs and seminars from
local vets who work in the industry as well as from professionals dealing with showing, equine
care etc. We plan to organize similar events in the coming year. We are also a student chapter
of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) who provide funding for events and
trips, opportunities to go to conferences, and scholarships.


Production Animal Health (PAH) Club
Email: pah@ucalgary.ca
Description: The Production Animal Health Club
strives to develop the skills, relationships and
knowledge necessary to serve the production
animal industry as veterinarians. This is done
through guest speakers, workshops, conferences,
and fun social events!
                                                     PRODUCTION ANIMAL HEALTH CLUB
Small Animal Club
Email: sffoster@ucalgary.ca or krjones@ucalgary.ca
Description: The Small Animal Club focuses on providing further education and fun events on
animals ranging from dogs to pocket pets and reptiles. This is accomplished through guest
lectures, exposure to conferences and social events.


Veterinary Pathology Club
Email: anlo@ucalgary.ca
Description: The Veterinary Pathology Club is a fun interactive club for individuals with an
interest in various aspects of pathology. The club focuses on the interests of its members,
which in the past has included special lectures on exotic pathology. The club is also able to
cover some costs associated with sending interested members to the Annual Meeting of the
American College of Veterinary Pathologists which, this year will occur at the beginning of
December in Nashville!




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Committees
There are several committees that have student
membership. This is your opportunity to provide             Get involved! This is your
input and express the student’s opinion. Students
                                                       opportunity to provide input and
are selected as indicated in the Terms of Reference
                                                         express the students’ opinions
(TOR) of these committees. It is advised that any
student who is interested in being a student
member of one of the following committees meet with the president of CAVS so they can gain
an understanding of their responsibilities and the time commitment required. Information
about these committees can be found on the UCVM Home page + DVM Program + Resources +
Committees with Student Memberships http://vet.ucalgary.ca/policies_and_procedures


Academic Appointment Review Committee
Purpose: The Academic Appointment Review Committee is advisory to the Dean and is
established yearly. The purpose of this committee is to review applications for reappointment
With Tenure or applications for renewal of a continuing appointment, as referred by the Dean
on the recommendation of the Department Head.
Membership includes: One undergraduate and one graduate student representative, elected
by their respective student association for a term of one year (non-voting).
TOR: http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/v10+Academic+Appointment+Review+Committee+Mar+11+2010_0.pdf


Curriculum Committee
Purpose: The purpose of the Curriculum Committee is to provide guidance and make
recommendations regarding the DVM academic program and to review course proposals and
calendar changes in accordance with university policy, accreditation standards and the mission
of the UCVM. The powers of the committee derive from Faculty Council to whom the
committee makes recommendations. The committee also provides advice to the Associate
Dean, Curriculum.
Membership includes: Two student representatives elected by CAVS (one student from second
year, one student from third year).
TOR: http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/Curriculum+Committee+TOR+Feb+16+2010_0.pdf




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Faculty Council
Purpose: According to the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta, each Faculty must have a
Faculty Council. The purpose of the Faculty Council is to approve all academic policies and
programs of UCVM in order to ensure that it meets its Mission and Mandate.
Membership includes: Two student representatives chosen by the UCVM Veterinary Students
Association (appointed for one year in September of each year)
TOR: http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/v6+Faculty+Council+June+20+2008.pdf


Faculty Promotions Committee
Purpose: The Faculty Promotions Committee will ensure due diligence in the recommendation
of academic promotion and merit increment assignment to the Dean of all members of a
Faculty, except Heads, Assistant Deans, Associate Deans, and the Dean. The Faculty Promotions
Committee is a Dean's Advisory Committee.
Membership includes: Two student members, one from year two and one from year three or
four of the program. The students shall be elected annually at the beginning of the academic
year. To serve a one year term, renewable.
TOR: http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/v7+Faculty+Promotions+Committee+TOR+-+May+22+2008+-+Current.pdf


Government and International Relations Committee
Purpose: The purpose of the Government and International Relations Committee is to provide
recommendations to the Assistant Dean of Government and International Relations regarding
policies, guidelines and operational procedures for government and international relations to
develop educational and research opportunities for DVM and graduate students and faculty.
These opportunities may include, but are not limited to student rotations and externships, joint
academic and scientific activities, graduate research, and the exchange of faculty and students.
Membership includes: One student representative elected by CAVS.
TOR: http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/GIR+TOR+Feb+10+2009_0.pdf


Health & Safety Committee
Purpose: The Health and Safety Committee will identify concerns, propose solutions, and
collaborate on initiatives related to the health and safety of UCVM DVM and graduate students,
faculty members, staff, and other participants in the UCVM program.
Membership includes: One student representative elected by CAVS.
TOR: http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/Health+and+Safety+Committee+TOR+and+appendix+LC+March+16+2010_1.pdf



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Honor Code Committee
Purpose: The Honor Code Committee (HCC) is to consider situations of academic and non-
academic misconduct that are brought to its attention by students, faculty and staff. The HCC
will be responsible for dealing with matters in a professional manner and in accordance with
the principles outlined in the Honor Code (HC) policy, the U of C Policies on Academic and Non
Academic Misconduct and the UCVM Guidelines on Professionalism.
The Honor Code Committee is to make recommendations to the Dean regarding the outcome in
cases of misconduct. The recommendation must include a summary of the situation and the
reasons for the recommendation. The recommendations must be in keeping with U of C
policies. The Dean shall be responsible for accepting the decision and for ensuring that the
decision is acted upon.

Committee Composition and Meetings:
Membership & Terms of Office
       The HCC shall be composed of two elected members from each DVM class. At least one
 position in each year will be a two year term at all times. In year one, one term will be one
 year and one term will be two years. In year two, one student will be elected to a two year
 term. In year three, one student will be elected to a two year term. In year four, one student
 will be elected to a one year term.
       Elections will be by secret ballot. Students may serve a maximum of two terms.
       The president of the Calgary Association of Veterinary Students (CAVS) shall sit on the
 UCVM HCC as a non-voting member and shall serve as the secretary for the Committee.
       A representative from the AB.VMA shall sit on the HCC as a non-voting member.
       The Chair of the Committee shall normally be a third year student in the second year of
 their term. If such a student is unable to act as Chair, a third or fourth year student may be
 elected as Chair by the Committee. The Chair shall vote only in the case of a tie.
       The Dean or a designate shall act as a non-voting advisory member. The Dean or
 designate will normally only attend meetings at the request of the Chair. Such an invitation
 shall normally be issued at least once per academic term, including the first meeting of the
 fall academic term.

Quorum: Quorum shall be 50% of the voting membership and shall require at least two
members from third and fourth year combined (including the Chair).

Meetings: The Honor Code Committee shall meet at least once per fall and winter term, within
the first month of the term. The Chair or the Dean may request additional meetings as
required.




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Operation of the Honor Code Committee: Any student, staff or faculty member who becomes
aware of a violation or a suspicion of a violation of misconduct (academic or non-academic) has
a duty to report this violation.

In the case of academic misconduct, this may be reported to the Dean, Associate Dean,
Academic or to any member of the HCC. In the case of non-academic misconduct, this may be
reported to the Dean or to any member of the HCC.

When a member of the HCC is informed of a violation, this shall be immediately (within 24
hours) reported to the Chair of the HCC. The Chair of the HCC shall inform the Dean of non-
academic misconduct cases and the Associate Dean, Curriculum of academic misconduct cases
within three days. Initially, the identity of the individual who is suspected of committing an
offence shall not be shared with the Dean/Associate Dean.

The Chair and the Dean/Associate Dean shall decide within three days and no more than five
days after the offence is first reported whether it is appropriate to be dealt with by the HCC or
if it must be dealt with by the Dean/Associate Dean office.

If it is to be dealt with by the HCC, the Chair shall notify the individual within two days (no more
than 7 days after the initial notification of the Chair) in writing (e-mail is acceptable) that they
are suspected of having committed an Honor Code violation and shall provide a description of
the alleged violation. The identity of the individual reporting the offence shall not be divulged.

The accused shall within 48 hours notify the Chair whether they wish to have the matter dealt
with by the Honor Code Committee or by the Dean/Associate Dean.
If the matter is to be dealt with by the Honor Code Committee, they shall conduct an
investigation that consists of a minimum hearing from the initial witness and the accused. The
HCC shall at all times respect and protect the privacy of those involved.

If the HCC determines that no violation has taken place, they shall communicate this to the
witness, the suspect and to the Dean/Associate Dean. The report to the Dean/Associate Dean
shall include a summary of the situation, the information collected, and the reasons for the
decision. The identity of the suspect shall remain confidential. If the Dean/Associate Dean
accepts the recommendation, no further action is taken. If the Dean/Associate Dean does not
accept the recommendation, they may initiate their own investigation and the identity of the
suspect and witness is to be communicated to them.




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Honor Code Committee (continued)
If the HCC determines that a violation has taken place, they shall make a recommendation to
the Dean/Associate Dean and communicate this recommendation to the suspect. The report to
the Dean/Associate Dean shall include a summary of the situation, the information collected,
and the reasons for the decision, including the identities of all those involved. The information
provided to the suspect shall only include the reasons for the decision.
No lawyers or other support persons shall be permitted to attend hearings or meetings of the
Honor Code Committee.
An individual has the right to appeal any decision made by the HCC or the Dean as indicated in
the Academic and Non Academic Misconduct policies and UCVM’s Student Appeals Policy.

Records of HC Proceedings: The identity of individuals involved in Honor Code Violations, the
details, discussions and the records of issues pertaining to the HCC will be kept confidential. All
records shall be maintained by the HCC the records will be kept confidential for a period of 5
years, at which time they will be destroyed. Records of the HCC are to be maintained in the
Dean’s Office.

Amendments: The Honor Code Committee may recommend amendments to the Honor Code
Policy to the Dean. The Dean shall review such recommendations and may bring them forward
for approval by the Faculty Council.

Retirement: The Honor Code may be retired at any time by a majority vote of the Faculty.




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Other Committees Important to Students
Continuation of Study Committee
Purpose: To provide advice to the Associate Dean, Curriculum regarding the continuation of
study in the UCVM DVM program.

Responsibilities and Duties
i) To provide advice to the Associate Dean, Curriculum regarding the Continuation of Study
     Policy and its application, including a periodic review of the policy.
ii) When students are identified by the Associate Dean, Curriculum that may not meet the
     Continuation of Study requirements, the Associate Dean will seek the advice of the
     Committee. A student’s entire file shall be reviewed prior to any recommendations. A
     recommendation regarding a student declared unsatisfactory in any part of the program
     shall be made in the context of this review, which will also include any information
     presented to the Committee, by the student or by faculty members. Any recommendations
     shall be provided to the Associate Dean, Curriculum based on an approved motion by the
     Committee
iii) As outlined in the Continuation of Study Policy, the committee will recommend appropriate
     remediation requirements that must be fulfilled in order for any student on probation to
     fulfill in order for the student to clear probation and obtain the standing of satisfactory
     performance. Any recommendations regarding remediation shall be made based on an
     approved motion by the Committee.
iv) The Committee may consider requests from students for extensions to their training,
     subject to the normal maximum time allowance to complete the curriculum.
v) The Committee shall review, at the request of the Associate Dean, Curriculum, all cases of
     extended leaves (e.g. student is unable to complete one or more semesters) prior to
     resumption of the program by the student and shall make recommendations on when
     students shall re-enter the program and what remediation is required.

If the Committee concludes that action by the student is necessary, the Committee may
recommend to the Associate Dean, Curriculum, that the student:
i) Pursue specific mandated activities if he/she wishes to proceed in the curriculum, or
ii) take a leave of absence with conditions for return, or
iii) withdraw from the academic program.
http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/UCVM+Continuation+of+Study+Committee+March+2010.pdf




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  EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
AMBULANCE / FIRE / POLICE – 911 / CAMPUS SECURITY - 403-220-5333
Anxious, Overwhelmed, Stressed, Angry, Depressed or Suicidal
403-210-9355 – U of C Wellness Centre
403-266-1605 – City of Calgary Distress Centre Crisis Line (24-hour)

Emergency Housing
403-232-8717 – Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
403-266-0707 – Calgary Sheriff King Home
403-531-1970 – Native Women’s Shelter

Financial Assistance
403-210-7625 – U of C Student Awards and Financial Aid
403-220-8599 – U of C Student Union Campus Food Bank
403-265-2201 – Credit Counseling Services of Alberta

Legal Assistance
403-220-6637 – U of C Student Legal Assistance
403-297-2260 – Calgary Legal Aid Society
403-234-9266 – Calgary Legal Guidance

Pregnancy Assistance
403-210-9355 – U of C Wellness Centre

Sexually Transmitted Infections or Other Health Concerns
403-210-9355 – U of C Wellness Centre
403-944-7575 – Calgary Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic

Sexual or Physical Violence, Sexual Harassment, or Emotional Abuse
403-210-9355 – U of C Wellness Centre
403-220-4086 – U of C Sexual Harassment Adviser
403-237-5888 – Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (24-hour)

Spiritual Community
403-220-5451 – U of C Multi-Faith Chaplain’s Centre

Substance Abuse: Alcohol, Tobacco or Drug Abuse
403-210-9355 – U of C Wellness Centre
403-297-3071 – Alberta Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission


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