Enhancing Students’ Understanding of Antibiotic Use through Active Learning

February 27, 2017


Treatment of infections with antimicrobial drugs is a cornerstone of veterinary medicine, but selecting and administering antibiotics to companion animals and livestock is often not a simple matter. Errors in the selection and use of these drugs can lead to medical complications and the development of antimicrobial resistance.

In the new DVM curriculum, second year students are learning what drugs do in pathogens and patients through lecture-based courses in pharmacology, small animal medicine, and large animal medicine. To help students gain experience in applying their growing knowledge of antibiotics to clinical cases, the Antibiotics Teaching Team, comprised of four professors leading these courses, has conducted “antibiotic selection and use” problem sessions for sophomore students in the College’s Active Learning Classroom during the 2016-2017 academic year. This semester a class of 16 groups of students, worked on six cases involving urinary tract infections in cats, dogs, horses, and cattle. 

Pictured: The team of faculty who helped make this active-learning class happen. From left to right: Dr. Christie Ward (VPM), Drs. Jen Granick and Ned Patterson (VCS) and Dr. David Brown (VBS). Photographed by Deb Lee.