Future Teaching Initiatives
Service Learning Selective in Equine Health
Community service is an excellent learning model for building veterinary student knowledge, as well as hands-on and communication skills that will benefit their careers long term. In addition to benefiting students, service learning courses are also designed to benefit people (and animals) within the community. It is my goal to develop an equine health and welfare selective that takes interested veterinary students to established equine non-profit and rescue organizations to provide much needed veterinary care. This service would be provided in partnership with an equine private practitioner sponsor. I believe this type of course fulfills the true mission of a land-grant university and would be a valuable opportunity for meaningful education, outreach and equine health research. I plan to take advantage of NC State's Committee on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Courses, which was established in 2012 at the request of the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development.
I have recently been accepted to the NC State Scholarship of Community Engagement Institute in order to learn more specifics on how to conduct equine primary care teaching and research through community engagement. A mini-grant of $1000 was awarded upon acceptance.
What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is an academic program which enables students to perform meaningful community service related to their courses. Each semester, many professors at NC State University offer their students a service option as a means to learn in practice what they are learning in theory in the classroom. Agencies and schools in the community benefit from the services provided by the students and become partners in their education as well. Service learning classes are offered in many departments and demonstrate the creative expertise of faculty committed to extending disciplinary work into local communities. Read more about NC State's support network for service learning courses at the following website: