When the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine resumes the didactic curriculum this fall, new and returning students will be greeted by renovations to two of the classrooms in the Veterinary Medicine Building. In preparing for an American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education reaccreditation site visit, which will take place later this year, college administrators identified classrooms W-233 and W-235 as needing repairs and seating options more conducive to contemporary teaching methods and study styles, explained Executive Administrative Dean Rusty Crawford. He said the overall goal is to improve the learning opportunities for students.
“We took a look at what we’re doing as a college to create a longstanding experience for our students, with a focus on safety,” he said. “We want to provide a safe environment physically, but also provide learning facilities that promote positive mental health and encourage social interactions among our students.”
The college replaced the 1970s-era tablet arm style desks with ergonomic tables and booth seating to allow small group interactions. In addition to upgrading the furniture, the floors were stripped and polished, ceiling tiles were repaired and replaced, walls were patched and painted, and lighting was enhanced. Additional monitors were installed to also accommodate when the rooms are used for clinical rounds.
The work was funded by donor’s gift to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.