Policies, Guidelines, & Standards

For DVM Students at UW School of Veterinary Medicine

Throughout the DVM curriculum at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, students may need to consult various policies, guidelines, or standards that pertain to the educational experience. If you have questions or need to discuss any of these further, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs (room 2268, oaa@vetmed.wisc.edu, 608-263-2525).

In compliance with Title IX regulations, the School of Veterinary Medicine has a grievance procedure to handle student complaints. Students should follow these steps until a resolution is achieved:

  1. Attempt to resolve the grievance directly with the individual involved.
  2. If that approach seems unsatisfactory, consult the course coordinator or lead faculty member for the course or clinical rotation.
  3. If necessary, discuss the grievance with the appropriate department chair.
  4. The next level involves the academic dean. Students should contact Associate Dean Lynn Maki, 2268 School of Veterinary Medicine.
  5. If that approach seems unsatisfactory, students can contact Dean Mark Markel, 2170 School of Veterinary Medicine.

There are a variety of ways that students can share feedback and complaints related to the standards for accreditation. Mechanisms to invite student input related to accreditation Standards include the following: the Dean provides DVM students, graduate students and interns/residents with the opportunity to offer feedback on SVM programs and the School’s accreditation any time during the year, either anonymously via a locked hardcopy collection box in the Office of Academic Affairs, via email, or direct meetings.  Students have many other options for feedback and comments to the SVM about student services, admission processes, curriculum, and other areas, through representation on SVM committees (e.g. Curriculum Committee, Faculty-Student Liaison Committee), annual meetings with the Dean on a class-wide basis, individual course/instructor evaluations, a VM4 exit survey, post-VM1-3 surveys, our VM1 admissions survey, meetings with the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and/or the student services coordinator, and other ad hoc student discussions.

We know that mistreatment and/or harassment are detrimental to the learning environment and the School will not tolerate any incidents of discrimination, mistreatment, or harassment of students.  This SVM-specific online Mistreatment Form for students is an effort for us to facilitate reporting and communication around mistreatment or unprofessional behavior.

Students can also choose to report incidents of bias and hate on campus at https://doso.students.wisc.edu/report-an-issue/bias-or-hate-reporting/