Posted Sept. 19, 2012
A new Web-based, peer-reviewed continuing education program has been launched by a public-private partnership involving the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Pfizer Animal Health.
Known as Veritas, this online educational experience offers veterinarians convenient learning opportunities that in-corporate the latest advances in educational technologies.
Mark Cassetta, director of Veritas, explained that the program made its first public appearance at the AVMA Annual Convention in San Diego but officially launched in September. Veritas, he said, provides cross-species educational content that combines the veterinary colleges’ expertise in medicine and teaching with Pfizer Animal Health’s capabilities in information delivery and customer service.
Many Veritas courses are offered for certified CE credit to help practitioners maintain their state licensure.
Its first offerings are two full-length courses—Canine Hyperadrenocorticism (3 hours) and CPR: Basic Life Support (5 hours)—with four additional full-length courses to be released during the fall and more to follow in 2013. Additionally, about 10 short courses (1 hour or less) will be released in coming months.
According to a press release, Veritas courses are designed to be more immersive and interactive than other online educational offerings. In addition to courses, Veritas features interactive case studies that provide a digital “hands-on” approach, allowing learners to test themselves and demonstrate their knowledge throughout the process.
Content experts from Cornell and Texas A&M as well as other veterinary institutions will participate in the online CE venture.
The partnership plans to introduce new courses on a regular schedule to help veterinarians stay current with the latest discoveries. “Over the next few months, as we add new technical functionality to Veritas, we’ll launch additional content offerings such as interactive case studies, procedural videos, and a recurring monthly series on specific topics. In addition to content, we’ll be launching an interactive online community” where learners can connect with one another and exchange knowledge, tips, and lessons learned, Cassetta said.