View a sample video from the first module that explores the history of preventive care.

Specialty: Primary Care

Species: Canine, Feline

AAVMC Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.2, 6.4, 7.3, 7.4, 9.1, 9.3

Availability for Institutions: Free to all AAVMC members

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    In 2014, the Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) and Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) partnered to create an online, modular curriculum about the importance of small animal preventive veterinary care. The program is freely available to any institution that is a current AAVMC member for use in their curricula. The curriculum has been divided into concise modules that focus on topics of small animal primary care including vaccinations, parasite protocols, dentistry, nutrition, canine- and feline-friendly practices, behavior, and others. Interwoven into the curriculum are professional skills topics such as communication, Internet marketing, social media, and practice management.

    What's Included

    With an approximate contact time of 10 hours, the PCVE curriculum includes 5 modules with 1 hour online and 1 hour of in-person instruction per module across the following topics:

    Learning Modules:

    • Introduction on the Importance of Preventive Healthcare
    • Vaccines and Parasites
    • Dentistry
    • Nutrition
    • Reduced Stress and Veterinary Visits


    • Each learning module has been designed with an online component and in-class lesson plans for instructors to use and modify.

    Instructor Tools

    • The curriculum provides an Instructor’s guide for rapid implementation into an existing CVM curriculum. Each online module is expected to take no more than one hour of student time outside of class, while the in-class portion has been designed in 50-minute blocks of student-centered, active learning activities.
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