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 Communication is a lifelong skill and essential to the veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

Communication Curriculum


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Communication is a core clinical skill that enhances the veterinarian-client-patient relationship and clinical outcomes resulting in healthier animals, satisfied clients and fulfilled veterinarians. Read more about our innovative teaching philosophy.

At Colorado State University, we are proud of our internationally-recognized communication curriculum that features:

  • Communication laboratories with actor-educators, videotaping and feedback

  • Video-equipped exam and observation rooms

  • Core communication courses throughout the four-year veterinary curriculum

  • Dedicated communication faculty with specialized training

Read the full Veterinary Communication for Professional Excellence curriculum here.


What People are Saying About our Communication Curriculum

Aaron Wallace

"Professional veterinary medicine students spend years obtaining the medical knowledge and skill set needed to be clinicians. One of the most vital skills is being able to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients. The communications curriculum within CSU's professional veterinary program provides students the ability to practice challenging communications situations in a controlled space with ready feedback. Once we are out in practice, having a solid communications background will only enhance the rest of our medical training, helping us explain all of the clinical decisions we make!"
- Aaron Wallace, DVM class of 2019

Jessica Liao

​"Effective communication is one of the essential building blocks to connecting with our clients and fostering relationships with our peers. I am so grateful that the communications curriculum at CSU not only gave us the foundation for proper communication, but allowed us to practice those skills in a safe environment. Due to all of our training, my ability to communicate with a variety of clients is one of the skills I feel most confident with as a new graduate."
- Jessica Liao, CSU alumni class of 2018

Eliza Stout

​"As a new graduate, I feel so lucky to have participated in the communications course at CSU. I have honed the skills I learned in the course as an intern this past year, and the course prepared me to handle even the most difficult cases. When working with owners, I often catch myself trying out different skills. Each of these helps me to deliver information and be an even better doctor. The course taught me to slow down and connect with my owners, and I truly value the relationships that these skills have helped me foster. Every day we practice communication as veterinarians, and the CSU Communications Course provides us with a solid foundation on which we can continue to grow."
- Eliza Stout, CSU alumni class of 2017

​DVM Alumni Survey Feedback, DVM Class of 2017

An Exemplary Student Learning Experience

  • Communication training throughout the entire four years, where we actually get coaching, practice, and feedback. This is why the CSU Communication Program is so well-regarded and respected.
  • I do not have many peers at other universities that have this level of training. Given the well-designed and implemented communication program, I will be confident and competent as I go into practice.
  • This is an important aspect of medicine and I feel CSU does an amazing job of preparing us.
  • After interviewing, this is highly valued by practices that are hiring.
  • I think it helped me communicate better in my person life as well.
  • Practicing with actors is actually helpful whether we like it or not.
  • It was good to have supportive environment in which we could practice scenarios, such as euthanasia, cancer, and financial discussions.
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