GOALE: Gopher Orientation and Leadership Experience

A group of first year DVM student gather in a group at orientation.

GOALE is a largely experiential course designed to introduce first-year students to the veterinary college, the veterinary program, and the veterinary profession.

The course begins an orientation on campus, 4-5 follow up hour-long informational meetings, and monthly 2-hour-long mentor group meetings through the entire first year of the DVM program. The monthly meetings are experiential in design and focus on leadership development, emotional intelligence, communication, and conflict management. The first two orientation days, and subsequent hour-long meetings, introduce students to the college facilities and resources and address logistics necessary for participation in the program. Students work in mentor groups of 9-11 students and 2-4 faculty mentors throughout the course.

Class of 2024 GOALE Dates

Mark your calendar! GOALE kick-off for the Class of 2024 will begin on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and conclude on Friday, August 28, 2020.