DVM Curriculum


The PVM faculty approved a new curriculum for the first three years of the DVM program which will begin in Fall 2018 with the class of 2022. The ultimate goal of the new curriculum is to educate veterinary students who are practice-ready and who have the foundation to pursue any veterinary career path that they choose. The curriculum will provide a strong foundation in the major domestic species and allow students to tailor their curriculum to their future career goals through tracking in semester 6 and fourth year.

The core curriculum has been expanded for all students regardless of their career focus. The first two years remain focused on basic sciences while the third year focuses on the clinical sciences. Year one examines the normal animal with courses such as anatomy, physiology, microscopic anatomy, immunology, behavior and nutrition. A course on animal production systems and associated ethical issues will provide all students with an understanding of production systems so that even small animal veterinarians can discuss these topics knowledgeably.

In order to increase their intercultural competency, first year students will complete a co-curricular requirement consisting of the online modules in the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. This may be started during the summer prior to matriculation.

The second year focuses on the response of the body to injury and disease with courses such as pathology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology and pharmacology. Veterinary epidemiology and public health are also covered.

There is a series of small group, problem-based learning courses in the first 3 semesters of the curriculum. Students work in small groups with a faculty tutor to study cases that help them to apply the basic science information that is being learned in other courses. Students learn how to find information in the literature and apply it to solve a problem. They develop communication skills and teamwork skills as well as independent learning skills. Oral examinations are administered to evaluate students' problem-solving and communication skills.

The third year of the curriculum focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in a variety of species. The core courses in the third year have been expanded to provide a strong foundation in medicine, surgery and diagnostics for all the major species. A new course on small animal primary care and wellness will increase the focus on primary care. A new Food Animal Medicine course will expand students' foundation in diseases of food and fiber animals. The number of electives has been reduced by incorporating some previously elective material into core courses and by combining some electives. Student choose electives primarily in semester 6 to focus on specific career goals.

An important addition to the curriculum is a series of 6 courses called Veterinary Skills and Competencies (VSAC) I-VI that occur each semester of the first 3 years. These courses are designed to promote the development of clinical skills, communication skills, business acumen, professionalism, and wellness skills. Students will have hands-on experience with animals throughout these courses. Instruction will occur through faculty-led laboratories, faculty-led discussion periods, online modules completed by independent study and through peer teaching. Students will be able to test out of some competencies by demonstrating proficiency and will then serve as peer instructors. Students will have multiple opportunities to practice skills in the Clinical Skills Laboratory so that they can truly achieve competency. After students have achieved competency in specific clinical skills, the students will assist fourth year DVM students in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital during evening and weekend shifts under the direction of veterinary technicians. The skills being learned and practiced in the VSAC courses will be integrated with foundational information covered in other courses. The VSAC courses are designed to prepare students for entry into the clinical curriculum in the fourth year.

The fourth year continues to be a full year of 17 3-week clinical rotations. Each student chooses one of seven tracks in semester 5 which guides their choice of third year elective courses and determines the required rotations in their fourth year. The most focused tracks are Small Animal, Equine and Food Animal. The Large Animal track combines Equine and Food Animal. The Companion Animal track is a combination of Equine and Small Animal. The Mixed Animal track is the traditional broad-based experience in both large animals and small animals. The Non-practice Track is designed for students in combined degree programs or pursuing research careers.

A listing of the courses by semester follows.


First Year

Fall Semester Courses

Credits

BMS 80100 Gross Anatomy of the Dog & Cat 3.5
BMS 80700 Veterinary Cell & Tissue Biology I 2.5
BMS 81000 Foundations in Basic Medical Sciences 1.5
BMS 81100 Physiology of Domestic Animals I 3.0
VCS 80110 Veterinary Skills and Competencies I 2.5
VCS 80130 Introduction to Population Medicine and Veterinary Ethics 2.0
VCS 80400 Behavior in Domestic Animals 1.0
VM 82000 Applications & Integrations I 2.0
VM 82500 Current Issues in Veterinary Medicine 0.0
Total Credits 18

Spring Semester Courses

Credits

BMS 80200 Comparative Anatomy 4.0
BMS 80800 Veterinary Cell & Tissue Biology II 2.0
BMS 81200 Physiology of Domestic Animals II 4.0
BMS 81500 Veterinary Neuroscience 2.0
CPB 85300 Principles of Veterinary Immunology 2.0
VCS 80120 Veterinary Skills and Competencies II 2.0
VCS 80140 Fundamental Principles of Comparative Nutrition 2.0
VM 83000 Applications & Integrations II 2.0
VM 82500 Current Issues in Veterinary Medicine 0
Total Credits 20

Electives Courses

Credits

(Students are not required to take any electives)
BMS 81900 Endocrine/Neural Basis of Seasonal Activity of Birds/Mammals in the Wild 1.0
VM 80900 International Veterinary Medicine (Offered to 1st & 2nd year students) 0.5
VM 86000 Early Origins of Vet Med (Veterinary History course) 1.0
VM 86500 First Schools of Vet Med (Veterinary History course) 1.0
VM 86700 Vet Med Comes of Age (Veterinary History course) 1.0

Second Year

Fall Semester Courses

Credits

BMS 81401 Pharmacology Principles and Applications 4.0
CPB 85100 General Pathology 3.0
CPB 85204 Veterinary Parasitology 3.0
CPB 85500 Veterinary Hematology & Cytology 2.0
CPB 85602 Veterinary Bacteriology/Mycology 4.0
VCS 80210 Veterinary Skills and Competencies III 2.0
VM 84000 Applications & Integrations III 2.0
VM 82500 Current Issues in Veterinary Medicine 0.0
Total Credits 20.0

Elective Courses

Credits

(Students are not required to take any electives)
VCS 89300 Shelter Medicine (offered odd years) 1.0
VM 86600 Pathogenic Bacteria, Viruses (Veterinary History course) 1.0
VM 87000 History of Vet Med (Veterinary History course) 1.0

Spring Semester Courses 

Credits

BMS 81600 Applied Pharmacology II 1.5
CPB 81900 Veterinary Toxicology 2.0
CPB 85401 Epidemiology and Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine 2.0
CPB 85700 Veterinary Systemic Pathobiology 5.0
CPB 86000 Veterinary Virology 3.0
CPB 86100 Veterinary Clinical Chemistry 2.0
CPB 86900 Vet Public Health & Zoonoses 2.0
VCS 80220 Veterinary Skills and Competencies IV 2.0
VM 82500 Current Issues in Veterinary Medicine 0.0
Total Credits 19.5

Electives Courses

Credits

(Students are not required to take any electives)
BMS 81900 Endocrine/Neural Basis of Seasonal Activ. of Birds/Mammals in the Wild 1.0
VCS 89200 Forensic Veterinary Medicine 1.0
VM 80900 International Veterinary Medicine (Offered to 1st & 2nd year students) 0.5
VM 86000 Early Origins of Vet Med (Veterinary History course) 1.0
VM 86500 First Schools of Vet Med (Veterinary History course) 1.0
VM 86700 Vet Med Comes of Age (Veterinary History course) 1.0

Third Year

  • Core/elective approach
  • Courses organized along species lines
  • Core courses
    • required for all tracks
    • cover all major domestic species and all major disciplines
  • Electives
    • chosen based on student's career goals
    • choices made in consultation with veterinary medicine faculty advisor

Fall Semester

Credits

Core Courses:

VCS 80310 Veterinary Skills and Competencies V 2.0
VCS 80610 Small Animal Medicine I 3.5
VCS 80630 Small Animal Surgery 2.5
VCS 80801 Equine Medicine 2.5
VCS 80910 Food Animal Medicine 4.0
VCS 81101 Small Animal Surgery Laboratory I 1.5
VCS 81201 Principles of Veterinary Anesthesiology 2.0
VCS 81410 Comparative Theriogenology 2.0
VM 82500 Current Issues in Veterinary Medicines 0.0
Total Credits 20

Elective Courses

(Students should discuss electives with faculty advisor)
BMS 80300 Applied Anatomy of the Dog and Cat 1.0
BMS 80400 Applied Anatomy of the Horse 1.0
VCS 83100 Equine Theriogenology Laboratory 1.0
VCS 89300 Shelter Medicine (offered off years) 1.0
VM 86600 Pathogenic Bacteria, Viruses (Veterinary History course) 1.0
VM 87000 History of Vet Med (Veterinary History course) 1.0

Spring Semester Courses

Credits

Core Courses:

VCS 80602 Small Animal Medicine II 1.5
VCS 80920 Large Animal Surgery 2.5
VCS 81210 Small Animal Primary Care and Wellness 2.0
VCS 81500 Ophthalmology 1.0
VCS 81700 Achieving Success in Private Practice 1.5
VCS 81802 Small Animal Surgery Laboratory II 1.5
VCS 82701 Diagnostic Imaging 3.0
VCS 80320 Veterinary Skills and Competencies VI 2.0
VM 82500 Current Issues in Veterinary Medicines 0.0
Total Core Credits 15.0
Required Electives 5.0
Total Credits 20.0

Elective Courses

(Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 5 credits of electives)
BMS 80500 Applied Anatomy of Production Animals 1.0
VCS 80500 Small Animal Behavioral Therapy 1.0
VCS 80616 Small Animal Clinical Nutrition 1.0
VCS 82200 Large Animal Surgery Laboratory I 0.5
VCS 82300 Large Animal Surgery Laboratory II 0.5
VCS 82501 Ruminant Theriogenology 1.5
VCS 83200 Equine Lameness 0.5
VCS 83700 Clinical Nutrition for Ruminants/Swine 1.0
VCS 83800 Swine Production Medicine 1.0
VCS 83903 Cattle Production Medicine 1.5
VCS 84300 Successful Practice Skills 0.5
VCS 84601 Small Animal Medicine III 2.0
VCS 84701 Small Animal Medicine IV 2.0
VCS 84800 Advanced Small Animal Surgery 1.5
VCS 85100 Medicine & Surgery of Non-traditional Pets 2.0
VCS 89200 Forensic Veterinary Medicine 1.0
CPB 84000 Use & Care of Laboratory Animals 1.0
CPB 87000 Diagnostic Veterinary Cytology 1.0
VM 80900 International Vet Medicine 0.5
VM 86000 Early Origins of Vet Med 1.0
VM 86500 First Schools of Vet Med 1.0
VM 86700 Vet Med Comes of Age 1.0

Fourth Year

The fourth year consists entirely of clinical rotations. There are no didactic courses in the fourth year. The fourth year begins the Monday following semester 6 final examinations and continues for a full 12 months. The fourth year is divided into 17 3-week blocks, each of which begins on Monday unless Monday is a holiday.

There is a 10- to 12-day period in December and January (between blocks 11 and 12) spanning Christmas and New Year's when the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is on a reduced schedule. Each fourth year student is assigned to VTH Practicum for half of this holiday period. In VTH Practicum, students are assigned to work on a VTH service through which they have already rotated. Each student has vacation time during the period they are not scheduled in the VTH.

Each student is encouraged to take a 3-week vacation block during the fourth year. This is counted as one of their 17 blocks. If a vacation block is not chosen, then an additional elective may be chosen.

Each student is required to complete a 6-week externship in a location off-campus. Externships are very flexible. The experience is arranged by the student to support his/her career goals. The only requirement is that the student must be directly supervised by a veterinarian. Externships may be domestic or international experiences. Students are encouraged to complete the entire externship at one location to maximize the amount of hands-on experience that they get, but they may request permission to split their externship at two or three locations.

The Off-campus/Adjunct Faculty Block program (VM 89100/VM 89000) allows students to individualize and enrich their fourth year education by arranging off-campus experiences that are not available at PVM. Students may apply for up to four 3-week elective blocks (depending on their track) with mentors in off-campus locations for experiences that are not available at PVM. Up to 60 off-campus or adjunct faculty blocks per class may be approved by the Curriculum Committee if the Committee determines that each proposed block offers a well-supervised rigorous experience that is not available at Purdue. The range of experiences that have been approved includes pet bird/exotic animal practice, zoo animal practice, intensive food animal operations, embryo transfer, and governmental and private pharmaceutical laboratory research. The student is required to submit a detailed application outlining the proposed experience and its justification. The mentor provides a performance appraisal of the student, and a grade of Pass or Not Pass is recorded for the block.

Short off-campus block experiences of 3-5 working days may be arranged by an instructor and student during several of the large animal blocks. These experiences expose students to enriching clinical activities not available at Purdue.

The fourth year curriculum is determined by the student's track. Track selection occurs during semester 5 while selecting electives for semester 6. The track chosen determines the required and elective blocks for the fourth year. There are seven tracks (Click on the individual track to see the plan of study for that track):

1. Equine track

2. Food animal track

3. Small animal track

4. Companion animal track (horses and small animals)

5. Large animal track (horses and food animals)

6. Mixed animal track (all species)

7. Non-practice track (for individuals targeting a career in industry or research)

Students who are not sure of their career goals are encouraged to choose the traditional mixed animal track. Most semester 6 electives are not limited by the track selection of the student.


Companion Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (10 blocks)
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block.

ONE block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II

ONE primary care block must be chosen:
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen unless Pet Practice was chosen above; in that case THREE electives are chosen

Companion Animal Track Electives
VCS 81900 Small Animal Dentistry
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

Equine Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (12 blocks)
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen.

Equine Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87900 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
CPB 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology I
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
VCS 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

Food Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (9 blocks)
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block.

THREE blocks must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology / Production Medicine I
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology / Production Medicine II
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88001 Ruminant Production Medicine II

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen.

Food Animal Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine II
VCS 87905 Advanced Beef-Cow Calf Production Medicine
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88601 Large Animal Surgery III (Food Animal)
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 88801 Ruminant Production Medicine II
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 87800 Swine Herd Health/Diagnostic Pathology
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

Large Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (11 blocks)
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block.

TWO blocks must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology / Production Medicine I
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: THREE electives must be chosen.

Large Animal Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine II
VCS 87905 Advanced Beef-Cow Calf Production Medicine
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 88601 Large Animal Surgery III - Food Animal
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 89100 Veterinary Diagnostic Ultrasound
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology I
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 87800 Swine Herd Health/Diagnostic Pathology
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

 


 

Mixed Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (10 blocks)
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block.

ONE block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II

ONE primary care block must be chosen:
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen unless Pet Practice was chosen above; in that case THREE electives are chosen

Mixed Animal Track Electives
VCS 81900 Small Animal Dentistry
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine II
VCS 87905 Advanced Beef-Cow Calf Production Medicine
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88100 Small Animal Medicine III
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 88601 Large Animal Surgery III (Food Animal)
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 88801 Ruminant Production Medicine II
VCS 89101 Veterinary Diagnostic Ultrasound
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology I
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 87800 Swine Herd Health/Diagnostic Pathology
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

 


 

Non-practice Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (8 blocks)
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block.

ONE block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II

ONE primary care block must be chosen:
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: SIX electives must be chosen unless Pet Practice was chosen above; in that case FIVE electives are chosen

Non-practice Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

 


 

Small Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (10 blocks)
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block.

ONE primary care block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

TWO blocks must be chosen from this group:
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87102 Oncology
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: THREE electives must be chosen if SA Community Practice was chosen above. TWO electives must be chosen if Pet Practice was chosen above.

Small Animal Track Electives
VCS 81900 Small Animal Dentistry
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 89101 Veterinary Diagnostic Ultrasound
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

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