DVM Curriculum: Objectives and Courses
The Curriculum Committee has developed a robust professional program of study designed to prepare the next generation of veterinarians for broad veterinary career paths.
The objectives of the curriculum include the following goals:
- To impart key concepts and skills such as critical and analytical thinking for lifelong learning, success and professional growth.
- To provide students with knowledge and experiences that will foster consideration of the full spectrum of career opportunities and interest in postgraduate education.
- To provide classroom and clinic environments wherein high moral ethics, professional values, leadership qualities and sensitivity to societal needs are emphasized.
- To emphasize the important and central roles of veterinarians in the advancement of animal and human health and the preservation of humane animal care.
Definition of Phases
- Phase I is the study of the normal animal.
- Phase II is the study of disease processes and therapy
- Phase II is the study and experience of clinical applications
Phases I and II are organized on an organ system basis. Phase I occupies the first year of the curriculum (Semesters 1-2, Fall-Spring) and Phase II occupies the second year of the curriculum (Semesters 3-4, Fall-Spring), after which time students enter the Veterinary Medical Center and embark upon clinical and advanced classroom education (Semesters 5-6, Summer-Fall).
Phase III occupies the third and fourth year of the curriculum (Semesters 5-9). The students will have two semesters to perform additional didactic course work in a focused area of concentration.
The Professional Curriculum
Phase I: The Normal Animal (Fall & Spring)
- Professional Development
- Gross Anatomy
- Animal Systems I – neuroscience, endocrinology, immunology, and ophthalmology
- Exploration of the Veterinary Profession
- Topics in Animal Welfare
- Animal Systems II – musculoskeletal, cardiology, respiration, and reproduction
- Animal Systems III – hematology, digestion, anatomy, and renal
- Molecular Biology
- Radiological Techniques
- Introduction to Animal Behavior
- Basic Nutrition
Phase II: The Abnormal Animal (Fall & Spring)
- General Pathology
- Clinical Pathology
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Systemic Pathology
- Clinical Techniques and Physical Diagnosis
- Critical Care
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Fundamentals of Soft Tissue Surgery
- Fundamentals of Orthopedic Surgery
- Preventive and Production Medicine
- Individual Investigation
Phase III: Clinical Clerkships & Area of Concentration (5 Semesters)
- Professional Development
- Applied Pathology
- Emergency Medicine
- Food Animal Medicine and Surgery
- Integrative Medicine
- Large Animal Medicine
- Large Animal Surgery
- Outpatient Medicine and Dentistry
- Practice Based Equine Medicine
- Shelter Medicine
- Small Animal Medicine
- Small Animal Surgery
- Zoological and Wildlife Medicine
- Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
- Equine Medicine and Surgery
- Production Animal Medicine
- General Medicine (Veterinary Medicine and Surgery)