DVM Curriculum

The College of Veterinary Medicine delivers 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.

Phases of Study

There are three phases of study in the DVM program. 150 total credits are required to graduate.

Phase I (first-year) is designed to build a foundation in the basic sciences. Students also begin the four-semester experiential course in Supervised Patient Care and Clinical Skills in the newly built Clinical Techniques Laboratory.

Phase II (second-year) builds on the foundations acquired in Phase 1, while introducing students to the complexities of treating and diagnosing common and unique aliments found in all species in veterinary medicine.

Students explore all organ systems and their functions in Phases I and II.

Phase III occupies the third and fourth years of the curriculum (Semesters 5-9) and consists of advanced core and elective courses and clinical clerkships.

Students begin their clinical rotations in our Small and Large Animal Hospitals the summer after completing Phase II.