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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 Developmentclincial skills barn-11
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Animal Systems I – neuroscience, endocrinology, immunology, and ophthalmology
  • Embryology
  • Exploration of the Veterinary Profession
  • Histology
  • Topics in Animal Welfare
  • Animal Systems II – musculoskeletal, cardiology, respiration, and reproduction
  • Animal Systems III – hematology, digestion, anatomy, and renal
  • Molecular Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Radiological Techniques
  • Introduction to Animal Behavior
  • Basic Nutrition

Phase II: The Abnormal Animal (Fall & Spring)

  • Microbiology
  • General Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Cardiopulmonology
  • Endocrinology
  • Systemic Pathology
  • Clinical Techniques and Physical Diagnosis
  • Critical Care
  • Theriogenology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Urology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Fundamentals of Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Fundamentals of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Preventive and Production Medicine
  • Individual Investigation

Phase III: Clinical Clerkships & Area of Concentration (5 Semesters)

  • Professional Developmentcardiology
  • Applied Pathology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Large Animal Medicine
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Outpatient Medicine and Dentistry
  • Practice Based Equine Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Shelter Medicine
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Theriogenology
  • Zoological and Wildlife Medicine

Focused Area of Concentration

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Equine Medicine and Surgery
  • Production Animal Medicine
  • General Medicine (Veterinary Medicine and Surgery)