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College of Veterinary Medicine

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

VMED 1860

Small Animal Surgery

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Students will participate in the care of surgery patients in the CVM clinic. Students will care for soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurological patients under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.

Credits: 6

VMED 1850

Small Animal Internal Medicine

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This rotation will provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients referred for complex medical conditions. This may include pre-surgical diagnostic work for high risk conditions and emergency treatments. The intensive care unit will be staffed by this service.

Credits: 6

VMED 1800

Equine Ambulatory

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Credits: 3

VMED 1800

Food Animal Medicine

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Credits: 3

VMED  1852

Shelter Medicine

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This course will introduce students to the care and management of companion animals in a shelter environment. Students will participate in shelter activities such as spay/neuter surgeries, vaccination and preventative health maintenance, trauma management, and medical management of ill patients.

Credits: 6

VMED  1830

Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging

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This rotation will provide students with knowledge and practical experience in diagnostic imaging techniques. Caseload will be derived from in-house patients and external referrals. Students will be expected to learn patient positioning and restraint techniques, protocols for contrast studies, and other skills related to performing these radiologic studies. Students will also gain experience in diagnostic interpretation under the supervision of a veterinary radiologist.

Credits: 6

VMED  1835

Anesthesiology/ICU

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The course will include pharmacology of anesthetic agents and how these agents interact with different species. It will also discuss the techniques of anesthesia in the various species encountered in veterinary practice, pre- and post-anesthetic assessment of clinical patients, and anesthetic complications. As students rotate through the ICU they will gain experience in dealing with critically ill patients and learn the practical side of working in the emerging specialty of emergency medicine.

Credits: 6

VMED 1851

Community Practice

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During this rotation, students will provide care to animals in the CVM clinic that are presented for preventative wellness care as well as both common and complicated medical illnesses.

Credits: 6

VMED 1840

Diagnostic Services

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Students will rotate through both the clinical pathology laboratory and the anatomical pathology laboratory. Caseload will be provided primarily by patients in the teaching hospital. Students will learn how samples for microbiology, chemistry, hematology, cytology, and parasitology are handled and processed. Post-mortem examinations will include study of histopathology and infectious causes of disease.

Credits: 6

VMED 1800

Elective Rotations

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Students must complete eight 2-week rotations, 16 weeks total, 24 credits total, of elective rotations/courses to complete the clinical component of the curriculum. Elective rotations may be done at private veterinary clinics/hospitals, research institutions, military institutions, other veterinary teaching hospitals, or at the Midwestern University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. To be eligible for academic credit, elective rotation schedules must be planned with the assistance and approval of the faculty advisor or appropriate faculty member and be approved by the CVM Dean’s Office. Electives: 24 credits (based on 16 weeks).All elective clinical experience will be designated VMED 1800. All rotations are worth 1.5 credits per week of satisfactory clinical performance.Adv. Shelter MedicineBeef Cattle PracticeCanine RehabilitationCardiologyDairy PracticeDermatologyEquine AmbulatoryEquine MedicineEquine Racetrack PracticeEquine SurgeryEquine TheriogenologyFood Animal Medicine Forensic Pathology & MedicineEmergency MedicineLaboratory MedicineNeurologyOncologyOphthalmologySwine MedicineVeterinary Dentistry Zoo/Avian/Exotic Med.

Credits: 3

VMED 1800

Externships (14 weeks)

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Student must complete two 2-week externships (4 weeks total, 6 credits total) in private clinical practice settings during the first four quarters of the clinical phase of the curriculum. In the final quarter students must complete 10 weeks of externship rotations (15 credits), which may be done under the supervision of research institutions, veterinary teaching hospitals, government sponsored programs, industry sponsorship, or any program associated with veterinary medical education or careers in the profession. To be eligible for academic credit, externship rotation schedules must be approved by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education.

Credits: 21