College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Clinical Rotation Policies

College of Veterinary Medicine

The clinical phase of the curriculum will consist of five quarters that run continuously beginning with spring quarter of the third year.  The first four quarters, 52 weeks, will contain 38 weeks of core rotations, 12 weeks of elective rotations or externship rotations, and 2 weeks of vacation.  The last quarter of the clinical curriculum will consist of 10 weeks of externship rotations.  No more than a total of four (4) weeks of time (not for credit) may be scheduled during the clinical component of the curriculum as vacation, interview time, board study or test taking time. This time off cannot be scheduled during a required block or rotation and must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Immunization Policy
Full-time students enrolled in a program with a clinical component are required to follow the immunization policy as outlined in the general policy section of the student handbook. Immunization requirements for CVM students may additionally be subject to current applicable Centers for Disease Control and state health department protocol, and/or affiliated practice/institution rotation requirements.

Clinical Rotation Attendance Policy
Students in the clinical rotation segment of the curriculum must attend all clinical rotations to which they are assigned.  Each clinical rotation may establish their own attendance requirements.  Attendance and on-call requirements for clinical rotations take precedence over non-rotation events.  Students must be sure that the requirements of each clinical rotation are understood and will be met prior to scheduling non-rotation events.

Supervision of Veterinary Students by Off-Campus Veterinarians
While on clinical rotations, veterinary students must have direct, on-premises supervision by a veterinarian (D.V.M. or equivalent) who is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state in which care is being provided.