College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Technical Standards

College of Veterinary Medicine

A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas:

  1. Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and sense of touch and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.
  2. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively in both oral and written form, and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.
  3. Motor: The candidate must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular movements, maintain equilibrium, and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient strength, postural control, neuromuscular control, and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks.
  4. Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem-solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record, and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of her/his intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships. The candidate must be able to tolerate physically, mentally and emotionally taxing workloads, and to function effectively under those conditions. The practice of veterinary medicine requires compassion, integrity, and effective interpersonal skills.

Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards (as with certain physical or medical disabilities) must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the CVM Dean, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College would need to make to allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. Technological compensation can be made for some limitations in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.  The College is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of their enrollment.