In general, courses in the first 8 quarters of the CVM curriculum do not require prerequisites beyond those that are required for admission and the completion of courses that precede them in the CVM curriculum. There may be clinical rotations (quarters 9 - 13) that must be preceded by certain core rotations. If the student has scheduled to take a course or rotation out of sequence, approval will be required. On a case-by-case basis, prerequisites may be waived upon approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean.
Small Animal Primary Care
Students will spend a continuous block functioning as primary care practitioners. Students will work in groups of two and will have primary responsibility for all aspects of primary care for dogs and cats in the Companion Animal Clinic of the Animal Health Institute. These groups of students will be supervised by experienced primary care veterinarians. Students will be scheduled to see patients and do procedures comparable to a high-functioning small animal primary care practice. There will also be designated daily times for teaching rounds. These rounds will be case-based and will involve students, generalists, and specialists across disciplines. In addition to rounds, board-certified internists and surgeons will also be available to the students for consultation as needed, but the students will largely function as independent clinician pairs. This will give the students the opportunity to learn a realistic approach to clinical practice. Students will follow up on their own cases as the primary care clinicians for their patients. Students will maintain their own medical records, prescribe treatments and diets, and provide wellness/preventive medicine services.
The course will provide students with experience handling small animal emergency cases in the Animal Health Institute Companion Animal Clinic. Students will provide primary care for emergency and critically ill patients.
Students will focus their learning in the anatomical pathology laboratory, but will be given clinical pathology experience as well. Caseload will be derived from the patient population of the Animal Health Institute, as well from nearby equine, food animal, wildlife, and zoo facilities. Students will learn how to conduct postmortem examinations and take appropriate samples for microbiology, chemistry, hematology, cytology, and parasitology. Post-mortem examinations will include study and communication of gross and histopathologic tissue changes.
On-Campus Clinical Electives
Students must complete a total of 26 weeks (39 credits) of clinical electives (rotations) to complete the clinical component of the curriculum. Four of the 26 weeks of clinical electives must be Off-Campus Clinical Electives (see below Off-Campus Clinical Electives). Elective rotations vary in length from 2 to 8 weeks. A wide variety of both small and large animal on-campus elective rotations will be available.
Off-Campus Clinical Electives
Student must complete a minimum 4 weeks of Off-Campus Clinical Electives in private clinical practice settings to complete the clinical component of the curriculum. Additional Off-Campus Clinical Elective rotations may be completed at research institutions, other 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, Off-Campus Clinical Elective rotations must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education. Some Off-Campus Clinical Electives may have additional fees.