College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

CLINICAL COURSES

College of Veterinary Medicine



Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

VMEDG 1801

Small Animal Primary Care

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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, cats, and exotics 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 specialists 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.

Credits: 24

VMEDG 1802

Emergency/ICU

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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 critically ill patients.

Credits: 6

VMEDG 1803

Shelter Medicine

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The rotation takes place primarily off-campus on the mobile clinic or at various shelter partners. Students on the rotation will refine their knowledge and clinical skills in shelter medicine, with a the main areas of focus being shelter animal physical health, shelter animal behavioral health, community and public health, companion animal homelessness, shelter management, animals and public policy, research and critical review of the literature, and communication.

Credits: 6

VMEDG 1804

Pathology

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This rotation includes three weeks with the anatomic pathology service and one week with the clinical pathology service. While rotating through anatomic pathology, students will be assigned cases for postmortem examination (necropsy). They will present their gross findings at regularly scheduled rounds, write gross reports that include descriptions and diagnoses, and attend histopathology rounds. While rotating through the clinical pathology service students will work on teaching cases and review clinical pathology submissions coming through the Clinical Pathology Laboratory at the Animal Health Institute. They will present their interpretations at scheduled times to faculty members and/or veterinary students from other classes and write cytology reports on digitally scanned cytology samples.

Credits: 6

VMEDG 1805

Equine Primary Care

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The rotation occurs in the Equine and Bovine Center of the Midwestern University Animal Health Institute, Prescott Animal Hospital Equine Center, and other local equine practices. Material will focus on the clinical principles of the core skills that a student planning on entering equine practice after graduation should know to be a competent and confident practitioner.

Credits: 12

VMEDG 1806

Food Animal Primary Care

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The course will introduce the student to the art and science of the practice of veterinary medicine in food animal medicine, surgery, and population health. The student will work cooperatively with instructors, clients, farm personnel, and other students in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of various species of livestock and fiber animals. The student will also be working with the public and will gain skills in client communications, medical record keeping and basic familiarity with the medical diseases and management of food animal species.

Credits: 12

VMEDG 1801

Small Animal Primary Care

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Students will spend a 6-month continuous block functioning as primary care practitioners. During this time, 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 who will be responsible for oversight of 6 – 8 teams of students each. Students will be scheduled to see office calls 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, provide wellness/preventive medicine services, and do everything that a primary care practitioner does.

Credits: 39

VMEDG 1808

Small Animal Internal Medicine

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Students enrolled in the MWU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Internal Medicine rotation will apply their knowledge from coursework, laboratory sessions, and prior clinical rotations (if applicable) toward the diagnosis and treatment of patients evaluated through the Companion Animal Clinic Internal Medicine service.

Credits: 6

VMEDG 1809

Small Animal Surgery

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Students on the small animal surgery rotation will participate in the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline patients with surgical disease in the Companion Animal Clinic. The rotation occurs in the Companion Animal Clinic of the Midwestern University Animal Health Institute.

Credits: 6

VMEDG 1800

On-Campus Clinical Electives

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Students must complete a total of 26 weeks (39 credits) of clinical elective rotations to complete the clinical component of the curriculum. Four of the 26 weeks of clinical electives must be off-campus clinical electives (see Off-Campus Clinical Electives). Elective rotations vary in length from 2 to 8 weeks. A variety of on-campus elective rotations are available.

Credits: Varied

VMEDG 1811

Off-Campus Clinical Electives

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Students 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 approved program associated with veterinary medical education or careers in the profession. To be eligible for academic credit, off-campus elective rotation schedules must be planned with the assistance and approval of the faculty advisor or appropriate faculty member and be approved by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education. Some off-campus clinical electives may have additional fees.

Credits: Varied