College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Clinical Courses

College of Veterinary Medicine

Course Prerequisites
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.

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 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.

Credits: 36

VMEDG 1802

Emergency/Urgent Care

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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 emergent and urgently ill patients.

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 1800

On-Campus Clinical Electives

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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.

Credits: Varied

VMEDG 1811

Off-Campus Clinical Electives

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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 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