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College of Veterinary Medicine

Note: The Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine reserves the right to alter its curriculum to address evolving college goals and resources.
Total credits first year - 56.5
Total credits second year - 57
Didactic credits third year - 38
Clinical credits third/fourth years - 87

Total for program completion - 238.5

First Year Total:56.5
Fall Quarter Total
ANATG 1555Veterinary Anatomy I6
BIOCG 1555Veterinary Biochemistry3
COREG 1560Interprofessional Healthcare0.5
PHYSG 1512Veterinary Physiology I3
VMEDG 1501Practice of Veterinary Medicine I4
Total16.5
Winter Quarter
ANATG 1556Veterinary Anatomy II6
BIOCG 1566Fundamentals of Animal Genetics and Nutrition3
COREG 1570Interprofessional Healthcare0.5
MICRG 1522Veterinary Immunology3
PHYSG 1522Veterinary Physiology II2
VMEDG 1502Practice of Veterinary Medicine II3
VMEDG 1591One Health I - Principles of Epidemiology and Public Health3
Total20.5
Spring Quarter
COREG 1580Interprofessional Healthcare0.5
PHYSG 1533Veterinary Physiology III4
VMEDG 1503Practice of Veterinary Medicine III3
VMEDG 1520Clinical Anatomy4
VMEDG 1531Anesthesia / Pain Management5
VMEDG 1592One Health II - Zoonosis and Emerging Diseases2
VMEDG 1571Bovine Theriogenology Skills Lab1
VMEDG 1302, 1312OPTIONAL Research Elective1
Total19.5

Second Year Total:57
Fall Quarter
MICRG 1671Veterinary Microbiology I4
PHARG 1660Veterinary Pharmacology I3
VMEDG 1604Practice of Veterinary Medicine IV3
VMEDG 1641Veterinary Pathology I5
VMEDG 1651Principles of Surgery with Surgery Lab I4
Total19
Winter Quarter
MICRG 1672Veterinary Microbiology II3
PHARG 1661Veterinary Pharmacology II3
VMEDG 1605Practice of Veterinary Medicine V3
VMEDG 1642Veterinary Pathology II5
VMEDG 1652Surgery Lab II2
VMEDG 1635Diagnostic Imaging3
Total19
Spring Quarter
MICRG 1673Veterinary Parasitology3
VMEDG 1606Practice of Veterinary Medicine VI3
VMEDG 1645Clinical Pathology4
VMEDG 1648Clinical Toxicology2
VMEDG 1653Surgery Lab III2
VMEDG 1655Small Animal Medicine and Surgery I5
VMEDG 1302, 1312OPTIONAL Research Elective1
Total19

Third Year Total:38
Fall Quarter
VMEDG 1707Practice of Veterinary Medicine VII3
VMEDG 1756Small Animal Medicine and Surgery II5
VMEDG 1761Equine Medicine and Surgery I4
VMEDG 1766Food Animal Medicine I4
VMEDG 1301, 1311Elective - CVMEach course 2
Total18
Winter Quarter
VMEDG 1708Practice of Veterinary Medicine VIII3
VMEDG 1757Small Animal Medicine and Surgery III5
VMEDG 1762Equine Medicine and Surgery II4
VMEDG 1767Food Animal Medicine II3
VMEDG 1776Lab Animal and Exotic Species Medicine3
VMEDG 1301, 1311Elective - CVMEach course 2
Total20

During the clinical program students must complete a total of 87 credits of rotations and externships. This will include 32 weeks (48 credits) of required rotations, and 26 weeks (39 credits) of elective rotations and externships. Students have 4 weeks available for vacation and/or professional preparation during the clinical program, but time off cannot be taken during a required clinical rotation. Time off requests must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Required Clinical Course (Rotations) a,b
Students must complete 32 weeks (48 credits) of required rotations during their clinical program including small animal primary care, emergency/ICU and pathology. Students will not be permitted to schedule vacation time during their required rotations.

VMEDG 1801 Small Animal Primary Care (24 weeks) 36
VMEDG 1802 Emergency/ICU (4 weeks) 6
VMEDG 1804 Pathology (4 weeks) 6
Required Clinical Total Hours 48

Elective Clinical Courses (Rotations)a,b
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 26 weeks (39 credits) of elective rotations and externships during their clinical program. Students may complete a maximum of 8 weeks of elective rotations at any one site.  To be eligible for academic credit, an externship rotation must be planned with the assistance and approval of the student's advisor and the Associate Dean for Clinical Education. 

VMEDG 1800 On-Campus Electives include the following (3-12 credits each):

  • Anesthesia and Pain Management (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Pathology (2 weeks)
  • Diagnostic Imaging (2 weeks)
  • Equine Medicine & surgery (8 weeks)
  • Food Animal Medicine & Surgery (8 weeks)
  • Oncology (2 weeks)
  • Pathology (2 weeks)
  • Small Animal Internal Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Small Animal Surgery (2 weeks)

VMEDG 1811 Off-Campus Electives include the following (3-6 Credits each):

  • Avian/Exotic Practice (2-4 weeks)
  • Beef Cattle Practice (2-4 weeks)
  • Behavior (2-4 weeks)
  • Camelid Practice (2-4 weeks)
  • Cardiology (2-4 weeks)
  • Critical Care (2-4 weeks)
  • Dairy Cattle Practice (2-4 weeks)
  • Dentistry (2-4 weeks)
  • Dermatology (2-4 weeks)
  • Equine Primary Care (2-4 weeks)
  • Equine Sports Medicine (2-4 weeks)
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine (2-4 weeks)
  • Neurology (2-4 weeks)
  • Oncology (2-4 weeks)
  • Ophthalmology (2-4 weeks)
  • Shelter Medicine (2-4 weeks)
  • Small Animal General Practice (2-4 weeks)
  • Small Animal Internal Medicine (2-4 weeks)
  • Small Animal Surgery (2-4 weeks)
  • Swine Practice (2-4 weeks)
  • Theriogenology (2-4 weeks)
  • Zoological Medicine (2-4 weeks)

a1.5 credits awarded/week of clinical rotation
bMinimum of 4 weeks of externship is required