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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 - 51.5
Total credits second year - 57
Didactic credits third year - 38
Clinical credits third/fourth years - 87

Total for program completion - 233.5

First Year Total:51.5
Fall Quarter
ANATG 1555Veterinary Anatomy I6
VMEDG 1510Understanding the Veterinary Literature2
COREG 1560LInterprofessional Healthcare0.5
PHYSG 1512Veterinary Physiology I3
VMEDG 1501Practice of Veterinary Medicine I4
Total15.5
Winter Quarter
ANATG 1556Veterinary Anatomy II6
COREG 1570LInterprofessional 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
Total17.5
Spring Quarter
PHYSG 1533Veterinary Physiology III4
COREG 1580LInterprofessional Healthcare0.5
VMEDG 1503Practice of Veterinary Medicine III3
VMEDG 1520Clinical Anatomy4
VMEDG 1531Anesthesia / Pain Management5
VMEDG 1592One Health II - Zoonosis and Emerging Diseases2
VMEDG 1301/1302Research Elective (optional)1
Total18.5

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 1635Diagnostic Imaging3
VMEDG 1642Veterinary Pathology II5
VMEDG 1652Surgery Lab II2
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 1301/1302Research Elective (optional)1
Total19

Third Year Fall, Winter Total:38
Fall Quarter
VMEDG 1709Practice of Veterinary Medicine IXPer Quarter 3
VMEDG 1756Small Animal Medicine and Surgery II5
VMEDG 1761Equine Medicine and Surgery I4
VMEDG 1766Food Animal Medicine I4
VMEDG Elective - CVM2
Total18
Winter Quarter
VMEDG 1709Practice of Veterinary Medicine IXPer Quarter 3
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 Elective - CVM2
Total20

Upon entering the clinical program, students must choose a species-focused clinical track, either small animal or mixed animal. Scheduling of all rotations is directed by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and the Director of Off-Campus Clinical Rotations. Students have 4 weeks available for vacation during the clinical program.  Vacation time cannot be scheduled during a required rotation and must be taken in two non-consecutive blocks.  Time-off requests must follow the policies set forth in the current rotation manual. 

CVM Track Requirements

Small Animal Track:

Blocks Weeks Quarter Credits
Core On-Campus Rotations: 12 24 36
VMEDG 1801 Small Animal Primary Care 8 16 24
VMEDG 1802 Emergency/ICU 2 4 6
VMEDG 1804 Pathology/Clinical Pathology 2 4 6
Selective Blocks: (Choose 2 of 3) 4 8 12
VMEDG 1803 Shelter Medicine 2 4 6
VMEDG 1808 Small Animal Internal Medicine 2 4 6
VMEDG 1809 Small Animal Surgery 2 4 6
Elective Rotations:* (see below)  13 26 39
Vacation (2 non-consecutive blocks) 2 4 0
TOTAL: 31 62 87
 Mixed Animal Track: Blocks Weeks Quarter Credits
Core On-Campus Rotations:  16 32 48
VMEDG 1802 Emergency/ICU 2 4 6
VMEDG 1804 Pathology/Clinical Pathology 2 4 6
VMEDG 1805 Equine Primary Care 4 8 12
VMEDG 1806 Food Animal Primary Care 4 8 12
VMEDG 1807 Mixed Track Small Animal 4 8 12
Elective Rotations:* (see below)  13 26 39
Vacation (2 non-consecutive blocks) 2 4 0
TOTAL: 31 62 87
*Elective Clinical Rotations/Externships: 
VMEDG 1800 On-Campus Clinical Electives (wide variety)
VMEDG 1811 Off-Campus Clinical Electives (wide variety) 

Elective Clinical Courses (Rotations)a

Students may select from a wide variety of on-campus and off-campus rotations approved by the Office of Clinical Education. 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. A minimum of 4 weeks of an off-campus externship is required. To be eligible for academic credit, an externship rotation must be planned with and approved by the Director of Off-Campus Rotations and the Associate Dean for Clinical Education.

  • VMEDG 1800 On-Campus Electives
  • VMEDG 1811 Off-Campus Electives

a1.5 credits awarded/week of clinical rotation