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Curriculum and Areas of Emphasis

CVM DVM Curriculum

Year 1
Fall semester Spring semester
  1. Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology

  2. Principles of Veterinary Anatomy and Embryology

  3. Veterinary Cell Biology

  4. Microscopic Anatomy of Domestic Animals

  5. Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

  6. Principles of Physiology I

  7. Basic Comparative Animal Nutrition
  1. Physical Diagnosis

  2. Veterinary Virology

  3. Veterinary Immunology

  4. Laboratory on Comparative Anatomy of Horse and Food Animals

  5. Veterinary Ethics and Jurisprudence

  6. Veterinary Medicine: An Umbrella of Opportunities

  7. Principles of Physiology II
 
Year 2
Fall semester Spring semester
  1. Applied Preventive Health

  2. Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

  3. Veterinary Parasitology

  4. Veterinary Animal Behavior

  5. General Animal Pathology

  6. Dermatology and Integumentary

  7. Principles of Pharmacology
  1. Principles of Anesthesia

  2. Veterinary Ophthalmology

  3. Polysystemic Diseases

  4. Principles of Surgery

  5. General Surgery Practicum

  6. Systemic Pathology I

  7. Clinical Pathology

  8. Veterinary Toxicology
Year 3
Fall semester Spring semester
  1. Theriogenology

  2. Large Animal Digestive Diseases

  3. Musculoskeletal Diseases

  4. Small Animal and Large Animal Basic Surgical Techniques

  5. Small Animal Digestive Diseases

  6. Radiology

  7. Systemic Pathology II
  1. Neurology

  2. Respiratory Diseases

  3. Cardiology

  4. Veterinary Practice Management
The second term of year 3 is 8 weeks in duration. The clinical year starts immediately after this 8-week term.
 
Year 4
The fourth year program allows veterinary students some flexibility to concentrate their interests in specific areas. The program begins immediately following the conclusion of Year 3 (approximately early March) and continues for 14 months.

Each course in the fourth year is taught as a 2 or 3 week block. Students take each course as a separate block. Students select clinical rotations with guidance from faculty advisors. A student may concentrate his/her attentions toward small or large animal rotations, or he/she may pursue a general, mixed-animal course of study.

Because the fourth-year program is continuous, some blocks may end or begin during holidays or semester breaks.

Clinical rotations:
  1. Small Animal Community Practice

  2. Clinical Anesthesiology

  3. Clinical Radiology

  4. Diagnostic Pathology

  5. Large Animal Internal Medicine

  6. Large Animal Surgery

  7. Large Animal Farm Practice

  8. Theriogenology

  9. Food Animal Practice

  10. Food Animal Practice - Beef Cattle

  11. Dairy Production Medicine

  12. Advanced Equine Theriogenology

  13. Large Animal Advanced Anesthesia

  14. Equine Diagnostic Imaging & Lameness

  15. Small Animal General Surgery

  16. Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
  1. Exotic Animal, Wildlife, and Zoo Clinical Medicine

  2. Small Animal Dermatology

  3. Small Animal Ophthalmology

  4. Small Animal Internal Medicine

  5. Small Animal Neurology / Neurosurgery

  6. Small Animal Clinical Oncology

  7. Small Animal Cardiology

  8. Daytime Emergency and Critical Care

  9. Studies in Advanced Clinical Parasitology

  10. Wildlife Population Health

  11. Anatomic Pathology Clerkship

  12. Clinical Pathology Clerkship

  13. Advanced Small Animal Nutrition

  14. Avian (poultry only) Medicine Clinical Rotation

  15. Clinical Animal Behavior

  16. Small Animal Ultrasound Elective

Goals of Areas of Emphasis

Equine/Food and Fiber Animal (Large Animal)

The Equine/Food and Fiber Animal track provides students with basic to advanced medical knowledge and clinical skills in equine medicine and the care of food and fiber producing animals. This includes instruction and training in preventative medicine, production principles, diagnostics, general medical and surgical care as well as effective communication and scientific problem solving. Students in this track will be prepared for future careers in equine ambulatory and referral practice, equine teaching, research or industry, food animal private practice, regulatory medicine and specialty practice requiring advanced post-DVM training in equine or large-animal related fields. As with all of the areas of emphases here at UGA CVM, the fundamental principles taught to all students promote lifelong learning and adhere to the UGA CVM Ideal Graduate Mission Statement.

Mixed Animal

The Mixed Animal area of emphasis provides veterinary students with a comprehensive education of both small and large animal welfare and health management. The goal of this emphasis is to expose students to multiple areas of veterinary medicine and provide them with diverse clinical skills in preventative medicine, diagnostics, general medical and surgical care in large and small animals to prepare them for providing healthcare for a variety of species. Students also will be exposed to instruction in effective communication and scientific problem solving. Students who wish to practice in mixed animal clinics, are interested in many different animal species, or have not yet decided upon a specific area of emphasis would be ideal candidates for the mixed animal area of emphasis. As with all of the areas of emphases here at UGA CVM, the fundamental principles taught to all students promote lifelong learning and adhere to the UGA CVM Ideal Graduate Mission Statement.

Public/Corporate/Zoo Medicine

Students within this area of emphasis wishing to enter the Public / Corporate sector are provided with basic to advanced skills in the areas of disease pathology, regulatory medicine, public and environmental health and policy development, with less focus on direct clinical care of individual patients. This area of emphasis is specifically geared towards students who wish to have careers in non-clinical ( i.e. not private practice but public practice) aspects of veterinary medicine which may include: industry, academia, regulatory, public health, food safety, diagnostics, research (e.g., microbiology, anatomic and clinical pathology, and immunology), policy development, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, international animal health development, and environmental sciences.

Students within this area of emphasis interested in Zoological Medicine are provided with basic to advanced medical knowledge and clinical skills for non-domestic animals. This includes instruction and training in preventative medicine, diagnostics, general medical and surgical care for diverse non-domestic species, and exposure to regulations and public and environmental health impacts for the management of various non-domestic animals. Students in this area are prepared to provide primary health care delivery and management for non-domestic animals, in such areas of employment as zoological parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and private practice and specialty practice requiring advanced post-DVM training in Zoological Medicine or related research careers.

As with all of the areas of emphases here at UGA CVM, the fundamental principles taught to all students promote lifelong learning and adhere to the UGA CVM Ideal Graduate Mission Statement.

Small Animal

The small animal area of emphasis provides students with basic to advanced medical knowledge and clinical skills in the care of dogs, cats and other small mammals. This includes instruction and training in preventative medicine, diagnostics, general medical and surgical care as well as effective communication and scientific problem solving. Students in this track will be prepared for future careers in small animal general private practice, small animal emergency medicine, teaching, research, industry, and specialty practice requiring advanced post-DVM training. As with all of the areas of emphases here at UGA CVM, the fundamental principles taught to all students promote lifelong learning and adhere to the UGA CVM Ideal Graduate Mission Statement.

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