Curriculum and Areas of Emphasis

Preparing you for the future

We’re driven by a deep passion and commitment to define and deliver all that veterinary medicine can and should be. That passion and commitment are reflected in our curriculum and the areas that you can choose to study. You’ll cover all aspects of veterinary medicine during your four years at the CVM – and leave fully prepared to take your next step.

CVM Curriculum

Year 1
Fall semester Spring semester
  • Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology
  • Principles of Veterinary Anatomy and Embryology
  • Veterinary Cell Biology
  • Microscopic Anatomy of Domestic Animals
  • Physical Diagnosis
  • Principles of Physiology I
  • Basic Comparative Animal Nutrition
  • Applied Integrative Materials I
  • Veterinary Virology
  • Veterinary Immunology
  • Laboratory on Comparative Anatomy of Horse and Food Animals
  • Professional Skills and Attributes
  • Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
  • Principles of Physiology II
Year 2
Fall semester Spring semester
  • Applied Integrative Materials II
  • Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Animal Behavior
  • General Animal Pathology
  • Comparative Clinical Dermatology
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Principles of Anesthesia
  • Veterinary Ophthalmology
  • Polysystemic Diseases
  • Principles of Surgery & General Surgery Practicum
  • Systemic Pathology I
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Veterinary Toxicology
Year 3
Fall semester Spring semester
  • Theriogenology
  • Large Animal Digestive Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Small Animal and Large Animal Basic Surgical Techniques
  • Small Animal Digestive Diseases
  • Radiology
  • Systemic Pathology II
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Cardiology
  • Veterinary Practice Management

Note: The second term of year 3 is eight weeks long. The clinical year starts immediately after this 8-week term.

Year 4

The fourth-year program allows veterinary students some flexibility to concentrate on 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 they may pursue a more 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

  • Small Animal Community Practice
  • Clinical Anesthesiology
  • Clinical Radiology
  • Diagnostic Pathology
  • Large Animal Internal Medicine
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Large Animal Farm Practice
  • General Theriogenology
  • Food Animal Practice
  • Food Animal Practice – Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Production Medicine
  • Large Animal Emergency Medicine & Surgery
  • Large Animal Advanced Anesthesia
  • Equine Diagnostic Imaging & Lameness
  • Small Animal General Surgery
  • Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
  • Exotic Animal, Wildlife, and Zoo Clinical Medicine
  • Small Animal Dermatology
  • Small Animal Ophthalmology
  • Small Animal Internal Medicine
  • Small Animal Neurology / Neurosurgery
  • Small Animal Clinical Oncology
  • Small Animal Cardiology
  • Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
  • Studies in Advanced Clinical Parasitology
  • Wildlife Population Health
  • Anatomic Pathology Clerkship
  • Advanced Dairy Medicine
  • Advanced Small Animal Nutrition
  • Avian (poultry only) Medicine Clinical Rotation
  • Practice Management

Areas of Emphasis

We have four different areas of emphasis that you may choose from to help guide your path through vet school. Each of these areas promotes lifelong learning and adheres to our Ideal Graduate mission statement.

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.

Mixed Animal

The mixed animal area of emphasis provides students with a comprehensive education in 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 who have not yet decided upon a specific area of emphasis are ideal candidates for the mixed animal area of emphasis.

Public/Corporate/Zoo Medicine

This area of emphasis is specifically geared toward students who wish to have careers in non-clinical aspects of veterinary medicine. These may include: industry, academia, regulatory, public health, food safety, diagnostics, research, policy development, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, international animal health development, and environmental sciences. Students 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.

Students 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, working for zoological parks, wildlife sanctuaries, as well as in private and specialty practices requiring advanced post-DVM training in zoological medicine or related research careers.

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.