Courses

Core Curriculum

 FallWinterSpringSummer
Year 1Foundations of Veterinary Medicine
Functional Anatomy
Immunology
Physiology & Histology
Veterinary Science: Research and Methods
Winter BreakBacteriology & Mycology
Biology of Disease I
Food Animal Production & Food Safety
Foundations of Veterinary Medicine
Neurobiology
Nutrition and Metabolism
Parasitology
Virology
Summer Break
Year 2Animal Welfare
Biology of Disease II
Bioanalytical Pathology
Clinical Toxicology
Foundations of Veterinary Medicine
Pharmacology
Preventive Medicine
Winter BreakBiology of Disease III
Clinical Sciences I
Clinical Sciences II
Foundations of Veterinary Medicine
Principles of Anesthesia
Principles of Surgery
Theriogenology
Summer Break
Year 33rd Year Practicum
Clinical Sciences III
Clinical Sciences IV
Principles of Imaging Interpretation
Winter Break3rd Year Practicum
Professional Development
Rational Antimicrobial Therapy

TRACK SELECTIVES
Small Animal Track:
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery I
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery II
Large Animal Track:
Bovine Herd Health Medicine
Equine Medicine & Surgery
General Track:
Choose a minimum of seven credits from Small and Large Animal tracks
4th Year Practicum
Year 44th Year Practicum

Course Descriptions

Year One

Fall

Foundations of Veterinary Medicine

Development of professional skills (clinical reasoning, ethics, communication, physical exam, surgical skills) necessary for the practice of veterinary medicine.

Functional Anatomy

Intensive study of the gross anatomy of domestic animals, including canine, feline, bovine, equine, small ruminant, and porcine species. Emphasis is on canine and equine anatomy. Comparative understanding of the anatomy of organ systems will support clinical instruction.

Immunology

Study of infectious agents, immune-mediated diseases, immune deficiencies, and principles of vaccination.

Physiology and Histology

Physiology and microscopic anatomy of endocrine, hemopoietic, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems in selected domestic animals.

Veterinary Science: Research and Methods

Conduct of responsible research, contributions of research to the practice of veterinary medicine, and career opportunities.

Spring

Bacteriology and Mycology

Biology of bacterial and fungal pathogens of animals with emphasis on common infectious diseases encountered in veterinary practice.

Biology of Disease I

Introduction to mechanisms of subcellular, cellular, tissue, and organ responses to injury and associated pathological processes.

Food Animal Production and Food Safety

Basic orientation to food animal production units, herd health concepts, and issues of food safety from preharvest through processing and distribution.

Foundations of Veterinary Medicine

Development of professional skills (clinical reasoning, ethics, communication, physical exam, surgical skills) necessary for the practice of veterinary medicine.

Neurobiology

Structural and functional foundations of nervous system activity and introduction to clinical neurology.

Nutrition and Metabolism

Intermediary metabolism, nutrients, and animal nutrition.

Parasitology

Biology of helminth, arthropod, and protozoan pathogens of animals with emphasis on common infectious diseases encountered in veterinary practice.

Virology

Biology of viral pathogens of animals with emphasis on common infectious diseases encountered in veterinary practice.

Year Two

Fall

Animal Welfare

Animal welfare key concepts, including both science and ethics; sociological/cultural influence on animal welfare; animal welfare assessment; role of veterinarians in animal welfare; contemporary challenges in animal welfare.

Biology of Disease II

Pathogenesis of organ system diseases and integrated systemic pathology.

Bioanalytical Pathology

Mechanisms, interpretation, and applications of laboratory analyses for solving diagnostic problems.

Clinical Toxicology

Common toxicants and poisonous plants encountered by companion and farm animal species, their pathophysiological effects, and clinical treatments.

Foundations of Veterinary Medicine

Development of professional skills (clinical reasoning, ethics, communication, physical exam, surgical skills) necessary for the practice of veterinary medicine.

Pharmacology

Basic and clinical pharmacology, therapeutic practice, and pharmacy management.

Preventive Medicine

Principles of health promotion and disease prevention in populations.

Spring

Biology of Disease III

Pathogenesis of organ system diseases and integrated systemic pathology.

Clinical Sciences I

Application of clinical reasoning in diagnosing and treating common medical problems of the gastrointestinal tract (including dentistry), liver/pancreas, and endocrine systems in small animal, livestock, and equine species.

Clinical Sciences II

Application of clinical reasoning in diagnosing and treating common medical problems of the cardiac and respiratory systems in small animal, livestock, and equine species.

Foundations of Veterinary Medicine

Development of professional skills (clinical reasoning, ethics, communication, physical exam, surgical skills) necessary for the practice of veterinary medicine.

Principles of Anesthesia

Integration of physiological and pharmacological principles in clinical anesthesia.

Principles of Surgery

Principles and concepts of general and orthopedic surgery.

Theriogenology

Reproductive function and disease, including mammary gland and endocrine regulation of reproduction and lactation.

Year Three

Fall

Third Year Practicum

Hands-on education and training in the application of clinical reasoning and clinical procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases.

Clinical Sciences III

Application of clinical reasoning in diagnosing and treating common medical problems of the neurologic, orthopedic, urinary and reproductive systems in small animal, livestock, and equine species.

Clinical Sciences IV

Application of clinical reasoning in diagnosing and treating common medical problems in oncology, critical care, infectious disease, immune-mediated disease, neonatology, hematologic and lymphoreticular disease, dermatology and ophthalmology in small animal, livestock, and equine species.

Principles of Imaging Interpretation

Review of radiographic anatomy and application of interpretative skills of diagnostic imaging with emphasis on the small animal abdomen and thorax, equine and small animal musculoskeletal systems, and small animal axial skeleton and skull.

Spring

Third Year Practicum

Hands-on education and training in the application of clinical reasoning and clinical procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases.

Professional Development

Learning and application of principles in euthanasia, contract and animal law, resumes, CVs and cover letters, career development, personal wellness, leadership, and personal finance and debt management.

Rational Antimicrobial Therapy

Pharmacology of antimicrobial agents, applied clinical microbiology, and antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary medicine.

Track Selectives
Small Animal Track
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery I: Health management, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of dogs and cats.
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery II: Health management, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of dogs and cats.
Large Animal Track
  • Bovine Herd Health Medicine: Health management, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of livestock.
  • Equine Medicine and Surgery: Health management, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of horses.
General Track

Choose a mix from Small and Large Animal tracks

Year Four

Summer, Fall, Spring

Fourth Year Practicum

Training in clinical procedures and application of clinical reasoning for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal diseases, integrating principles of communication, teamwork, and professionalism.

Elective Courses

  • Advanced Bioanalytic Pathology
  • Biology and Disease of Small Mammals
  • Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Emerging Issues in Animal Health
  • Exotic Animal Anatomy and Husbandry
  • Feline Medicine
  • Foaling Management
  • Food Animal Clinical Problems
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Healer’s Art
  • Introduction to Spanish for Veterinarians
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
  • Non-Mammalian Vertebrate Medicine
  • Principles of Shelter Veterinary Medicine
  • Spanish for Rural Veterinarians I-IV
  • Swine Medicine
  • Veterinary Mobility and Pain Management
  • Veterinary Practice Management
  • Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

For elective course descriptions, view the university’s General Catalog.