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VA-MD Vet Med's DVM professional curriculum will provide a balanced educational foundation for the varied career opportunities available to veterinary graduates. Our program is designed to develop competent and confident graduates capable of entering the profession with day-one knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- The first two years focus on developing core knowledge, skills, and attributes across the species through integration of the basic and clinical sciences.
- Professional development is fostered through weekly problem-solving sessions focused on clinical reasoning skills.
- At the end of the second year, students enter clinics for the first time and complete five clinical rotations over the summer. This immersion in a workplace-based environment allows students to apply their gained knowledge and skills with real-world experiences.
- In the third year, students return to the classroom to reinforce and build on their acquired knowledge and skills and to focus on an area of interest by way of five tracking options: Small Animal, Equine, Food Animal, Mixed Animal, and Public/Corporate.
- Students finish the last nine months of the DVM program with 12 clinical rotations.
The DVM curriculum is constantly monitored and reviewed by the college's Curriculum Committee and updated as trends in veterinary education emerge.
Our curriculum offers students the ability to focus on an area of their interest, which is called tracking. Once students have gained a foundational knowledge in core material during the first two years, they are able to build on this through advanced courses that are concentrated on their career goals.
Track advisors are available to meet with current DVM students as they consider their career goals, coursework, and clinical placements.
Small Animal: Dr. Lara Bartl and Dr. Julie Cecere
Food Animal: Dr. Kevin Pelzer and Dr. Sierra Guynn
Equine: Dr. Rebecca Funk and Dr. Katie Wilson
Mixed Animal: Dr. Jacquelyn Pelzer
Public/Corporate: Dr. Valerie Ragan and Dr. Cassidy Rist