DVM in Veterinary Medicine

Objectives and Summary of the Professional Curriculum

The primary objective of the DVM curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to be competent entry level veterinarians. We prepare our students for general veterinary practice, for entry into graduate or specialty training programs, or for careers in regulatory medicine. The overall objective of the first two years of the curriculum is to provide students with a solid foundation in basic biomedical sciences. The courses in the preclinical professional curriculum include anatomy, physiology, cell and molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, virology, and toxicology. The fundamentals of the clinical disciplines are also taught during this time and include anesthesiology, clinical pathology, radiology, public health, medicine and surgery.

The organizational scheme of the professional curriculum differs from that of other schools in that the first two academic years are divided into eight-week instructional periods and our academic year runs from August through June. The students have a summer break between the first and second years and second and third years of instruction that is approximately seven weeks in duration. The overall objective of the clinical curriculum is to solidify basic knowledge and practice clinical skills in the Veterinary Health Center, VMDL, and external preceptorships. This portion of the curriculum is organized into 12 clinical blocks that begin in October of the third year of professional instruction. These clinical blocks are six to eight weeks in duration and may be divided into 1, 2, or 3 clinical courses. The required clinical rotations are listed below and organized by duration:

Required Clinical Rotations

Full Block Rotations: Food Animal Medicine and Surgery; Equine Medicine and Surgery; Diagnostic Pathology and Special Species Medicine.

Third Block Rotations: Theriogenology; Ophthalmology; Small Animal Internal Medicine; Oncology; Soft Tissue Surgery; Orthopedic Surgery; Neurology and Neurosurgery

Half Block Rotations: Clinical Radiology; Clinical Anesthesia; Small Animal Community Practice; Shelter Medicine; Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

Note that students are required to complete four credit hours (four weeks) of external evaluated preceptorships as part of the required curriculum. Students also select 10 credit hours of elective rotations (cardiology, nutrition, production medicine, special imaging, etc.). In addition to required and elective blocks, students are allotted two blocks as "free time." Most students utilize their free time to study for licensing examinations, complete preceptorships at practices, or interview with prospective employers. A total of 154.5 semester credit hours are required for graduation. Most students accumulate a higher number of credit hours as a result of enrollments in extra didactic or clinical elective courses.

VM-1 Required Courses (Instructional Periods 1-4)
Instructional Periods 1 and 2; August - December
V_BSCI 5500Veterinary Anatomy with Laboratory4
V_BSCI 5502Veterinary Microscopic Anatomy with Laboratory3
V_BSCI 5504Veterinary Physiology5
V_BSCI 5506Veterinary Molecular and Cellular Biology4
V_BSCI 5100Veterinary Neuroscience2
Instructional Period 3; January - February
V_BSCI 5011Veterinary Anatomy3
V_BSCI 5020Developmental Anatomy0.5
V_BSCI 5503Veterinary Microscopic Anatomy2
V_BSCI 5051Veterinary Gastrointestinal Physiology2
V_M_S 6005Clinical Skills0.5
V_M_S 6140Nutrition with Laboratory1.5
Instructional Period 4; March - April
V_BSCI 5012Veterinary Anatomy with Laboratory3
V_BSCI 5021Developmental Anatomy0.5
V_BSCI 5052Veterinary Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology2
V_PBIO 5511Veterinary Immunology1.5
V_M_S 6006Clinical Skills0.5
VM-2 Required Courses (Instructional Periods 5-9)
Instructional Period 5; May - June
V_PBIO 5512Veterinary Immunology1.5
V_PBIO 5552Veterinary Bacteriology with Laboratory3
V_PBIO 5575Veterinary Pathology with Laboratory3
V_PBIO 5579Veterinary Genomics1
V_M_S 6135Foundations of Financial Success1
Instructional Period 6; August - October
V_PBIO 5553Veterinary Bacteriology II2.5
V_PBIO 5554Veterinary Virology2.5
V_PBIO 5557Veterinary Parasitology with Laboratory3
V_PBIO 5576Veterinary Systemic and Special Pathology with Laboratories3
Instructional Period 7; October - December
V_BSCI 5507Veterinary Pharmacology with Laboratory3
V_PBIO 5558Veterinary Public Health2
V_PBIO 5555Epidemiology and Biostatistics with Laboratory2
V_PBIO 5577Veterinary Systemic and Special Pathology II with3
Instructional Period 8; January - February
V_BSCI 5508Veterinary Pharmacology2
V_PBIO 5578Veterinary Clinical Pathology with Laboratory3
V_PBIO 6010Laboratory Animal Medicine1.5
V_M_S 6020Veterinary Radiology with Laboratory2
V_M_S 6130Fundamentals of Veterinary Business Management1
Instructional Period 9; March - April
V_BSCI 5509Veterinary Toxicology3
V_M_S 6030Veterinary Anesthesiology with Laboratory2
V_M_S 6040Companion Animal Medicine with Laboratory4
V_M_S 6060Small Animal Surgery with Laboratory2
VM-3 Courses (Instructional Periods 10-11)
Instructional Period 10; May - June Required Courses
V_M_S 6050Small Animal Medicine2.5
V_M_S 6071Small Animal Surgery2
V_M_S 6073Fundamental Surgery Laboratory1
V_M_S 6081Food Animal Medicine and Surgery2.5
V_M_S 6151Equine Medicine and Surgery2
Instructional Period 10; May - June Electives
V_M_S 6072Optional Surgery and Anesthesia Laboratory1
Instructional Period 11; August - October
V_M_S 6082Food Animal Medicine and Surgery2
V_M_S 6090Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care with Laboratory1
V_M_S 6110Theriogenology3
V_M_S 6120Veterinary Ophthalmology1
V_M_S 6152Equine Medicine and Surgery1.5
Instructional Period 11; August - October Elective Courses
V_PBIO 5991Introduction to Avian Medicine1
V_M_S 6986Advanced Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery1
V_M_S 6987Problem-Based Learning Clinic Preparation1
V_M_S 6988Small Animal Clinical Nutrition1
V_M_S 6989Advanced Oncology of Animals1
V_M_S 6990Zoological Medicine2
V_M_S 6991Advanced Equine Lameness with Laboratory1
V_M_S 6993Advanced Veterinary Anesthesia1
V_M_S 6994Advanced Techniques in Small Animal Surgery with Laboratory1
V_M_S 6995Clinical Cardiology1
V_M_S 6996Advanced Dermatology1
V_M_S 6997Food Animal Diagnostic Exercises1
V_M_S 6998Small Animal Behavioral Medicine1
V_M_S 6999Food Animal Surgery Laboratory1
VM-3 and VM-4 Required Clinical Rotations (October - Graduation)
V_M_S 6010Evaluated Veterinary Preceptorship2-12
V_M_S 6400Food Animal Medicine and Surgery I6
V_M_S 6411Small Animal Internal Medicine2
V_M_S 6412Small Animal Primary Care/Community Practice3
V_M_S 6414Shelter Medicine3
V_M_S 6420Equine Medicine and Surgery I6
V_M_S 6432Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery2
V_M_S 6434Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery2
V_M_S 6436Veterinary Neurology/Neurosurgery2
V_M_S 6441Clinical Radiology I3
V_M_S 6442Clinical Anesthesiology I3
V_M_S 6450Theriogenology I2
V_M_S 6460Clinical Ophthalmology I2
V_M_S 6490Small Animal Specialty Medicine I2
V_M_S 6820Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care3
V_PBIO 6647Pathology and Laboratory Diagnostics8
Elective Clinical Rotations
V_M_S 6001Topics in Veterinary Medicine2-6
V_M_S 6413Small Animal Behavior and Dermatology2
V_M_S 6700Food Animal Medicine and Surgery II Elective2-6
V_M_S 6710Small Animal Medicine II Elective2-6
V_M_S 6711Small Animal Internal Medicine Elective Clinical or Research Rotation2
V_M_S 6712Private Practice Small Animal Internal Medicine Elective2
V_M_S 6714Shelter Medicine Clinical Elective2-6
V_M_S 6720Equine Medicine and Surgery II Elective2-6
V_M_S 6732Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery II Elective2
V_M_S 6733Small Animal Surgical Oncology Elective Rotation2
V_M_S 6734Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II Elective2
V_M_S 6736Veterinary Neurology/ Neurosurgery-Elective2
V_M_S 6741Clinical Radiology II Elective2-6
V_M_S 6742Clinical Anesthesiology II Elective2-6
V_M_S 6743Radiology - Special Imaging Elective2-3
V_M_S 6750Theriogenology II Elective2-6
V_M_S 6751External Food Animal Service and Theriogenology Teaching Program2-6
V_M_S 6760Small Animal Nutrition2
V_M_S 6800Clinical Ophthalmology II Elective2-6
V_M_S 6810Cardiology II Elective2
V_M_S 6821Small Animal Emergency Critical Care Elective2
V_M_S 6830Food Animal Production Medicine6
V_M_S 6850Clinical Oncology2-6
V_PBIO 6676Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management Elective4-6
V_PBIO 6678Epidemiology and Community Health2-6
V_PBIO 6679Diagnostic Pathology and Special Species Medicine2-6
V_PBIO 6684Research Techniques in Veterinary Pathobiology2-6

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Missouri students are encouraged to use free blocks for preceptorships to increase exposure to veterinary practice and to meet the requirements of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Practice Act. The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine does not have the authority to approve the use of student free block time or the veterinarians with whom they gain experience to meet state requirements.

Approved preceptorships may be found by contacting the Office for Student and Academic Affairs.

Preceptorship requirements and forms required by the Missouri State Veterinary Medical Board can be found at their website: https://pr.mo.gov/veterinarian.asp

The level of supervision required by preceptors is detailed at: https://pr.mo.gov/boards/veterinary/VetSupervisionChart.pdf

The Missouri State Veterinary Medical Board preceptorship form may be found at: https://pr.mo.gov/veterinarian-application-forms.asp

Licensing Examination

Professional Licensing Information

In addition successfully completing a professional veterinary education, most states require state and national licensing examinations to meet requirements to practice. Please visit the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA) and the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) websites for further information.

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