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Pre-Clinical Sciences

Pre-Clinical Sciences are taught at the CVM during the first six semesters of the program. The coursework prepares our students for their clinical year rotations and beyond with solid foundations in biomedical sciences, medicine, surgery, reproduction and professional skills.

The three main focus areas of the curriculum are:

  1. Clinical and Professional skills
  2. One Health
  3. Veterinary didactic coursework

All pre-clinical semesters embody a 2+ credit Clinical Skills course aimed at providing students an early and consistent exposure to skills that will enable them to be confident and competent upon entering their clinical year. These include surgical skills, animal handling and restraint, diagnostic and therapeutic skills and Professional skills such as management, collaboration, communication, ethics, and lifelong learning. In addition, semesters 1-5 include One Health courses aimed at exploring research, the human-animal bond, health care delivery, epidemiology, food safety/production, foreign and emerging diseases and examination of the global workplace. The Veterinary didactic coursework exposes students to a mixture of companion animal, exotics and food animal topics. Whenever possible, topics covered in didactic material will be correlated with clinical skills activities.

At the end of the pre-clinical coursework, a transition ceremony to the clinical year experience will be held to celebrate clinical application of acquired skills and knowledge.

Course Descriptions