College of Veterinary Medicine

DVM Curriculum At A Glance

Course Descriptions in WSU catalog

First Year

The first year of the curriculum's focus is to help the students understand the normal animal.

Fall Semester

  • Animals, Society, and the Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Microscopic Anatomy
  • Veterinary Anatomy I
  • Veterinary Cell Physiology
  • Animal Handling and Animal Agriculture Orientation
  • Principles of Surgery
  • Introduction to Clinics

Spring Semester

  • Veterinary Anatomy II
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Introduction to Veterinary Neurology
  • Veterinary Immunology
  • General Pathology
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Introduction to Clinics

Second Year

The second year is devoted to teaching diseases and the causes of them.

Fall Semester

  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Virology
  • Veterinary Bacteriology
  • Systemic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Introduction to Clinics

Spring Semester

  • Veterinary Toxicology
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Medicine and Human Health
  • Clinical Specialties
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Anesthesiology
  • Radiology
  • Introduction to Clinics

Third Year

The third year, the students begin to learn about the principles of medicine and surgery.

Fall Semester

  • Communication Skills
  • Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Small Animal Medicine I
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Surgery Lab
  • Agricultural Animal Medicine I
  • Veterinary Equine Medicine
  • Introduction to Clinics

Spring Semester

  • Practicum
  • Small Animal Medicine II
  • Agricultural Animal Medicine II
  • Theriogenology
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals
  • Veterinary Clinical Nutrition
  • Introduction to Clinics

Fourth Year / Clinical Rotations

The fourth, or clinical, year of the program encompasses the calendar year period from May (immediately following the end of the third year) to May of the next year.

Continue reading about the Clinical Rotations.
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