College of Veterinary Medicine

Clinical Rotations

It is important for veterinary students to spend time in clinical rotations so that they can learn what is possible in regards to the art and practice of veterinary medicine. Students will witness and participate in cutting edge medicine, surgery, and critical care and well-being. They will see the most advanced diagnostic and imaging technology. These experiences will be invaluable as they prepare to eventually refer cases themselves. To gain these experiences, students will rotate through the various services offered in the Teaching Hospital.

The college firmly believes that students' educational experiences must not be limited entirely to a teaching hospital setting. It is equally important for them to participate in cases that typically present to primary or secondary care centers. The externship/preceptorship program allows students to leave campus to interact with veterinarians in a routine practice setting, to gain experience in their particular area of interest, and/or to explore diverse career opportunities.

Basic required/CORE rotations (29 weeks total):
  • Equine Surgery
  • Large Animal ICU
  • Small Animal Referral / Internal Medicine
  • Equine Medicine
  • Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
  • Student Initiated Professional Experience (SIPE)
  • Neurology
  • Small Animal Community Practice
  • Anesthesia
  • Small Animal Soft Tissue / General Surgery
  • Small Animal ICU
  • Scientific Writing & Presentation
  • Guided Preceptorship
Supplemental CORE rotations (14 weeks required):
  • Ag Animal Medicine (Intro or Advanced)
  • Cardiology
  • Diagnostics
  • Theriogenology (General LA, Equine & Bovine)
  • Equine Medicine or Surgery (Advanced)
  • Equine Surgery Lab
  • Herd Problem Investigation
  • Small Animal, various (Advanced)
  • Pharmacy
  • Anesthesia (Advanced)
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Exotics
  • Oncology
  • Lab Animal Medicine
  • Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Radiology (Ultrasound, Equine Radiography, Diagnostic Imaging)
  • General Ag Animal Production Medicine Rotation (Off-site at Caine Center):
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Beef Calving
    • Feedlot
    • Reproductive Biotechnology
    • Lambing
    • Small Ruminant
    • Cow/Calf
    • Dairy
Elective rotations/Vacation (9 weeks available): Student selects additional rotations based on area of clinical emphasis. CORE & supplemental CORE rotations may also be selected after an initial rotation has been completed. Electives may be taken anywhere.
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