DVM Curriculum


The first and second years of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine will be completed at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The third and fourth years, including most clinical rotations, will be completed at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

First Year Fall Semester

Microscopic Anatomy
Animal Restraint/Agr. Animal Issues
Vet Cell Physiology
Vet Anatomy I 
Intro to Clinics

First Year Spring Semester

Vet Anatomy II 
Vet Neurology
General Pathology
Basic Nutrition

Second Year Fall Semester

Fundamentals of Pharmacology 
Clinical Pathology
Intro to Clinics
System Pathology


Second Year Spring Semester

Clinical Specialty Practice
Vet Toxicology
Anesthesia/Principles of Surgery
Public Health
Communication Skills
Intro to Clinics


Third Year Fall Semester

Agricultural Animal Medicine I
Equine Medicine
Small Animal Medicine I
Small Animal Surgery I
Surgery Lab
Clinical Pharmacology
Communication Skills
Intro to Clinics

Third Year Spring Semester

Agricultural Animal Medicine II
Clinical Nutrition
Small Animal Medicine II
Large Animal Surgery
Intro to Clinics
Foreign Animal Disease



Practice Management
Pet Bird Diseases
Diseases of Wildlife
Large Animal Surgery
Small Animal Applied Anatomy
Equine Neonatal Medicine
Soft Tissue Surgery
Applied Reproductive Physiology
Equine Colic Team
Clinical Electrocardiography
Research Orientation
Herd Production Medicine
Research Issues

Large Animal Applied Anatomy
Pain and Analgesics
Equine Lameness
Orthopedic Surgery
Pet Loss Hotline/Reverence for Life
Small Animal Transfusion Medicine
Animal Behavior
Advanced Equine Medicine
Special Animal Medicine
International Veterinary 
Skeletal Prep

Fourth Year/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 program 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)
Small Animal CommunityPractice
Small Animal Soft Tissue/General Surgery
Small Animal ICU
Scientific Writing & Presentation
Guided Preceptorship

Supplemental CORE rotations (14 weeks required): Student selects based on area of clinical emphasis.Ag Animal Medicine (Intro or Advanced)

Theriogenology (General LA, Equine & Bovine)
Equine Medicine or Surgery (Advanced)
Equine Surgery Lab
Herd Problem Investigation
Small Animal, various (Advanced)
Anesthesia (Advanced)
Clinical Pathology
Lab Animal Medicine
Radiology (Ultrasound, Equine Radiography, Diagnostic Imaging)
General Ag Animal Production Medicine Rotation (Off-site at Caine Center):
                 Preventive Medicine
                 Beef Calving
                 Reproductive Biotechnology
                 Sm. Ruminant

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.