DVM Curriculum & Course Information

DVM Course Information

DVM Curriculum Overview

Our professional curriculum is designed to provide a balanced educational foundation for the varied opportunities available to the veterinary graduate. Our DVM program is concerned not only with the normal anatomy and physiology of animals, but also with disease processes, clinical diagnosis, and medical management responsibilities which set the veterinary profession apart from other animal, biological, and zoological science professions. Our goal is to educate veterinarians with a firm foundation of basic biomedical knowledge and with the ability to apply this information in a problem-solving setting in order to provide excellent patient care and to increase scientific knowledge for the benefit of animals, the environment, and human beings.

The DVM program curriculum is designed to be completed in four years. The first two years, consisting of two semesters each, are devoted to class, laboratory, and collaborative sessions at the college's main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The second two years are a mixture of clinical time (clerkships) and advanced courses in an area of the student’s interest. The majority of the clerkships are spent in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg, interacting with clients and patients. Depending on the field of study chosen, other clerkships are conducted at our Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, other veterinary colleges, or external practices. Additionally, elective clerkships are conducted off-campus.

In 2016, we will commence a new curriculum which encompasses all four years of the DVM program. The first two years are focused on developing core knowledge, skills, and attributes across the species and through integration of the basic and clinical sciences. At the end of the second year, students will enter clinics for the first time, then come back into the classroom to focus on an area of their interest (tracking). There are five tracks: Small Animal, Equine, Food Animal, Mixed Animal, and Public/Corporate. Students will finish the DVM program with a second clinical experience.

The curriculum is constantly monitored and reviewed by the Curriculum Committee of the college. It is, therefore, subject to change as needs and circumstances dictate.