DVM Curriculum: Public/Corporate Track

Exciting career opportunities

Did you know that nearly 25 percent of the nation’s veterinarians are working in a field other than private clinical practice? The DVM degree is highly valued by:

  • Government agencies
  • Private industry
  • Research and academic institutions
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • The military

Earning a DVM degree opens the door to a broad and diverse range of personally and financially rewarding career opportunities, and students in our public and corporate track are uniquely prepared for careers in this part of the veterinary world.

Courses tailored to "One Health" approach

Designed around the "One Health" concept—the effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment—the public and corporate track curriculum includes courses such as:

Veterinarians and Public Policy

An overview of the formulation and implementation of public policy at the local, state and national level through legislation, regulation and operational strategy. Review current public policy issues related to veterinary medicine, animal and human health such as food safety, animal disease control, animal welfare, business practices. National leaders interact with the class to discuss current issues.

Veterinarians in the Global Community

An overview of the role of veterinarians in global veterinary medicine, including important global trends and issues in international veterinary medicine. Explore the role of governmental agencies, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in international relations, development, relief work, conservation, disease control and prevention, and trade. Examine issues related to emerging disease threats, globalization and impacts on animal and human health, food security and food safety.

Public Corporate Problem Solving

An overview of the formulation and implementation of public policy at the national, state, professional association, and corporate level through legislation, regulation, guidance and resolutions. Examine the roles of science, law, politics, economics, societal values, and stakeholder influence in forging public policy. Explore the moral and ethical dimensions of public policy making, including a role playing exercise in situational ethics. Utilize case studies relevant to veterinary medicine to illustrate various aspects of policy making. National experts instruct the class to share their knowledge and experience.

Veterinary Public Health

Explore public health issues involved in private veterinary practice, food inspection, and environmental health and safety.

Advanced Epidemiology

Examine the design of studies in epidemiology, including outbreak investigation; planning and implementation of epidemiologic data collection, management and analysis of data; evaluation of analysis and critical evaluation of published information.