DVM Curriculum: Equine Track

Exciting career opportunities

Explore the challenges of medicine and the rewards of working with horses and the people who share your passion for them. A career in equine medicine is exciting and offers opportunities to work with equine athletes, family pets, varied breeds, and a wide range of disciplines. Some career options include:

  • Ambulatory private practice
  • Specialty practice through board certification
  • Teaching and research
  • Regulatory medicine
  • Public health

Courses designed to develop excellent practitioners

The equine track curriculum includes track and elective courses tailored to student interests and career goals.

Equine Medicine and Surgery I & II

Advanced study using a systems-based approach covering the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of equine medical and surgical disorders. Spend the first semester examining the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and cardiac systems and the second semester examining anesthesia, ophthalmology, neurology, gastrointestinal, dermal, and urinary systems. Experience hands-on laboratories designed to develop necessary skill sets for the equine practitioner.

Equine Theriogenology I & II

Building on the core theriogenology course taught earlier in the curriculum, these courses provide advanced study of equine reproductive issues, which are fundamental for basic equine practice. Explore topics such as breeding management, estrous cycle manipulation, parturition and foaling issues, reproductive disease diagnosis and treatment, assisted reproductive technology, and semen management. Experience hands-on laboratories, which reinforce skill sets learned in class.

Equine Nutrition

Building on the core nutrition course taught earlier in the curriculum, this course provides advanced study of nutrition requirements of equine patients and the variety of nutritional needs for different classes of horses. Explore the relationship between nutrition and equine clinical disorders. Learn how to develop nutritional management plans under various conditions and participate in a problem-solving nutrition project to further develop these skills.

Equine Podiatry

The old saying still holds true: "No hoof, no horse." This course provides advanced training in current techniques and science in equine podiatry. Examine anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and farriery as they relate to preventive foot health care and management of lameness in clinical practice.

Equine Neonatal Medicine

This course puts neonatal medicine all in one place, providing a cohesive curriculum covering the beginning of a horse’s life. Explore normal parturient events, diseases that affect neonatal foals, and diagnositic and treatment options through a problem-based learning approach using case examples.