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DVM Fourth Year Curriculum 

Beginning in May 2013

The fourth year consists entirely of clinical rotations. There are no didactic courses in the fourth year. The fourth year begins the Monday following semester 6 final examinations and continues for a full 12 months. The fourth year is divided into 17 3-week blocks, each of which begins on Monday unless Monday is a holiday.

There is a 10- to 12-day period in December and January (between blocks 11 and 12) spanning Christmas and New Year’s when the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is on a reduced schedule. Each fourth year student is assigned to VTH Practicum for half of this holiday period. In VTH Practicum, students are assigned to work on a VTH service through which they have already rotated. Each student has vacation time during the period they are not scheduled in the VTH.

Each student is encouraged to take a 3-week vacation block during the fourth year. This is counted as one of their 17 blocks. If a vacation block is not chosen, then an additional elective may be chosen.

Each student is required to complete a 6-week externship in a location off-campus. Externships are very flexible. The experience is arranged by the student to support his/her career goals. The only requirement is that the student must be directly supervised by a veterinarian. Externships may be domestic or international experiences. Students are encouraged to complete the entire externship at one location to maximize the amount of hands-on experience that they get, but they may request permission to split their externship at two or three locations.

The Off-campus/Adjunct Faculty Block program (VM 89100/VM 89000) allows students to individualize and enrich their fourth year education by arranging off-campus experiences that are not available at PVM. Students may apply for up to four 3-week elective blocks (depending on their track) with mentors in off-campus locations for experiences that are not available at PVM. Up to 60 off-campus or adjunct faculty blocks per class may be approved by the Curriculum Committee if the Committee determines that each proposed block offers a well-supervised rigorous experience that is not available at Purdue. The range of experiences that have been approved includes pet bird/exotic animal practice, zoo animal practice, intensive food animal operations, embryo transfer, and governmental and private pharmaceutical laboratory research. The student is required to submit a detailed application outlining the proposed experience and its justification. The mentor provides a performance appraisal of the student, and a grade of Pass or Not Pass is recorded for the block.

Short off-campus block experiences of 3-5 working days may be arranged by an instructor and student during several of the large animal blocks. These experiences expose students to enriching clinical activities not available at Purdue.

The fourth year curriculum is determined by the student’s track. Track selection occurs during semester 5 while selecting electives for semester 6. The track chosen determines the required and elective blocks for the fourth year. There are seven tracks (Click on the individual track to see the plan of study for that track):

1. Equine track

2. Food animal track

3. Small animal track

4. Companion animal track (horses and small animals)

5. Large animal track (horses and food animals)

6. Mixed animal track (all species)

7. Non-practice track (for individuals targeting a career in industry or research)

Students who are not sure of their career goals are encouraged to choose the traditional mixed animal track.  Most semester 6 electives are not limited by the track selection of the student.  

 


 

Companion Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (10 blocks)
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I 
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I 
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I 
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I 
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block. 

ONE block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II 
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II

ONE primary care block must be chosen:
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen unless Pet Practice was chosen above; in that case THREE electives are chosen

Companion Animal Track Electives
VCS 81900 Small Animal Dentistry 
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block


 


 

Equine Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (12 blocks)
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I 
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I 
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen.

Equine Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87900 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
CPB 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology I
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
VCS 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block

 


 

Food Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (9 blocks)
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block. 

THREE blocks must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology / Production Medicine I
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology / Production Medicine II
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88001 Ruminant Production Medicine II

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen.

Food Animal Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine II
VCS 87905 Advanced Beef-Cow Calf Production Medicine
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88601 Large Animal Surgery III (Food Animal)
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 88801 Ruminant Production Medicine II
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 87800 Swine Herd Health/Diagnostic Pathology
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block


 


 

Large Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (11 blocks)
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I 
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I 
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block. 

TWO blocks must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology / Production Medicine I
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: THREE electives must be chosen.

Large Animal Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine II
VCS 87905 Advanced Beef-Cow Calf Production Medicine
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 88601 Large Animal Surgery III - Food Animal
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 89100 Veterinary Diagnostic Ultrasound
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology I
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 87800 Swine Herd Health/Diagnostic Pathology
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block


 


 

Mixed Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (10 blocks)
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I 
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I 
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I 
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I 
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block. 

ONE block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II 
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II

ONE primary care block must be chosen:
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: FOUR electives must be chosen unless Pet Practice was chosen above; in that case THREE electives are chosen

Mixed Animal Track Electives
VCS 81900 Small Animal Dentistry 
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 86800 Equine Community Practice II
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 87903 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine II
VCS 87905 Advanced Beef-Cow Calf Production Medicine
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88100 Small Animal Medicine III
VCS 88500 Large Animal Medicine III
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 88601 Large Animal Surgery III (Food Animal)
VCS 88800 Swine Production Medicine II
VCS 88801 Ruminant Production Medicine II
VCS 89101 Veterinary Diagnostic Ultrasound
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology I
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 87800 Swine Herd Health/Diagnostic Pathology
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block


 


 

Non-practice Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (8 blocks)
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I 
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I 
VCS 86502 Large Animal Medicine I 
VCS 86600 Large Animal Surgery I
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block. 

ONE block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II 
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II

ONE primary care block must be chosen:
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: SIX electives must be chosen unless Pet Practice was chosen above; in that case FIVE electives are chosen

Non-practice Track Electives
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 86700 Equine Community Practice I
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 87502 Large Animal Medicine II
VCS 87600 Large Animal Surgery II
VCS 87700 Large Animal Lameness
VCS 87800 Swine Production Medicine I
VCS 87900 Bovine Theriogenology/Production Medicine I
VCS 87902 Comparative Theriogenology
VCS 88000 Ruminant Production Medicine I
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 88600 Large Animal Surgery III
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block


 


 

Small Animal Track - Plan of Study

Each student needs a total of 17 3-week blocks. All courses are 3-week blocks unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses (10 blocks)
VCS 86001 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
VCS 86100 Small Animal Medicine I 
VCS 87100 Small Animal Medicine II
VCS 86201 Small Animal General Surgery I 
VCS 86202 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery I 
VCS 87201 Veterinary Anesthesia
VCS 89100 Diagnostic Imaging
CPB 88501 Necropsy
CPB 88502 Microbiology
CPB 88503 Clinical Pathology
VM 81000 Externship (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

Note: CPB 88501, 88502, and 88503 are taken concurrently in a single block. 

ONE primary care block must be chosen from this group:
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks; 2 consecutive blocks)

TWO blocks must be chosen from this group:
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87102 Oncology
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology

Vacation Block: Students are encouraged to take a vacation block but an elective may be substituted.

Electives: THREE electives must be chosen if SA Community Practice was chosen above. TWO electives must be chosen if Pet Practice was chosen above.

Small Animal Track Electives
VCS 81900 Small Animal Dentistry 
VCS 82100 Clinical Neurology
VCS 86002 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
VCS 86203 Shelter Medicine and Surgery
VCS 86300 Small Animal Community Practice
VCS 87000 Cardiology
VCS 87102 Oncology I
VCS 87104 Clinical Investigations in Oncology
VCS 87105 Pet Practice (6 weeks)
VCS 87202 Small Animal General Surgery II
VCS 87203 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery II
VCS 88300 Clinical Investigations in Theriogenology
VCS 89101 Veterinary Diagnostic Ultrasound
VCS 89400 Comparative Ophthalmology
CPB 88300 Public Health
CPB 88400 Laboratory Animal Medicine
CPB 88600 Diagnostic Pathology
CPB 88700 Avian Medicine
CPB 88800 Clinical Microbiology
CPB 88900 Clinical Pathology II
VM 89000 Adjunct Independent Study
VM 89100 Off-Campus Block