Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Veterinary Medicine

Professional Curriculum in Veterinary Medicine

The professional curriculum seeks to deliver to the veterinary medical profession a student fully prepared to begin a medical career in the arts and sciences of animal health and disease. Emphasis on professional specialization is reserved for graduate programs.

Veterinary medicine encompasses the full scope of the technology of animal health and disease, including the arts and sciences of disease prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. The professional curriculum begins at the basic level and systematically moves to clinical application.

Graduates are qualified to formulate and implement programs for disease control and prevention in domestic farm animals, poultry, pet animals, zoo animals, fur-bearing animals, laboratory animals and wildlife. They are equipped to administer and advise in public health problems arising from intertransmission of diseases between humans and lower animals and are capable of performing animal disease regulatory duties for governmental agencies. They are also oriented for professional careers in the armed forces.

The degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is awarded to the student upon successful completion of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine. In addition to the DVM degree, the student must take and pass the NAVLE and state licensing examinations to practice clinical veterinary medicine.

Academic Regulations

Each professional student, upon registering, will receive a copy of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Professional Student Handbook which contains the college’s policies on grading, promotion, dismissal, probation, grievance procedures, withdrawal, personal conduct and the honor code. Because matriculation in veterinary medicine is a privilege and not a right, the faculty retains the prerogative to request withdrawal of any student who does not attain adequate academic performance or who does not exhibit the personal qualifications prerequisite to the practice of veterinary medicine. These criteria shall apply at all times during the curriculum. Academic performance will not be the only factor in determining admission, promotion, graduation or request for withdrawal.

Scholastic Deficiency

An average grade of C and passing grades in all courses in the professional curriculum are the minimal scholastic achievements considered to be satisfactory. When a student’s scholastic performance falls below the minimal satisfactory level in any term, scholastic probation may be imposed or the student may be dropped from the professional curriculum or placed on scholastic suspension from the University.

Scholastic probation is conditional permission for a student to continue in the professional curriculum under the conditions of the probation while working to remove any deficiencies. A student’s failure to meet the conditions of scholastic probation may result in dismissal from the professional curriculum or suspension from the University at the end of any term for which scholastic probation is imposed. The terms of the probation are determined by the Academic Progress Committee for the year of the curriculum in which scholastic deficiency occurs. A student who fails any course prescribed in the professional curriculum or who otherwise fails to achieve satisfactory scholastic progress may be dropped from the curriculum for cause.

Readmission

A student in the professional curriculum who voluntarily withdraws, or who is dropped from the rolls of the University or from the professional veterinary curriculum for cause, forfeits his or her standing and must apply for readmission and be approved before being re-enrolled by policies and procedures of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

NOTE: While every effort is made to assure accuracy and timeliness of this publication, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is not responsible for any misrepresentation which might arise through error in the preparation of this catalog, or through failure to give notice of changes in its requirements, policies, tuition and fees, course offerings and other matters affecting students or applicants. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute an irrevocable contract between any student or applicant for admission into the professional curriculum of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Admission Information

The professional curriculum in veterinary medicine is a four-year program. During the first three years, classes are scheduled on a semester basis. The fourth-year curriculum consists of 24 weeks of Basic Core Rotations, 18 weeks of elective clinical rotations or career alternative electives, 4 weeks of externship and 2 weeks of vacation. The fourth-year curriculum allows students to choose a species directed career, i.e., large animal, small animal, mixed animal or a career alternative track.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
VIBS 910Gross Anatomy I 4
VIBS 911Microscopic Anatomy I 4
VMID 912Clinical Correlates I 1
VMID 915Veterinary Behavioral Medicine 1
VTPB 910Veterinary Immunology 2
VTPP 910Physiology I 6
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
VIBS 912Gross Anatomy II 4
VIBS 913Microscopic Anatomy II 4
VIBS 926Introduction to Public Health Concepts 1
VMID 913Clinical Correlates II 1
VTPB 911Veterinary Microbiology 4
VTPP 912Physiology II 6
 Term Semester Credit Hours20
Second Year
Fall
VMID 921Clinical Correlates III 2
VMID 950Clinical Nutrition 2
VTPB 920Parasitology 5
VTPB 922Pathology I 6
VTPP 924Pharmacology/Toxicology I 5
 Term Semester Credit Hours20
Spring
VIBS 930Public Health 4
VMID 923General Surgery/Anesthesiology 4
VMID 924Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging 1
VTPB 913Infectious Diseases 2
VTPB 923Pathology II 6
VTPP 925Pharmacology/Toxicology II 3
VTPP 926Pharmacology/Toxicology III 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours23
Third Year
Fall
VLCS 954Large Animal Medicine 16
VMID 925Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation I 2
VMID 935Surgery I 4
VMID 952Clinics I 21
VSCS 954Small Animal Medicine I 16
VSCS 953 or VLCS 953Small Animal Clinical Skills or Large Animal Clinical Skills 31
(Dept.) 948 Elective 61
 Term Semester Credit Hours21
Spring
VLCS 930Advanced Equine Medicine and Surgery 3
VLCS 931Advanced Ruminant Medicine and Surgery 2
VLCS 932Advanced Ruminant Herd Health and Production 2
VMID 922Clinical Correlates IV 2
VMID 926Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation II 2
VMID 936Surgery II 52
VMID 943Veterinary Practice: Legal, Ethical and Managerial 2
VMID 953Clinics II 21
VSCS 955Small Animal Medicine II 6
VSCS 953 or VLCS 953Small Animal Clinical Skills or Large Animal Clinical Skills 1
(Dept.) 948 Elective 61
 Term Semester Credit Hours24
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 126
1

There will be one 4-hour lab per week. This lab will be shared equally between the VLCS 954 and VSCS 954 courses.

2

Students will spend one month per semester in required clinical rotations. During that month they will spend 8 hours per week for a total of 32 contact hours for the month. Additional elective clinic rotations (maximum of 2 additional) may be completed in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital or with local practitioners on a space available basis.

3

Students will spend one month per semester in required skills modules (one each SA and LA). During that month they will spend 4 hours multiplied by one day per week for a total of 16 contact hours.

4

13 hours lecture–4 hours lab for a minimum of 17 core credit hours. Additional hours may be taken in the form of electives (1 credit hour each) or elective clinic rotations (1 credit hour each). A minimum of 14 hours of electives must be taken by the end of the third year.

5

Surgery II will run for half the semester with remaining time used for electives or clinic rotations.

6

Students are required to take a minimum of 14 elective credit hours over the third year.

Fourth Year

The fourth-year curriculum consists of 24 weeks of basic core rotations, 18 weeks of elective clinical rotations or career alternative electives, 4 weeks of externship and 2 weeks of vacation for 46 credit hours. The fourth-year curriculum allows students to choose a species directed career, i.e., large animal, small animal, mixed animal or an alternative career elective.

Basic Core Rotations1

Small Animal Clinic (8 weeks)

  • Small Animal Internal Medicine

  • Primary Care Medicine

  • General Surgery

  • Small Animal Emergency

Large Animal Clinic (4 weeks)

  • Food Animal Medicine/Ambulatory or Zoo Med

  • Equine Medicine

Anesthesiology (4 weeks)

Community Connections (2 weeks)

Radiology (2 weeks)

Laboratory Services (2 weeks)

  • Diagnostics

Houston SPCA (2 weeks)

  • Animal Welfare and Shelter Medicine

Available Rotations1

Small Animal Medicine

  • Dermatology  

  • Critical Care

  • Dentistry

  • Cardiology

  • Oncology

  • Internal Medicine/Canine

  • Internal Medicine/Feline

  • Primary Care Medicine

  • Neurology/Neurosurgery

  • Zoological Medicine and Surgery

Small Animal Surgery

  • General

  • Orthopedic

  • Soft Tissue

  • Ophthalmology

Large Animal Hospital

  • Food Animal Medicine & Surgery/Ambulatory

  • Equine Medicine/Ultrasound

  • Equine Field Services

  • Equine Community Practice

  • Equine Lameness

  • Equine Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Equine Orthopedic Surgery

  • Equine Theriogenology

  • Small Ruminant Theriogenology

  • Dairy Reproduction

  • TDCJ 

Anesthesiology

Ultrasound

Alternative Career Electives

Externship

Vacation
 

1

All rotations are two weeks.