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.
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.
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.
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.
|Fall||Semester Credit Hours|
|VIBS 910||Gross Anatomy I||4|
|VIBS 911||Microscopic Anatomy I||4|
|VMID 912||Clinical Correlates I||1|
|VMID 915||Veterinary Behavioral Medicine||1|
|VTPB 910||Veterinary Immunology||2|
|VTPP 910||Physiology I||6|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||18|
|VIBS 912||Gross Anatomy II||4|
|VIBS 913||Microscopic Anatomy II||4|
|VIBS 926||Introduction to Public Health Concepts||1|
|VMID 913||Clinical Correlates II||1|
|VTPB 911||Veterinary Microbiology||4|
|VTPP 912||Physiology II||6|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||20|
|VMID 921||Clinical Correlates III||2|
|VMID 950||Clinical Nutrition||2|
|VTPB 922||Pathology I||6|
|VTPP 924||Pharmacology/Toxicology I||5|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||20|
|VIBS 930||Public Health||4|
|VMID 923||General Surgery/Anesthesiology||4|
|VMID 924||Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging||1|
|VTPB 913||Infectious Diseases||2|
|VTPB 923||Pathology II||6|
|VTPP 925||Pharmacology/Toxicology II||3|
|VTPP 926||Pharmacology/Toxicology III||3|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||23|
|VLCS 954||Large Animal Medicine 1||6|
|VMID 925||Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation I||2|
|VMID 935||Surgery I||4|
|VMID 952||Clinics I 2||1|
|VSCS 954||Small Animal Medicine I 1||6|
|VSCS 953 or VLCS 953||Small Animal Clinical Skills or Large Animal Clinical Skills 3||1|
|(Dept.) 948 Elective 6||1|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||21|
|VLCS 930||Advanced Equine Medicine and Surgery||3|
|VLCS 931||Advanced Ruminant Medicine and Surgery||2|
|VLCS 932||Advanced Ruminant Herd Health and Production||2|
|VMID 922||Clinical Correlates IV||2|
|VMID 926||Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation II||2|
|VMID 936||Surgery II 5||2|
|VMID 943||Veterinary Practice: Legal, Ethical and Managerial||2|
|VMID 953||Clinics II 2||1|
|VSCS 955||Small Animal Medicine II||6|
|VSCS 953 or VLCS 953||Small Animal Clinical Skills or Large Animal Clinical Skills||1|
|(Dept.) 948 Elective 6||1|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||24|
|Total Semester Credit Hours:||126|
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.
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.
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.
Surgery II will run for half the semester with remaining time used for electives or clinic rotations.
Students are required to take a minimum of 14 elective credit hours over the third 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
Small Animal Emergency
Large Animal Clinic (4 weeks)
Food Animal Medicine/Ambulatory or Zoo Med
Anesthesiology (4 weeks)
Community Connections (2 weeks)
Radiology (2 weeks)
Laboratory Services (2 weeks)
Houston SPCA (2 weeks)
- Animal Welfare and Shelter Medicine
Small Animal Medicine
Primary Care Medicine
Zoological Medicine and Surgery
Small Animal Surgery
Large Animal Hospital
Food Animal Medicine & Surgery/Ambulatory
Equine Field Services
Equine Community Practice
Equine Soft Tissue Surgery
Equine Orthopedic Surgery
Small Ruminant Theriogenology
Alternative Career Electives
All rotations are two weeks.