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.


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., equine, companion animal, rural/mixed animal, food animal or a career alternative track.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearSemester Credit Hours
VIBS 910 Small Animal Anatomy 4
VIBS 911 Histology 1
VIBS 936 Veterinarians in Society 2
VSCS 910 Integrated Animal Care I 3
VTPB 910 Veterinary Immunology 2
VTPP 910 Physiology I 6
VTPP 914 Professional & Clinical Skills I 3
 Semester Credit Hours21
VIBS 912 Clinical Anatomy of Large Animals 3
VIBS 914 Professional & Clinical Skills II 3
VLCS 910 Integrated Animal Care II 2
VTPB 922 Pathology I 3
VTPB 925 Agents of Disease I 4
VTPP 912 Physiology II 5
 Semester Credit Hours20
Second Year
VSCS 926 Professional and Clinical Skills III 3
VTPB 930 Agents of Disease II 4
VTPB 927 Clinical Laboratory Medicine-Clinical Pathology 5
VIBS 928 Public Health, Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine 3
VTPB 923 Pathology II 3
VTPP 924 Pharmacology 3
Electives 1 2
 Semester Credit Hours23
VLCS 924 Diagnostic Imaging & Interpretation I 2
VLCS 926 Professional & Clinical Skills IV 3
VSCS 930 Principles of Anesthesia & Analgesia 3
VSCS 932 Principles of Surgery 2
VTPB 932 Organ Dysfunction: Recognition, Diagnostics and Supportive Care 4
VMID 944 Integrated Animal Care III - Elements of Care 4
Electives 1 2
 Semester Credit Hours20
Third Year
VLCS 956 Large Animal Diagnostics & Therapeutics I 3.5
VLCS 925 Diagnostic Imaging & Interpretation II 2
VMID 935 Surgery 5
VSCS 934 Professional & Clinical Skills V 3
VSCS 956 Small Animal Diagnostics & Therapeutics I 4.5
Select one of the following: 2
Career-Focus Tracking I - Food Animal  
Clinical Focus-Tracking I - Equine  
Clinical Focus-Tracking I - Companion Animal  
Career Selective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours24
VLCS 957 Large Animal Diagnostics & Therapeutics II 3.5
VMID 964 Clinical Experience 3
VMID 966 Professional and Clinical Skills VI 4
VSCS 957 Small Animal Diagnostics & Therapeutics II 4.5
Select one of the following: 2
Clinical Focus-Tracking II - Equine  
Career-Focus Tracking II - Food Animal  
Clinical Focus-Tracking II - Companion Animal  
Career Selective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours21
Fourth Year
Select a Clinical Track: 3 48
Companion Animal
Rural/Mixed Animal
Food Animal
 Semester Credit Hours48
 Total Semester Credit Hours177

Fourth Year

The fourth-year curriculum consists of 26 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 48 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

Specialty Clinical Rotation (2 weeks)

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 


TVMDL (Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab)


Alternative Career Electives