Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is delivered over six pre-clinical semesters on University of Arizona campuses, followed by three clinical semesters within a hybrid-distributive network of clinical training sites.

Semesters one through five will be an organ-system and competency-driven format addressing multiple species. Additionally, students will learn relevant professional skills related to business, finance, critical thinking, One Health, clinical skills and strategies for personal wellness as a student and a professional.

Following the start of the sixth semester, students will be able to focus on specific areas of individual interest in a myriad of veterinary disciplines. These disciplines include small and large animal medicine, food animal medicine, public health, research, zoo/wildlife medicine, lab animal medicine, avian medicine and exotic species medicine. These tracks are designed to give students focused pre-clinical experiences in preparation for the clinical training year.

Clinical training will be focused during semesters seven through nine and divided into 13 four-week blocks. Eight of these four-week blocks will be considered “core” rotations required by every student to complete. The remainder of the clinical year (16 weeks) are student-selected electives focused on an area of career interest. Students can use these electives to explore veterinary career paths or further their proficiency in species or disciplinary areas of professional interest.