Clinical Year

Clinical Year

Learn how we are advancing the clinical educational model.

Becoming day-one-ready practitioners in real-world settings

Our students are exposed to a large, diverse caseload through a network of more than 250 clinical affiliates. These partnerships provide general and specialty experiences in patient care and client communication.

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Clinical Year Courses

Education during the clinical year will involve rotations through a vast network of clinical affiliates. Students will have access to routine and diseased animals in various clinical settings.

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Clinical Year FAQ

We want to help you answer questions you may have about our clinical year curriculum. Visit our frequently asked questions or reach out to our team for more information.

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The Clinical Year will span August to August and consist of four-week rotations:

  • Three core/required rotations

    • General Practice
    • Specialty/Referral Practice
    • Primary Care/Shelter Medicine
  • One NAVLE Prep and Test Block
  • Eight Elective Rotations
  • One vacation block

Meet Our Clinical Year Leads

Dr. Tina Tran

Tina Tran, DVM

Associate Professor, Clinical Relations Lead Veterinarian

Dr. Tran received her veterinary degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has extensive experience as a small animal associate in multi-doctor practices, small animal relief/locum work, and shelter medicine. In addition, she served as a faculty member at Portland Community College and Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine's veterinary technology programs. Before joining the Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, Dr. Tran started her house call practice and worked as a veterinary telehealth consultant for Ask Vet. Her experience and passion for giving back to the veterinary community have led to her serving in volunteer roles with the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association (MCVMA), AzVMA, Arizona Veterinary Medical Examining Board, and the AVMA.

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Don Rollins, DVM

Associate Professor, Clinical Relations Lead Veterinarian

Dr. Rollins was born and raised in Kansas, graduated from Kansas State, and began a mixed animal practice near Kansas City. Upon moving to Arizona, he served as the Program Director for Kaplan College’s Vet Tech Program and then returned to private practice and opened two hospitals for AZ Pet Vet in Phoenix. After hearing about the Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine and its new practical approach to teaching, he joined in March 2020, intending to pass on what he has learned to the next generation.

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Dr. Rollins

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