Clinical Year Courses

Clinical Year Courses

The University of Arizona and premier practices and will participate in the clinical education of career-ready veterinarians. Education during the clinical year will involve rotations through a vast network of clinical affiliates. During these rotations, students will have access to routine and diseased animals in various clinical settings. In addition, students will gain experience in all aspects of patient care and client communication in both general and specialty veterinary facilities.

Core Rotation Requirements

This block consists of a four-week supervised clinical instruction in large (equine, cattle or other ruminants, swine etc.) or small animal (canine, feline, pocket pets) medicine and surgery at selected high-quality private general practices. Students see a wide variety of cases and are active participants in their diagnostic and therapeutic management, including documentation of findings and care in problem-oriented medical records and performance of clinical procedures.

This block consists of a four-week supervised clinical instruction in specialty practice (canine, feline, lab animal, exotic, equine, food animal and zoological) medicine and surgery in selected high-quality specialty practices. Instruction will take place in practices with board-certified specialists. Students see various cases and will be active participants in diagnostic and therapeutic management, including documentation of findings and care in problem-oriented medical records and performance of clinical procedures. Students will encounter various cases with instructive pathophysiological learning opportunities.

Additionally, supervised instruction in emergency and critical care environments provides academic and practical aspects of small animal emergency medicine and urgent care in high-quality practices with board-certified veterinary specialists. Students are active participants in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of diverse cases with instructive pathophysiological learning issues requiring timely medical and/or surgical management in veterinary emergency and critical care situations.

This four-week block consists of supervised clinical instruction in the medical and surgical areas of busy community shelter practice in Phoenix, Arizona. The course comprises hands-on medical and surgical care of shelter-owned animals, lectures, self-study, case write-ups and presentations, and team-based exercises. Students will manage medical, dental, and surgical treatments (such as ovariohysterectomy, orchiectomy, and dentistry) to benefit shelter animals under the supervision of UA CVM faculty and shelter veterinarians and staff. In addition, students participate in discussions and demonstrations concerning animal behavior problems and potential solutions and take an active role in medical and surgical rounds. At the end of the rotation, students will present relevant information based on their shelter experience to other students and staff with the course director's approval.

Elective curriculum rotations

Students have eight four-week rotations where they can select from a variety of options that include species-specific practices, other accredited Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, zoos, and other University of Arizona CVM approved public and private biomedical institutions. The elective courses will consist of supervised clinical instruction in high-quality learning experiences at institutions and practices that include specialty practices (medicine, surgery, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, oncology, and ophthalmology). Elective clinical courses for each student must be approved individually and in total by the Clinical Relations Team.

NAVLE Administration & Assessment Rotation

During the four-week NAVLE prep rotation, students will conduct independent studies and reviews during this rotation block to prepare for the NAVLE® by completing 80% of an approved NAVLE prep course. Students will prepare to sit for the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE®) and will take the NAVLE® at the location they applied for during the summer June-August application window.