Clinical Year

Doing Things Different

The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is advancing a distributive clinical educational model. Premier practices and the University of Arizona 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 normal and diseased animals in a diverse array of clinical settings. In addition, students will gain experience in all aspects of patient care and client communication in both general and specialty veterinary facilities.

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 (November - December)
  • Seven Elective Rotations
  • One student-chosen externship rotation
  • One vacation block

Rotations during the clinical year will be distributed via a robust clinical affiliate network encompassing private, government, and corporate leaders in veterinary medicine. Some of our notable corporate partners include VCA Animal Hospitals, Banfield Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, Lakefield Veterinary Group, and Wellhaven Pet Health.

Students will benefit from the breadth of caseloads, species diversity and access to unique animal populations offered through the clinical affiliate network.

Current or Prospective Clinical Partners

We value the insight that practitioners provide for our communities and for our future students. If you are currently part of our clinical network or are interested in participating in our program and would like more information, please contact James Maciulla.