Clinical Year

Doing Things Different

The University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine is advancing a hybrid-distributive clinical educational model. Premier practices and the University of Arizona will both be participating in the clinical education of career-ready veterinarians. During the first six semesters, students will be introduced to clinical concepts and skills both in classroom settings and through the use of large and small animals on University property. Clinical training during the final three semesters of study will involve rotations through a vast network of clinical affiliates.  It is during these rotations that students will have access to normal and diseased animals in a diverse array of clinical settings.

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

  • Five core/required rotations
    • General Practice
    • Specialty/Referral Practice
    • Primary Care/Shelter Medicine
    • Pathology and Diagnostic Medicine
    • One 4-week NAVLE Prep and Test Block (November - December)
  • Seven Elective Rotations
  • One vacation block

Primary instructional sites will either be entirely at University of Arizona facilities, or at clinical affiliate locations having University of Arizona faculty presence during the rotation.  This will consist of the University of Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and sites within a network of Companion Animal Primary Care and Shelter facilities.

The remaining rotations during the clinical year will be delivered via a robust clinical affiliate network encompassing private and corporate leaders in veterinary medicine.  These secondary site rotations will be entirely distributive and will consist of companion animal general and specialty practice, and equine medicine and surgery totaling three 4-week rotation blocks.

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.