The professional veterinary medicine program provides basic medical education as well as clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal diseases and injuries. Graduates may pursue a variety of careers in salaried positions or become licensed as private practitioners in any state.
The DVM program has a dynamic curriculum that responds to ongoing developments in health-related fields and changes within the profession. The program consists of five semesters of preclinical training and three semesters of clinical rotations.
About three–fourths of the veterinarians in the US are engaged in private practice. Other veterinarians work for public or governmental organizations, including the US Department of Agriculture, the US Army and Air Force, the US Public Health Service, and state, county, and local health agencies. Their work may focus on livestock disease control, meat and poultry inspection, development of biological products, and prevention of the entry of foreign animal diseases. Veterinarians also find exciting opportunities in biomedical research with colleges and universities, government agencies, biological and pharmaceutical companies, and private medical research institutions.