June 14, 2021 8:26 AM

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will allow clients into the building with patients. Find details here.

Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.

DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE PROGRAM Curriculum

Dvm Year 1 Curriculum 2020

Semester One: Fall

(Implemented 8/19/19)

19 Credits

VM 515 Animals in Society

2 Credits, 2 Weeks

Students will identify how veterinarians will interact with diverse values within society, explain how cultural experiences shape individual beliefs, and behaviors,and explain the various roles and duties of veterinarians within the regulatory structure and how all of these components impact interactions with people and animals.

VM 516 Musculoskeletal System I

3 Credits, 3 Weeks

Identifies normal structures and functions of the musculoskeletal system and related structures in live animals, necropsy specimens, or diagnostic and microscopic images.

​VM 500 Veterinary Sciences I

2 Credits, 2 Weeks

Communicate effectively with lay or professionals about the roles of major nutrients in maintaining the health of domestic animals at different stages of life and activity levels. Be able to answer scientific questions and interpret the findings using EBVM and proper epidemiologic principles and concepts.

VM 501 One Health I

1 Credit, Semester-long

Communicate effectively with diverse audiences and understand the important relationship between one health and the veterinary profession.

VM 502 Veterinary Doctoring I

1 Credit, Semester-long

Students will be provided with information and clinical case settings on the appropriate professionalism for your future career.

VM 503 Practice Management and Finances I

1 Credit, Semester-long

Students will learn key elements in advancing their management and financial skills to be applied within your future career.

VM 517 Nervous System I

3 Credits, 3 Weeks

In the context of a case scenario or through examination of a live animal, interpret the results of a complete neurologic or ophthalmologic examination (i.e. localize abnormal findings to specific functional regions of the nervous system). With this knowledge be able to communicate to diverse audiences the correct terminology and describe the clinically relevant structures, functions, and their relationships.

VM 518 Cardiovascular System I

3 Credits, 4 Weeks

Identifies normal structures and functions of the cardiovascular system in live animals, necropsy specimens, or diagnostic and microscopic images and describes the relationship between the cardiovascular system and other systems in domestic animals.

VM 519 Cutaneous System I

2 Credits, 2 Weeks

Identify and explain the physiologic mechanisms regulating systemic and organ functions to the extent they are applicable to clinical medicine and the understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of common disorders of the skin With this knowledge communicate to a lay person and colleague clinically relevant structures of the skin.

Semester Two: Spring

19 credits

VM 520 Respiratory System I

3 Credits, 3 Weeks

Structure and function of the respiratory system in health.

VM 523 Immunologic and Hematologic Systems I

3 Credits, 3 Weeks

Structure and function of the immunological and hematologic systems in health.

VM 525 Digestive System I

3 Credits, 3 Weeks

Structure and function of the digestive system in health.

VM 527 Endocrine System I

3 Credits, 3 Weeks

Structure and function of the endocrine system in health.

VM 528 Reproductive System I

2 Credits, 2 Weeks

Structure and function of the reproductive system in health.

VM 529 Urinary System I

2 Credits, 2 Weeks

Structure and function of the urinary system in health.

VM 504 One Health II

1 Credit, Semester-long

Veterinary medicine and public health. Introduction to veterinary interactions with the public, including disaster response and crisis communication. Relevant laws, regulations, and regulatory agencies.

VM 505 Veterinary Doctoring II

1 Credit, Semester-long

Professionalism, communication, medical ethics, and social competence, including professional interactions, client communication, history taking, and recognizing cultural differences and their impact. Clinical doctoring skills, with emphasis on cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, musculoskeletal, nervous, and urinary systems in health.

VM 506 Practice Management and Finances II

1 Credit, Semester-long

Health teams, leadership, workplace behavior, DVM job market, and the process of securing DVM employment.