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2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision) 
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision)

School of Veterinary Medicine

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The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is an entity within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University (USU). It is administered by the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS). In partnership with the Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the USU-SVM offers a professional degree in veterinary medicine. The program operates under WSU's American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation and leads to the awarding of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). The joint USU/WSU DVM Program accepts 20 students from Utah and 10 non-resident students per year. Veterinary students spend their first two years receiving pre-clinical training at the USU Logan campus, and the last two years at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, Washington where they complete the clinical portion of their veterinary education. The joint program has dedicated, internationally recognized faculty members and state-or-the-art teaching, animal and research facilities. WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine is considered one of the nation's best veterinary schools. The WSU-CVM has one of the best-equipped teaching hospitals in the world with distinguished faculty members who are recognized as leaders in the field of veterinary medicine and are respected worldwide. Students in the joint USU/WSU DVM program receive an exceptional educational experience by attending two world-class universities for their veterinary education. The inaugural class for the USU/WSU DVM Program begins fall semester of 2012.


The first and second years of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine will be completed at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The third and fourth years, including most clinical rotations, will be completed at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.


First Year Fall Semester

First Year Spring Semester

VM 7510 - Veterinary Microscopic Anatomy  

VM 7568 - Animal Handling and Agricultural Animal Orientation 

VM 7500 - Animals, Society and the Veterinarian  

VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I  

VM 7511 - Veterinary Anatomy I  

VM 7586 - Principles of Surgery  

VM 7598 - Introduction to Clinics  

VM 7512 - Veterinary Anatomy II  

VM 7521 - Foundations of Veterinary Neurology 

VM 7545 - General Pathology  

VM 7520 - Veterinary Physiology II  

VM 7580 - Basic Nutrition  

VM 7534 - Veterinary Immunology 

VM 7598 - Introduction to Clinics 


Second Year Fall Semester

Second Year Spring Semester

VM 7522 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology  

VM 7536 - Veterinary Bacteriology  

VM 7589 - Clinical Pathology  

VM 7535 - Veterinary Virology  

VM 7546 - Systemic Pathology  

VM 7598 - Introduction to Clinics  

VM 7588 - Radiology  

VM 7523 - Veterinary Toxicology  

VM 7587 - Clinical Anesthesiology  


VM 7537 - Veterinary Parasitology  

VM 7585 - Epidemiology  

VM 7502 - Clinical Communication Skills  

Clinical Specialty Practice

VM 7598 - Introduction to Clinics  

Third Year Fall Semester

Third Year Spring Semester

Agricultural Animal Medicine I

Equine Medicine

Small Animal Medicine I

Small Animal Surgery

Small Animal Surgery Laboratory

Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology




Agricultural Animal Medicine II

Clinical Nutrition

Small Animal Medicine II

Large Animal Surgery


Emerging & Exotic Animal Diseases




Practice Management

Pet Bird Diseases

Diseases of Wildlife

Large Animal Surgery

Small Animal Applied Anatomy

VM 7599 - Equine Neonatal Medicine  

Soft Tissue Surgery

Applied Reproductive Physiology

Equine Colic Team,

Clinical Electrocardiography

VM 7508 - Research Orientation  

Herd Production Medicine


Large Animal Applied Anatomy


Pain and Analgesics

Equine Lameness

Orthopedic Surgery

Pet Loss Hotline/Reverence for Life

Small Animal Transfusion Medicine

Animal Behavior

Advanced Equine Medicine

Special Animal Medicine




Fourth Year/Clinical Rotations

It is important for veterinary students to spend time in clinical rotations so that they can learn the art and practice of veterinary medicine. Students will witness and participate in cutting edge medicine, surgery and critical care. They will see the most advanced diagnostic and imaging technology. These experiences will be invaluable as they prepare to eventually refer cases themselves. To gain these experiences, students will rotate through various services offered in the WSU Teaching Hospital.

The USU/WSU DVM Program firmly believes that students' educational experiences must not be limited entirely to a teaching hospital setting. It is equally important for them to participate in cases that typically present to primary or secondary care centers. The externship/preceptorship program allows students to leave campus to interact with veterinarians in a routine practice setting, to interact with clientele, to gain experience in their particular area of interest, and/
or to explore diverse career opportunities. Some externship/preceptorship programs will provide students additional experience in food animal medicine.

Basic required/CORE rotations (29 weeks total):

Equine Surgery

Large Animal ICU

Small Animal Referral/Internal Medicine

Equine Medicine

Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery

Student Initiated Professional Experience (SIPE)


Small Animal Community Practice


Small Animal Soft Tissue/General Surgery

Small Animal ICU

Scientific Writing & Presentation

Guided Preceptorship

Supplemental CORE rotations (14 weeks required): Student selects based on area of clinical emphasis.

Ag Animal Medicine (Intro or Advanced)


Theriogenology (General LA, Equine & Bovine)

Equine Medicine or Surgery (Advanced)

Equine Surgery

Herd Problem Investigation

Small Animal various (Advanced)


Anesthesia (Advanced)

Clinical Pathology



Laboratory Animal Medicine



Radiology (Ultrasound, Equine Radiography, Diagnostic Imaging)

General Agricultural Animal Production Medicine (Off-site at Caine Center):

            Preventive Medicine             

            Beef Calving         


            Reproductive Biotechnology


            Small Ruminant



Elective rotations/Vacation (9 weeks available): Student selects additional rotations based on their area of clinical emphasis. CORE & supplemental CORE rotations may also be selected after an initial rotation has been completed. Electives may be taken anywhere.


The faculty of the USU School of Veterinary Medicine and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine are excited about the joint collaborative medical education program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. There are great and diverse faculty at both universities, that by joining forces can provide an outstanding educational experience. Students on the USU campus will benefit from small class sizes, excellent teaching and animal facilities, and unique opportunities to gain hands on, practical experience during their two years at USU. As students move to WSU for their third and fourth years, they will receive their clinical training at one of the nation's top veterinary medical schools with a state-of-the-art teaching hospital. We encourage students to apply to the USU/WSU DVM Program. If you have questions about the program or desire additional information, please visit the USU-SVM website http://vetmed.usu.edu/ or contact Michael S. Bishop at 435-797-USVM (8786) to request further information.

FACULTY - College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences  

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