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The DVM degree is achieved after a four-year course of study. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, the first two years are largely spent in classroom and laboratories with the second two years devoted to clinical study in the MU Veterinary Health Center.

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Students at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine spend the first two years of study in laboratories and classrooms. The second two years involves clinical work in the teaching hospital.

The first two years of the professional curriculum are designed to provide the student with a solid foundation in basic medical science. Courses of study include gross and microscopic anatomy, molecular biology, physiology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, parasitology, toxicology, public health, clinical pathology, radiology, clinical medicine and surgery, and anesthesiology.

These courses are taught in the laboratory and lecture format familiar to science students. In some areas, a computer-based or autotutorial teaching approach is used. Other areas use problem-based teaching methods.

After successfully completing the second year of the professional program, the student enters a segmented curriculum for the years of clinical training. In this concept of veterinary medical training, the final two years are divided into 12 six-to-eight-week rotations. Students must successfully complete seven required rotations for graduation. Each six-to-eight-week rotation is a complete instructional unit. Students are given the opportunity to concentrate their studies in an area of special interest while gaining exposure to all aspects of veterinary medicine. The required rotations are food animal medicine and surgery, equine medicine and surgery, small animal medicine, small animal surgery, medical services (radiology and anesthesiology), diagnostic pathology and special species medicine, and focused specialties (ophthalmology, theriogenology, and small animal specialty medicine).

In addition to the seven required rotations, 2 six-to-eight-week rotations are required in elective courses. Clinical year students are also scheduled 3 six-week periods of free time for preceptorships in private practice, industry, additional course work, or vacation.

College of Veterinary Medicine
W-203 Veterinary Medicine Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-3554
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Last Update: February 29, 2012