Ross & St. George's Students
Your predecessors have created an excellent
reputation at MU we hope that you will continue.
Knowing that you are anxious to become
settled in Columbia and prepared for your first day of clinical
rotations, we have provided this website as a means to provide
you with information on a more timely basis than the mailings,
which you will also be sent.
Student schedules are designed on an individual
basis as near to the beginning of the first rotation as possible
to balance student assignments and maximize the learning experience.
You will not receive, or need, your clinical rotation schedule
until your orientation at MU.
Please contact me, Dr. Linda Berent or Jennifer Hamilton if you have any other questions about your transition into
your year at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Columbia and the University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri is an ideal location for a teaching hospital. The population of central Missouri and reasonable proximity to St. Louis and Kansas City provide for a robust small animal emergency and referral caseload. Moreover, Missouri is a strong agricultural state with large numbers of horses, cattle, hogs, and poultry. The University of Missouri campus is home to a life sciences center, medical school, nanotechnology center, and college of agriculture. These campus resources create a synergy that allows us to conduct high-quality research and practice cutting edge medicine.
Columbia is also a great place to live, and the University of Missouri is an active, exciting campus. Here are a few of the things that you can take advantage of when you are in Columbia:
University of Missouri Resources:
University Concert Series: http://concertseries.org/performances/
You can purchase a membership to this state-of-the-art recreation and fitness center. Click on ‘Facilities’ for a virtual tour. Click on the ‘Membership’ for more information on joining.
Division I athletics: http://mutigers.cstv.com/
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/
Columbia-Downtown Association: http://www.discoverthedistrict.com/
Katy Trial: http://www.bikekatytrail.com/columbia.asp
Columbia Parks and Recreation: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/
Columbia Activity and Recreation Center: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/ARC/
There are 22 sites that the Missouri Department of Conservation owns, leases, or manages in or near Columbia: http://mdc.mo.gov/
GetAbout Columbia is a website that highlights walking and biking in Columbia: http://www.getaboutcolumbia.com/
Roots 'N Blues 'N Barbecue Festival is an annual 2 day event held in Columbia. Visit their site for more information: http://www.rootsnbluesnbbq.com/
Rabies and Tetanus
Veterinary medical students are at higher risk for exposure
to rabies and tetanus than the general population. Therefore,
you will need to provide records of tetanus vaccination within
the last 10 years and the final vaccination in an initial
series or a booster vaccination for rabies within the last
year. Alternatively, a protective rabies titer (1:5 or greater
serum dilution RFFIT) should be demonstrated within the past
two years. Vaccinations and serum titers are performed at
the College of Veterinary Medicine in September and October.
Tetanus and Diphtheria Vaccine (Td)
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap)
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
The University of Missouri, in accordance with Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, requires that all newly
enrolled or readmitted MU students born after December 31,
1956 must comply with the two-dose Measles Immunization Policy.
If a second immunization is needed, it must be the combined
MMR vaccine. Students who do not comply will not be allowed
to register or pre-register for their second semester at MU.
2 doses of MMR vaccine. The first dose must
have been given at age 12 months or later. The second dose
must have been given at least one month after the first one.
Titer (blood test) results proving immunity
to measles, mumps and rubella. Documentation is
*A waiver for medical, religious, or philosophical
reasons may be granted if valid proof is provided.
Download the MMR and
TB screening form.
This form must be competed prior to entering
the clinical curriculum at MU.
Veterinary medicine is a relatively dangerous
profession. There is always risk of injury when working with
animals. In addition, you may be exposed to zoonotic diseases
during the course of routine preclinical or clinical training.
Please note that students are responsible for the cost of
their own medical care during their veterinary training. Thus,
all students are STRONGLY encouraged to have health insurance.
Please contact the Student Health
Center for information on their service plans. Alternatively,
a representative from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Group Health and Life Insurance Trust or another insurance
provider may be contacted to obtain medical and/or disability
Commonly Asked Questions
This varies and depends on each rotation you are assigned to. Coveralls and clinic jackets are standards for clinical rotations and may be purchased from the Missouri Veterinary Education Service. This not for profit, student-owned bookstore also stocks books, stethoscopes, and other supplies that you will need on your clinical rotations. You can learn more about the bookstore at:
You may contact the bookstore at:
PO Box 7331
Columbia, MO 65205
Clinical service rotations are 6 to 8 weeks in length and the order varies among students. Ross University and St. George Students will take the following required clinical service rotations:
1. Small Animal Medicine (Referral Internal Medicine, Community Practice/Shelter medicine)
2. Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery)
3. Food Animal Medicine and Surgery (Hospital, Ambulatory and Production Medicine Rotations)
4. Equine Medicine, Surgery and Ambulatory
5. Medical Services (Anesthesiology and Radiology)
6. Diagnostic Pathology (Clinical Pathology and Necropsy)
7. Evaluated Preceptorships or Elective Rotations
Ross University and St. George’s students can elect to complete this rotation by taking elective courses at the University of Missouri. Two-week rotations may be taken at the Veterinary Health Center. Alternatively, students may choose to complete an evaluated preceptorship in a private practice. These off-site experiences require supervision and evaluation by a licensed veterinarian in good standing and the student should gain experience in diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and practice management. A total of 2 weeks and 60 hours is the minimum time required for an acceptable preceptorship and students are strongly encouraged to spend as much time as possible observing and assisting with case management. Other preceptorships may be chosen in the areas of public health, epidemiology, or research. Supervisors for those preceptorships can be either a DVM or PhD. Questions about the suitability and evaluation of a preceptorship experience should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs student services coordinator, Dr. Angela Tennison. If two preceptorships are completed during one 6 week elective block, the grades assigned by each supervisor will be averaged. The student must leave a forwarding address with the Office of Academic Affairs prior to leaving for a preceptorship.
On-site clinical electives are described at: http://cvm.missouri.edu/clin_elec.htm. Island students may also choose to take the following core MU clinical rotations as electives: Theriogenology, Ophthalmology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Oncology. If you choose to complete on-site electives, you should contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to check for availability and for advanced scheduling.
If you have a documented physical or learning
disability, please review the Schedule of Courses. If you
anticipate the need to ask for accommodations, please contact
Dr. Cott (573-882-1902) as soon as possible. You also need
to discuss any possible accommodations that will be requested
with affected course leaders at least 60 days before the course
begins. You may contact me or Dr. Cott to assist you in arranging
the necessary meetings.