The recently revised, integrated DVM curriculum uses active learning and builds the relationship between the basic sciences and the clinical cases graduates will see in their practices. During the first three years of the DVM program, students focus on the study of the normal animal, the pathogenesis of diseases, and the prevention, alleviation, and clinical therapy of diseases.
The program concludes with 13 months of clinical rotations in the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, where students learn methods of veterinary care and develop skills needed for professional practice. Students can choose from more than 65 rotations, ranging from Acupuncture to Zoological Medicine. The fourth year includes up to 10 weeks of externship experiences at off-campus sites of the student’s choice.
DVM students attend class full time, Monday through Friday, from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students do not have classes during the summer semesters between their first and second, and second and third years of the program. Students attend class for one full calendar year, including summer semester, during their fourth year.
The following courses are taught during the first two years while at SDSU.
- Year 1 Fall
Course Name Credits Jackrabbit Orientation and Leadership Experience I 2 Microscopic Anatomy I 2 Integrated Biochemistry and Physiology 7 Anatomy I 4 Clinical Skills I 1 Professional Development I 1 Critical Scientific Reading 1 Immunology 2 Preventative Medicine 4
- Year 1 Spring
Course Name Credits Jackrabbit Orientation and Leadership Experience II 2 Professional Development II 2 Anatomy II 3 Clinical Skills II 1 Physiology II 4 Basic Pathology 2 Agents of Disease I 4 Microscopic Anatomy II 2 Clinical Correlations I 1 Veterinary Genetics and Genomics 1 Non-Traditional Pets 1 Thrive Through Life 4
- Year 2 Fall
Course Name Credits Agents of Disease II 5 Pharmacology I 2 Systemic Pathology 5 Clinical Pathology I 3 Clinical Skills III 2 Clinical Epidemiology 2 Public Health 2 Small Animal Medicine I 2 Diagnostic Laboratory 2 Large Animal Medicine I 2 Professional Development III 1
- Year 2 Spring
Course Name Credits Small Animal Medicine II 5 Small Animal Surgery I 3 Large Animal Medicine II 3 Large Animal Surgery I 3 Veterinary Imaging I 4 Pharmacology II 2 Clinical Skills IV 2 Clinical Pathology II 2 Avian Core 2 Dermatology 2 Clinical Correlations 1
Years 3 and 4, including clinical rotations, are taught by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information about the year 3 courses and year 4 clinical rotations, please visit their website.
Students in the SDSU PPVM will earn their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the UMN CVM. Earning a DVM from the UMN CVM qualifies graduates to take the licensing exam in every state provided they pass the national exam and meet the state non-academic guidelines (background check, etc).
DVM students must pass both state and national board licensing exams in order to practice. The national exam is called the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination and is offered in the fall and the spring. Those wishing to practice in South Dakota must also take the South Dakota Board of Veterinary Medicine licensing exam. Information regarding licensure in other states can be found National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Additional licensing requirements may vary from state to state. Please check with any state you are considering practicing in for specific details.