Clinical Experience

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) recognizes the practical nature of veterinary medicine; the successful veterinarian must be able to integrate knowledge, clinical skills, and communication and leadership abilities in order to successfully prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Therefore, as part of the “clinical immersion” concept, the CVM places a high emphasis on the development of both technical and non-technical skills throughout the curriculum.

The process begins at the LMU campus, where under the tutelage of dedicated faculty, students will participate in structured hands on laboratory sessions in order to develop diverse clinical skills such as physical examination, diagnostic skills, expertise in surgical and therapeutic skills, as well as skills in communication, teamwork and leadership. Experiential learning begins in the first week of the first semester and builds throughout the pre-clinical courses. In the Fall term of the third year, students will undergo a phase of comprehensive review and honing of their clinical and surgical skills in preparation for the distributed clinical portion of the curriculum. This takes place in busy, high quality veterinary practices and institutions throughout the region and nation.

During the final two plus semesters students are sent to clinical sites to begin integrating and applying all of the knowledge and skills acquired during the pre-clinical experience. Students will be immersed in real world veterinary practices and institutions where they will benefit from taking primary care responsibility (under the supervision of committed mentors) for a variety of clinical cases, learn from working in high functioning teams, and develop their communication and leadership skills in the exam room and on the farm dealing directly with clients. The distributed clinical sites have been carefully chosen by the CVM; participating mentors are adjunct members of the LMU-CVM family. These highly experienced and dedicated veterinarians have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and in mentoring the next generation of fellow veterinarians.

The “clinical year” of the LMU-CVM veterinary program is divided into 40 weeks of core rotations, 12 weeks of elective rotations, 6 weeks of vacation, and 2 weeks for a summative assessment on campus.

Catalog Course Descriptions –Clinical Courses

Clinical Year Core Courses:

CVM 770 Small Animal General Practice (8 weeks)
CVM 771 Small Animal Medicine (4 weeks)
CVM 772 Small Animal Surgery (4 weeks)
CVM 773 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care (4 weeks)
CVM 775 Shelter Primary Care Practice and Surgery (4 weeks)
CVM 778 Diagnostic Pathology (4 weeks)
CVM 780 Large Animal Ambulatory Practice, Appalachia (4 weeks)
CVM 781 Large Animal Mixed Practice (2 weeks)
CVM 782 Food Animal Health and Production (4 weeks)
CVM 783 Equine Medicine and Surgery (2 weeks)
CVM 788 Elective Distributive Courses (12 weeks)
CVM 800 Senior Student Presentation (2 weeks) – optional
CVM 810 Independent Research (4 weeks) – optional