Graduate Professional Degree - Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine

Program:
Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine
Program Code:
4868 Veterinary Medicine
Program Level:
Veterinary Medicine
Award Type:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Start Term:
FQ68


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine


The professional veterinary medicine program is designed to provide an excellent basic medical education as well as clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal diseases and injuries. Graduates may pursue a variety of careers in salaried positions or become licensed as private practitioners in any state.

About three–fourths of the veterinarians in the United States are engaged in private practice. These veterinarians may be in general practices that care for the needs of all of the species of domestic animals or in practices limited to companion animals, farm animals, horses, poultry, or some other specific aspect of veterinary medicine.

Many veterinarians are employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for important work in livestock disease control, meat and poultry inspection, development of biological products, and prevention of the entry of foreign animal diseases. Veterinarians also find rewarding positions in public health work for the U.S. Public Health Service, the U.S. Army and Air Force, and for state, county, and local health agencies.

Some of the most exciting opportunities for veterinarians are in biomedical research for the benefit of both animals and people. Excellent research opportunities are available with colleges and universities, government agencies, biological and pharmaceutical companies, and private medical research institutions.

The professional program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Admission to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine

A new class of students begins the four–year professional program each fall semester. Applications for admission and related materials must be received by the deadline as specified by the Veterinary College Application Service (VMCAS).

Factors considered by the Admissions Committee in determining an applicant’s relative competitive position are: (1)     Academic performance, with a minimum last-3-semester grade point average (GPA) in combination with a minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 is required for an application to receive review; (2) file review of non-academic experiences and attributes fitting to the values of the college; and (3) multiple mini interviews, by invitation.

Final selection is based on a combination of the above listed academic criteria (1-5) and evidence of significant accomplishments in one or more of the above listed non-academic criteria (6-10).

Applications, regular or transfer, are reviewed by the Committee on Student Admissions. Applicants are considered for admission in the following order of priority:

  1. Residents of the state of Michigan, as defined by Michigan State University. (Since Michigan State University is a public, tax-assisted institution, admission priority is granted to residents of Michigan.)
  2. Residents of states other than Michigan, including U.S. Territories and Trust Possessions.
  3. All others.

Students should complete the following requirements prior to enrollment:

All prerequisite courses must be completed by the spring semester of the year of matriculation with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course. Fifty percent of the science prerequisite courses must be complete at the time of application with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course.

Science Prerequisite Courses

College Algebra and Trigonometry
(or pre-calculus or calculus)
Physics I and II with laboratories
Chemistry I with laboratory
Introductory Biology I and II with laboratories
Upper-level Biology (3 credit minimum) such as Cell Biology, Physiology, Neurobiology, Immunology, Genetics, Microbiology, or Histology
Organic Chemistry I and II with laboratory
Biochemistry

Advanced Placement (AP) credits are accepted for College Algebra and Trigonometry, Physics I and II, Chemistry I, and Introductory Biology I and II.

General Education Requirements

Arts and Humanities - two courses that must include two of the following subject areas: history, literature, art/music/theater history or appreciation, philosophy, and religion.
Social Science - two courses that must include two of the following subject areas: cultural anthropology, economics, human geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.
English - one course (3 semester credits) of English composition.

Advanced Placement (AP) credits are accepted to fulfill any of these requirements.

PRODUCTION MEDICINE SCHOLARS ADMISSION PATHWAY

This pathway has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. It provides an admission pathway for Michigan State University animal science students who wish to complete, in addition to the minimum preveterinary requirements, a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Production Animal Scholars.  See the Department of Animal Science section of this catalog. The concentration is designed to prepare students for a herd-based, agricultural veterinary practice career. Completion of the production animal scholars concentration, combined with completion of specific electives in the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, will lead to a certificate of emphasis in production medicine to accompany the DVM degree.
 
Up to ten Michigan State University students may be admitted to the professional program in veterinary medicine via this pathway each year. Admission to the professional program is contingent upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Production Animal Scholars.
 
Candidates for this admission pathway must meet the following requirements:
  1. Enrollment in the Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Production Animal Scholars.
  2. Completion of at least 50 percent of the pre-veterinary courses required and 10 credits from the courses required for the production animal scholars concentration. For Pre-veterinary requirements see the Requirements for the Preveterinary Program section of this catalog.
  3. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. For preveterinary science courses, grades must average 3.2 . 
  4. Demonstrate, either by past or current activities, a commitment to livestock agriculture through youth activities, family experiences, employment, college extracurricular activities, and other participation in the livestock industry. For production animal scholars candidates, horses are not considered to be livestock.
  5. Demonstrate evidence of quality exposure to veterinary practice.
  6. Establish a primary academic advisor in the Department of Animal Science.
  7. Meet with an admissions counselor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at least one year prior to application.
When the above eligibility requirements are met, candidates may apply to the professional program in veterinary medicine through this pathway during the next regular admissions cycle. Regardless of previous degrees earned students accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine via the Production Medicine Scholars Admission Pathway must matriculate within two years.
 
Evaluation for admission criteria to this pathway include:
  1. Performance in the regular veterinary admission criteria, including grade-point averages, and file review.
  2. An evaluation of the candidate’s experience in and commitment to livestock agriculture as demonstrated by a review of his or her application file and possibly an interview.
  3. One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary academic advisor in animal science.
  4. One letter of recommendation from an animal science faculty member or other agriculture professional who has had direct instructional involvement with the candidate. This person may not be the primary academic advisor.
  5. One letter of recommendation from a veterinarian who has had direct involvement with the candidate.
Michigan State University animal science students who wish to enter the professional program in veterinary medicine without the production animal scholars concentration may apply through the regular veterinary admission process.
 
The College of Veterinary Medicine Committee on Student Admissions evaluates the candidates for the production medicine scholars admission pathway and reserves the right to modify the criteria and process. If admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine before completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, candidates must maintain a cumulative grade-point average and a science grade-point average of at least 3.20 throughout the completion of the degree.

VETERINARY SCHOLARS ADMISSION PATHWAY

This pathway has been established by the College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the Honors College at Michigan State University in order to provide an admission avenue for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree consisting of advanced, scholarly studies in concert with their entry to the four–year professional veterinary medical degree program.  All Michigan State University preveterinary students who are members of the Honors College may choose to participate in this program.  Up to ten MSU students may be chosen each year to be granted admission to the veterinary medical program contingent upon completion of a bachelor's degree in a major of the students choice.

The following components will be considered in selecting candidates for this admission pathway:

  1. Completion of at least 50 percent of the required preveterinary science courses.
  2. Minimum 3.5 cumulative and preveterinary science grade–point averages.
  3. Bachelor's degree program proposal planned in consultation with the Honors College advising staff and a departmental honors advisor demonstrating enriched, advanced, and scholarly work in a major of the student's choice.
  4. Evidence of quality veterinary and animal exposure.
  5. Completion of at least three Honors College experiences beyond the minimum preveterinary requirements.
  6. Performance in the regular veterinary admission criteria including grade–point averages, and file review.
  7. Personal statement describing the scholarly content of the proposed bachelor's degree program and its relevance to the individual's career and personal goals.
  8. Evaluations from the advisor in the student's degree program, a veterinarian, and an individual of the applicant's choice.

Students who wish to enter the professional veterinary medical program before earning a bachelor's degree may apply through the regular veterinary admission process.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Committee on Student Admissions selects the candidates for this pathway and reserves the right to modify the criteria and process. Applications not meeting the above criteria will be dismissed.

Academic Standards

Once admitted to the Veterinary Scholars Pathway, students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative and preveterinary science grade-point average during completion of the Honors College degree.

Additional Information

For additional information concerning admission to the professional program, contact the Admissions Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Center-South Building, 784 Wilson Road, Room F-104 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824–1314. Note:  Prospective applicants should maintain contact with the College's Admissions Office for current information.

Statement on Advanced Status

Rarely will students be considered for admission to the program with advanced standing.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

  1. The University requirements for the bachelor's degree as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog.
  2. Preveterinary program requirements.
  3. At least 56 credits of the professional program in Veterinary Medicine.

Health Requirements for Students in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine

  1. The student must be covered by a personal health insurance policy throughout enrollment in the program.
  2. The student's tetanus vaccination must be current throughout enrollment in the program.
  3. The student must have a rabies vaccination prior to participation in senior clerkships. Rabies vaccination is recommended for entering students.

Curriculum

The curriculum leading to the D.V.M. degree is primarily the responsibility of the faculty of the College. Student input to curriculum matters is through student representation on the Curriculum Committee. Continuing development of new information in health-related fields and changes within the profession demand ongoing curricular evaluation and modification. Development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of a veterinarian remains the major goal of this curriculum. Efficiency in obtaining this goal requires a dynamic program that can respond through instituting newly developed concepts and techniques. For these reasons, particulars of the curriculum described herein may change in subsequent years in accordance with established college and university policies and procedures.

Requirements for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in Veterinary Medicine

Completion of the following 161-credit, four-year professional program with a grade-point average of at least 2.0. Completion of the college's core competencies during the four-year professional program. Students must successfully complete all pre-clinical core competencies before matriculating to the clinical phase of the curriculum.

PHASE I - NORMALITY (Year 1)
SEMESTER 1 (Fall) 20 credits
ANS 511 Animal Science for Veterinarians 2
MMG 559 Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology 4
PDI 514 Veterinary Neurosciences 2
PDI 518 Comparative Veterinary Gross Anatomy I 4
PDI 520 Veterinary Tissue Structure and Function 4
VM 511 Clinical Competencies I 2
VM 513 Ethical and Animal Welfare Issues in the Veterinary Profession 2
SEMESTER 2 (Spring)  20 credits
MMG 571 Veterinary Pathogenic Microbiology: Parasites 3
PDI 519 Comparative Veterinary Gross Anatomy II 4
PDI 521 Veterinary Organ Microanatomy 2
PHM 552 Veterinary Pharmacology I: Principles and Neuropharmacology 2
PSL 513 Animal Physiology for Veterinarians 4
VM 514 Comparative Life-stage Nutrition 1
VM 524 Basic Science in Clinical Medicine 1
VM 541 Veterinary Career Development and Practice Management 2
VM 548 Principals of Diagnostic Imaging 1
PHASE II - ABNORMALITY (Year 2)
SEMESTER 3 (Fall) 19 credits
MMG 563 Veterinary Pathogenic Microbiology: Bacteria and Fungi 3
PDI 551 General Pathology 2
PHM 553 Veterinary Pharmacology II: Systems and Infectious Diseases 3
PHM 557 Veterinary Toxicology 2
VM 532 Veterinary Integrative Problem Solving 2
VM 533 Veterinary Epidemiology 3
VM 544 Veterinary Public Health 2
VM 547 Respiratory Diseases 2
SEMESTER 4 (Spring)  21 credits
LCS 560 Clinical Competencies II 1
MMG 565 Veterinary Pathogenic Microbiology: Viruses 2
PDI 553 Systemic Pathology 4
PDI 554 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 3
VM 543 Cardiovascular Diseases 2
VM 545 Principles of Anesthesia and Surgery 4
VM 546 Musculoskeletal Diseases 4
Selective - one credit selective course chosen from a list maintained in the College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Programs Office 1
PHASE III - INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION (Year 3)
SEMESTER 5 (Fall) 21 credits
SCS 561 Clinical Competencies III 1
VM 549 Applied Diagnostic Imaging 1
VM 553 Theriogenology and Urinary Diseases 5
VM 554 Hematological, Oncological and Dermatological Diseases 3
VM 555 Neurological and Ophthalmological Diseases 3
VM 557 Operative Surgery 2
VM 558 Digestive Diseases of Domestic Animals 3
VM 559 Metabolic and Endocrinological Diseases 2
Selective - one credit selective course chosen from a list maintained in the College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Programs Office 1
CLINICAL AND APPLIED VETERINARY MEDICAL SCIENCE (Years 3 and 4)
SEMESTERS 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall, 9 (Spring)
Students will be required to complete 60 clerkship credits. Satisfactory completion of semesters one through five of the professional curriculum is required for enrollment in any of the listed clerkships.
REQUIRED CLERKSHIPS  30 credits
LCS 616 Large Animal Medicine and Surgery 6
PDI 630 Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship 3
SCS 611 Diagnostic Imaging Clerkship 3
SCS 625 Small Animal Primary Care Clerkship 3
SCS 626 Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery Clerkship 3
SCS 646 Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery Clerkship 3
SCS 647 Small Animal Internal Medicine Clerkship 3
SCS 648 Anesthesia Clerkship 3
SCS 695 Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Clerkship 3
ELECTIVE CLERKSHIPS
LCS 610 Clinical Problems in Large Animal Clinical Sciences 3
LCS 611 Research Problems in Large Animal Clinical Sciences 3
LCS 613 Special Problems in Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Off-Campus Sites 3
LCS 614 Equine Clinical Proficiency Clerkship 3
LCS 615 Equine Emergency and Critical Care Clerkship 3
LCS 621 Practice-Based Ambulatory Clerkship 3
LCS 622 Advanced Equine Clinical Clerkship II 3
LCS 623 Equine Musculoskeletal Diseases Clerkship 3
LCS 624 Equine Theriogenology Clerkship 3
LCS 625 Equine Herd Health Clerkship 3
LCS 626 Advanced Equine Surgery Clerkship 3
LCS 627 Advanced Equine Medicine Clerkship 3
LCS 628 Techniques in Equine Anesthesia and Surgery 3
LCS 632 Advanced Food Animal Medicine and Surgery 3
LCS 640 Large Animal Anesthesia Clerkship 3
LCS 646 Equine Neonatal Medicine Clerkship 3
LCS 647 Concepts of Agricultural Practice Clerkship 3
LCS 660 Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management 3
LCS 677 Veterinary Preceptorship 3
LCS 678 Government and Corporate Veterinary Practice 3
LCS 679 Food Animal Production Medicine I 3
LCS 682 Food Animal Production Medicine II 3
LCS 685 Ruminant Health Problem Solving Clerkship 3
LCS 690 Veterinary Public Health Field Experience Clerkship 3
LCS 691 Veterinary Public Health Research Clerkship 3
MMG 690 Veterinary Microbiology Clerkship 3
PDI 610 Veterinary Gross Anatomy Dissection 3
PDI 611 Research Problems in Veterinary Anatomy 3
PDI 631 Necropsy Clerkship 3
PDI 632 Problems in Veterinary Pathology 3
PDI 633 Special Problems in Veterinary Pathology 3
PDI 634 Endocrinology Clerkship 3
PDI 635 Special Problems in Histopathology and Cytology Clerkship 3
PDI 636 Aquatic Animal Medicine Clerkship 3
PHM 658 Research Problems in Pharmacology or Toxicology 3
SCS 613 Diagnostic Ultrasound Clerkship 3
SCS 630 Spay/Neuter Clerkship 3
SCS 640 Cardiology Clerkship 3
SCS 641 Comparative Ophthalmology Clerkship 3
SCS 642 Zoo and Wildlife Clerkship 3
SCS 644 Dermatology Clerkship 3
SCS 651 Advanced Comparative Ophthalmology Clerkship 3
SCS 654 Clinical Medical Oncology Clerkship 3
SCS 670 Clinical Nutrition for Small Animals 3
SCS 690 Veterinary Molecular Biology Clerkship 3
SCS 693 Problems in Small Animal Clinical Sciences Clerkship 3
SCS 694 Small Animal Specialty Practice Clerkship 3
VM 611 Veterinary Externship 3
VM 690 Special Problems in Veterinary Medicine 3
VM 692 Career Development and Business Skills 3


Student Performance

The Committee on Student Performance monitors student performance in accordance with established College standards and offers assistance to students experiencing difficulties in the professional curriculum. An important function of this committee is to determine the reasons for student difficulties and recommend study schedules, counseling, and other means of helping the student perform in a satisfactory manner. The Committee on Student Performance may take appropriate academic disciplinary action consistent with the academic standards of the College and the Medical Student Rights and Responsibilities document.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Refer to the statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities in the General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations section of this catalog.


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Veterinary Medicine, DVM (4868)

Required Credits: 161    Program Version: SS18

Requirement 1: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 1 (Fall)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 1 (Fall): 20 credits from ANS511, MMG559, PDI514, PDI518, PDI520, VM511, VM513

Requirement 2: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 2 (Spring)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 2 (Spring): 20 credits from MMG571, PDI519, PDI521, PHM552, PSL513, VM514, VM524, VM541, VM548

Requirement 3: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 3 (Fall)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 3 (Fall): 19 credits from MMG563, PDI551, PHM553, PHM557, VM532, VM533, VM544, VM547

Requirement 4: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 4 (Spring)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 4 (Spring): 21 credits from LCS560, MMG565, PDI553, PDI554, VM543, VM545, VM546, one credit selective course chosen from a list maintained in the College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Program Office.

Requirement 5: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 5 (Fall)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semester 5 (Fall): 21 credits from SCS561, VM549, VM553, VM554, VM555, VM557, VM558, VM559, one credit selective course chosen from a list maintained in the College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Program Office.

Requirement 6: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships: 15 credits from PDI630, SCS611, SCS625, LCS616

Requirement 7: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS626
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS626: 3 credits from SCS626

Requirement 8: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS646
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS646: 3 credits from SCS646

Requirement 9: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS647
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS647: 3 credits from SCS647

Requirement 10: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS648
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS648: 3 credits from SCS648

Requirement 11: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS695
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships - SCS695: 3 credits from SCS695

Requirement 12: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Required Clerkships: 1 course from LCS621, LCS631

Requirement 13: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Elective Clerkships
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Semesters 6 (Spring), 7 (Summer), 8 (Fall) and 9 (Spring) - Elective Clerkships: 27 credits from LCS610, LCS611, LCS613, LCS614, LCS615, LCS622, LCS623, LCS624, LCS625, LCS626, LCS627, LCS628, LCS632, LCS640, LCS646, LCS677, LCS678, LCS682, LCS690, LCS691, MMG690, PDI610, PDI611, PDI631, PDI632, PDI634, PDI635, PDI636, PHM658, SCS613, SCS630, SCS640, SCS641, SCS642, SCS644, SCS651, SCS654, SCS670, SCS690, SCS693, SCS694, VM611, VM690, VM692, LCS647, PDI633, LCS660, LCS685, SCS626, SCS646, SCS647, SCS648, SCS695, SCS643, PDI637, LCS679

Requirement 14
161 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.