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Clinical Year Requirements

Clinical Competencies

Veterinary graduates must have the basic scientific knowledge, skills, and values to practice veterinary medicine, independently, at the time of graduation.

Your final clinical year helps you gain the knowledge and experience to practice independently immediately after graduation. Experience at your affiliate school, externships and elective rotations allow you to work both on campus and off to expand your skills so that you can graduate a confident, competent veterinarian.

At a minimum, graduates must be competent in providing entry-level healthcare for a variety of animal species.

Your clinical affiliate must provide evidence that you have had adequate access to primary care cases and hands-on experiences with live animals and must address clinical competencies in the following areas:

  1. Comprehensive patient diagnosis and demonstration of problem solving skills (eg, appropriate use of clinical laboratory testing, and record management).
  2. Comprehensive treatment planning, including patient referral when indicated.
  3. Anesthesia and pain management, patient welfare.
  4. Basic surgery skills, experience, and case management.
  5. Basic medicine skills, experience, and case management.
  6. Emergency and intensive care case management.
  7. Health promotion, disease prevention, zoonosis, and food safety.
  8. Client communications and ethical conduct.
  9. Strong appreciation for the role of research in furthering the practice of veterinary medicine.