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School Selection Process

RUSVM is proud to be affiliated with more than 28 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited schools in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. This extensive network of affiliations makes it possible for you to strengthen your professional interests while completing your clinical training.

The clinical placement is a significant milestone, and one that is considered carefully by RUSVM. During your 4th and 5th semester at RUSVM, our Clinical Affairs team will provide information about what to expect during your clinical year and during your 6th semester, the team will work with you in one-on-one, individual sessions to better understand your interests and career goals. You will get to choose your list of preferred schools during the first week of your 7th semester. Dr. Juan Samper, Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs & Professional Opportunities works with his team and our clinical affiliates to place students in the appropriate school.

Your placement is revealed at our Clinical Placement Ceremony, a unique opportunity to celebrate the next step in your veterinary education. Each semester we invite a number of Associate Deans from our affiliate schools to our Clinical Placement Ceremony. This gives them the opportunity to showcase their university to our students and to let them know what to expect in their clinical year.

Some students may have an idea when they begin their studies at RUSVM, where they might wish to complete their clinical year. However, we encourage you to keep your mind open to all possibilities, you never know where your RUSVM journey may take you!

RUSVM Clinical Placement Ceremony

“As a 7th semester student, the placement ceremony is a huge stepping stone. During the seven semesters at RUSVM, you are always wondering where you will be placed. The placement ceremony is the realization that all of your hard work has paid off, and you are off to your next challenge.” - Sarah Shane, 7th semester