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VMD Curriculum


The School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet), an integral part of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary university, exists to better the health and welfare of animals and humans. The synergy generated by Penn Vet’s interaction with the University community and the biomedical establishment in the Delaware Valley creates unique challenges and opportunities to excel in teaching, research and service.

Offering the VMD, Penn Vet is committed to innovative educational programs to train veterinarians and biomedical scientists; pioneer research and the discovery of new knowledge in the basic and applied sciences; and maintaining a strong commitment to specialized veterinary medical care and service.
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Core Curriculum

First Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Intro to Clinical Veterinary Medicine I (ICVM I)
  • Gross Anatomy (Cont.)
  • Neurosciences
  • Physiology
  • ICVM II
  • Neurosciences (Cont.)
  • Physiology (Cont.)
  • ICVM III
  • Introduction to Radiology
  • Nutrition
  • Immunology
Second Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • General and Systemic Pathology
  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Surgical Principles
  • Intro to Clinical Veterinary Medicine IV (ICVM IV)
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Intro Poultry/Swine/Dairy
  • Medicine/Surgery I
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Orthopedics
  • Intro to Clinical Veterinary
  • Medicine IV (ICVM IV) (Cont.)
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology (Cont.)
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Infectious & Metabolic Diseases
  • Medicine/Surgery I (Cont.)
  • Clinical Pathology (Cont.)
  • Anesthesia
  • Intro to Clinical Veterinary Medicine IV (ICVM IV) (Cont.)
Third Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Vet. Medical Genetics
  • Reproduction
  • Med/Surg II
  • Vet. Ethical Issues
  • Clinical Exercises
  • Electives*
  • Med/Surg III
  • Lab. Animal Med
  • Dermatology
  • Clin Animal Behav.
  • Clinical Exercises(Cont.)
  • Electives*
  • Philadelphia:
  • Small Animal Block
  • Electives*
Fourth Year
Quarter 0 Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Rotations 1-8
  • Rotations 9-12
  • Rotations 13-16
  • Rotations 17-20
  • Rotations 21-25

 

Elective Curriculum

First Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Introduction to Wildlife Medicine I
  • Introduction to Wildlife Medicine II
  • Introduction to Wildlife Medicine II (Cont.)
Second Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
 
  • Equine Neonatology & Int. Care
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Equine Neonatology & Int. Care (Cont.)
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
Third Year
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Ecological Epidemiology
  • Animal Health Economics
  • Epidemic Infectious Disease
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Intermediate Biostatistics
  • Diag. of Common Vet Intox.
  • Professional Foundations
  • Ecotoxicology for Vets
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biochem Basis of Disease
  • Dis & Mng Sheep & Goats
  • Clinical Biostatistics
  • Eq. & Farm An. Anesthesia
  • An. Production Systems
  • Emerging & Exotic Diseases of Animals
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Perspectives on Vet.
  • Comp/Alternative Med.
  • Intro to Companion Avian Medicine
  • Intro to Reptile & Amphibian Medicine
  • Legal Issues for Veterinarians
  • Large Animal Medicine
  • Adv. Poultry Medicine
  • Dairy Cattle Nutrition
  • Large Animal Reproduction
  • Large Animal Reproduction
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Equine Lameness
  • Equine Orthopedics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging
  • Principles of Aquaculture
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Large Animal Pathology
  • Small Animal Pediatrics
  • Topics in Neurology
  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Surgery/Anesthesia Lab.
  • Small Animal Anesthesia
  • Emergency/Crit. Care Med.
  • Small Animal Dentistry/Oral Surgery
  • Practice Management
  • Intro. to Shelter Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Critical Care Med.
  • Case Studies in Special Species
  • Pet Small Mammal Med & Surg
  • Clinical Appl. of Pharmacology
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Intro. to Fish Diseases
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine
Fourth Year
Quarter 0 Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Rotations 1-8
  • Rotations 9-12
  • Rotations 13-16
  • Rotations 17-20
  • Rotations 21-25