DVM Curriculum

The DVM degree is awarded after 4 years of successful study, and students are encouraged to consider writing a thesis as part of their veterinary school experience.

First Year

Tiger skeleton

The first year of the DVM curriculum consists largely of didactic teaching and laboratory instruction and focuses on the basic biomedical sciences. The major emphasis is on the basic structural and functional relationships that occur in normal animals. The Clinical Skills course provides basic handling and husbandry of large and small animal species

Anatomy I Anatomy II Applied Epidemiology & Evidence Based Medicine Applied Molecular Biology Case Based Learning I & II Clinical Skills I Communications I Comparative Anatomy and Physiology First Year Farm Husbandry General Pathology Human-Animal Relationships Immunology International Veterinary Medicine Introduction to Veterinary Nutrition Organ System Structure & Function I & II Veterinary Biochemistry and Metabolism

Anatomy I Anatomy II Applied Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine Applied Molecular Biology Case Based Learning I & II Clinical Skills I Communications I Comparative Anatomy and Physiology First Year Farm Husbandry General Pathology Human-Animal Relationships Immunology International Veterinary Medicine Introduction to Veterinary Nutrition Organ System Structure & Function I & II Veterinary Biochemistry and Metabolism

  • Anatomy I
  • Anatomy II
  • Applied Epidemiology & Evidence Based Medicine
  • Applied Molecular Biology
  • Case Based Learning I & II
  • Clinical Skills I
  • Communications I
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
  • First Year Farm Husbandry
  • General Pathology
  • Human-Animal Relationships
  • Immunology
  • International Veterinary Medicine
  • Introduction to Veterinary Nutrition
  • Organ System Structure & Function I & II
  • Veterinary Biochemistry and Metabolism

Second Year

Teacher and students treating a dog

The instructional program for the second year of the DVM program is mainly concerned with the pathophysiology of specific disease entities as they affect organs in various systems of the body. In these courses, students relate the morphological and physiological manifestations of a specific disease to the functional abnormalities they cause in a particular body system. In addition, the second year introduces students to clinical and imaging topics. Clinical Skills II introduces students to basic physical examination and diagnostic procedures for all species.

  • Accelerated Clinical Excellence
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Clinical Skills II
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Diversity & Professional Perspectives II
  • Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals & Initial Accreditation Training
  • Endocrinology Pathophysiology
  • Ethics & Veterinary Medicine
  • Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
  • General Parasitology
  • Hemic-Lymphatic and Clinical Pathology
  • Introduction to Veterinary Public Health
  • Introduction to Zoological Medicine
  • Law and Veterinary Medicine
  • Principles of Surgery
  • Reproductive Pathophysiology
  • Respiratory Pathophysiology
  • Second Year Clinical Rotations
  • Skeletal Pathobiology
  • Toxicology
  • Urinary Pathophysiology
  • Veterinary Infectious Diseases
  • Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory
  • Veterinary Neurobiology

Third Year

White Coat Ceremony 2016

During much of the third year, students integrate the pathophysiological aspects of specific diseases learned in the second year with a comprehensive discussion of the presenting clinical signs, diagnostic criteria and the treatment of these entities. Thus, the third-year curriculum is designed to provide students with a sound basis in clinical medicine with emphasis on diagnosis, prognosis and management. The third year culminates with a two-week period of advanced elective course offerings.

  • Anesthesia & Analgesia
  • Bovine Procedures Lab
  • Clinical Animal Behavior
  • Clinical Dermatology
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Communications III
  • Diagnostic Ultrasonography
  • Equine & Camelid Medicine & Surgery
  • Euthanasia Seminar
  • Farm Animal Medicine & Surgery
  • Introduction to Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery Techniques
  • Ophthalmology
  • Small Animal Clinical Procedures Lab
  • Small Animal Dentistry
  • Small Animal Medicine & Surgery I and II
  • Theriogenology
  • Veterinary Economics and Practice Management
  • Zoological Medicine

Fourth Year

Teacher and students examining a turtle

By the beginning of the fourth year, all core didactic courses and some clinical rotations are completed. The student spends the entire year gaining further experience in clinical and other rotations. The core clinical rotation program utilizes the case method approach. Under supervision the student records case histories, performs physical examinations as well as diagnostic and surgical procedures, and learns to assume responsibility for treatment and case and client management.

Core Clinical Rotations Weeks
Ambulatory Medicine 3
Anatomical/Clinical Pathology 3
Anesthesia 3
Cardiology 2
Core Choice Week< 1
Dermatology 2
Diagnostic Imaging 2
Emergency and Critical Care 3
Ethics Seminar 2 hours
Large Animal Medicine 3
Large Animal Surgery 3
Neurology 2
Oncology 2
Ophthalmology 2
Required Electives 16
Small Animal Medicine 3
Small Animal Surgery - Orthopedic and/or Chief Residency 2
Small Animal Surgery - Soft Tissue 2
Total Core Rotations 43
Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic 3
Vacation 4
Wildlife Clinic 1
Total 63

 

 

Students in the library

DVM Thesis Option

Students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University are encouraged to consider writing a thesis as part of their veterinary school experience. The program is voluntary and open to all Cummings School DVM students conducting research. Students whose summer research presentations on Student Research Day are deemed viable as a possible thesis will be invited by the chair of the Advanced Education Committee (AEC) through their mentor to participate in the program. Other students and their mentors can also request permission to submit a thesis. Students successfully completing a DVM with thesis will be acknowledged at graduation, and the notation of “DVM with THESIS” will be posted on their transcript.

Learn More About the Thesis Option