Students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine have available the equivalent of one afternoon a week each semester for the first five semesters of the DVM program to devote to professional or personal development in the form of a selective. Students are fully integrated into the daily activities of their selected discipline, clinical, research, or service-based experience.
A minimum of 3 selective credits, earned during the semester or summer, is required. First year students are strongly encouraged to wait until their second semester to start their selectives. An orientation meeting for the first year class in early November helps students choose a selective and organizes a lottery to distribute the most popular selectives. There are many possible selectives, both on and off of the Cummings School campus, listed in the Selectives Guide. Students may also design self-styled selectives to further pursue opportunities in their particular areas of interest.
Mentors of the Selectives programs are required to give a pass or fail grade for each selective. Whenever possible, students and mentors have the option to renew their selective for subsequent semesters. No funds are available to support the student's participation in the Selective program.