Year 4 Curriculum

DVM447 - Education and Leadership
This rotation is designed for students who whish to gain knowledge and experience in various aspects of veterinary education and leadership. The rotation will be scheduled in conjunction with a year 1 or 2 Block in the content of the student’s choosing. The rotation requires for students to attend all block related content activities, including lectures, labs, problem based learning sessions, etc. Student assignments and assessments are individually designed around the block content for the 2-week time period the student is scheduled. Students will complete self-study modules and/or research on individual areas of interests primarily in the first week of the rotation (while attending content sessions). Students will work with block leaders and/or individual faculty to assist in delivery of content during the second week. This could be in the form of co-presenting a lecture, co-teaching a lab, facilitating a PBL, or other content-related activities deemed appropriate by the block leader.
VET449 - Externship
Approved program of study to receive training and experience outside the School of Veterinary Medicine. Opportunities include private practice and provides first-hand experiences in diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities and management and business methods in the private sector.
DVM450 - Cardiology
Diagnostic techniques of history taking, cardiac physical examination, electrocardiography, radiography, echocardiography, and cardiac catheterization and medical, interventional, and surgical therapy of cardiac disorders will be taught along with the etiology and pathophysiology of various cardiac disorders.
DVM451 - Clinical Pathology
Focus on the practical use and application of laboratory testing in a practice setting to facilitate optimal management of patients.
DVM452 - Small Animal Community Medicine
Practice wellness care in pediatric and adult patients, address medical management of geriatric patients, and develop a practical, problem-oriented approach to routine medical issues presenting in general practice.
DVM453 - Small Animal Community Surgery Gourley
General surgery service to include instruction in physical exams, basic anesthesia, pain management and routine surgeries. Sample surgeries include routine spays and neuters, cystotomy, mass removal, digit amputation, encluceation, etc.
DVM454 - Companion Avian Pet Exotics
Basic components of husbandry, nutrition, handling, diseases, medical and surgical treatment of companion exotics including avian (companion and wildlife), small exotic mammal, reptilian, amphibian and aquatic animal patients.
DVM455 - Dentistry/Oral Surgery
Examination, diagnosis and treatment of small animals presenting with oral or dental diseases.
DVM456 - Dermatology
Exposure to veterinary dermatology. Learn the importance of obtaining a good history, performing a good physical examination and characterizing lesions. Various diagnostic and therapeutic techniques specific to dermatology will be demonstrated.
DVM457 - Equine Emerg Critical Care Surgery
In-depth training and hands-on experience in various facets of equine emergency case management, including the diagnosis, management, and treatment of both equine emergency medical and surgical patients.
DVM458 - Equine Emergency Nights
Provide service for emergency surgical and medical management for all equine and camelid emergencies; i.e., colic, wounds, musculoskeletal injuries, septic foals, dystocia, and neurologic and ophthalmologic emergencies.
DVM459 - Equine Field Service
On-farm practical experience in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of equine disease problems.
DVM460 - Equine Medicine - General
Learn and practice the highest level of equine internal medicine with the goal to generate or implement a problem-oriented approach to clinical problems, determine a diagnostic work-up, prognosis and treatment plan for patients.
DVM461 - Equine Reproduction
Routine reproductive management of the horse on local brood mare farms as part of a field service program and of stallion and mare infertility in a tertiary referral setting at the VMTH. Participate in weekly clinical and endocrinology rounds.
DVM462 - Equine Surgery & Lameness I
Advanced training and experience in equine surgery services to manage all orthopedic and non-orthopedic elective surgical disorders as well as equine lameness disorders.
DVM463 - Farrier Shop
Introduction to the normal structure and function of the equine foot. Principles of corrective shoeing for many lameness disorders.
DVM464 - Small Animal Community Surgery CCAH
General surgery service to include instruction in physical exams, basic anesthesia, pain management and routine surgeries. Surgeries include routine spays and neuters and other minor procedures such as simple mass removals.
DVM465 - Equine Surgery & Lameness II
Advanced training and experience in equine surgery services to manage all orthopedic and non-orthopedic elective surgical disorders as well as equine lameness disorders.
DVM466 - Small Animal Medicine B
Improve clinical skills required to manage cases in the Small Animal Service including comprehensive histories, preforming complete physical examinations, obtaining samples, interpreting results, conducting special procedures and assisting faculty and residents in the diagnosis, prevention, management and treatment of disease.
DVM467 - Small Animal Outpatient Medicine
Exposure to general medicine outpatient cases and to develop a practical, problem oriented approach to routine medical issues presenting in general practice.
DVM469 - California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory
Overview of how CAHFS interfaces with the production animal industry and practitioners. Understanding of the laboratory approach to the diagnosis of predominately production animal diseases.
DVM470 - Food Animal Preceptorship
Individual animal medicine and surgery as well as herd reproductive programs on the farm. A regular client base with a variety of species is served: dairy cattle, beef cattle, goats and sheep.
DVM471 - Livestock Medicine
Hands-on clinical experience diagnosing, treating, and managing medical and surgical diseases of primary care and referral cases involving dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, dairy goats, meat goats, and pigs.
DVM472 - Livestock Reproduction
Exposure to individual animal medicine and surgery as well as herd reproductive programs on the farm. A regular client base with a variety of species is served: dairy cattle, beef cattle, goats and sheep.
DVM473 - Dairy Production Medicine
Advanced training and experience in a clinical dairy health and production medicine delivery system. Exposure to contemporary dairy production and population medicine programs. Develop ability to communicate with producers and farm employees.
DVM474 - Equine Emergency Critical Care Medicine
In-depth training and hands-on experience in various facets of equine emergency case management, including the diagnosis, management, and treatment of both equine emergency medical and surgical patients.
DVM475 - Laboratory Animal Medicine
Provide exposure to various management activities and techniques used by laboratory animal veterinarians both antemortem & postmortem to support animal research primarily involving rodents but may include many vertebrates from fish to non-human primates.
DVM476 - Large Animal Anesthesia
Advanced training and experience in anesthetic management, acute care problem-solving and decision-making of healthy and physiologically stressed large animal patients.
DVM477 - Large Animal Radiology
Training in the art of making quality radiographs of large animal patients and interpreting radiographic studies.
DVM478 - Large Animal Ultrasonography
Hands-on experience in the ultrasonographic diagnosis of primarily musculoskeletal injuries and abdominal disorders in horses and the occasional non-equine patient.
DVM479 - Small Animal Emergency PM
Emergency practice includes the immediate recognition, evaluation, and care of patients with acute illness and injury.
DVM480 - Neurology/Neurosurgery
Provide specialized veterinary care for animals with neurological diseases; i.e., disorders of the brain, inner ear, spinal cord, and vertebrae and diseases affecting muscles, nerves and the neuromuscular junction
DVM481 - Nutrition
Advanced training and experience in the principles and practice of small animal clinical nutrition.
DVM482 - Oncology
Advanced training and experience in diagnosis, staging, medical management, and prognostication of cancer in animal patients.
DVM483 - Ophthalmology
Ongoing education, training, and experience in an ophthalmic specialty practice dealing with companion and exotic species. Learn to take histories related to ocular problems, to competently examine an eye, and to perform basic diagnostic procedures.
DVM484 - Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
Lameness examinations and treatments for all orthopedic diseases to include osteoarthritis, developmental diseases, trauma-induced injuries and cancer. Both medical and surgical treatments are used and presented to owners in an evidenced based fashion.
DVM485 - Anatomic Pathology
Advanced training and experience to develop a general understanding of the nature of common pathologic lesions and their interpretation in light of clinical history. Postmortem techniques and practice in writing descriptions of gross lesions.
DVM486 - Primate Medicine
Acquire skills to perform physical examinations, blood collection, cystocentesis, catheter placement, fluid therapy, basic wound care, bandaging, suturing, amputations, and orogastric tube feedings.
DVM487 - Radiation Oncology
Staging and treatment of patients with cancer and use of radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer in companion animals. Management of clinical patients, the indications for radiation therapy and technical aspects treatment planning and dose calculations.
DVM488 - Shelter Medicine
Exposure to all areas in a variety of shelters in the Sacramento and Bay Area. Accompany Shelter Medicine Program personnel on consultations; depending on schedule.
DVM489 - Physical Rehabilitation
Participate in physical rehabilitation evaluation to diagnose movement dysfunction, design and effectively implement an evidence-based treatment plan to restore, maintain or enhance optimal physical function after injury, surgery or disability. Emphasis on development of observation and manual assessment skills.
DVM490 - Small Animal Anesthesia
Experience in anesthetizing small animals in a clinical setting.
DVM491 - Small Animal Emergency AM
Emergency practice includes the immediate recognition, evaluation, and care of patients with acute illness and injury.
DVM492 - Small Animal ICU
Gain and demonstrate competence in both the immediate and ongoing care of a diverse group of critically ill small animal patients. Gain proficiency in invasive procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, stabilization of the respiratory distress patient and hemodynamic stabilization.
DVM493 - Small Animal Medicine A
Improve clinical skills required to manage cases in the Small Animal Service including comprehensive histories, preforming complete physical examinations, obtaining samples, interpreting results, conducting special procedures and assisting faculty and residents in the diagnosis, prevention, management and treatment of disease.
DVM494 - Small Animal Radiology
Participate in technical aspects of producing radiographs, interpreting radiographic and other diagnostic imaging studies and performing diagnostic ultrasound exams.
DVM495 - Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
Participate in management of cases referred for advanced surgical techniques to include all aspects of case management from hospital admission to discharge including daily case rounds.
DVM496 - Behavior
Understand the importance of behavior in companion animal practice, primarily that of dogs and cats. Apply the knowledge to prevent and treat problematic behaviors in companion animals.
DVM497 - Research
Research rotations are designed for combined degree students who require a period of time (up to 12 weeks) to complete a discrete portion of their thesis work.
DVM498 - Fish Health
Focus on the application of basic fish health principles to address current problems as experienced by fish as held for research, as large populations in state fish hatcheries and as part of the collection of large public/private aquaria.
DVM499 - Zoological Medicine
Experience in order to become proficient in performing physical examinations and collecting diagnostic samples form a variety of non-domestic animals. Majority of the rotations spent providing patient care at the Sacramento Zoo.