Students

Fourth Year Curriculum

COURSES AVAILABLE IN ALL  QUARTERS
Title Type Units Description  
DVM449 Elective 1.5 units/week Externship Prerequisite: fourth-year standing in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Approved program of study to receive training and experience outside the School of Veterinary Medicine. Opportunities include private practice and provide students with first-hand experiences in diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities and management and business methods in the private sector.
DVM450 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Core 1.5 units/week Clinical Pathology Focus on the practical use and application of laboratory testing in a practice setting to facilitate optimal management of patients.
DVM452 Elective 1.5 units/week SA Community Practice 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 Elective 1.5 units/week SA Comm 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 Elective 1.5 units/week CAPE 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Dentistry Examination, diagnosis and treatment of small animals presenting with oral or dental diseases.
DVM456 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Equine Surgery ICU 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.
DVM459 Elective 1.5 units/week Equine Field Service On-farm practical experience in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of equine disease problems.
DVM460 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Eq 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Farrier Shop Introduction to the normal structure and function of the equine foot. Principles of corrective shoeing for many lameness disorders. 
DVM464 Elective 1.5 units/week SA Comm Surgery CCAH Exposure to general medicine outpatient cases and to develop a practical, problem oriented approach to routine medical issues presenting in general practice.
DVM465 Elective 1.5 units/week Eq 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week SA 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Livestock 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Livestock  Reproduction Students will participate in dairy reproduction field calls and receive extensive practical experience with rectal palpation and computerized dairy health records.  The service is also involved in herd health programs for goats, sheep, and beef cattle.
DVM473 Elective 1.5 units/week Dairy Production Med 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Equine Medicine ICU 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Lab 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Large Animal Anesthesia The objectives of this clinic are to encourage and provide additional time for the development and proficiency in large animal anesthesia/critical patient care methodology.  We will also encourage proficiency in anesthesia and acute care problem-solving and decision-making through supervised case management of healthy and physiologically stressed patients, attendance at rounds and seminars, and the use of related training aids and audiovisual equipment.
DVM477 Elective 1.5 units/week Large Animal Radiology Training in the art of making quality radiographs of large animal patients and interpreting radiographic studies.
DVM478 Elective 1.5 units/week Lrge Ani Ultrasonagraphy Hands-on experience in the ultrasonographic diagnosis of primarily musculoskeletal injuries and abdominal disorders in horses and the occasional non-equine patient.
DVM479 Elective 1.5 units/week Smll Ani Emergency PM Emergency practice includes the immediate recognition, evaluation, and care of patients with acute illness and injury.
DVM480 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Nutrition Advanced training and experience in the principles and practice of small animal clinical nutrition.
DVM482 Elective 1.5 units/week Oncology Advanced training and experience in diagnosis, staging, medical management, and prognostication of cancer in animal patients. 
DVM483 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Small Ani Ortho 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 Core 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Smll Ani Anesthesia Experience in anesthetizing small animals in a clinical setting.
DVM491 Elective 1.5 units/week Smll Ani Emergency AM Emergency practice includes the immediate recognition, evaluation, and care of patients with acute illness and injury.
DVM492 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Smll Ani 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 Elective 1.5 units/week Small Animal Radiology Participate in technical aspects of producing radiographs, interpreting radiographic and other diagnostic imaging studies and performing diagnostic ultrasound exams.
DVM495 Elective 1.5 units/week Smll Ani Soft Tissue Sur 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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 Elective 1.5 units/week 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.