A University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine student holds her patient after surgery suite in the Ira M. "Gary" Gourley Clinical Teaching Center.
The DVM curriculum is in transition from the "Old Curriculum", implemented in 1990, to the "New Curriculum" implemented in 2011.
The Old Curriculum was innovative in design, with 75% of the didactic curriculum core material and 25% elective material. Students selected one of 9 clinical tracks, which also emphasized core and elective material. This enabled students to get a broad knowledge-base, with the ability to get in-depth knowledge in their area of interest.
The New Curriculum, embodying adult learning methodologies, is a student-centered, inquiry-based curriculum with material constructed as blocks. The first and second year are core for all students and designed mostly around body systems integrating anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, clinical pathology, imaging so students learn normal and abnormal together. In year 3, all students take a comparative stream whilst also choosing between small or large animal streams. After core large animal content, students will select a focus area of equine, livestock or zoologic. Having completed these streams, students will then move into the clinical portion of their training undertaken mostly in the VMTH but with opportunities for externships.