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VMD Curriculum


The School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet), an integral part of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary university, exists to better the health and welfare of animals and humans. The synergy generated by Penn Vet’s interaction with the University community and the biomedical establishment in the Delaware Valley creates unique challenges and opportunities to excel in teaching, research and service.

Offering the VMD, Penn Vet is committed to innovative educational programs to train veterinarians and biomedical scientists; pioneer research and the discovery of new knowledge in the basic and applied sciences; and maintaining a strong commitment to specialized veterinary medical care and service.
Dr. Dean Richardson teaches students how to scrub and gown 

White Coat Ceremony 2017

Marking a turning point in their education and a shift toward more clinical studies, the Vet School's Class of 2017 took part in the White Coat Ceremony.


Featured Elective: Swine Husbandry

As our societies expand and population growth increases, the demand for meat protein will continue to rise. In this course, in addition to learning about general husbandry techniques currently used in the industry, students learn about alternative techniques currently in research at the Penn Vet Swine Unit and their welfare implications.

Core Curriculum

First Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Histological Basis of Pathology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cellular and Biochemical Foundation of Disease
  • Intro to Clinical Veterinary Medicine I (ICVM I)
  • Intro to Comparative Medical Research
  • Gross Anatomy (Cont.)
  • Neurosciences
  • Physiology
  • ICVM II
  • Intro to Comparative Medical Research (cont'd)
  • Neurosciences (Cont.)
  • Physiology (Cont.)
  • ICVM III
  • Introduction to Radiology
  • Nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Intro to Comparative Medical Research (cont'd)
Second Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • General and Systemic Pathology
  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Surgical Principles
  • Intro to Clinical Veterinary Medicine IV (ICVM IV)
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Intro Poultry/Swine/Dairy
  • Medicine/Surgery I
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Orthopedics
  • ICVM IV (cont'd)
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology (cont'd)
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Infectious & Metabolic Diseases
  • Medicine/Surgery I (cont'd)
  • Clinical Pathology (cont'd)
  • Anesthesia
  • Intro to Clinical Veterinary Medicine IV (ICVM IV) (cont'd)
Third Year
Fall Semester Quarter 2
 Quarter 3
Quarter 4
  • Vet. Medical Genetics
  • Reproduction
  • Med/Surg II
  • Vet. Ethical Issues
  • ICVM V
  • Clinical Exercises
  • Electives*
  • Med/Surg III
  • Dermatology
  • Clin Animal Behavior
  • Clinical Exercises(Cont'd)
  • Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals
  • ICVM V
  • Electives*

 NEW BOLTON CENTER

  • Large Animal Block Electives

PHILADELPHIA

  • Small Animal Block Electives
Fourth Year
Quarter 0 Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Rotations 1-8
  • Rotations 9-12
  • Rotations 13-16
  • Rotations 17-20
  • Rotations 21-25

 

Elective Curriculum

First Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Introduction to Wildlife Medicine I
  • One Health
  • Introduction to Wildlife Medicine II
  • One Health (cont'd)
  • Introduction to Wildlife Medicine II (Cont'd)
Second Year
Fall Semester Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  •  Intro to Animal Welfare
  • Ongoing Electives: Shelter Surgical Opportunities I-III
  • Equine Neonatology & Int. Care
  • One Health
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Equine Neonatology & Int. Care (Cont'd)
  • One Health
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
Third Year
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Ecological Epidemiology
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Epidemic Infectious Disease
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Hsbandry
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Diag. of Common Vet Intox.
  • Intro to Companion Avian Medicine
  • Professional Foundations
  • Pet Small Mammal Med/Surg
  • Ecotoxicology for Vets
  • Microbial Pathogenesis

Ongoing electives:

  • Shelter Surgical Opportunities I-III
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biology of Cancer and Degenerative Disease
  • Dis & Mng Sheep & GoatsAnimal Health Economics
  • Clinical Biostatistics
  • Eq. & Farm An. Anesthesia
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Intro to Reptile & Amphibian Medicine
  • Legal Issues for Veterinarians
  • Large Animal Medicine
  • Adv. Poultry Medicine
  • Dairy Cattle Nutrition
  • Large Animal Reproduction
  • Large Animal Reproduction
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Equine Lameness
  • Equine Orthopedics
  • Exercise Physiology Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging
  • Swine Neonatology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Large Animal Pathology
  • Small Animal Pediatrics
  • Topics in Neurology
  • Small Animal Clinical Nutrition
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Surgery/Anesthesia Lab.
  • Small Animal Anesthesia
  • Emergency/Crit. Care Med.
  • Small Animal Dentistry/Oral Surgery
  • Practice Management
  • Intro. to Shelter Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Critical Care Med.
  • Case Studies in Special Species
  • Advanced Cardiology
  • Advanced E & A
  • Clinical Appl. of Pharmacology
  • Swine Husbandry
  • Intro. to Fish Diseases
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine
Fourth Year
Quarter 0 Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • Rotations 1-8
  • Rotations 9-12
  • Rotations 13-16
  • Rotations 17-20
  • Rotations 21-25