Small Animal Option

**Small animal option students, VCS 455 and 456 each must be taken at least once.  One of the courses satisfies the overall required block requirement, the other satisfies the small animal option requirement.

Required Block: (Total 20 Credits required of all students)

Course Title Credits
VCS 7453 Small Animal Medicine 2
VCS 7455 or VCS 7456 Small Animal Soft Tissue or Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery (as assigned by the schedule optimizer) 2
VCS 7457/VCS 7464/VCS 7458 Equine Medicine (7457)/Equine Field Service (7464)/Equine Surgery (7458)
(must have one equine course as assigned by the schedule optimizer)
VCS 7460 Radiology 2
VCS 7463 Primary Care 2
VCS 7466 Anesthesiology 2
VCS 7468 Intensive Care/Emergency Med 4
VDPAM 7477 Food Animal Medicine and Surgery 2
VPTH 7456 and 7457 Necropsy and Clinical Pathology (Taken together as one 2-week block) 2
VCS 7495 Seminar (non-credit) R

Required courses for Small Animal Option ONLY= 6 credits:

Course Title Credits
VCS 7453 Small Animal Medicine  2
VCS 7455 or VCS 7456** Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery or Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery 2
VCS 7469 Ophthalmology 2

Selective Choices (Total = 0 credits required):

There are no selectives required for this track.

Electives (Total = 18 credits required):

Electives strongly recommended by the VCS Curriculum Committee for students planning on entering small animal or mixed animal practice include:

Course Title Credits
VCS 7409 Oncology 2
VCS 7441 Canine Rehabilitation 2
VCS 7446 Neurology 2
VCS 7452 Dermatology 2
VCS 7475 Cardiology 2
VCS 7482 Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery (not currently offered) 2

Electives may include external experiences for credit including: shelter medicine external electives (VCS 7459 and VCS 7437) and VCS 7423 zoo preceptorships; preceptorships at private, corporate, ISU-affiliated, or public practices/institutions that fulfill the requirements for VCS 7419 (Preceptorships in small animal or equine) for a maximum of 6 credits; and/or any other course offered by the College. Preceptorships, defined as learning experiences or time spent at a veterinary practice away from the College, must follow course guidelines to qualify for credit.

Students may repeat any course offered in the general core, required small animal track, or electives one additional time (above that required) for credit, depending upon availability and with permission of the instructor-of-record for that clinical rotation unless otherwise noted in the ISU Catalog. 

Unscheduled Time Off (Total = 4 blocks [8 weeks]): This time will fall randomly throughout the schedule to allow time for interviews, unapproved preceptorships, additional rotations and/or personal time.

Small Animal Option credit summary:

Required = 20, Option required = 6, Selectives = 0, Electives = 18

Total = 44