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Curriculum Structure - Clinical Year 

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Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) has established and is advancing a hybrid distributed community based educational model in which premier institutions partner in the education of future veterinarians. Prepared fourth year veterinary students rotate through select, high quality clinical affiliate sites where they obtain real world learning experiences from highly qualified veterinarians and other professionals.

The Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Year Curriculum

The 52 week LMU-CVM Clinical Year Curriculum consists of 44 weeks of hands-on clinical experiences comprising 11 four week rotations with the following make-up: 8 CORE rotations*, 3 elective rotations, a 4 week self-directed study block, 3 weeks of unscheduled clinical coursework in preparation of students continuing preparation and sitting for the NAVLE® and 1 week of post-clinical year assessment and overview. The 11 four week rotations are divided as follows:

  1. CVM770 Small Animal Clinical Practice*
  2. CVM770 Small Animal Clinical Practice*
  3. CVM771 Specialty Practice*
  4. CVM771 Specialty Practice*
  5. CVM772 SA Primary Care/Shelter – Knoxville*
  6. CVM773 Diagnostic Medicine Including Pathology – UK-VDL -Lexington*
  7. CVM774 DVTC Clinical Rotation – LMU-CVM*
  8. CVM775 Mixed Animal Practice*
  9. CVM780 Elective Clinical Rotation
  10. CVM780 Elective Clinical Rotation
  11. CVM780 Elective Clinical Rotation

Core rotations may be taken as electives. Two 2 week Externship Rotations (CVM778) may be taken in lieu of one elective rotation (CVM780). Also a NAVLE Preparation elective rotation is available on the LMU-CVM campus prior to the November-December NAVLE® window. All students will return to LMU-CVM at the end of the clinical year to participate in a 1 week assessment and evaluation of the program. All students have a 4 week block designated as a Self-Directed Study block where students have time to pursue career interests, study and seek career opportunities. Additionally all students have a 3 week block off from clinical rotations in order to study and sit for the November-December NAVLE®.  Elective rotations that meet necessary LMU-CVM standards and approval may be taken anywhere in North America or the world.

LMU-CVM Clinical Year Flexibility

Examples of LMU-CVM Clinical Year Curriculum Flexibility

All students are required to have their assigned LMU-CVM faculty advisor or an LMU-CVM career advisor review and approve their clinical year schedule.

Companion Animal Rotation Schedule 44 weeks of Clinical Rotations

CORE* Curriculum (32 weeks)

CVM770 – Small Animal (SA) General Practice* (2 rotations) 
CVM771 – Specialty Practice and/or Emergency & Critical Care* (2) 
CVM772 – SA Primary Care/Shelter Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry* – YWAC (1) – Knoxville 
CVM773 – Diagnostic Medicine including Pathology* – UKVDL (1) – Lexington
CVM774 – DVTC Clinical Rotation* (1) – LMU-CVM Campus 
CVM775 – Mixed Animal Practice Rotation* (1) 

Elective Rotations (12 weeks) 

Students can retake core* courses or have elective location/topic in student’s area of interest approved by LMU-CVM

Elective – 3 four week rotations
Elective – 2 four week rotations, Externship 2 two week rotations

Mixed Animal Rotation Schedule 44 weeks of Clinical Rotations 

CORE Curriculum (32 weeks) 

CVM770 – Small Animal (SA) General Practice* (1 rotation)
CVM771 – Specialty Practice and/or Emergency & Critical Care* (1 small animal rotation & 1 mixed/large/equine specialty rotation)
CVM772 – SA Primary Care/Shelter Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry* – YWAC (1)  – Knoxville 
CVM773 – Diagnostic Medicine including Pathology* – UKVDL (1)  – Lexington 
CVM774 – DVTC Clinical Rotation* (1) – LMU-CVM Campus 
CVM775 – Mixed Animal Practice Rotation* (2 rotations)

Elective Rotations (12 weeks)

Students can retake core* courses or have elective location/topic in student’s area of interest approved by LMU-CVM 

Elective – 3 four week rotations
Elective – 2 four week rotations, Externship 2 two week rotations

Food Animal Emphasis Rotation Schedule 44 weeks of Clinical Rotations

CORE Curriculum (32 weeks) 

CVM770 – Small Animal (SA) General Practice* (1 rotation)
CVM780 – Elective – Food Animal Rotation (1) 
CVM771 – Small Animal Specialty Practice and/or Emergency & Critical Care* (1)
CVM771 – Food Animal Specialty Practice (1) 
CVM772 – SA Primary Care/Shelter Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry* – YWAC (1) – Knoxville
CVM773 – Diagnostic Medicine including Pathology* – UKVDL (1) – Lexington
CVM774 – DVTC Clinical Rotation* (1) – LMU-CVM Campus 
CVM775 – Mixed Animal – Food Animal Practice Rotation* (1)

Elective Rotations (12 weeks) – all 12 weeks could all be at approved Large Animal Rotations

Students can retake core* courses or have elective location/topic in student’s area of interest approved by LMU-CVM

Elective – 3 four week rotations
Elective – 2 four week rotations, Externship 2 two week rotations

Equine Emphasis Rotation Schedule 44 weeks of Clinical Rotations

CORE Curriculum (32 weeks) 

CVM770 – Small Animal (SA) General Practice* (1 rotation)
CVM780 – Elective – Equine Rotation (1) 
CVM771 – Small Animal Specialty Practice and/or Emergency & Critical Care* (1)
CVM771 – Equine Specialty Practice (1) 
CVM772 – SA Primary Care/Shelter Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry* – YWAC (1) – Knoxville
CVM773 – Diagnostic Medicine including Pathology* – UKVDL (1) – Lexington
CVM774 – DVTC Clinical Rotation* (1) – LMU-CVM Campus 
CVM775 – Mixed Animal – Equine Practice Rotation* (1) 

Elective Rotations – 12 weeks – All 12 weeks could be at approved Equine Rotations

Students can retake core* courses or have elective location/topic in student’s area of interest approved by LMU-CVM

Elective – 3 four week rotations
Elective – 2 four week rotations, Externship 2 two week rotations

Research Emphasis Rotation Schedule 44 weeks of Clinical Rotations

CORE Curriclum (32 weeks) 

CVM770 – Small Animal (SA) General Practice* (2 rotations)
CVM771 – Specialty Practice and/or Emergency & Critical Care* (1)
CVM780 – Elective (1) designated research facility upon faculty approval 
CVM772 – SA Primary Care/Shelter Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry* – YWAC (1) – Knoxville
CVM773 – Diagnostic Medicine including Pathology* – UKVDL (1) – Lexington
CVM774 – DVTC Clinical Rotation* (1) – LMU-CVM Campus
CVM775 – Mixed Animal Practice Rotation* (1)

Elective Rotations (12 weeks) – All 12 weeks could be at approved Research Rotations

Students can retake core* courses or have elective location/topic in student’s area of interest approved by LMU-CVM

Elective – 3 four week rotations at approved research locations OR 1 eight week rotation & 1 four week rotation at approved research locations OR 1 twelve week rotation at an approved research location

 

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