DVM Curriculum

The MSU CVM curriculum is designed to prepare our students with the skills and abilities necessary to be successful in the field of veterinary medicine immediately following graduation. The curriculum is divided into two parts – Phase 1 and Phase 2. 

DVM Curriculum

DVM Electives (Phase II)


Phase 1

Students take notes during a lecturePhase 1 is comprised of lectures and labs in the first and second years of the program. All coursework in the first two years follows a set curriculum and is required for all students. This core instruction covers all the major domestic species and there are no tracking options, providing students with the strong foundation necessary to be successful in the clinical years of the program. 

Phase 2

A student and her instructor examine a kitten

Phase 2 is comprised of clinical rotations and electives in the students’ third and fourth years. We feel these hands-on clinical rotations prepare our students to be confident and capable veterinarians immediately upon graduation. Students spend time predominantly in our Animal Health Center, but also in other MSU CVM locations such as the Veterinary Specialty Center in west Starkville and Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Flowood, MS. In these locations, students work with a variety of species under the guidance, direction and supervision of faculty. 

During the fourth year, students have an abundance of elective opportunities. Students are allowed a minimum of 26 weeks of electives including up to 12 weeks of externships to further enhance their learning.