Below is an example of the core veterinary courses in our program. Additional elective courses are offered every semester. Clinical experiences are encouraged throughout all four years of the curriculum.

First year

The first year of the curriculum focuses ​on helping the students understand the healthy animal.

Fall semester

  • Veterinary Microscopic Anatomy
  • Veterinary Anatomy I
  • Veterinary Physiology I
  • Animal Handling and Orientation
  • Principles of Surgery
  • Animals, Society, and the Veterinarian
  • Introduction to Clinics

Spring semester

  • Veterinary Anatomy II
  • Veterinary Physiology II
  • Veterinary Neurology
  • Veterinary Immunology
  • General Pathology
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Introduction to Clinics

Second year

The second year is devoted to teaching diseases and the​ir causes.

Fall semester

  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Virology
  • Veterinary Bacteriology
  • Systemic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Diagnostic Challenge
  • Introduction to Clinics

Spring semester

  • Clinical Communication
  • Veterinary Toxicology
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Medicine and Human Health
  • Transboundary and Emerging Disease of Animals 
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Anesthesiology
  • Radiology
  • Introduction to Clinics

Third year

In the third year, students continue to learn about the principles of medicine and surgery.

Fall semester

  • Clinical Communication
  • Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Small Animal Medicine I
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Surgery Lab
  • Agricultural Animal Medicine I
  • Equine Medicine
  • Large Animal Surgery

Spring semester

  • Small Animal Medicine II
  • Clinical Specialties
  • Agricultural Animal Medicine II
  • Theriogenology
  • Theriogenology Lab
  • Veterinary Clinical Nutrition

Fourth-year clinical rotations

Clinical rotations begin in May at the end of year three. Students train alongside board-certified practitioners in the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, applying what they have learned in the classroom to care for patients.

  • Choose rotations in small animal, exotics, and large animal medicine
  • Expand your clinical training through regional externships
  • Gain experience in shelter medicine, community outreach, and agricultural animal opportunities

After completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) professional degree, candidates must take the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) to practice in the United States.