Veterinary Medicine Curriculum

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.

Course Descriptions in WSU catalog

First Year

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

Fall Semester

  • Animals, society, and the veterinarian
  • Veterinary microscopic anatomy
  • Veterinary anatomy I
  • Veterinary cell physiology
  • Animal Handling and Orientation
  • Principles of surgery
  • Introduction to clinics

Spring Semester

  • Veterinary anatomy II
  • Veterinary physiology
  • 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

  • Veterinary toxicology
  • Veterinary parasitology
  • Veterinary medicine and human health
  • Clinical communication
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical anesthesiology
  • Radiology
  • Emerging and exotic diseases of animals
  • 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

Spring Semester

  • Clinical specialties
  • Practicum
  • Small animal medicine II
  • Agricultural animal medicine II
  • Theriogenology
  • Large animal surgery
  • Veterinary clinical nutrition

Fourth Year / Clinical Rotations

The fourth, or clinical, year of the program encompasses the calendar year period from May (immediately following the end of the third year) to May of the next year.

Continue reading about the Clinical Rotations.