LACS Clerkships in the Professional Curriculum

VEM 5730: Practice Based Equine Clerkship – 2 credits. The purpose of this course is to provide students with additional and advanced on-farm primary care experience with horses in physical examinations, diagnosis, treatment, herd health, routine surgery and practice management.

Course Coordinator – Dr. S. DeNotta


VEM 5733: Core Large Animal Medicine Clerkship – 2 credits. Encourage students to apply the basic physiology, pathology, pharmacology, etc. learned in the first 2 phases of the curriculum to clinical cases. Provide in depth discussion of some of the more common diseases affecting the domestic large animal species (equine, bovine, caprine, ovine, camelid, porcine). Also provide exposure to client and professional communications.

Course Coordinator – Dr. R. MacKay


VEM 5735: Core Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service Clerkship (FARMS) – 2 credits. Clinical experience is provided in medicine, surgery and epidemiology of bovine (beef and dairy), ovine and porcine species. Herd and individual animal history taking, physical examination, diagnostic methods, treatment and management of patients are the core of instruction.

Course Coordinator – Dr. O. Rae 


VEM 5737: Core Large Animal Surgery Clerkship – 2 credits. Clinical experience in surgery of equine, bovine, porcine, camelid and ovine species. History taking, physical examination and pre-and post-operative management of hospital patients and out patients.

Course Coordinator – Dr. A. Smith 


VEM 5830: Advanced Practice Based Equine Clerkship – 2 credits. Practice Based Equine Clerkship – 2 credits. The purpose of this course is to provide students with additional and advanced on-farm primary care experience with horses in physical examinations, diagnosis, treatment, herd health, routine surgery and practice management.

Course Coordinator – Dr. S. DeNotta


VEM 5833: Advanced Large Animal Medicine Clerkship – 2 credits. Encourage students to apply the basic physiology, pathology, pharmacology, etc learned in the first 2 phases of the curriculum to clinical cases. Provide in depth discussion of some of the more common diseases affecting the domestic large animal species (equine, bovine, caprine, ovine, camelid, porcine). Also provide exposure to client and professional communications.

Course Coordinator – Dr. R. MacKay


VEM 5835: Elective Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service Clerkship (FARMS) – 2 credits. This elective course provides an advanced clinical experience in medicine, surgery and epidemiology of bovine (beef and dairy), ovine and porcine species. Herd and individual animal history taking, physical examination, diagnostic methods, treatment and management of patients are the core of instruction. Advanced student involvement and participation are expected.

Course Coordinator – Dr. O. Rae


VEM 5836: Special Elective Food Animal Production Medicine Clerkship – 2 credits. Advanced clinical instruction regarding food animal medicine, surgery and epidemiology. Students are assigned specific and challenging case work-ups to be developed in depth over the rotation period. Time and diagnostic resources and tools are made available to solve cases and establish recommendation for management of the case challenge.

Course Coordinator – Dr. O. Rae


VEM 5837: Advanced Large Animal Surgery Clerkship – 2 credits. Clinical experience in surgery of equine, bovine, porcine, camelid and ovine species. History taking, physical examination and pre-and post-operative management of hospital patients and out patients.

Course Coordinator – Dr. D. Freeman


VEM 5885: Advanced Theriogenology Clerkship – 2 credits. The primary emphasis of this clerkship is to teach fundamentals of veterinary reproduction. The horse will be used as a focus species with a comparative aspect of small animal reproduction and non-equine large animal species. Principles reviewed will include anatomy and physiology, estrous cycles, breeding soundness, breeding management, infertility, pregnancy detection, pregnancy management/abnormalities of parturition and postpartum care.

Course Coordinator – Dr. A. Kelleman


VEM 5892: Special Projects – 2 credits. Clinical or research experience augmenting the core clerkships.

Course Coordinator – Variable; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. 


VEM 5894: Practice Management Clerkship – 2 credits. Practice Management is centered on the intensive business evaluation of veterinary practices. Students will use principles learned in the classroom and apply them to “real world” circumstances with the supervision and assistance of the course instructors. Students will interview practice owners, apply one or more analytical tools to evaluate problems and provide corrective recommendations and plans. At the end of the evaluation, cohesive business recommendations will be formulated for practice owners based on observations and financial analysis.

Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Mallicote