A Mixed Animal Option is one of four species specific tracks VM4 students can take in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students take a required block of courses which are multi-species oriented and exist in all types of clinical practice including radiology, primary care, anesthesiology, intensive care/emergency medicine, surgery (both small animal and food animal), and necropsy and clinical pathology. In addition, student rotations include instruction in small animal medicine, food animal medicine and equine medicine.

In addition, students in the Mixed Animal Option are required to take courses in dermatology, ophthalmology and clinical microbiology. Additional rotation choices are available and students may repeat some rotations. Fourth-year students also may use external experiences for credit including preceptorships in small animal, equine and food animal medicine as well as a preceptorship at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.

ISU CVM Facilities and Affiliated Facilities for VM4 Students in the Mixed Animal Option

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