Equine Option

**Equine option students, VCS 457 and 464 each must be taken at least once.  One of the courses satisfies the overall required block requirement, the other satisfies the equine option requirement.

Required Block: (Total 20 Credits required of all students)

Course Title Credits
VCS 453 Small Animal Medicine I and II 2
VCS 455 or VCS 456 Small Animal Soft Tisse or Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery 2
VCS 457/VCS 464/VCS 458 Equine Medicine (457)/Equine Field Service (464)/Equine Surgery (458)
(must have one equine course as assigned by the schedule optimizer)
VCS 460 Radiology 2
VCS 463 Primary Care 2
VCS 466 Anesthesiology 2
VCS 468 Intensive Care/Emergency Med 4
VDPAM 477 Food Animal Medicine and Surgery 2
VPTH 456 and 457 Necropsy and Clinical Pathology (Taken together as one 2-week block) 2
VCS 495 Seminar (non-credit) R

Required courses for Equine Option = 6 credits:

Course Title Credits required for equine option (total credits: 6**) Credits
VCS 457 Equine Medicine 2 (unless taken to satisfy core requirement above)** 2
VCS 458 Equine Surgery 2 (unless taken to satisfy core requirement above)** 2
VCS 464 Equine Field Services 2 (unless taken to satisfy core requirement above)** 2
VDPAM 471E Equine Reproduction   2

**NOTE: For Equine Option students, the following rotations must all be taken at least once: Equine Medicine (VCS 457), Equine Surgery (VCS 458), and Equine Field Services (VCS 464).  One of these rotations fulfills the core equine requirement, the other 2 rotations fulfill requirements of the Equine Option.

Selective choices (Total = 12 credits required):

Selectives can usually be taken more than once. Choose from the list below.

Course Title Credits
VCS 447 Equine Veterinary Diagnostic Skills 2
VCS 452 Dermatology (repeatable by permission) 2
VCS 457 Equine Medicine 2
VCS 458 Equine Surgery 2
VCS 464 Equine Field Services 2
VCS 465 Farrier 2
VCS 469 Ophthalmology 2
VDPAM 471C Comparative Reproduction 2
VDPAM 471E Equine Reproduction 2
VCS 476E Equine Anesthesia 2
VCS 481 Equine Dentistry 2

Electives: 6 credits required

Electives may include external experiences for credit (i.e., preceptorships) that fulfill the requirements for VCS 419, VCS 437, or VCS 482 (Preceptorships in small animal, equine or zoo and exotics) or VDPAM preceptorships (VDPAM 420, 424, 479, 482, or 485) or any rotations offered in the 4th year. Preceptorships must follow guidelines to qualify for credit.
Additional Time Off (Total = 4 blocks [8 weeks]): This time will fall randomly throughout the schedule to allow time for interviews, unapproved preceptorships, additional rotations and/or personal time.

Equine Option credit summary:

Required = 20, Option required = 6, Selectives = 12, Electives = 6

Total = 44