The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine is 4 years long organized into 2 academics semesters per calendar year, and thus the program consists of a total of 8 semesters.
The pre-clinical portion of the DVM program encompasses Years 1-3 and the clinical program consists of one academic year of a series of clerkships (rotations) each 2-4 weeks in length.
The first year of the DVM program emphasizes structure and function, animal handling and restraint, and building clinical skills. The learning environment includes didactic teaching, on campus laboratory sessions, and experiential learning at partner institutions. In the second semester students learn general pathology and parasitology, and are encouraged to integrate acquired basic science knowledge and skills required to practice veterinary medicine.
The second year of the DVM program emphasizes morphological and physiological manifestations of disease focusing on infectious diseases. The learning environments include didactic teaching, on campus laboratory sessions, and experiential learning at partner institutions. Students continue developing professional and clinical skills and are engaged in activities that promote integration of basic and clinical sciences.
The third year of the DVM program emphasizes clinical medicine focusing on clinical signs, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention and treatment of common diseases of domestic animals.
The fourth year of the DVM program provides supervised opportunities for students to enhance professional and clinical skills. Students will experience clinical rotations at a variety of hospitals and other veterinary facilities with which the College will establish relationships. The fourth year consists of two (2) semesters of 16 weeks each. Of these 32 weeks, 22 are assigned to core supervised and evaluated clerkships.