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Focus Area – Mixed Animal Practice

This focus area is designated for the student who would like to have a broad clinical education. Each student will choose an advisor, who will help to guide the choices among the selectives and electives.

Focus Area Leader

Kelli Ferris, DVM

Assistant Clinical Professor, General Practice
Director, Community-Campus Partnership

Contact:

kkferris@ncsu.edu

Thomas Van Dyke, DVM

Assistant Clinical Professor

Contact:

trvandyk@ncsu.edu

Advisors

You may choose an advisor from any practice area. Be sure that the individual knows that you are interested in mixed animal practice, so that you can design a suitable plan of study.

Steps to pursue a focus in mixed animal practice

  • Identify an advisor
  • Take selectives that will give you a broad background and that will allow you get into your desired 4th year rotations
  • Plan your summer experiences in mixed animal practice to confirm that you enjoy this area of practice
  • Take the required 4th year rotations. Plan your elective blocks to gain additional experience in areas of interest.

Year 1-3 Courses

Required

Selectives and electives will be chosen with the guidance of the advisor. There are no required selectives for this focus area. Please note, however, that some senior rotations have prerequisite selective or electives that must be completed if the student wishes to take the senior rotation.

Recommended

Selectives and electives will be chosen with the guidance of the advisor. There are no required selectives for this focus area. Please note, however, that some senior rotations have prerequisite selective or electives that must be completed if the student wishes to take the senior rotation.

Year 4 Required Rotations

Clinical Year Requirements below are for all classes BEFORE the Class of 2023.

REQUIRED

  • VMB 976: Radiology
  • VMB 977: Anesthesia
  • VMP 977: Autopsy/Clinical Pharmacology
  • VMP 978: Clinical Pathology
  • VMC 971: SA Medicine (2 blocks)
  • VMC 994: SA Extramural
  • VMC 975: Equine Surgery
  • VMC 979: Equine Medicine
  • VMC 939: Small Animal Primary Care

ONE SURGERY:

  • VMC 973G: Small Animal Surgery
  • VMC 973O: Small Animal Orthopedics

ONE EMERGENCY:

  • VMC 960: Small Animal Emergency
  • VMC 966: Equine Emergency

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • VMC 972: Cardiology
  • VMC 983: Dermatology
  • VMC 984: Neurology
  • VMC 980: Oncology
  • VMC 982A: Ophthalmology
  • VMB 976A: Ultrasound

THREE OF THE FOLLOWING (FA/EQUINE ROTATIONS, CAN REPEAT; EPC COUNTS AS 2):

  • VMP 982: Poultry Hlth Mgnt I
  • VMP 983: Poultry Hlth Mgnt II
  • VMP 984: Swine Medicine I
  • VMP 985: Swine Medicine II
  • VMP 970: Ruminant Hlth Mgnt I
  • VMP 972: Ruminant Hlth Mgnt II
  • VMP 987: Ruminant Special Topics
  • VMP 990F: Extramural – Food Animal/Mixed
  • VMP 990E: Extramural – Equine
  • VMC 940: Theriogenology
  • VMC 949: Equine Primary Care
  • VMC 974: Equine Dentistry & Podiatry


Clinical Year Requirements below effective for the Class of 2023 and subsequent classes. For questions about past requirements, please consult Student Services.

Required

  • VMB 976: Radiology
  • VMB 977: Anesthesia
  • VMP 977: Autopsy/Clinical Pharmacology
  • VMP 978: Clinical Pathology
  • VMC 971: SA Medicine (2 blocks)
  • VMC 994: SA Extramural
  • VMC 939: Gen. Limited SAP

ONE Surgery:

  • VMC 973G: Small Animal Surgery
  • VMC 973O: Small Animal Orthopedics
  • VMC 975: Equine Surgery

ONE Emergency:

  • VMC 960: Small Animal Emergency
  • VMC 966: Equine Emergency

Two of the Following:

  • VMC 972: Cardiology
  • VMC 983: Dermatology
  • VMC 984: Neurology
  • VMC 980: Oncology
  • VMC 982A: Ophthalmology
  • VMB 976A: Ultrasound

Three of the Following (Fa/Equine Rotations, Can Repeat; Epc Counts as 2):

  • VMP 982: Poultry Hlth Mgnt I
  • VMP 983: Poultry Hlth Mgnt II
  • VMP 984: Swine Medicine I
  • VMP 985: Swine Medicine II
  • VMP 970: Ruminant Hlth Mgnt I
  • VMP 972: Ruminant Hlth Mgnt II
  • VMC 940: Theriogenology
  • VMC 979: Equine Medicine
  • VMC 949: Equine Primary Care

One Fa/Mixed Animal or Equine Externship

  • VMP 990E: Extramural: Equine
  • VMP 990F: Extramural FA/Mixed

Other Experiences

Summer practice experiences should be arranged to gain experience in the particular practice areas the student wishes to incorporate into a mixed practice.  Consult your advisor.

Recent/Current Number of Mixed Animal Practice Focused Students

  • Class 2013: 5
  • Class 2014: 11
  • Class 2015: 9
  • Class 2016: 14
  • Class 2017: 13
  • Class 2018: 10
  • Class 2019: 13
  • Class 2020: 10
  • Class 2021: 8
  • Class 2022: 14
  • Class 2023: 8
  • Class 2024: 0 declared to date