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VMP 990 – Large Animal Community Classroom


Successfully complete at least one (1) rotation as follows before VMP 990 can be taken:

  • Equine Focus: 1 required rotation in the veterinary teaching hospital
  • Food Animal Focus: 1 rotation in any food animal course
  • Mixed Animal Focus: 1 rotation in either a food animal or equine course in the veterinary teaching hospital
  • Offshore Students: 2 in-house rotations relative to the appropriate species
    • **Offshores will only be permitted to register for the course with the approval of the course coordinator

Required Documentation

  • Due to Student Services ONE MONTH BEFORE the experience begins:
  • Due to Student Services ONE MONTH AFTER the experience ends:
      • Supervisor Evaluation
      • Free Text Practice Evaluation [one-page free text eval of the experience]
      • Case Log [signed by supervising veterinarian prior to leaving the externship]

Students are responsible for setting up their own externship experiences and completing all paperwork within the required deadlines. The sign-up/drop deadline is at least one month before the start of the experience. Some experiences must be scheduled years ahead of time.

If a student is scheduled for an externship experience but fails to formally approve the experience by submitting the required Registration Form within the stated deadlines, the student will be dropped from the block and required to schedule another rotation in its place.

If a student completes an externship experience but fails to submit the required paperwork within the stated deadlines, an unsatisfactory grade will be recorded.

Optional Documentation (may be required depending on location)

Course Description

The course is a required (food animal focus area) or recommended (equine focus area, mixed animal focus area) rotation for senior veterinary students to participate in a large animal private practice or experience to: a) enhance and learn clinical, technical and manipulative skills; b) develop more effective client communication skills and time management; and c) observe elements of small business management, including personnel deployment and professional financial interactions with private clients or those engaged in agribusiness.

Students have the opportunity to choose a particular private veterinary practice, a specific course at another veterinary college or institute, or corporate practice to work under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian engaged in food animal/rural, equine or mixed practice. There is an extensive Participating Practices List (Internal Use Only). Students can suggest and provide reasons for identifying another practice or experience not included in the database.

Course Requirements

  • This is a two-week practice experience at one practice or location. Split weeks at two different practices will not be approved.
    • Students should be present at the practice/experience for the extent of the rotation; for example, students should report activities for at least 10 days of a two-week rotation, during which time appointments are scheduled or procedures performed.
    • The veterinarian can expect involvement in after-hours emergency duties and has the option to request participation in weekend duties if these form part of the normal practice activities.
  • The course is not open for blocks 1, 2, and 24.

Restrictions & Extenuating Circumstances

Externship Restrictions

  • Students cannot be matched to a practice in which a family member (parent, spouse, sibling, etc.) is an owner or employee.
  • Only 1 student will be approved for the same single-handed practice at any time.
  • Students cannot be paid for work done during an extramural experience. The student is responsible for all travel, lodging, and meal expenses. Students may accept food and lodging if offered.

Extenuating Circumstances

  • If a student has to leave an extramural experience because of extraordinary circumstances (sickness, safety concerns, ethical concerns, etc.), the student should contact the Course Coordinator or Associate Dean of Academic Affairs immediately.
    • If the experience is a required course (selective or clinical rotation), the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will work with the Course Coordinator to schedule a replacement experience.