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Concurrent DVM Cerificate Programs

Certificates provide an opportunity for currently enrolled DVM students to receive additional credentialing at graduation. Certificate programs include a set number of core and elective courses, demonstrated competence in clinical skills, and additional co-curricular experiences in specific professional areas.

Food Animal Veterinary Certificate

The Food Animal Veterinary Certificate (FAVC) will prepare DVM students for long-term success in food animal veterinary practice by incorporating skills in varied areas including animal health, production medicine, practice management, and client communications which go beyond the content of the core DVM curriculum.  Graduates will become part of a veterinary workforce capable of meeting the needs of livestock producers in a sustainable practice environment.


  • Three required courses:
    • VCS 891 Elective Topics:  Production Medicine (1cr)
    • VCS 901 Clinical Externship:  Food animal focus (2cr)
    • VCS 917 Rural Business Management (1cr)
  • Four credits of the following pre-clinical electives:
    • VCS 891 Elective Topics:  Basics of Bovine Theriogenology (1cr)
    • VCS 891 Elective Topics:  Bovine Palpation (1cr)
    • VCS 891 Elective Topics:  Issues in Rural Practice (1cr)
    • VCS 891 Elective Topics:  Rural Practice Management (1cr)
    • VDMP 891 Elective Topics:  Herd Disease Outbreak Investigation (2cr)
    • VDMP 816 Trade and Agricultural Health (2cr)
    • VCS 891 Elective Topics:  Ecotoxicology (1cr)
    • VDMP 888 Globalization and food trade (1cr)
  • Six credits of the following clinical rotations:
    • VCS 913 Advanced Feedlot production medicine (2cr)
    • VCS 915 Advanced Cow Calf production medicine (2cr)
    • VCS 919 Food Animal Reproduction (2cr)
    • VDMP 911 Dairy Production Medicine (3cr)
    • VCS 901 Clinical Externship: Food animal focus (additional 1-6cr)
    • VCS 947 Advanced Bovine Palpation (2cr)
    • Relevant course at another academic institution*
  • Core experiences:
    • Member of at least one national food animal veterinary professional association
    • Complete required procedure log
    • Complete required number of procedures from elective procedure log
    • Documented proficiency at core clinical skills during DVM core coursework 
    • College-wide seminar presentation of accumulated experiences and selected case management  

View the Food Animal Veterinary Certificate guide (pdf)