Academics Tracking Options Mixed Species Track

Mixed Species Track photo: student examining a falcon.

Mixed Species Track

Varied and exciting career opportunities

Explore the challenges of medicine and the rewards of working with a combination of companion animals, horses, and food animals. The mixed animal track provides ideal training for veterinarians who treat a variety of species. Career options include:

  • Private practice and consultation
  • Specialty practice, requiring post-DVM advanced training through internship, residency, and board certification by veterinary specialty organization
  • Teaching and research
  • Regulatory medicine
  • Public health

Diverse courses designed to develop versatile practitioners

The mixed species track provides flexibility for exploring career options and defining the best suited path for individual talents and interests. Build a cafeteria-style course of study to focus on small animal, equine, and/or food animal medicine through tailored course selections from:

Extensive learning opportunities beyond the classroom

  • Comprehensive clinical experiences in a student-centered environment - The college's two equine hospitals, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. and the Harry T. Peters Large Animal Hospital in Blacksburg, Va., which includes the ambulatory Equine Field Service, emphasize hands-on student learning with two teams of specialized faculty and staff and two different horse-owning communities, which expose students to a large and diverse set of teachers, clients, and patients. The college’s Large Animal Hospital is home to one of the busiest ambulatory Food Animal Field Service units in the nation which provides on-the-farm primary and emergency patient care and preventive health care programs to approximately 45,000 animals per year. Experienced faculty and staff use a student-focused approach to provide hands-on learning through a large and diverse set of opportunities, patients, and clients.
  • Student organizations – Many student club activities supplement the curriculum with educational opportunities such as lectures and wet labs. Explore exotic animal medicine, alternative medicine, nutrition, and behavior in the Companion Animal Club, emergency medicine and critical care in the Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, all areas of equine medicine in the American Association of Equine Practitioners student chapter, and cattle, swine, sheep, goat, camelid, and poultry medicine in the Food Animal Practitioners Club.
  • Bovine palpation, colic, and foal watch teams - Join students dedicated to experiential learning and developing clinical skills. Members of the colic team have opportunities to observe clinicians responding to after-hours emergency colic cases and members of the foal watch team participate in shifts to ensure 24-hour surveillance for sick foals receiving care in our hospitals. Bovine palpation team members attend weekend labs to palpate cows to determine pregnancy and normal and abnormal structures in the reproductive system and some members are selected to represent the college in the palpation competition at the national Student AVMA symposium in the spring each year.
  • Practitioner and faculty mentors - In the first three years of the program, students are able to shadow large animal hospital and food animal field service faculty during weekend and emergency hours and make weekend visits to practices of some of our referring veterinarians for additional mentoring and clinical experience. Students also receive mentorship from regional practitioners, many of them VA-MD Vet Med alumni, through the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and Maryland Veterinary Medical Association Mentor Program.
  • Pet Loss Support Hotline - Join students dedicated to providing compassionate service to clients in need. Pet Loss Support Hotline volunteers receive formal training and provide support to clients grieving the loss of a beloved pet.
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