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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:
    • CS 713: Production Medicine
    • CS 726 Clinical Externship: food animal focus
    • CS 774 Rural Business Management
  • Four credits of the following pre-clinical electives:
    • CS 778 Basics of Bovine Theriogenology (1cr)
    • CS 811 Bovine Palpation (1cr)
    • CS 811 Issues in Rural Practice (1cr)
    • CS 811 Rural Practice Management (1cr)
    • DMP 719 Herd Disease Outbreak Investigation (2cr)
    • DMP 816 Trade and Agricultural Health (2cr)
    • DMP 804 Ecotoxicology (1cr)
    • DMP 888 Globalization and food trade (1cr)
  • Six credits of the following clinical rotations:
    • CS 769 Advanced Feedlot production medicine (2cr)
    • CS 770 Advanced Cow Calf production medicine (2cr)
    • CS 780 Food Animal Reproduction (2cr)
    • DMP 825 Dairy Production Medicine (3cr)
    • CS 726 Clinical Externship: food animal focus (additional 1-6cr)
    • 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)