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Prospective Clinical Students

St. George’s, St. Matthew’s & Ross Students

St. Matthew’s UniversitiesRoss University

The College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University provides an educational environment that prepares students for veterinary careers that are satisfying intellectually, professionally, and financially. The College attracts a variety of a diverse group of talented students. The educational and work environment is one where everyone is treated courteously and with respect, and where integrity is expected.

We welcome the students from Ross, St. George’s and St. Matthew’s Universities as you continue your education for your clinical year. It is our goal to see that you receive clinical training that will provide the knowledge and expertise needed as you enter the veterinary medical profession.

Once an agreement has been reached between your institution and the College of Veterinary Medicine on acceptance of students, you will be notified regarding the date for orientation by Joy Strickland, Clinical Coordinator (, 919-513-1413). An acceptance package with information you need prior to clinics will be forwarded to you.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is the responsibility of the student. Veterinary medicine is a relatively dangerous profession; you are always at risk of injury when working with the animals and are exposed to potential zoonotic diseases during the course of routine preclinical or clinical training. NCSU requires that all students have health insurance.


Immunization Requirements are followed by all students at NC State University. For more information go to Click on Student Activities and Services on the left side and go to Student Health Services – Immunization Requirements (REG11.45.3). If you have any questions, please call Student Health at 919.513.3285 for further information.

An Immunization & Medical History Form will be mailed to you as part of your acceptance package. You are required to complete the form and retrieve all necessary documents (NOTE: your immunization records do not transfer automatically from your university. You must request a copy).

Because you will be in direct contact with animals, your rabies vaccinations must be up-to-date prior to the start of your clinical year. You must show proof of rabies vaccinations, titer, or booster during the past two years before you can enter clinics. Your Tdap and MMR vaccinations must also be up-to-date. All immunization records/forms are due on the first day of Clinical Orientation.

**Off-Shore Students: since you have been living in an international location for an extended period of time, you are required to have a Tb skin test (PPD or TST) that has been administered and read at an appropriate medical facility within 12 months prior to the first day of clinics. A chest x-ray is required if the test is positive.

What do I wear and what supplies do I need?

A list of recommended supplies will be included in your acceptance package. The supplies you need will vary with each clinical rotation, but some of the necessary items are: long- and short-sleeved coveralls, 1 - 2 pairs; ciel-blue scrub sets, 2 - 5 pairs; lab coats, 2 - 3; thermometer, 1 - 2, fast is better-to-essential; stethoscope, small calculator, bandage scissors, hemostats for neurology; small notebooks; penlight; goniometer for orthopedics with Dr. Marcellin; fanny pack for anesthesia and large animal blocks; and snacks to leave in your locker for late nights.

During orientation you can purchase last-minute supplies from VETS (Veterinary Educational Textbooks Supplies), a not-for-profit, student-owned bookstore ( located on CVM's campus within walking distance of the hospital.

What is my clinical rotation schedule going to be?

The Clinical Coordinator will work with you to schedule your required rotations prior to the start of your clinical year. The schedules are formulated to balance the number of students in each rotation so that your educational experience will be optimized. All students are required to take the following requirements, with variation in length for each college:

Each student must complete 48 credits. Vacations are limited to 4 weeks maximum. Most rotations are two weeks in length, with an exception of 4 rotations that reach three weeks in length. If a vacation is taken in a rotation of three weeks, that will be the only vacation allowed. Extramural experiences located in the Caribbean must have prior approval by your College and the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Students may complete an evaluated extramural experience at a private practice. The experience requires supervision and evaluation by a licensed veterinarian in good standing, and the student should gain experience in diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and practice management. Other experiences may be chosen in the areas of public health, epidemiology or veterinary research. Questions about the suitability of an experience should be directed to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, office number A-232. We will work with you once you arrive to meet your rotation requests based upon availability.

Disability Accommodations

Please contact Joy Strickland at if you have a documented physical or learning disability and will be in our program.


Students on-call are required to be at the college within 20 minutes of notification. You are responsible for your housing and transportation during the clinical year. Several apartment complexes are situated within a few miles of the college. A non-comprehensive list of general housing opportunities has been compiled and is located here. If you have any questions concerning housing, please contact Joy Strickland, Clinical Coordinator (, 919-513-1413).


Parking permits "CC" may be purchased by students to park in the new deck located across from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Jeff Huckel, Director of Student Services, will be your contact at the CVM if you are interested in purchasing a parking permit.


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