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Clinical Competency Requirements for Class of 2010


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Every Veterinary Student Must Get Signed Off on the Following Tasks

Husbandry/Restraint/Routine Client Education skills

Physical exam skills

Orthopedic (lameness) exam on a small animal patient and a horse, including naming and identification of all major joints, recognizing normal angles and range of motion for major joints and the hoof, use of a goniometer, use of a hoof tester , use of a hoof pick, use of a hoof gauge, flexion tests, thigh circumference measurement in dog

Neurologic exam small animal patient, horse, must demonstrate:

Reproductive exam

Sample taking

Radiology, Necropsy, Clinical Pathology

Basic medicine skills, experience, problem solving and case management

Anesthesia and pain management, patient welfare

Assist intubation of one bird species, one reptile species, and one small mammal other than dog or cat.


Basic surgery skills, experience, and case management

Emergency and intensive care case management

•  Demonstrate thoracocentesis in small animal patient

•  Demonstrate abdominocentesis in small animal patient

•  Demonstrate CPR for a small animal patient

•  Demonstrate working knowledge of cardiac resuscitation drugs and goals for a small animal patient

•  Outline steps for resusciation of either a large or small animal in hypovolemic or septic shock including: goals of therapy, fluid therapy (choice of fluid, rate and amount, IV catheter choice), drug therapy and monitoring response of therapy.

Health promotion, disease prevention, zoonosis and food safety

Client communications and ethical conduct

Strong appreciation for the role of research in furthering the practice of veterinary medicine.

Each DVM student is required to have one research-related educational experience before graduation. Such experiences could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Being in the Clinician Scientist Focus Area, with completion of its research requirements.
  2. Performing a summer of approved research at NCSU or another institution.
  3. Research thesis option within Zoological Medicine Focus Area.
  4. Successful completion of a research-related selective (i.e. Intro to Research at the CVM, Molecular Medicine Initiative selectives, research selectives personally arranged or already existing such as Advanced Pathology)
  5. Attending a research-related conference and supplying a three-page report on the experience.
  6. Attending the annual CVM Research Forum and supplying a three-page report on the experience.
  7. Attending a research seminar at the CVM, elsewhere at NCSU or at another institution and writing a three-page report on the seminar and one related publication. (Attending clinical conference is not included.)
  8. Writing and submitting a research proposal to an extramural funding agency.
  9. Research experiences in Special Topics courses (i.e. Swine Medicine).


The following skills will be checked off in: