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Clinical Rotations

student working clinical rotations

Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is known for training career-ready veterinarians. 

Whether it is private practice, academia, biomedical research, military service, or some other aspect of veterinary medicine you want to pursue, you will be prepared at the completion of your clinical training.

Join the nearly 4,000 veterinarians who have learned from our dedicated and extremely knowledgeable faculty.

During 4th year clinical training, students work through 17 three-week rotations. 

Core rotations include:

  • Intensive Care
  • Radiology
  • Equine Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Community Practice
  • Small Animal Internal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Food Animal Medicine
  • Equine Surgery
  • Diagnostics

Electives vary and may include:

  • Shelter Animal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Pathology/Parasitology
  • Equine Theriogenology
  • ICU
  • Field Services
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ultrasound
  • Avian, Exotics and Zoo Medicine
  • Equine Medicine

Why Oklahoma State?

Oklahoma State University is known for graduating career-ready veterinarians. Students work on all species and have an opportunity to specialize through elective selections. Through our shelter-based spay/neuter and wellness program, each clinical year student participates in 60—80 procedures as primary or assisting surgeons or anesthesiologist.

OSU has a robust small animal clientele through its Community Practice, which is open to the public. OSU serves as a referral source for specialty care. With Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas within one hour driving distance, students have an opportunity to see a variety of cases—small, exotic and large animal.

OSU also has a strong theriogenology program for both small and large animals. Challenging breeding issues are often solved and at risk pregnancies are monitored through successful deliveries.

ct scanner

Diagnostic Imaging is now home to a 64-Slice CT Scanner that will even accommodate large animals.

Minimally invasive procedures are performed more and more. These unique procedures allow trained specialists to treat patients with minimal pain, less healing time and higher surgery success rates.

High tech equipment. A MRI, a new 64-slice CT scanner and other high tech equipment provide clinicians with the means to offer patients the best treatment.

Starting salaries. OSU trained private practice veterinarians graduating in 2017 reported starting salaries $6,000 higher than the national average.

Jobs in private practive. Of the 72 OSU graduates in 2017, 65 percent entered companion or mixed animal practice and eight percent entered food animal practice. Nationally, 54 percent of 2017 graduates entered companion or mixed animal practice compared with six percent who entered into food animal practice. 

OSU and Stillwater

The OSU main campus has a host of activities to enjoy. Whether you like working out at the nearby Colvin Center, attending cultural arts events or cheering on the OSU Cowboys and Cowgirls, there is plenty to do.

Stillwater is known as “America’s Friendliest College Town” complete with museums, shopping centers, and restaurants for everyone’s taste.

If you like the outdoors, there are camping facilities,  parks, walking and biking trails, and lakes nearby. There are also several public golf courses in the area and the crime rate is low.

Direct flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth are now available at Stillwater Regional Airport.

Take a video tour of Stillwater and learn more at About Stillwater.