Clinical Rotations at St. Nicholas University

It’s time to put your theory into practice as you begin your Clinical Rotations program with St. Nicholas University. This is where classroom knowledge truly comes alive as you gain invaluable hands-on experience working with animals under the guidance of experienced veterinarians.

Overview of the Clinical Training Program

The clinical training program at St. Nicholas University takes place during semesters 8-10 of our DVM program and spans over 45 weeks. 

It is designed to offer students supervised and evaluated practical training at our affiliated schools/colleges in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and locations in the Caribbean region.

This immersive experience allows SNU students to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, preparing them for a successful career in veterinary medicine.

Core Clinical Rotation

During your clinical training, you will be required to complete a minimum of 20 weeks in the “core” clinical curriculum. These core rotations are carefully designed to cover essential areas of veterinary medicine. Here are the key core rotations:

Elective Rotations and Externships

After completing the core rotations, you will have the opportunity to customize your clinical experience through elective rotations and externships approved by our affiliated schools. These rotations allow you to delve deeper into specific areas of interest within veterinary medicine. Our goal is to provide you with a well-rounded education and exposure to diverse veterinary practices, enabling you to develop your skills and interests further.

Some of the Benefits of Clinical Training include:

Here, you’ll get to apply your theoretical knowledge in real world scenarios. This hands-on experience is crucial for developing the necessary skills and confidence required for a successful veterinary career.
You will develop essential clinical skills under the close supervision of experienced faculty and clinicians. These mentors guide students in refining their clinical skills, decision-making abilities, and professional conduct.
Customizing your clinical experience through elective rotations and externships allows you to explore a range of veterinary specialties and develop your interests and skills further.
Building relationships with faculty, veterinary professionals, and fellow students during rotations can open doors for future collaborations, job opportunities, and mentorship.
Working directly with animals under supervision fosters confidence in your abilities. You’ll learn to handle diverse situations, make critical decisions, and build strong communication skills with clients.
Working in the clinical environment fosters professionalism, teamwork, empathy, and ethical veterinary practices, all requirements for a rewarding and successful career.
Our clinical rotations program provides SNU vet students with the hands-on experience needed to meet the qualifications for the PAVE and ECFVG licensing programs.
At St. Nicholas University, we are committed to providing an exceptional clinical training program for our DVM students. Our comprehensive curriculum, core rotations, elective options, and experienced faculty ensure that you receive the best possible preparation for your future veterinary career.


SNU is listed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and its graduates qualify for entrance into the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certification programs.

St. Nicholas University School of Veterinary Medicine graduates are eligible to practice veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada without restrictions once they pass the requisite licensing examinations.
Students may choose either or both of the ECFVG and PAVE pathways to licensure.

If you have any further questions or would like more information about our clinical rotations program, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to St. Nicholas University and supporting you on your journey towards becoming a skilled and compassionate veterinarian.

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