Last updated on September 2nd, 2021

CURRICULUM

Students in the veterinary medical program are required to follow the curriculum sequence defined in the School of Veterinary Medicine Catalogue, or as stipulated by the Faculty Student Selection Committee acceptance letter.

Students may take optional courses, referred to as electives. Individual electives may have prerequisites or GPA standards for students to participate. Only the grades of the required curriculum are used to calculate the grade points earned for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Grades received for elective courses will not be reflected in the cumulative GPA.

GRADING

All students must fulfill all course requirements as defined by the course director to obtain a final grade. The course requirements and grading policy will be stated in writing on the first day of each course. All students who wish to contest an examination or course grade should consult the course director. Students must resolve grade concerns within one year of the course. Where applicable, after repeating a course, only the newly achieved grade will contribute to the cumulative GPA calculations.

Effective August 2015 and beyond, the letter grades and grade points awarded are:

Letter

Range

Grade Points

Grade Points Meaning

A

89.50–100

4.00

Excellent Pass

B+

84.50–89.49

3.50

Good Pass

B

79.50–84.49

3.00

Good Pass

C+

74.50–79.49

2.50

Acceptable Pass

C

69.50–74.49

2.00

Acceptable Pass

D+

64.50-69.49

1.50

Unsatisfactory Grade*

D

59.50-64.49

1.00

Unsatisfactory Grade*

P

0.00

Pass

F

1 -59.49

0.00

Fail

*See Qualitative Deficiency section below.

OTHER TRANSCRIPT NOTATIONS

W: Withdrawal

Withdrawals are given when students withdraw from a course after registration. Students who are granted an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) will receive “W” grades for all courses except those courses which have been completed prior to the LOA. Students may withdraw from individual courses during the first 67% of the term. After this time period, students cannot drop courses. They may request a Leave of Absence (LOA) for the remainder of that term or longer.

More information on LOAs can be found in the Leave of Absence section of the General Policies for All Students.

I: Incomplete

Incompletes are interim grades. Incomplete grades are given when course requirements have not been completed due to serious mitigating circumstances such as illness or family emergencies. The Office of the Dean of Students, through the SVM Associate Dean of Students, must approve the reason supporting the receipt of “I” grades. “I” grades remain on the transcript until another grade is given upon completion. If students have an “I” grade on their transcript, the required coursework must be completed prior to registration for the next term. If the work is not completed and the grade not received from the instructor within 30 days, the Incomplete (“I”) will be automatically changed to a Fail (“F”) by the Office of the University Registrar.

NG: No Grade

No grade submitted by course instructor for a registered course.

IP: In Progress

Course is still in progress