Clinical Skills Learning Center

Clinical Rotations: Years 1 and 2

View images and video of the areas of training covered within the Clinical Skills Learning Center.

  • Surgical Prep 

    The Clinical Skills Learning Center teaches sterile preparation for surgery. First and second-year veterinary students practice gowning, proper scrubbing, and closed glove technique with guidance from instructors.

  • Suturing 

    Suturing simulators are available for large and small patients. Students on surgery rotation practice types of suturing on animal boards and cadavers.

  • Anesthesia 

    Students learn emergency patient monitoring, intubation, and IV catheter placement on the center’s anesthesia equipment.

    Watch a veterinary student practice intubation in this short video:

  • Physical Exams and Restraint 

    The CSLC gives students the opportunity to practice restraining and handling stuffed animals as well as live animals.

  • Communication

    The Communications skills center is home to four mock exam rooms equipped to record students as they respond to simulated encounters with clients.

  • Emergency

    Students practice CPR to prepare for critical situations.


    The following short video demonstrates an intradermal injection, used to test for tuberculosis in cattle:

  • Other Skills

    Other skills taught at the CSLC include castration, interpretation of refractometer data, practicing injections, and second-year rotations with USDA regulatory medicine. Small animal models and skills. Feline and canine CPR mannequins, intubation trainers, models for venipuncture (jugular and cephalic), thoracentesis, bandaging, positioning for imaging, catheter placement, flexible and rigid endoscopy, and more. Large animal models and skills: Equine colic simulator, dystocia calf model, equine and bovine pregnancy palpation simulators, dehorning, castration, restraint, animal identification, oral medication delivery, epidural and CSF tap, transtracheal wash, and more.