If you’re one of the lucky vet students at one of the universities that allows you to preference or even schedule the order of your clinical rotations, I want to shed some insight on which rotations may be better to have before taking the NAVLE. Having now taken the NAVLE and all but one of my rotations, there are definitely a few rotations I wish I had taken before I took the NAVLE (if I had the choice). Obviously, each school will be different on what aspects of each rotation are covered, but in terms of what is of focus on the NAVLE, there are definitely a few areas of medicine that are focused on more heavily.
This is a big one. Getting a refresher on the big diseases, pathological findings, and infectious etiologies of small animal, equine, and food animal species will help you big time. NAVLE loves these types of questions.
Simply put: about 15% of the NAVLE questions are on horses.
Simply put: about 15% of the NAVLE questions are on food animals.
Small Animal Internal Medicine
Getting the experience of working up cases, going through differential diagnoses, and brainstorming treatment plans can prove to be vital in prepping for the NAVLE. Internal medicine clinicians are the gurus at this.
Lab work, lab work, lab work! Chances are you’ll see a lot of this on the NAVLE.
This one is debatable for me. I only include it on this list because I was faced with a lot more therio questions on the NAVLE than I expected. If all else, make sure you review breeding protocols and cycles in food animals, estrus cycle of the bitch, and weird reproductive facts (i.e. cats, ferrets, etc).
Rotations I Probably Wouldn’t Prioritize Before the NAVLE:
• Small Animal Surgery