Peadar G. Noone, MD, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, and Kurt Gilliland, PhD, associate professor in the department of cell biology and physiology, have introduced a new course that will allow medical students to do a two-week elective course in animal medicine during their medical school curriculum. With the collaboration of Dr. Laura Nelson and colleagues at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, the two-week elective course will provide the opportunity for UNC School of Medicine students to experience animal medicine from many aspects. It will provide the opportunity to interact with veterinary practitioners of many disciplines, as well as veterinary students. Included clinical exposures will be in animal surgery, emergency, medicine, and anesthesia, radiology, procedures and public health. Students will also be able to compare the skills they have learnt in medical school to the skills of a Vet including communication skills with owners/clients, as well as animal health care cost, end of life, and palliative care.