Senior veterinary students may request special electives if they have preceptorships or externships and would like to spend time with faculty or veterinarians in local practices or on special projects, clinical rotations, or areas of research assistance. This may involve one or more weeks and must be approved with a specific faculty member in advance.

Students participating in a special studies elective may be asked to complete a paper and present it to the GPVEC faculty and other students.

Students will be graded on ability, improvement, attitude, participation, and personal skills. In cases where students have worked closely with clients, practitioners, or personnel other than faculty, these parties may be consulted regarding the final grade.