DVM Course Descriptions
No credit is given for a course unless the student has been duty registered in that course. The number of credit hours that a course carries per semester is listed in parentheses following the course title.
If the number listed is variable, i.e., “(2–4),” the amount of credit that the student is to receive must be stated at the time of registration. Any subsequent change in the amount of credit will be permitted only during the period when courses may be added for credit. Indication of variable credit does not mean that a course can be repeated for credit. If a course can be repeated for credit, that information is included in the course description.
No graduate credit is allowed for work taken in a class that includes a freshman or sophomore student, or that is taught by an instructor who is not a member of the graduate faculty. Graduate credit is not given for undergraduate courses taken as prerequisites for graduate courses.
The meaning of the first digit of the four digit number preceding each course description in this bulletin is explained below. The meaning of the second, third, and fourth digits varies by department.
4000–4999 • For advanced undergraduate students (those who have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours), and for students in graduate and professional schools and colleges; for undergraduate or graduate credit. Undergraduates with 30 or more semester hours who are making timely progress toward a degree may be admitted to 4000-level courses, if they have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher, the appropriate prerequisites, and consent of the instructor.
5000–5999 • For students in post-baccalaureate professional programs (law and veterinary medicine).
6000–6999 • Exclusively for teachers at the elementary, secondary, and junior college levels.
7000–7999 • For students in Graduate School; for graduate credit only except as follows. Undergraduates with 75 or more semester hours who are making timely progress toward a degree may be admitted to 7000-level courses, if they have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher, the appropriate prerequisites, consent of the instructor, and consent of the graduate dean. Credit so earned will apply only toward undergraduate degree requirements.
8000–8999 • Research courses exclusively for graduate students, primarily for students working toward the master’s degree; for graduate credit only.
9000–9999 • Research courses exclusively for graduate students, primarily for advanced graduate students working toward the doctoral degree; for graduate credit only.
The 5000-level professional courses listed in this bulletin are for students in the School of Veterinary Medicine only. Prerequisite for enrollment in these courses is formal admission to the professional curriculum in the School of Veterinary Medicine. All courses must be taken in the proper sequence, as each is a prerequisite for the succeeding course. Some courses are designated as Veterinary Medicine (VMED) courses rather than departmental courses because of the integration of disciplines.
The 7000-level courses designated as Veterinary Medicine (VMED) are utilized by all concentrations in the veterinary medical sciences program.
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PROFESSIONAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS -- VETERINARY MEDICINE • VMED
5001 Problem-Based Learning I (2) 80 contact hours. Small group problem-based learning using clinical veterinary cases with emphasis on the problem-oriented approach to veterinary problem solving.
5002 Problem-Based Learning II (2) 80 contact hours. Continuation of 5001; small group problem-based learning using clinical veterinary cases with emphasis on the problem-oriented approach to veterinary problem solving.
5003 Problem-Based Learning III (2) 80 contact hours. Continuation of 5002; small group problem-based learning using clinical veterinary cases with emphasis on the problem-oriented approach to veterinary problem solving.
5010 Special Topics in Veterinary Medicine (0.5-2.5) 10-40 contact hours.
5100 Introduction to Veterinary Medicine I (0.5) Pass/fail grading. 11 contact hours. Survey of career opportunities in the veterinary profession.
5102 Introduction to Veterinary Medicine II (0.5) Pass/fail grading. 11 contact hours. Continuation of VMED 5100; survey of career opportunities and other issues in the veterinary profession.
5103 Principles of Problem Solving (1) 20 contact hours. Introduction to problem solving methodology, clinical problem solving, problem-based learning, problem-oriented approach, and information management.
5104 Principles of Diagnostic Imaging (1) 20 contact hours. Basic principles of radiation physics, radiography, radiation safety, radiology, ultrasonography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging in veterinary medicine; emphasis on the normal radiographic anatomy of the canine, feline, equine, and bovine using selected case examples.
5105 Principles of Diagnostic Imaging II (0.5) 10 contact hours. Continuation of VMED 5104.
5110 Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Gastrointestinal Physiology (3.5) 60 contact hours. Basic biochemical structures and mechanisms; metabolic systems and controls; gastrointestinal physiology including nutrient digestion, absorption, and metabolism.
5111 Veterinary Physiology I (2.5) 43 contact hours. Basic membrane and muscle dynamics; cardiovascular dynamics.
5112 Veterinary Physiology II (2.5) 50 contact hours. Basic renal and respiratory system dynamics.
5123 Basic and Applied Anatomy I (3.5) 77 contact hours. Principles of macroscopic anatomy, basic structure, and applied anatomy of the bones, muscles, and joints of the thoracic limb, pelvic limb, and trunk; dissection of the dog with relevant comparisons to the horse and domestic ruminants.
5124 Basic and Applied Anatomy II (3) 78 contact hours. Introduction to the nervous system; anatomy of the blood vessels and nerves of the thoracic and pelvic limb; the equine digit; comparative anatomy of the head, including the skull and mandible, nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, ear, oral cavity, teeth, larynx, cranial nerves, surface of the brain and its coverings and blood supply.
5125 Basic and Applied Anatomy III (4) 108 contact hours. Anatomy of the neck and trunk, thoracic and pleural cavities, thoracic viscera; introduction to the autonomic nervous system; the abdominal wall, abdominal viscera, pelvic cavity, and viscera of the urinary and reproductive systems of domestic animals.
5126 Cell Biology and Histology (3) 58 contact hours. Basic cell and tissue biology; glandular and non-glandular epithelia, connective tissue, muscle, hematopoietic tissue, and the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and immune systems of veterinary species.
5127 Histology and Developmental Anatomy (4) Continuation of VMED 5126. 74 contact hours. Cell and tissue biology of the digestive, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, urinary, visual, and auditory systems; early embryonic development of veterinary species.
5130 Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology (4) 75 contact hours. Comparative biology of medically significant bacteria and fungi; emphasis on principles of pathogenesis and resistance to host responses; laboratory diagnosis; microbial sensitivity determination; resistance to chemotherapeutics; and intervention outcomes.
5171 Neuroscience (3) 54 contact hours. Anatomy of the nervous system of domestic mammals; development and internal organization of the spinal cord and brain; physiology of the neuron and synapse; spinal functions, reflexes, and motor systems; proprioceptive, somatosensory, auditory, vestibular, visual, olfactory, and gustatory systems; autonomic nervous system; higher CNS functions and disease; basis for neurological examination.
5172 Veterinary Immunology (1.5) 30 contact hours. Introduction to the concepts and principles of modem veterinary immunology with emphasis on understanding the underlying mechanisms responsible for both protective and pathologic immune responses; understanding of the basic principles of immunological effector functions and immune regulation.
5173 Veterinary Pathology (3) 50 contact hours. Concepts, pathogenesis, and gross, microscopic, and ultrastructural changes associated with general pathology: cell injury and death, tissue mineralization, tissue pigmentation, disturbances of tissue growth, disturbances of circulation, and inflammation; recognition of gross, microscopic, and ultrastructural tissue changes and pathogenesis.
5202 Animals in Society I (0.5) Pass/fail grading. 11 contact hours. Human-animal relationships, human-animal bond, pet facilitated therapy, animal welfare, and animal rights.
5203 Animals in Society II (0.5) 11 contact hours. Issues in companion animal, equine, farm animal, and captive, exotic animal behavior.
5222 Veterinary Pharmacology (3.5) 60 contact hours. Fundamental principles of drug actions; drug disposition, pharmacokinetics and mechanisms of action; major classes of drugs used in veterinary practice; emphasis on fundamentals of drug action and clinical application.
5235 Veterinary Parasitology (4) 80 contact hours. Morphology, physiology, and taxonomy of arthropods, protozoa, and helminths of veterinary importance; aggressive mechanisms of helminths, arthropods, and protozoa as well as defense mechanisms of the host; host-parasite relationships; diagnostic methods; mechanisms and factors influencing effectiveness of antiparasitic compounds and other control methods.
5236 Veterinary Virology (2) 32 contact hours. Comparative morphology, biochemistry, and classification of animal viruses; viral multiplication and pathogenesis; virus_host cell interactions and host responses to viral infections; rationale behind viral diagnostics and viral vaccines.
5241 Systemic Pathology I (4.5) 100 contact hours. Diseases, disease processes, and disease mechanisms in selected organ systems with emphasis on species of interest in veterinary medicine.
5242 Systemic Pathology II (1.5) 30 contact hours. Diseases, disease processes, and disease mechanisms in selected organ systems; emphasis on species of interest in veterinary medicine.
5251 Regulatory Medicine and Public Health (1.5) 25 contact hours. Basics of public health, including environmental concerns; overview of principles and regulations of food safety; introduction to foreign animal diseases, food- and waterborne diseases of humans, and zoonotic diseases.
5252 Clinimetrics (1.5) 25 contact hours. Application of quantitative methods, including biostatistics, to clinical decision making.
5261 Diseases of the Cardiovascular System (2) 33 contact hours. Principles of the diagnosis and treatment of acquired and congenital cardiovascular diseases of domestic animals.
5262 Small Animal Orthopedics (1.5) 25 contact hours. Common orthopedic problems encountered in small animal practice; developmental and traumatic abnormalities affecting the musculoskeletal system of the dog and cat.
5263 Urinary System Diseases (2) 30 contact hours. Clinical applications of renal physiology; characterization, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the urinary system of domestic animals.
5264 Diseases of Dogs and Cats (3.5) 58 contact hours. Basic principles, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases/conditions involving small animals.
5265 Avian, Zoo, and Exotic Animal Diseases (3) 50 contact hours. Principles of diagnosis, treatment, medicine, surgery, and control of diseases of companion birds and rodents, raptors, ferrets, rabbits, zoo, exotic, and marine animals.
5266 Diseases of Farm Animals (4) 70 contact hours. Principles of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of diseases/conditions of cattle, goats, sheep, and swine.
5270 Clinical Pathology and Diseases of the Hemolymphatic System (4) 80 contact hours. Introduction and application of principles and techniques of hematology; clinical chemistry, exfoliative cytology, and body fluid analysis; diagnosis, management, and treatment of diseases of the hemolymphatic system in equine, farm animal, and companion animal species.
5271 Population Medicine and Epidemiology (3.5) 60 contact hours. Overview of the principles of epidemiology in disease control and prevention; their application to animal populations.
5272 Veterinary Clinical Oncology (2) 30 contact hours. Fundamentals of oncology including the basics of mutagenesis, oncogenesis, tumor immunology, tumor epidemiology, diagnosis, and therapy in animals.
5273 Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases (2.5) 44 contact hours. Introduction to the normal structure and function of the endocrinologic and metabolic systems; overview of important endocrine diseases of veterinary species.
5325 Small Animal Clinical Nutrition (1) 20 contact hours. Nutrition of dogs, cats, pet birds, and exotic species; nutrient requirements and feeding practices for the healthy animal; nutrient deficiencies; nutritional prevention and/or management of specific disease conditions.
5360 Anesthesiology and Surgery (5) 106 contact hours. Principles and techniques of surgery and anesthesia.
5361 Theriogenology (5) 96 contact hours. Reproductive endocrinology and physiology, including pregnancy, parturition, and lactation; diagnosis, therapy, and control methods in theriogenology (animal reproduction); perinatology; embryo transfer in domestic animals; preventive programs.
5362 Diseases of Horses (4) 76 contact hours. Diagnosis and management of diseases in horses; emphasis on recognition of disorders; diagnostic techniques; medical and surgical management.
5363 Critical Care (1) 20 contact hours. Basic principles of emergency and critical care medicine including triage of the trauma patient, fluid therapy in multiple species, CPR, and monitoring of the critically ill patient.
5364 Neurology and Ophthalmology (3) 50 contact hours. Comparative anatomy and physiology, pharmacology diagnosis, and therapy of diseases of the eye and nervous system in domestic animals.
5365 Integumentary System (2.5) 40 contact hours. Diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of important skin and ear diseases and skin wound management in domestic animals.
5370 Ethics and Jurisprudence (1) 13 contact hours. Introduction to veterinary ethics and the law; their relationship to the veterinary profession.
5371 Practice Management (1) 20 contact hours. Principles of analysis and decision making related to a professional, client-oriented practice; concepts in communication, practice promotion, finance, and personnel management for optimum efficiency and return on investment.
5372 Clinical Immunology and Infectious Diseases (2.5) 40 contact hours. Principles of diagnosis, treatment, and control of infectious diseases.
5373 Toxicology (2.5) 40 contact hours. Toxicology of various natural and synthetic toxicants in relation to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common intoxications in domestic animals.
5441 Diagnostic Microbiology (1) 40 contact hours. Clinical application of laboratory services for the diagnosis of immunological and infectious diseases.
5442 Diagnostic Parasitology (1) 40 contact hours. Clinical application of laboratory services for the diagnosis of parasitic diseases.
5443 Anesthesiology (2) 80 contact hours. May be taken for a maximum of 4 hrs. of credit. Practice of anesthesia including technical skills, monitoring tools, and pain management in a variety of species.
5452 Diagnostic Pathology (4) 160 contact hours. May be taken for a maximum of 12 hours of credit. Necropsy of various vertebrate animal species with emphasis on domesticated animals; application of diagnostic procedures and techniques in anatomic and clinical pathology; case-based, problem-oriented approach to diagnostic problem solving utilizing current teaching hospital and referral cases and prepared materials that illustrate the aspects of disease mechanisms, pathogenesis, tissue changes, and factors needed for accurate diagnoses.
5454 Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging (4) 160 contact hours. Applications of procedures, methods, and techniques in veterinary radiography, radiology, and diagnostic ultrasound.
5455 Avian, Zoo, Exotic, and Marine Animal Medicine (1-4) 40-160 contact hours. Avian, zoo, exotic, and marine animal care and management; clinical application of diagnostic, treatment, and control methods for avian, zoo, exotic, and marine animal diseases; client interaction related to didactic information learned in preclinical course; primary and intensive care medicine, client education, practice management review.
5456 Canine and Feline Medicine and Preventive Health (4) 160 contact hours. Application of diagnostic, therapeutic, and control methods for canine and feline diseases; primary and intensive care medicine; preventive health care; medical techniques; problem-oriented approach, client education, practice management; case studies in small animal clinic.
5457 Companion Animal Surgery (4) 160 contact hours. Diagnostic, treatment, and surgical techniques and procedures in companion animals; surgical problems, preoperative and postoperative patient care; anesthetic techniques; client education and practice management; case studies in the small animal clinic.
5458 Equine Medicine and Surgery (4) 160 contact hours. Diagnostic, treatment, and control methods for equine diseases; surgical procedures, methods, and techniques in horses; study of medical and surgical cases in the large animal clinic.
5460 Applied Veterinary Dermatology (2) 80 contact hours. May be taken far a maximum of 4 hrs. of credit. Diagnostic, treatment, and control methods for skin diseases of domestic animals; history taking; physical and dermatological examination; technical, problem-solving, and communication skills; participation in rounds with emphasis on improving clinical proficiency; dermatological knowledge base and patient management; emphasis on responsibility and interpersonal relationships.
5461 Elective (1-5) 40 to 200 contact hours. Students have the option of repeating part or all of one or more of VMED 5451 through 5460 in which they have a special interest.
5462 Externship (2-5) 80 to 200 contact hours. Pass-fail grading. May be repeated for credit. Registration for this optional program must be approved by the Director of Veterinary Clinics. Two- to five-week training period for 4th-year students with a private practitioner of veterinary medicine or with a qualified veterinary specialist.
5463 Special Training (1-5) 40 to 200 contact hours. May be repeated for credit. Registration for this course must be approved by the instructor and the department head involved. Training for veterinary medical students or advanced studies students in one or more clinical specialty areas of basic science disciplines.
5465 Theriogenology (1-4) 40 to160 contact hours. Diagnostic, treatment, and control methods in theriogenology; emphasis on economics of reproductive herd health of domestic livestock and breeding management of horses and companion animals; fertility assessment of the male and female animal; obstetrics; artificial insemination and embryo transfer techniques.
5467 Applied Veterinary Ophthalmology (1-4) 40 to160 contact hours. Special training in diseases and surgery of the eye; clinical experience in ophthalmic diagnostics, therapeutics, and surgery.
5468 Farm Animal Health Management (4) 160 contact hours. Diagnostic, medical, surgical treatments, and herd health management of medical and surgical cases in the large animal clinic and in field services; health programs and outreach disease problem solving.