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Each credit in the Veterinary Basic Science curriculum is equivalent to either 15 lecture hours or 30-45 laboratory session hours. Laboratory sessions provide the opportunity for students to develop the ability to make observations and improve their analytical skills. Also, some students learn more quickly in this "hands on" experience.

The Basic Science Curriculum consists of:

Semester I

VB101 Veterinary Anatomy I 4 credits
VB103 Veterinary Histology and Embryology 5 credits
VB105 Veterinary Physiology I 5 credits
VB120 Veterinary Immunology 3 credits
VCS110 Professional Development I 1 credits

 

Semester II

VB201 Veterinary Anatomy II 5 credits
VB205 Veterinary Physiology II 4 credits
VB207 Veterinary Parasitology 4 credits
VB211 Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology 4 credits

 

Semester III

VB301 Veterinary Pharmacology I 3 credits
VB303 Veterinary Pathology I 3 credits
VB305 Veterinary Virology 3 credits
VB307 Veterinary Public Health/Epidemiology 4 credits
VCS310 Professional Development II 0.5 credits
VCS311 Veterinary Clinical Skills I (Companion Animals) 3 credits
VCS321 Animal Welfare and Behavior 2 credits

 

Semester IV

VB401 Veterinary Pharmacology II 4 credits
VB403 Veterinary Pathology II 5 credits
VCS405 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 4 credits
VCS407 Veterinary Ethics and Communication 2 credits
VCS411 Veterinary Clinical Skills II (Livestock) 2 credits

 

Semester V

VCS501 Veterinary Anesthesiology 2 credits
VCS503 Principles of Veterinary Surgery 2 credits
VCS505 Veterinary Toxicology 3 credits
VCS507 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 4 credits
VCS509 Veterinary Clinical Nutrition 3 credits
VCS511 Theriogenology 4 credits

 

Semester VI

VCS601 Small Animal Medicine I 6 credits
VCS605 Food Animal Medicine & Surgery 6 credits
VCS607 Exotic Companion Animal Medicine 3 credits
VCS611 Veterinary Clinical Skills III (Clinical Rotations) 2 credits

 

Semester VII

VCS701 Small Animal Medicine II 6 credits
VCS703 Small Animal Surgery 6 credits
VCS705 Large Animal Medicine & Surgery 7 credits
VCS710 Professional Development III 0.5 credits

 

*Each elective offered once per year in alternating semesters
** Students register for VCS 610 in both semester 6 and 7 and will get their final grade after completing semester 7 (Inc after 6)

 

Semester I

Courses during the first semester total 18 credit hours.

VB101 Veterinary Anatomy I

4 credits

This course will introduce the students to basic anatomical concepts including anatomic terminologies and directional terms. The course focuses on comparative gross anatomy of the canine, equine and to a lesser extent bovine, feline and porcine. In the laboratory, embalmed canine cadavers will be fully dissected and compared with prosections of the other species. Lecture/ tutorials will reinforce observations in the laboratory and will high-light structures of clinical importance to the practice of veterinary medicine as well as, to research and other areas of veterinary interest. The course will be integrated with radiographic anatomy and live animal palpations of the canine and equine . The topics for this course include osteology, thoracic limb, thorax, abdomen, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.

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VB103 Veterinary Histology and Embryology

5 credits

The fundamental principles of histology, the microscopic study of body tissues and organ systems in domestic animals, are presented in lecture and laboratory formats. Complementary understanding of developmental anatomy of the animal body is approached through the study of chick and pig embryos with reference to developmental anomalies.

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VB105 Veterinary Physiology I

5 credits

The course includes the cellular basis of animal physiology, basic neurophysiology and neural control of body systems, the organs, hormones and functions of the mammalian endocrine system, endocrine control of reproductive cycles and development and certain important diseases relating to the physiology of the mammalian and endocrine systems

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VB120 Veterinary Immunology

3 credits

The course will give a review of the innate and acquired immunity and their components, including both the humoral and cellular arms of the immune response. The course is designed to help you in understanding the animal body defense mechanisms at cellular and molecular levels. The role of host defense mechanisms and the development of acquired immunity after infection will be discussed. The use of the different immunological tests in diagnosing animal diseases, malfunctions of the immune response and the role of vaccines in disease prevention will be covered.

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VCS110 Professional Development I

1 credits

This course will provide students with a forum to discuss major current issues facing veterinary medicine in a discussion/seminar format. The course also will introduce practice and business management concepts to begin preparing students for the business aspect of veterinary medicine.

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Semester II

Courses during the second semester total 17 credit hours.

VB201 Veterinary Anatomy II

5 credits

This course is a continuation of Anatomy 1, VB 101. The tutorials, laboratories, radiographic anatomy and live animal palpation will follow a similar format and approach as in VB 101. The topics include the comparative gross anatomy of the pelvic viscera (urogenital organs), pelvic limb, perineum and head and neck. Neuro-anatomy and avian anatomy are integrated into this section.

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VB205 Veterinary Physiology II

4 credits

This course will focus on the control, physiological mechanisms and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and non-ruminant and ruminant digestive systems. The basic physiology of birds, reptiles and fish and how specific aspects of physiology differ between these taxa and mammals will also be presented.

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VB207 Veterinary Parasitology

4 credits

This course examines helminthic, protozoan, and arthropod parasites which affect domestic animals, including animal parasites transmissible to humans. Life cycles, identification, transmission, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of parasites are stressed in lecture. The laboratories focus on identification of parasites, and the clinical signs and lesions they produce.

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VB211 Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology

4 credits

The course covers basic and pathogenic bacteriology and mycology. The objective of the course is to give veterinary students a thorough introduction to the theoretical and practical basis for the study of bacterial and fungal pathogens of animals. Lectures cover description of the organisms themselves as well as virulence, pathogenesis, diagnosis and control of animal pathogens. Zoonotic potential of some of the microbes and food safety issues are also discussed. To relate concepts of lectures to practicals, laboratory exercises are carried out using microbiological techniques for isolation and identification of disease causing bacteria.

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Semester III

Courses during the third semester total 18.5 credit hours.

VB301 Veterinary Pharmacology I

3 credits

The course focuses on the global principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system. Additionally, categorical classes of anesthetics, analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs will be presented. Upon completing this course, students will have obtained the pharmacologic knowledge base that can positively impact therapeutic choices that influence treatment, cure, prevention and mitigation of disease states and conditions in animals. Legal and regulatory issues that affect the practice of veterinary pharmacy will be emphasized. Additionally, current topics in veterinary medicine and veterinary pharmacy will be discussed.

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VB303 Veterinary Pathology I

3 credits

This course examines the diseases and their processes in tissues and organs of the domestic animals. The general disease processes of cells and tissues—degeneration, necrosis, inflammation, growth abnormalities, and neoplasia—are studied, as well as the healing process. This course begins the study of the diseases of the various organ systems.

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VB305 Veterinary Virology

3 credits

This course investigates the basic properties and clinical aspects of important domestic and foreign animal viruses. Topics discussed include the nature, taxonomy, replication and pathogenesis of important virus families, as well as clinical and pathological characteristics, methods of diagnosis, epidemiology, and methods of treating, preventing and controlling the spread of specific viral diseases of veterinary significance.

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VB307 Veterinary Public Health/Epidemiology

4 credits

Topics will include the use of epidemiologic methods to understand disease events in animals, including the interactions of domestic animals, wildlife, the environment and the human population. The role of the veterinarian in public health is presented with respect to safety of the food chain and the increased incidence of zoonotic agents.

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VCS310 Professional Development II

0.5 credits

This course will focus on preparation of resumes, cover letters to employers, financial/business issues including student debt. Attendance is mandatory.

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VCS311 Veterinary Clinical Skills I (Companion Animals)

3 credits

This course is the first in a series of clinical skills courses and is intended to introduce students to the clinical aspects of veterinary medicine, with a primary focus on dogs, cats, and horses. Additionally, an emphasis is placed on performing a complete medical history and developing physical exam skills. Other topics covered include: breed identification, husbandry and preventive medicine practices, restraint and handling techniques, and SOAP writing skills. Field trips and practical labs are an important component of this course.

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VCS321 Animal Welfare and Behavior

2 credits

This course examines the husbandry of food animals, companion animals, and laboratory species as well as normal and abnormal behavior of these animals. Welfare assessment of animals and welfare issues related to the practice of veterinary medicine will be discussed.

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Semester IV

Courses during the fourth semester total 17 credit hours.

VB401 Veterinary Pharmacology II

4 credits

The second in the pharmacology series, categorical classes of drugs presented are; cardiovascular, renal, blood, endocrine, anti-infectives, chemotherapy, antinematodal,  GI, dermatology, respiratory and zoological pharmacology will be discussed. Upon completing this course, students will have obtained the pharmacologic knowledge base that can positively impact therapeutic choices that influence treatment, cure, prevention and mitigation of disease states and conditions in animals. 

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VB403 Veterinary Pathology II

5 credits

This course continues the discussion of anatomic pathology with a focus on disease processes in specific organ systems, including reproductive, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary, liver, muscle and bone systems.

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VCS405 Veterinary Clinical Pathology

4 credits

Students learn the principles of hematology, cytology and clinical chemistry. They are taught to interpret clinical data derived from blood, serum, urine and aspirates from solid tissues and fluids. Clinical cases are presented to the students and they are required to apply their knowledge to interpret the cases and make appropriate differential diagnoses.

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VCS407 Veterinary Ethics and Communication

2 credits

The course is an introduction to veterinary ethics and veterinary law. Students will learn ethical theory and discuss numerous clinical cases involving ethical decisions, as well as the laws that govern veterinary practice. Additional topics will include client communications and conducting oneself in a professional manner with colleagues and the public.

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VCS411 Veterinary Clinical Skills II (Livestock)

2 credits

This course provides a general introduction to veterinary medicine, with emphasis on veterinary issues such as ethics, animal breeds, animal welfare, behavior, animal restraint and alternative medicine. Students will continue to develop their skills in history taking, physical exams and communication skills. Additional species, including food animals such as goats, pigs and cattle are presented for students to acquire appropriate animal handling skills.

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Semester V

Courses during the fifth semester total 18 credit hours.

VCS501 Veterinary Anesthesiology

2 credits

Integrated lectures and laboratories are designed to introduce students to the principles of general and local anesthesia of small and large animals, and also recognition, treatment, and prevention of anesthetic emergencies. Laboratory instruction provides students with experience in small animal anesthesia, in addition to demonstrations of monitoring equipment, mechanical ventilation, and large animal general anesthesia.

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VCS503 Principles of Veterinary Surgery

2 credits

This course is designed to prepare students for later courses in surgery. Emphasis is on suturing techniques, proper procedures for aseptic surgery, experience using surgical instruments

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VCS505 Veterinary Toxicology

3 credits

Basic and clinical aspects of the more common poisonings that affect domestic animals/birds and wildlife will be considered. Emphasis will be given to intoxication resulting from drug interactions, pesticides (rodenticides, insecticides, herbicides), heavy metals (arsenic, copper, lead, iron, zinc etc.), poisonous plants, mycotoxins, gases, feed additives, poisonous and venomous animal toxins, household toxins, prescriptions/recreational/over the counter medications, selected industrial pollutants and forensic considerations.

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VCS507 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

4 credits

Will introduce the student to the fundamentals of diagnostic radiology and acquaint the student with other imaging modalities such as ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and nuclear medicine (NM) as they are used in veterinary medicine.

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VCS509 Veterinary Clinical Nutrition

3 credits

This course will introduce students to concepts of basic nutrition as well as to clinical nutrition. The aim is to provide students with a detailed knowledge of basic nutrients and energy, nutritional disorders, diverse aspects of feeding behavior and practices, and key concepts in nutritional management of life stage nutrition and of various disease states. Students will learn to calculate energy requirements, read pet food labels and understand regulations pertaining to pet food. The course focuses largely on small animal nutrition but some large animal topics will be covered. A significant portion of this course is case based and there are opportunities for some lab components.

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VCS511 Theriogenology

4 credits

The course presents material on the normal and abnormal reproductive function of dogs, and the common livestock species including cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and horses. Laboratories on breeding soundness and semen morphology of dogs are included. Special attention is made toward dystocia correction of livestock, stallion handling and management, assisted reproduction technologies, and breeding soundness of mares and cows. Pelvic examination of cattle and horses are emphasized.

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Semester VI

Courses during the sixth semester total 19 credit hours.

VCS601 Small Animal Medicine I

6 credits

Students investigate concepts concerning the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infectious and non-infectious diseases affecting small companion animals, including dermatology, ophthalmology, urology, endocrinology, and more.

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VCS605 Food Animal Medicine & Surgery

6 credits

The course studies a selected list of common medical and surgical diseases of food producing animals. For each disease, the etiology, epidemiology, clinical signs, common differential diagnoses are presented, and ancillary methods for diagnosis are listed. Medical and supportive treatment options and surgical intervention are discussed for each condition. A preventive approach and public health significance for each disease condition is also presented. Ample case studies and clinical examples are presented in a lecture format. Swine, sheep, goats, camelids and cattle (beef and dairy) are discussed.

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VCS607 Exotic Companion Animal Medicine

3 credits

This course covers anatomy, physiology, husbandry, and medicine of commonly kept exotic companion animals, including birds, small mammals, and reptiles. Discussion topics include clinical diagnostic techniques (including animal handling and restraint, physical examination, clinical sampling, imaging, necropsy), infectious and noninfectious diseases and medical and surgical approaches to treating these diseases. Important topics related specifically to the exotics animal practice and careers are also discussed.

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VCS608 Aquatic Animal Medicine (elective *)

1 credits

*Each elective offered once per year in alternating semesters
This course will include topics on husbandry, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases affecting aquatic species including mammals and fish.

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VCS609 Zoo, Wildlife Medicine (elective*)

1 credits

*Each elective offered once per year in alternating semesters
This course will include the husbandry, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases affecting captive animals in zoo settings (‘zoo’) and free-ranging (‘wildlife’) species.

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VCS611 Veterinary Clinical Skills III (Clinical Rotations)

2 credits

This course gives students access to large animal farm calls and small animal clinical rotations. Taking histories, performing specialty examinations, writing problem-oriented veterinary medical records and communicating with clients are practiced. Students are required to have primary responsibility of a clinical case and present the case to the faculty and student body.

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Semester VII

Courses during the seventh semester total 19.5 credit hours.

VCS701 Small Animal Medicine II

6 credits

Students investigate concepts concerning the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infectious and non-infectious diseases affecting small companion animals, including cardiology, neurology, oncology, and other diseases.

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VCS703 Small Animal Surgery

6 credits

This course is an introduction to surgery of the dog and cat, with emphasis on basic principles of asepsis, tissue handling, and surgical skills. Laboratories focus on students performing surgical procedures which are common in small animal practice. Initial surgical training is done on cadaver specimens.

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VCS705 Large Animal Medicine & Surgery

7 credits

Medical conditions of horses are described and discussed with respect to etiopathogenesis, treatment, prevention and control, using a systems based, problem oriented approach. Principles of equine clinical pathology, therapeutics and critical care are addressed. Basic common surgical approaches for treatment of clinical problems will be discussed.

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VCS710 Professional Development III

0.5 credits

This course will include job searching, interviews, negotiating, contracts, practice management and review of resumes and cover letters. Attendance is mandatory to achieve a Pass grade.

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