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Department of Population Health and Pathobiology Course Descriptions

 

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DVM Course List (internal)

Year 1 Courses


VMP 910: Infection and Immunity I
This course is intended to familiarize the student with the pathogenic bacteria and fungi of veterinary importance. The student will learn the properties and cultivation of these microorganisms and receive a general introduction to the diseases they can cause. Primary emphasis will be placed on how the biology of the pathogen influences disease pathogenesis, and microbiological identification of infectious agents. The laboratory exercises will complement the lectures and focus on standard procedures for microbial cultivation and identification. 3 semester hours.

VMP 916f: Health Maintenance and Animal Production I (fall)
This course is part I of a series with VMP 936 and 956 designed to introduce students to procedures for health maintenance and care of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to prevent diseases and promote animal health in laboratories. 1 semester hour.

VMP 916s: Health Maintenance and Animal Production II (spring)
This course is part I of a series with VMP 936 and 956 designed to introduce students to procedures for health maintenance and care of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to prevent diseases and promote animal health in laboratories. 1 semester hour.

VMB 922: Veterinary Embryology and Teratology
This course presents basic facts and concepts of embryology, from fertilization to parturition, focusing on issues relevant to veterinary medicine including: early embryonic development, comparative placentation, and major organ development. Current research and clinical topics, including induction, cloning, in vitro fertilization and surgical intervention are also addressed where appropriate. 2 semester hours.

VMP 920: Infection and Immunity II
This course is intended to continue the topics introduced in Infection and Immunity 1. Specific bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens will be covered including pathogenesis and strategies used to control infection and/or development of disease. The course will also cover more advanced topics in Immunology including the types of hypersensitivities, autoimmunity, immunity in the newborn and fetus, immune deficiencies and vaccination. 4 semester hours.

VMP 921: Problem Solving Cases for Infectious Disease and Immunity I
This course is intended to challenge first-year veterinary students to reach a diagnosis laboratory procedures. The second portion of the course requires the students to develop a list of differential causes to assigned clinical cases, choose a presumptive diagnosis based on available data and ordering of diagnostic tests to confirm the presumptive diagnosis. The individual cases are discussed in a small group format with a faculty facilitator. 2 semester hours.

VMP 922: Small Group Problem Solving in Veterinary Medicine
Students will work in small groups with a faculty facilitator to examine case scenarios, and apply the problem-solving process discussed in VMB 912 to a variety of clinical and research problems. This course will provide a venue for integration of content presented in other courses, as well as application of small-group communication skills. 1 semester hour

Year 2 Courses


VMP 930: Infection and Immunity III
Infection & Immunity 3, VMP 930, is designed to serve as a continuation of Infection & Immunity 1 & 2 (first-year curriculum) for the second-year veterinary student. This course is designed to reinforce principles of infectious disease and immunity introduced in the first year of the DVM curriculum and expand upon specific groups of parasites. This course will cover the diagnosis, treatment and control of major endo and ecto parasites of domesticated animals. 3 semester hours.

VMP 931: General Pathology
Introduction to the basic pathologic changes which occur in animal tissues. Developmental processes and resulting morphology observed at gross, cellular, and subcellular level emphasized. 4 semester hours.

VMP 934: Problem Solving Cases for Infectious Disease and Immunity II
This course is intended to challenge first-year veterinary students to reach a diagnosis of realistic cases involving either infectious diseases or immune pathology. The first part of the course is an introduction to diagnostic laboratory procedures. The second portion of the course requires the students to develop a list of differential causes to assigned clinical cases, choose a presumptive diagnosis based on available data and ordering of diagnostic tests to confirm the presumptive diagnosis. The individual cases are discussed in a small group format with a faculty facilitator. 2 semester hours.

VMP 936f: Health Maintenance and Animal Production II (fall)
This course is part II of a series with VMP 916 and 956 designed to introduce students to procedures for health maintenance and care of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to care for animals, prevent diseases, and milk cows in laboratories. 1 semester hour.

VMP 936s: Health Maintenance and Animal Production II (spring)
This course is part II of a series with VMP 916 and 956 designed to introduce students to procedures for health maintenance and care of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to care for animals, prevent diseases, and milk cows in laboratories. 1 semester hour.

VMP 941: Veterinary Pathology II
A study of how organ systems respond to pathogenic influences with emphasis on specific diseases and the lesions these diseases produce in the body. 5 semester hours.

VMP 942: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Introduction to the mechanisms which produce abnormal physiologic parameters within the animal during illness, with emphasis on the techniques for determining those abnormalities in the living animal. 3 semester hours.

VMP 945: Epidemiology and Public Health
The focus of this course is to construct a foundation for clinical medicine by acquiring a holistic view of disease, exploring optimal preventive medicine strategies while developing a critical thinking skills and quantitative reasoning techniques. The teaching/learning format of the course will include lecture, in-class exercises, discussions and case studies. 3 semester hours.

Year 3 Courses


VMP 956f: Health Maintenance and Animal Production III (fall)
Health Maintenance and Animal Production III – This course is part III of a series designed to instruct students in procedures for maintaining the health and well-being of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to prevent diseases and promote animal production, including production of safe meat and milk. 1 semester hour.

VMP 956s: Health Maintenance and Animal Production III (spring)
Health Maintenance and Animal Production III – This course is part III of a series designed to instruct students in procedures for maintaining the health and well-being of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to prevent diseases and promote animal production, including production of safe meat and milk. 1 semester hour.

VMP 958: Exotic and Emerging Diseases in Veterinary Medicine
Zoonoses and food safety issues will be reviewed. Students will be challenged to discuss and articulate the role of veterinarians in ensuring the public health. 1 semester hour.

VMP 962: Ruminant Medicine and Surgery
The principles of medical and surgical disorders of ruminants are presented. This includes the cause of the disorders and the diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic measures necessary to correct, reduce or prevent these problems. 3 semester hours.

VMP 964p: Swine and Poultry Medicine (Poultry)
Lecture series supplemented with projected illustration on the most economically important diseases of poultry and swine. Emphasis is placed on definition of diseases, etiology, characteristics of the disease, and diagnosis. The economics related to occurrence, prevention, treatment, and control are presented. 3 semester hours.

VMP 964s: Swine and Poultry Medicine (Swine)
Lecture series supplemented with projected illustration on the most economically important diseases of poultry and swine. Emphasis is placed on definition of diseases, etiology, characteristics of the disease, and diagnosis. The economics related to occurrence, prevention, treatment, and control are presented. 3 semester hours.

4th Year Rotations


VMP 970: Ruminant Health Management I
This is a two-week block considering health management of ruminant species. During the two-week period, students accompany faculty on visits to farms to deliver health management programs, to investigate health problems, or to consider approaches to enhance productivity. A portion of the course also involves experience in providing individual animal health management and addressing medical/surgical disorders.

VMP 971: Food Animal Diagnostics
This course is not a general educational requirement. Priority is given to students in Food Animal Focus Area. Students in Mixed Animal Focus Area or special case Epidemiology Focus Area students can enroll (if space remains) with the approval of the Course Coordinator if they meet the criteria stated in the course Prerequisites, which are successful completion of Veterinary Program to date, students signed up in Food Animal Focus Area or Mixed Focus Area, or special-case students approved by Course Coordinator and who have demonstrated commitment to, knowledge of, and ability to work within an area of food animal veterinary medicine by some or all of the following: prior undergraduate coursework, summer work experiences, and/or consistent enrollment and good performance in food animal selectives.

VMP 972: Ruminant Health Management II [Approval/Pre-Req]
This course is intended to allow students with a strong interest in ruminant health management to obtain advanced training. Specialty courses in beef, dairy, small ruminant, pharmacology and embryo transfer will be offered. Instructor Permission Required.

VMP 973: Special Topics in Epidemiology [Instr. Approval]
The main goal of this course is to provide senior veterinary students with the opportunity for pursuing a focused research topic in the area of veterinary epidemiology and population medicine under the direction of consenting faculty. The exact direction and scope of the topic is agreed upon between the instructor, the student and the course coordinator. The course is offered only by the permission of the participating instructor(s) and the course coordinator. The instructor and the student will work out the type of project, what exact objectives are to be met and how the success of obtaining those objectives will be evaluated. The objectives and methods of evaluation of performance will be negotiated between the veterinary student and the instructor and put into writing in the form of a Plan of Action PRIOR to course permission being granted by the course coordinator. The Plan of Action must be signed by both the instructor and the course coordinator at least 8 weeks prior t the beginning of the rotation. No one textbook is required for this course. Instructor Permission Required.

VMP 974: Food Supply Veterinary Medicine
This course provides exposure to the clinical principles of food supply veterinary medicine. It is primarily intended for individuals who are not in the Food Animal Focus Area. Ruminant, swine and poultry faculty provide an overview of the animal industries and production practices, as well as exposure to basic veterinary knowledge and clinical skills. Prerequisites this course is intended for Offshore Students and is only available to NC State's CVM students with consent of instructor.

VMP 975: Advanced Topics/Pathology [Instr. Approval]
This is a senior veterinary clinical rotation that provides students with additional focused experience in veterinary anatomic pathology. Students have the option of rotating through necropsy service and surgical biopsy service for two weeks to gain additional experience in pathology similar to VMP 977. Students have the option of designing a specialized pathology experience with the guidance of an approved pathology faculty member. Prerequisite: VMP 977 Clinical Laboratory/Necropsy.

VMP 976: Food Animal Pharmacology
This course will outline the basic principles of pharmacology and therapy of the major diseases of ruminants, swine and poultry. Students will be expected to develop a thorough understanding of how properly to use drugs in food animal species and should be able to develop a treatment program for most major livestock diseases. The course will be restricted to students in the Food Animal & Mixed Animal focus areas.

VMP 977: Clinical Labs/Necropsy
This is a core course and required for all seniors. Each student will learn to perform a systematic post-mortem examination on each of the common domestic species of animals, distinguishing between normal, autolytic, and pathological changes. Students will also properly collect and handle for analysis, specimens of exudates, gastrointestinal contents, tissue, and fluids obtained from both live and dead animals. Students will gain experience in how to properly conduct and evaluate clinical laboratory tests on specimens from clinical and necropsy laboratory cases. They will also be able to use diagnostic bacteriology, mycology, virology, surgical pathology and pharmacology services effectively; i.e., to: select laboratory services intelligently, (b) collect and care for specimen properly for submission to specific laboratories or for evaluation, (c) microscopic evaluation of specimens and interpretation, (d) understand selected laboratory techniques and how they are used for future application, and (e) interpret laboratory results correctly.

VMP 978: Clinical Pathology
This is a core course and required for all seniors. This course is a predominantly practical-based approach to more in-depth learning of the above subjects in a clinical setting. There will be different instructors for each subject area, with corresponding syllabi. General expectations for the course are that the student will have thoroughly reviewed (prior to class) and will understand any and all notes that were received in previous courses, e.g., sophomore hematology, cytology, enzymology, etc. The student will be building upon this knowledge base, not re-learning it.

VMP 979: Epidemiology
The main goal is to provide senior veterinary students with the opportunity for pursuing a focused research topic in the area of veterinary epidemiology and population medicine under the direction of consenting faculty. The exact direction and scope of the topic is agreed upon between the instructor, the student, and the course coordinator. This course is offered only by the permission of the participating instructor(s) and the course coordinator. The instructor and the student will work out the type of project, what exact objectives are to be met, and how the success of obtaining those objectives will be evaluated. The objectives and methods of evaluation of performance will be negotiated between the veterinary student and the instructor and put into writing in the form of a Plan of Action PRIOR to course permission being granted by the course coordinator. No one textbook is required for this course.

VMP 982: Poultry Health Management I
This is a clinical rotation elective for 4th year veterinary students with an interest in poultry health management or food animal production. This course is offered 4 times each year. Diseases of turkeys and chickens will be discussed. Basic concepts in poultry disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment will be emphasized. The course will consist of lectures, laboratory and field experiences.

VMP 983: Poultry Health Management II [Instr. Approval]
Poultry Health Management II is a clinical rotation elective for 4th year veterinary students with a commitment to pursuing a career in poultry health management or food animal production. This course is offered throughout the year and may be repeated with permission of the instructor. The course will consist of laboratory and/or field experiences designed to meet the student’s career goals. A list of available externships in poultry health management, which may be applicable for this course can be found on the Association of Avian Pathologists web site: http://www.aaap.info/index.html, under Educational Opportunities, Senior Veterinary Student Externships approved by the Kenneth Eskelund Preceptorship Committee. Funds to help pay for travel expenses may be available through the Kenneth Eskelund Preceptorship; see information at the web site listed above.Instructor Permission Required.

VMP 984: Swine Medicine I
This course will provide senior veterinary students with techniques and expertise to approach a clinical swine problem. Students will evaluate clinical signs, analyze production records, assess facilities and management, institute a diagnostic plan and establish an economically feasible solution to the clinical problem. The outline for this course may vary slightly from year to year, but the following topics will be covered: necropsy procedures/sample techniques; interpreting serologic/virologic results; farm visits – review building/equipment designs; practical swine reproductive management; practical bacteriology; practical swine nutrition/rations; swine record systems/PigChamp.

VMP 985: Swine Med II (18 is adv.) [Instr. Approval]
This course will provide senior veterinary students with the opportunity to utilize the techniques and expertise gained in VMF 984. Students will evaluate clinical and production problems on a variety of swine farms. Practicum/field work and independent study will be conducted on commercial swine farms, usually with a veterinary practitioner or faculty member. Instructor Permission Required.

VMP 987: Ruminant Special Topics [Approval/Pre-Req]
This elective allows goal-directed educational enrichment in Ruminant Practice under the direction of consenting faculty. Formats include clinical experiences, clinical and applied investigations, etc. Topics and times are arranged by the student and consenting faculty. Available to 3rd and 4th year veterinary students only upon consent of faculty. Prerequisite: VMP 970 or VMP 972 or Instructor Permission.

VMP 990: Large Animal Community Classroom
Senior DVM students will have the opportunity to undertake an elective rotation in an approved practice externship in a large animal practice a) food animal/rural or b) equine/mixed animal. The practice opportunity will meet the need recognized by students, CVM faculty and private practice colleagues alike to increase “hands on” experience in a private practice setting. Private practice experiences are available for year 1 – 3 students through the selective offerings. Presently, senior students have the opportunity to experience private practice by arranging an externship as an elective. However, initiating an elective course will ensure consistency between experiences, with clear expectations to achieve an approved level of learning/skills objectives with verification from the practice. Practitioners will be valuable partners in the education process in the senior year, providing access to individual animal and herd-related clinical diversity that is increasingly difficult to offer in the academic setting. Seewebsite for prerequisites.

VMP 994: Extramural Experiences-Pathology
This is a two-week externship experience in pathology. The student will arrange an extramural experience in an academic, diagnostic, government, industrial, or zoological/wildlife laboratory setting under the supervision of a board certified veterinary anatomical or clinical pathologist.

VMP 999: Veterinary International Field Studies
This course will provide students with practical experience in a foreign country working on a veterinary medicine-related project being conducted in that country. Projects may focus on production medicine, occupational safety, zoological medicine, or basic research. Course Objectives: At the conclusion of the course the student will have demonstrated that they can communicate clearly and implement appropriate professional conduct in an international setting. The student should be able to establish and maintain regular communications with their faculty mentors both in country and at NCSU throughout their experience. The student should understand and be able to communicate the experiences and knowledge they gained from their field experience to an audience of their peers. The student should be able to prepare appropriately for an international trip and manage logistics and safe travel arrangements for their own travel. The student will prepare a comprehensive report of their activities and contacts developed during their international experience. Contact Dr. Michael Levy if interested in this experience.