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DVM Professional Degree Program

First Year Professional Program

Fall Semester

VMC 910 – Careers in Veterinary Medicine – Specialists and invited speakers from multiple areas of veterinary medicine will present information about career opportunities. 1 semester hour.

VMB 911 - Veterinary Anatomy I – Gross anatomy of the dog and cat. Neuroanatomy of the dog and cat. Dissection of embalmed (dog/cat), study of prosections, slides, models, radiographs, and correlations with living animals. 5 semester hours.

VMB 912 - Introduction to Clinical Problem Solving in Veterinary Practice - A combination of lectures and in-class activities will be used to explore the clinical reasoning process and steps used in “working up” a veterinary clinical case. Specific topics include: patient signalment, chief complaint, history, physical exam, problem list, differential diagnoses. Also covered: introductory clinical skills, medical records (SOAP). 2 semester hours.

VMB 913 - Veterinary Physiology I – A course in comparative physiology with special attention to domestic mammalian and avian species. Emphasis is placed on cellular and metabolic physiology and the physiology of the nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems. 4 semester hours.

VMB 914 - Histology and Cytology – This course focuses on the study of cells, basic tissues, and selected organs of domestic animals. The primary emphasis is on the molecular and structural basis for cell function, tissue organization, and organ systems. 2 semester hours. 

VMC 914 - Group Communication in Veterinary Medicine - This course explores how to effectively communicate in small groups in a professional veterinary context. Students will develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills, an understanding of task/process balance, meeting management and facilitation techniques, and communication styles and strategies for dealing with challenging group situations and conflict management. Examples and cases from veterinary medicine will guide application of group communication in context. 1 semester hour.

VMP 910 - Infection and Immunity 1 - 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 916 - Health Maintenance and Animal Production I – 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.

Spring Semester

VMB 921 - Comparative and Developmental Anatomy – Gross anatomy of domestic ungulates (horse, ox, sheep, goat, pig). Involves dissection of embalmed specimens and study of prosections, models, radiographs, and live-animal palpation. 4 semester hours.

VMB 923 - Veterinary Physiology II – A continuation course in comparative physiology with special attention to domestic and avian species. Emphasis is placed upon water and electrolyte metabolism and the physiology of gastrointestinal, endocrine, and nervous systems. 4 semester hours.

VMC 927 - Introduction to Companion Animal Behavior - This course explores the behavior of companion animals from a veterinary perspective. An emphasis is placed on behavior as an indicator of welfare and health, humane handling of animals, prevention of behavior problems, and treatment of common behavior problems. In addition, the nature of human-animal bond and ethical issues relating to human-animal interactions will be discussed. Students will learn how to diagnose and treat common behavior problems on the basis of video-rich case presentations, lecturre material, and class discussion. This course is restricted to students enrolled in the DVM Curriculum. 2 semester hours.

VMP 916 - Health Maintenance and Animal Production I – 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 920 - Infection and Immunity 2 – 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 - Cases in Infectious Diseases and Immunity 1 – 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

VMC 937 - Introduction to Physical Examination Skills - Small Animal – Introduction to physical examination, laboratory sample collection, and medication administration skills in dogs and cats. Students will also be taught how to understand and use the problem oriented approach for patient management. Students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. 1 semester hour.