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Professional DVM & Graduate Research Training Courses

Professional DVM Courses

Veterinary Anatomy/Physiology

VEM 5101 Veterinary Gross Anatomy 
Gross anatomy of organ systems of campanion and laboratory animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Tom Wronski

VEM 5113 Veterinary Embryology 
Developmental anatomy of organ systems. Course Coordinator: Dr. Roger Reep

VEM 5115 Veterinary Histology 
Microscopic anatomy of organ systems. Course Coordinator: Dr. Don Samuelson

VEM 5116 Veterinary Cell Biology 
Intra-and intercellular functions in animal systems. Course Coordinator: Dr. Don Bolser

Animal Systems Courses

VEM 5110 Animal Systems I : 
Anatomy, physiology and physiological chemistry of animal organ systems. Representative pathological phenomena are also covered. Course Coordinator: Dr. John Harvey

VEM 5110E Neuroscience Section of Animal Systems I. 
A multidisciplinary introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system that begins at the cellular level and through system neuroscience. Course Coordinator: Dr. Floyd Thompson

VEM 5111 Animal Systems II. Continuation of Animal Systems I, VEM 5110, which is a prerequisite to VEM 5111 Course Coordinator: Dr. John Harvey

VEM 5111G Musculoskeletal Section of Animal Systems II.
Includes structure and function of fasciae, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, joints, and skeletal muscle. Course Coordinator: Dr. Linda Hayward

VEM51111H Cardiovascular Section of Animal Systems II. 
Includes structure and function of the heart and associated vasculature. Course Coordinator: Dr. Linda Hayward

VEM 5111I, Respiratory Section of Animal Systems II
This course covers basic structure and function of the respiratory system.  PDFs of the notes Course Coordinator: Dr. Paul Davenport

VEM 5111J, Renal Section of Animal Systems II
This course covers basic histological and physiological aspects of kidney function.Course Coordinator: Dr. Don Bolser

VEM 5112 Animal Systems III Continuation of Animal Systems II, VEM 5111, which is a prerequisite to VEM 5112. Course Coordinator: Dr. John Harvey

VEM 5112K Hematology Section of Animal Systems III. 
Includes structure and function erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets, hematopoiesis, iron metabolism, splenic structure and function, coagulation, fibrinolysis and classification and function of plasma proteins. Course Coordinator: Dr. John Harvey

VEM 5112M Large Animal Anatomy Section of Animal Systems III. 
Laboratory dissection of a representative large domestic animal (pony) and avian (chicken) with prosection of certain comparative systems in the bovine. Emphasis is placed on the most clinically-relevant regions. Lectures and lab demonstrations supplement lab material and provide clinical correlations (applied anatomy). Course Coordinator: Dr. Rick Johnson

VEM 5191 Veterinary Ethology 
Comparative behavior of companion and domestic animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. John Harvey


VEM 5171 Veterinary Pharmacology
Offered to second-year Veterinary students, this three-credit course covers the principles of drug actions, including pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of drug action, major side effects, drug interactions and important toxicities. Significant emphasis is placed upon drug classes which have important therapeutic uses in veterinary medicine. Course Coordinator: Dr. Tom Vickroy

VEM 5286 Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
Emphasis on responsible use of veterinary drugs, including human safety issues associated with extra-label drug use. Course Coordinator: Dr. Tom Vickroy

VEM 5288 Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology 
Small animal (including avian) ethical therapeutics; nutrition as therapy; chemotherapy; corticosteroids and immunosupressants; antimicrobials; pulmonary therapeutics; neurotherapeutics; parasite control and therapy; therapeutics of pain and inflammation. Course Coordinator: Dr. Tom Vickroy

VEM 5289 Large Animal Clinical Pharmacology 
Bovine and equine ethical therapeutics; issues of food and drug residues; industrial trials; parasite chemotherapy; pharmacology of muscle relaxants; quality control programs. Course Coordinator: Dr. Tom Vickroy

VEM 5172 Veterinary Toxicology 
Principles of toxicology and mechanisms of antidotal therapy. Course Coordinator: Dr. Leah Stuchal

VEM 5176 Poisonous Plants
The course is designed to expose students to the problems of plants poisonous to domestic animals. Emphasis is placed on identification of plants from slides, dried specimens and live specimens presented during lecture and discussion periods.Course Coordinator: 

Clinical Pathology

VEM 5221 Veterinary Clinical Pathology
This four credit course is part of the core curriculum providing foundational knowledge about veterinary clinical pathology. The major goal of this course is that students be able to understand and use clinical pathology test results (hematology, hemostatic testing, biochemistry, urinalysis, cytology) to diagnose and monitor animal diseases in the clinical setting. Course Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Owen

VEM 5222 Small Animal Clinical Cytology (Elective) 
This course focuses on the use of cytology as a diagnostic tool in the practice of clinical veterinary medicine. Didactic lectures, case discussions, and laboratories will be used to discuss the cytologic evaluation of body fluids, tumors, and selected organs. Offered to Year III veterinary students, during the spring semester. Course Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Beatty

VEM 5303 Small Animal Hematology (Elective)
Lecture, discussion, and laboratory approach to advanced topics in small animal hematology including immunohematology, inherited disorders of the hemolymphatic system, hemoparasites, myeloproliferative effects of viruses and drugs, myelosuppressive disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders, coagulopathies; laboratory in practical hematology. Offered to Year III veterinary students, during the spring semester. Course Coordinator: Dr. Mary Leissinger

VEM 5854 Clinical Pathology Elective Clinic Rotation
This is a two-week elective course offered to students during their clinical rotations during the summer and fall in the VMTH.  It is designed to give third and fourth year veterinary students hands-on experience in the practical application of hematology, cytology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis.  Using materials from current and archived VMTH cases, students interact with each other and course instructors to develop microscopic skills needed to use cytology and hematology in clinical practice.  Instructor supervised case discussions emphasize the integration of hematology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, hemostasis, and blood gas evaluation in the routine assessment of diseased animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Beatty

Graduate Courses

VME 5244 Physiology of Mammals: Organ Systems
Emphasis on domestic animals commonly encountered in veterinary medicine. Physiology of nervous, muscle, blood, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal and endocrine sytems. Course Coordinator: Dr. Paul Davenport

VME 6602 General Toxicology
A graduate-level course covering the general principles of toxicology and mechanisms by which toxic effects are produced in target organs and tissues. Course Coordinator: Dr. Steve Roberts

VME 6603 Advanced Toxicology
A graduate-level course providing a survey of the health effects of each of the major classes of toxicants. Course Coordinator: Dr. Steve Roberts

VME 6650 Principles of Mammalian Pharmacology 
A graduate-level course covering key concepts regarding the cellular actions, therapeutic uses, side effects and toxic actions of major drug classes that are used in humans and non-human species. Course Coordinator: Dr. Tom Vickroy

VME 6767 Issues in the Responsible Conduct of Research
A graduate-level course addressing laws, policies, guidelines and principles concerning the conduct of research in an ethical manner. This course is required for students on NIH predoctoral fellowships. Course Coordinator: Dr. Steve Roberts

VME 6776C Animal Research: Methods & Problems
Summer C course aimed and providing biomedical orientated graduate students with a training in the safe, ethical and humane handling of experimental animals. Course Coordinator: TBD

VME 6937 Weekly Seminars in Physiological Sciences
Weekly seminars in special topics in physiology, pathology, toxicology, neuroscience, immunology, etc. Course Coordinator: Physiological Sciences Faculty 


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