Professional DVM & Graduate Research Training Courses

VEM 5101 Veterinary Gross Anatomy, Small Animal – 4 credits.
Gross anatomy of organ systems in companion animals.

VEM 5110 Animal Systems I – 7 credits.
Anatomy, physiology and physiological chemistry of animal organ systems.  Representative pathologic phenomena are also covered.

VEM 5111 Animal Systems II – 7 credits.
Continuation of Animal Systems I. VEM 5110 is a prerequisite to VEM 5111.

VEM 5112 Animal Systems III – 7 credits.
Continuation of Animal Systems II. VEM 5111 is a prerequisite to VEM 5112.

VEM 5171 Veterinary Pharmacology – 3 credits.
Introduction to general principles of pharmacology, with emphasis on selected classes of drugs that are used commonly in veterinary therapeutics, including mechanisms of action, adverse effects, indications for use as well as species – related differences in drug actions and restrictions.

VEM 5172 Veterinary Toxicology – 1 credit.
Principles of toxicology and mechanisms of antidotal therapy.

VEM 5176 Poisonous Plants – 1 credit.
The course is designed to expose students to the problems of plants poisonous to domestic animals, especially livestock and other farm animals. Emphasis will be placed on identification of plants from slides, dried specimens and live specimens presented during lecture and discussion periods. One outside lab periods will be scheduled. Students will become familiar with the general clinical signs of poisoning, postmortem lesions, species of animal most commonly affected, conditions of poisoning, and the toxic principle. Additionally, students will become familiar with the relative abundance and habitats of local poisonous plants.

VEM 5221 Veterinary Clinical Pathology – 4 credits.
This is an introductory course designed to provide basic knowledge about veterinary clinical pathology. The major goal of this course is that students be able to understand and use clinical pathology test results (complete blood cell count, serum biochemistry, urinalysis, hemostatic testing, and cytology) to diagnose and monitor animal diseases in clinical practice. In general, exam questions will focus upon recall of information taught during all course meetings (lectures, case discussions, and laboratories) and application of that information to interpret clinically based laboratory data.

VEM 5222 Cytodiagnosis in Clinical Practice – 1 credit.
This course will focus on how to obtain, stain, and evaluate high quality cytologic specimens. Students will learn to interpret microscopic findings in body fluids, organs and tissue masses, and understand the practical application of cytology as it applies to veterinary medicine.

VEM 5303 Small Animal Hematology – 1 credit.
Lecture, discussion, and lab approach to small animal hematology including the diagnosis and treatment of bone marrow disorders, immune – mediated diseases, and hemoparasites. This course is designed to provide clinical expertise in the use of hematology in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases.   Some exposure to comparative hematology will also be provided.

VEM 5854 Clinical Pathology Elective – 1 credit.
This is a half-day, two-week elective clerkship offered in the summer, fall, and spring each year.

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