SACS Courses in the Professional Curriculum

  • VEM 5003 End of Life Issues in Veterinary Medicine: The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to specific information on the euthanasia of different species of animals as well as how to assist veterinary clienduring the decision making process and support clients whose pets are dying or have died. Course Coordinator: Dr. Kelly Harrison
  • VEM 5008 Putting Families First – Interdisciplinary Family Health. Course Coordinator: Dr. Amara Estrada
  • VEM 5051 Welfare and Wellness for Pets and People: The goal of this course is to improve the lives of those who care for animals in their professions by helping them recognize they need to take care of themselves and their colleagues with the same effort as they use to take care of the pets. Enable students with the skills needed to recognize and prevent potential challenges to welfare or wellness for pets and people. Online Coordinator: Dr. Julie Levy
  • VEM 5061 Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response: The course introduces students to the basics of responding to disasters as a volunteer veterinary responder and builds a base for further responder training. Online Coordinator: Dr. S. Kirk
  • VEM 5181 Radiological Techniques: Principles of x-rays and radiographic images; radiation safety; animal positioning and x-ray technique charts for large and small animal units. Course Coordinator: Dr. Robson Giglio
  • VEM 5191 Introduction to Veterinary Animal Behavior: Comparative behavior of companion and domestic animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Terry Curtis
  • VEM 5200 Supervised Patient Care and Clinical Skills I: Engage students in the application of knowledge acquired in the veterinary curriculum from day one in order to better prepare them for the level of responsibility expected of a Phase III student and practice ready veterinarian. Course Coordinator: Dr. Julia Wuerz
  • VEM 5202 Supervised Patient Care and Clinical Skills II: Engage Students in the application of knowledge acquired in the veterinary curriculum from day one in order to better prepare them for the level of responsibility expected of a Phase III student and practice ready veterinarian. Course Coordinator: Dr. Amy Stone
  • VEM 5203 Supervised Patient Care and Clinical Skills III: Engage Students in the application of knowledge acquired in the veterinary curriculum from day one in order to better prepare them for the level of responsibility expected of a Phase III student and practice ready veterinarian. Course Coordinator: Dr. Bobbi Conner
  • VEM 5206 Advanced Clinical Veterinary Animal Behavior: This is an interactive course. In addition to lectures on the use of psychoactive medications for behavioral disorders, how to implement a behavior modification plan, and an overview of the more common behavior problems encountered in veterinary practice, enrolled students will be presenting and reviewing behavior articles and presenting their own behavior cases. Course Coordinator: Dr. Terry Curtis
  • VEM 5220 Basic Veterinary Nutrition: Basic principles of veterinary nutrition including effects of deficiency, therapeutic nutrition, and nutrient requirements of diseased and convalescing animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Richard Hill
  • VEM 5225 Small Animal Clinical Nutrition: Didactic and problem-based approach to small and exotic animal clinical nutrition. Course Coordinator: Dr. Richard Hill
  • VEM 5241 Veterinary Ophthalmology: Study of diseases of the eye and orbit of domestic animals. Laboratories in diagnostic procedures and surgical exercises. Course Coordinator: Dr. David Whitley
  • VEM 5242 Small Animal Ophthalmology: Ophthalmologic examination techniques; problems in conjunctival and corneal disease, eyelid, nictitans and lacrimal disease, anterior segment disease, posterior segment disease, and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases. Course Coordinator: Dr. David Whitley
  • VEM 5243 Equine Ophthalmology: Form, function, disease, and treatment of the equine eye. Course Coordinator: Dr. Caryn Plummer
  • VEM 5251 Emergency Medicine and Critical Care: Evaluation and monitoring of animal patients; shock syndromes; respiratory distress syndromes; hemorrhagic disorders; trauma; cardiopulmonary resuscitation and seizure. Course Coordinator: Dr. Bobbi Conner
  • VEM 5261 Diagnostic Veterinary Radiology: Interpretation of roentgen signs of normal and abnormal systems of small animals (dogs and cats). Course Coordinator: Dr. Erin Porter
  • VEM 5262 Advanced Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging: Radiographic, ultrasound, and scintigraphic equipment and techniques for observing skeleton and soft tissues in order to identify sites of injury, disease, and other processes in small animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Robson Giglio
  • VEM 5264 Large Animal Radiology and Ultrasound: Radiographic, ultrasound, and scintigraphic equipment and techniques for observing skeleton and soft tissue in order to identify sites of injury, disease, and other processes in large animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Erin Porter
  • VEM 5286 Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology: This course builds on the fall sophomore core pharmacology course, VEM5171, where students have already learned basic mechanisms of action of drugs. Course Coordinator: Dr. Travis Lanaux
  • VEM 5288 Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology: This course is designed to be a case based, interactive course where cases are presented on various topics related to small animal clinical pharmacology with the use of Turning Point to promote interaction between faculty and students. Course Coordinator: Dr. Amadine Lejeune
  • VEM 5301 Veterinary Cardiopulmonology: Veterinary medical aspects of diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems of domestic animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Amara Estrada
  • VEM 5304 Small Animal Neurology: Course is designed to combine basic neuroscience and clinical neurology for students in the small animal area of concentration. Course Coordinator: Dr. Sheila Carrera-Justiz
  • VEM 5305 Veterinary Urology: Clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the urinary system of domestic animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Andrew Specht
  • VEM 5306 Veterinary Endocrinology: This is a very clinical oriented course providing a brief review of 32 Care in Animal Shelters as a guide to be best practices in shelters. Course Coordinator: Dr. Julie Levy
  • VEM 5322 Shelter Medicine: Students will learn the basics of infection control, preventive medicine, and vaccination strategies unique to the shelter environment. Course Coordinator: Dr. Natalie Isaza
  • VEM 5324 Veterinary Forensic Medicine: This course will teach the student the many roles of the veterinarian regarding the investigation of crimes involving animals including crime scene investigation. Course Coordinator: Dr. Cynda Crawford
  • VEM 5325 Small Animal Medicine: Essentials of small animal medicine including diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, urinary, and hemolymphatic systems; includes infectious diseases, critical care, pediatrics, and dentistry. Course Coordinator: Dr. Kirsten Cooke
  • VEM 5343 Small Animal Dentistry: To educate students in the basics of diagnosis of dental diseases and oral pathology, formulate a treatment plan, intraoral radiograph, tooth extraction and repair of jaw fractures. Course Coordinator: Dr. Amy Stone
  • VEM 5344 Small Animal Dentistry Skills and Techniques: Laboratory practicums and clinical experience in small animal and exotic species dentistry. History taking, physical examination, pre- and post-operative as well as medical management of dental patients. Course Coordinator: Dr. Amy Stone
  • VEM 5364 Clinical Medicine and Surgery of Rabbits, Rodents, and Ferrets: Introduction to laboratory animal medicine, unique anatomy and physiology and nutritional diseases of lab animals. Treatment and diagnostics and emergency medicine and supportive care. Course Coordinator: Dr. Ramiro Isaza
  • VEM 5381 Shelter Animal Physical Health: This course will help you Construction, critique, and implementation of policies and protocols to protect and enhance the physical health and well-being of sheltered dogs and cats, including recognizing and responding to threats to physical health. Course Coordinator: Dr. Cynda Crawford
  • VEM 5384 Veterinary Neurology: Evaluation of the neurologic patient with special emphasis on localization of lesions, formation of a differential diagnosis, development of a diagnostic plan, and recommendation for treatment of common neurologic disorders. The class is based largely on clinical case presentations. Course Coordinator: Dr. Sheila Carrera-Justiz
  • VEM 5387 Veterinary Dermatology: Clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin of domestic animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Rosanna Marsella
  • VEM 5388 Small Animal Dermatology: The goals of this course are to provide advanced knowledge on how to logically and systematically approach small animal dermatological diseases with particular emphasis on problem based approach. Course Coordinator: Dr. Rosanna Marsella
  • VEM 5402 Fundamentals of Soft Tissue Surgery: Fundamentals of aseptic technique, basic surgical techniques, wound healing and surgical management of disease. Surgical procedures for organ systems of domestic small animals. Course Coordinator: Dr. Brad Case
  • VEM 5432 Advanced Small Animal Surgery: Problem oriented topics and mini-lectures in small animal soft tissue surgery including skin, oral cavity, nasal/mandible, esophagus, head/neck, intestine, thoracic cavity, urinary tract, liver/spleen; handling chest and abdominal trauma, reconstruction, and neoplasms. Course Coordinator: Dr. Dan Lewis
  • VEM 5433 Small Animal Surgery Laboratory: This course will expand upon the knowledge attained in VEM5432 and give a better understanding of various problems and surgical techniques discussed in VEM5432. Course Coordinator: Dr. Stanley Kim
  • VEM 5440 Fundamentals of Orthopedic Surgery: Basic orthopedic techniques and principles. Course Coordinator: Dr. Dan Lewis

You can read more information about any of the courses in the Student Handbook.