Students

Second Year Curriculum

FALL QUARTER CORE COURSES
Title Type Units Description
VMD400B Core 2.6 total Sophomore Doctoring
A further introduction to the science and art of the practice of veterinary medicine utilizing evidence-based information, research, and practical experience of course leaders and DVM mentors. Specific topics include client communication, history taking, professional issues, critical thinking, euthanasia, and team management. Students will also develop client interview skills through role playing and simulated client exercises. The course is designed to provide a foundation of skills that are gradually built upon during the course of the veterinary educational program.
VMD414A Core 2.5 Principles of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
Introduction to the principles of pharmacology and toxicology. Pharmaco-/toxicokinetics, pharmaco-/toxicodynamics and chemotherapy of bacterial, neoplastic, fungal and viral diseases.
VMD415B Core 1.2 total Sophomore Clinical Skills
Development of clinical skills by learning procedures that are important to the practice of veterinary medicine in a variety of species in both a laboratory and clinical environment.
VMD419 Core 2.7 Virology
Introduction to the classification, morphology, and the strategy of replication of animal viruses, covering the molecular pathogenesis of animal viruses at the cellular level with emphasis on agents of infectious diseases of domestic animals.
VMD433 Core 1.2 Veterinary Oncology
Relationships between pathology, hematology, cytology, immunology, and the clinical manifestations of neoplastic diseases in animals.
VMD447 Core 1.0 Introduction to Public Veterinary Practice and Foreign Animal Diseases
Overview of the importance of foreign animal diseases and the veterinary responsibilities associated with the prevention, detection and reporting of these diseases in the United States.
VMD451 Core 4.9 Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology
Introduction to the bacterial and fungal agents of animal diseases. Specifically, each microorganism will be discussed with respect to overall significance to animal disease; structural and functional aspects including morphology, cellular composition, and products of medical interest.
VMD452 Core 3.1 General Pathology
Basic principles of disease and in particular the fundamental mechanisms responsible for creating a disease situation. Illustrations of how the application of general pathological principles is used to determine disease pathogenesis and prognosis.
FALL QUARTER OTHER COURSES
Title Type Units Description
APC290 Elective 1.0 VSTP/VETS Issues in Modern Biology
PMI214 Elective 2.0 Vector-borne Infectious Diseases: Changing Patterns
Vector-borne infectious diseases especially as they relate to changing patterns associated with climatic changes, trade and population movement. Cross-listed w/ENT 214.
VME415 Elective 2.0 Management and Diseases of Captive Wildlife
Introduction to the roles of a zoological veterinarian and the most common topics encountered. Emphasis on taxonomy, husbandry, preventive medicine and the most common diseases seen in common captive wildlife species.
VME432 Elective 1.0 Medical & Husbandry Procedures for Raptors
Serves as student treatment crew for the Raptor Center providing hands-on experience with handling, restraint and treatment for ill and injured birds of prey with the goal of rehabilitation and release back into their native habitat.
VME481 Elective 1.0 Clinic Rounds
Discussion of selected small and large animal cases from the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
VSR401 Elective 1.0 Small Animal Radiology Case Discussions
The role of diagnostic radiology in the clinical setting and student interpretation of radiographs.
VSR402 Elective 1.0 Large Animal Radiology Case Discussions
The role of diagnostic radiology in the clinical setting and student interpretation of radiographs.
VSR406 Elective 1.1 Small Animal Diagnostic Ultrasound
Ultrasound imaging physics, artifacts, machine controls, techniques of abdominal scanning and basic ultrasound anatomy. Lab sessions reinforce topics covered in lecture and provide hands-on ultrasound experience.
VSR424 Elective 1.2 Clinical Veterinary Oncology
The internal medicine subspecialty of oncology. Clinical considerations and basic tenets of tumor biology.
WINTER COURSES CORE COURSES
Title Type Units Description
VMD400B Core 2.6 total Sophomore Doctoring
Further the development of new technical skills that will prepare students for life-long learning and successful veterinary practice management. Emphasis will be on hands-on learning through participation.
VMD414B Core 2.5 Veterinary Pharmacology
Basic principles for the use of drugs affecting the autonomic and central nervous systems as well as compounds affecting the cardiovascular system.
VMD415B Core 1.2 total Sophomore Clinical Skills
Development of clinical skills by learning procedures that are important to the practice of veterinary medicine in a variety of species in both a laboratory and clinical environment.
VMD435 Core 3.9 total Veterinary Clinical Pathology
The principles, selection, use, interpretation, and limitations of laboratory tests used for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease in animals.
VMD446 Core 4.2 Veterinary Reproduction
Structural, functional, pathological, and clinical aspects of reproduction in animals.
VMD459 Core 5.5 total Systemic Pathology
Basic understanding of the pathobiology of major organ systems relevant to a variety of animal species. Emphasis on mechanisms of injury, patterns of response to injury, and balance between damage and repair.
WINTER COURSES OTHER COURSES
Title Type Units Description
PHR406 Elective 1.0 Human-Animal Interactions in Veterinary Science
Human relationships with companion animals, and, secondarily, on food, laboratory, and wild animals from the perspectives of veterinarians and their clients' needs.
PHR408 Elective 1.0 Behavior and Biology of Mice As Domestic Animals
Laboratory mouse biology and welfare, including the development and purposes of specialized strains of mice, constraints for their care and environmental enrichment, legislation and regulation, and the human benefits of their use.
PHR420 Elective 2.0 Zoonoses of Non-Human Primates
Epidemiological,clinical, and biological features of zoonoses of non-human primates. Emphasis given to major zoonoses which are threatening to human health and their treatment and prevention. Focus also on management of nonhuman primates in research, zoological gardens and in the wild.
PMI418 Elective 2.0 Health and Disease in Terrestrial Wildlife
Ecology and epidemiology of disease in free-ranging terrestrial wildlife.
VME290C Elective 1.0 Research Group Conference
Current research topics relevant to veterinary clinical pharmacology.
VME401 Elective 1.0 Introduction to One Health
Introduce an integrated approach to understanding one health with emphasis on relationships and interdependence of environmental, animal and human health.
VME432 Elective 1.0 Medical & Husbandry Procedures for Raptors
Serves as student treatment crew for the Raptor Center providing hands-on experience with handling, restraint and treatment for ill and injured birds of prey with the goal of rehabilitation and release back into their native habitat.
VME481 Elective 1.0 Clinic Rounds
Discussion of selected small and large animal cases from the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
VME487 Elective 2.0 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Non-domestic Animals
Comparative anatomy and physiology of non-domestic species, including captive and free-ranging wildlife, exotic pets, laboratory animals, and species in apiculture, aquaculture, and viculture. Basis for understanding husbandry, diseases, and other veterinary concerns of multiple taxa.
VSR401 Elective 1.0 Small Animal Radiology Case Discussions
The role of diagnostic radiology in the clinical setting and student interpretation of radiographs.
VSR402 Elective 1.0 Large Animal Radiology Case Discussions
The role of diagnostic radiology in the clinical setting and student interpretation of radiographs.
VSR404A Core Radiology 2.9 total Small Animal Radiology
Introduction to radiographic interpretation as it relates to muscoskeletal, thoracic, and abdominal disorders of small animals. Assignment of unknown cases as practice in interpreting radiographic patterns described in lecture.
VSR404B Core Radiology 1.6 Large Animal Radiology
Radiographic manifestations of common equine orthopedic, upper airway and thoracic diseases. Common radiographic abnormalities in non-equine large animal patients. Equine and other large animal radiographic pattern recognition and differential diagnosis generation based on the identified pattern.
SPRING QUARTER CORE COURSES
Title Type Units Description
VMD400B Core 2.6 total Sophomore Doctoring
Further the development of new technical skills that will prepare students for life-long learning and successful veterinary practice management. Emphasis will be on hands-on learning through participation.
VMD412 Core 1.1 Fundamentals of Zoonoses
Major zoonotic infections transmitted mainly by domestic animals, especially pets and particularly in North America. A short review of symptoms in animals and humans, epidemiology, diagnostic tests, treatment and prevention will be presented for each animal species and each infection or infestation. Some zoonotic diseases, subject to USDA rules and regulations, will be studied in more detail (i.e. rabies, brucellosis, tuberculosis, avian chlamydiosis).
VMD413 Core 1.3 Veterinary Food Safety
The food system and diseases transmitted by food. Topics include sources of contaminants, the function of processing in food safety, and the role of veterinarians in pre-harvest food safety and in food protection in general.
VMD414C Core 1.9 Veterinary Toxicology
Toxicants of major importance in veterinary medicine. Basic principles and mechanism of action of toxicants, therapeutic and diagnostic approach.
VMD415B Core 1.2 total Sophomore Clinical Skills
Development of clinical skills by learning procedures that are important to the practice of veterinary medicine in a variety of species in both a laboratory and clinical environment.
VMD426 Core 1.7 Principles of Veterinary Anesthesiology and Critical Patient Care
Basic principles of veterinary anesthesiology including techniques of monitoring and management of animals under anesthesia.
VMD435 Core 3.9 total Veterinary Clinical Pathology
The principles, selection, use, interpretation, and limitations of laboratory tests used for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease in animals.
VMD459 Core 5.5 total Systemic Pathology
Basic understanding of the pathobiology of major organ systems relevant to a variety of animal species. Emphasis on mechanisms of injury, patterns of response to injury, and balance between damage and repair.
SPRING QUARTER OTHER COURSES
Title Type Units Description
APC410 Elective 1.8 Equine Locomotor Anatomy
Normal anatomy of the equine fore and hind limb bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and vessels with emphasis on clinically applicable structures.
PHR446A Core Reproduction 1.2 Large Animal Reproduction
Normal and abnormal clinical reproduction in large livestock species with emphasis on comparative clinical reproductive tract examination, diagnosis, symptomatology, pathophysiology, treatment, control, prevention and herd health applications.
PHR457 Elective 2.0 Veterinary Practice Management
Information essential to the successful management of a veterinary practice. Topics include basic accounting, medical record keeping, money management, business and personal insurance, client relations and tax law.
PMI287 Elective 3.0 Comparative Pathology of Laboratory Animals
Recognition of lesions and understanding of pathogenesis of diseases of animals commonly kept in laboratory settings. Species covered include rodents, lagomorphs, amphibians, nonhuman primates, genetically manipulated animals and novel animal models.
PMI419 Elective 2.0 Field Techniques for Assessment of Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
Introduction to the concepts and technical skills necessary to conduct field studies pertaining to wildlife/ecosystem health. Different opportunities will be offered in alternate years--even years offered in Southern California, odd years in either Northern California or outside the state.
VME410 Elective 2.0 Husbandry, Feeding and Management of Captive Animals
Introduction of management and husbandry dynamics as a prerequisite for preventive health programs in zoos, aquaria, vivaria, and other environments for exotic pets and wild animals.
VME413 Elective 2.0 Medical Primatology
Major diseases, medical management and husbandry of captive non-human primates.
VME416 Elective 2.1 Diseases of Fish
Etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of fish. Preventive management of diseases in aquaculture and aquaria.
VME424 Elective 1.0 Shelter Medicine
Shelter medicine is a newly emerging specialty in veterinary medicine building on the clever solutions and experience of hundreds of shelter veterinarian, managers, technicians, rescue and foster homes, and others, who have learned their skill in the trenches.
VME432 Elective 1.0 Medical & Husbandry Procedures for Raptors
Serves as student treatment crew for the Raptor Center providing hands-on experience with handling, restraint and treatment for ill and injured birds of prey with the goal of rehabilitation and release back into their native habitat.
VME446 Core Reproduction 1.0 Small Animal Reproduction
Provides a complete description (history, physical examination, laboratory abnormalities, etc.) of the common abnormalities associated with the genital tract of male and female dogs and cats.
VME458 Elective 2.0 Behavior Therapy in Companion Animals
Clinical application of behavior modification procedures, management and drug therapy to resolve common behavioral problems of companion animals including dogs, cats, horses and birds.
VME461A Core Medicine 3.6 Small Animal Medicine - Level I
Fundamental principles, clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods and therapeutic approaches to the medical diseases of dogs and cats. Course is a core option for the professional veterinary curriculum and preparatory for advanced courses in small animal medical diagnoses and therapeutics.
VME463A Core Medicine 3.6 Food Animal Medicine, Level I
Fundamentals of food animal medicine presented in a lecture format with integrated case discussion to illustrate the context and application of material presented and to promote development of problem-solving skills.
VME464A Core Medicine 3.2 Equine Medicine, Level I
The etiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, treatment, presentation, and control of important infectious and non-infectious diseases of horses. Emphasis on problem-based approach to differential diagnosis.
VME486 Elective 1.0 Equine Clinical Neonatology
Discussion of methods of equine neonatal intensive care and disease pathophysiology in a case format.
VSR401 Elective 1.0 Small Animal Radiology Case Discussions
The role of diagnostic radiology in the clinical setting and student interpretation of radiographs.
VSR402 Elective 1.0 Large Animal Radiology Case Discussions
The role of diagnostic radiology in the clinical setting and student interpretation of radiographs.
VSR404A Core Radiology 2.9 total Small Animal Radiology
Introduction to radiographic interpretation as it relates to musculoskeletal, thoracic, and abdominal disorders of small animals. Assignment of unknown cases as practice in interpreting radiographic patterns described in lecture.