Students

Third Year Curriculum

FALL QUARTER CORE COURSES
Title Type Units Description
VMD400C Core 1.8 total Junior 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 (including different types of clients) and basic business management in veterinary practice. Students will further develop client interview skills through role playing and standardized client interaction exercises.
VMD407 Core 2.4 Principles and Techniques of Operative Surgery and Anesthesia
Introduction to operative and anesthetic skills and foundation in the importance of regional anatomy in the planning and conduct of surgical practice.
VMD407L Core 1.4 total Principles and Techniques of Surgery & Anesthesia Laboratory
Introduction to surgical anatomy, operative and anesthetic skills.
VMD415C Core 1.9 total Junior 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.
VMD422 Core 1.9 Veterinary Ophthalmology
The eye and related structures. Basic anatomy and physiology with clinically relevant aspects emphasized. Presentation of clinical appearance of common pathological changes. Specific diseases frequently encountered in general practice, including signs, causes, diagnostic approach, and treatment philosophy.
VMD440 Core 2.7 Veterinary Neurology
Integrated study of the relationship between microanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathology, and the clinical manifestations and diagnosis of neurological diseases, and the use of the various neurodiagnostic aids.
VMD460 Core 1.0 Fundamentals of Clinical Orthopedics
Fundamental concepts of veterinary orthopedics, including differentials of bone disease, diagnostics for bone disease, bone biomechanics, principles of fracture repair, applied joint anatomy, principles of joint disease, applied tendon and ligament anatomy, and principles of tendon and ligament disease.
FALL QUARTER OTHER COURSES
Title Type Units Description
PHR442 Elective 2.0 Equine Theriogenology
Discussions of abnormal conditions and physiologic function in equine reproduction with emphasis on methods of diagnosis and interpretation of clinical and laboratory findings associated with the abnormalities.
PHR442L Elective 1.0 Equine Theriogenology Laboratory
Hands-on diagnosis and implementation of techniques related to reproductive examination of horses. Routine and current procedures performed on the farm. Designed to maximize the opportunity for assessment of the normal reproductive anatomy, the diagnosis and interpretations of physiologic conditions and for becoming comfortable in performing the various routine procedures.
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.
PMI283 Elective 1.0 - 3.0 Comparative Avian Anatomy and Pathology
Ten lectures outline gross/microscopic functional anatomy of a wide range of avian species as appropriate for students interested in avian biology. The remaining 20 lectures encompass comparative aspects of avian pathobiology and disease manifestations for students interested in avian diseases.
VMB475 Elective 1.5 Case Studies in Large Animal Clinical Toxicology
Clinical systematic approach to poisoning problems in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, lamoids and other livestock emphasizing their diagnosis and treatment.
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.
VME419 Elective 3.4 Companion Exotic Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
The etiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, treatment, prevention, and control of medical diseases of companion small exotic mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
VME427 Elective 1.9 Introduction to Food Animal Herd Health Medicine
Introduction to current problem solving concepts, approaches, and issues addressed in subsequent food animal medicine courses; contexts for developing problem solving skills through on-site, field investigation of herd and flock health problems.
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.
VME461B Core Medicine 3.3 Small Animal Medicine - Level I
Continuation of fundamental principles, clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods, and therapeutic approaches to the medical diseases of dogs and cats.
VME463B Core Medicine 3.4 Food Animal Medicine, Level I
Fundamentals of food animal medicine with integrated case discussions to illustrate the context and application of material presented and to promote development of problem-solving skills.
VME464B Core Medicine 3.7 Equine Medicine, Level I
Continuation in instruction in the etiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, treatment, prevention, and control of important infectious and non-infectious diseases of horses. A problem-based approach to differential diagnosis is emphasized.
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.
WINTER QUARTER CORE COURSES
Title Type Units Description
VMD400C Core 1.8 total Junior Doctoring
Introduction to the "art" of veterinary medicine, focusing on essential skills (communication, team-building, leadership, conflict management, stress management, financial management). Emphasis on practical application of these skills to function efficiently and effectively in practice, academia, industry, government or other career.
VMD407L Core 1.4 total Principles and Techniques of Surgery & Anesthesia Laboratory
Introduction to surgical anatomy, operative and anesthetic skills.
VMD415C Core 1.9 total Junior 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.
VMD444 Core 1.5 Clinical Endocrinology
A correlated review of common endocrinology disorders affecting the dog and cat.
ELECTIVE COURSES
Title Type Units Description
PHR212 Elective 4.0 Epidemiology of the Zoonoses
Epidemiological, biological and ecological features of some major infections shared by humans and other animals. Wildlife and domestic animals zoonoses of major health and economic significance are presented to illustrate how knowledge of zoonoses epidemiology is essential for implementing control measures.
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.
PHR445 Elective 2.0 Food Animal Theriogenology and Reproductive Performance
Physiological, pathophysiological, and management factors affecting the reproductive health and performance of food animals, with emphasis on dairy, beef cattle, and sheep. Minor emphasis on swine and goats. Assessment of, and intervention strategies for, herd reproductive performance.
PHR445L Elective 1.0 Food Animal Theriogenology Laboratory
Obstetrical and gynecological diagnosis and treatment for food animals; breeding soundness examination of males; analysis and on-farm use of computerized reproductive records; embryo technology.
VMB480 Elective 1.7 Case Studies in Small and Exotic Animal Clinical Toxicology
Clinical systematic approach to poisoning problems in small and exotic animals emphasizing diagnosis and treatment.
VMB485 Elective 2.0 Advanced Clinical Nutrition
Advanced training in the principles and application of small animal clinical nutrition.
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.
VME417 Elective 2.0 Companion Avian Medicine
Diseases, diagnostics, medical management and surgery of psittacine species. Avian nutrition, husbandry, and management.
VME429A Elective 1.0 Sheep Herd Health
The course will emphasize the application of problem-solving and epidemiologic methods to sheep diseases and their control.
VME429B Elective 1.0 Beef Herd Health
The application of problem-solving methods to diseases of grazing beef cattle and their control.
VME429C Elective 1.0 Swine Herd Health
The application of problem-solving and epidemiologic methods to swine diseases and their control.
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.
VME461C Core Medicine 3.7 Small Animal Medicine - Level I
Continuation of fundamental principles, clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods and therapeutic approaches to the medical diseases of dogs and cats.
VME463C Core Medicine 3.1 Food Animal Medicine, Level I
Continuation of the fundamentals of food animal medicine with integrated case discussions to illustrate the context and application of material presented and to promote development of problem-solving skills.
VME464C Core Medicine 3.4 Equine Medicine, Level I
Continuation in instruction in the etiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, treatment, prevention and control of important infectious and non-infectious diseases of horses. A problem-based approach to differential diagnosis emphasized.
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.
VSR405 Elective 2.1 Advanced Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound
The use of ultrasound for the diagnosis of common clinical diseases in both the abdomen and thorax. Examination techniques of the thorax and the abdomen covered in the laboratory sessions and examples of the abnormal presented in discussion.
VSR413 Elective 2.4 total Small Animal Dentistry
Introduction to the principles of oral examination, pathophysiology and treatment of periodontitis, exodontics, basic oral soft tissue surgery dental emergencies, orthodontics, developmental and regressive dental conditions, endodontics, prosthodontics, advanced periodontal therapy, oral medicine and advanced oral surgery.
VSR413L Elective 0.3 total Small Animal Dentistry Lab
Principles of oral examination, oral radiography, routine periodontal treatment and dental extraction techniques.
VSR423 Elective 1.5 Diagnostic Ophthalmology
The pathogenesis and diagnosis of commonly encountered eye diseases of common domestic animals.
VSR466 Elective 1.5 Large Animal Applied Anesthesiology
Applied clinical anesthesiology. Special techniques and consideration for anesthetizing a variety of species including horses, swine, ruminants, camelids, and large non-domestic species.
VSR467 Elective 2.0 Small Animal Anesthesiology
The safe clinical administration of anesthetic drugs to small animals. Clinical applications, indications and contraindications, methods of use of common anesthetic drugs and techniques will be discussed.
VSR469 Elective 3.0 Equine Surgery
Appropriate methods of diagnosis for surgical diseases, an understanding of different treatment options, and development of a framework for establishing a prognosis for the disease considering particular uses of horses.
VSR469L Elective 1.4 Equine Surgery Laboratory
Common equine surgical procedures and other techniques useful in equine practice.
SPRING QUARTER CORE COURSES
Title Type Units Description
VMD400C Core 1.8 total Junior 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 (including different types of clients) and basic business management in veterinary practice. Students will further develop client interview skills through role playing and standardized client interaction exercises.
VMD407L Core 1.4 total Principles and Techniques of Surgery & Anesthesia Laboratory
Introduction to surgical anatomy, operative and anesthetic skills.
VMD415C Core 1.9 total Junior 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.
VMD437 Core 2.0 Veterinary Ethics and Law
Ethical and legal issues critical to successful and ethical veterinary practice. Processes through which ethical and legal questions are approached and resolved. Reading and discussions supplemented with problem-based learning.
SPRING QUARTER OTHER COURSES
Title Type Units Description
PHR429D Elective 4.0 Dairy Herd Health Management
Practical systems for delivering veterinary services to dairy farms with emphasis on disease prevention and improved herd performance.
PHR429DL Elective 0.6 Dairy Herd Health Management Laboratory
Practical systems for delivering veterinary services to dairy farms with emphasis on disease prevention and improved herd performance. Field trips and computer laboratories to practice skills in animal observations, facilities observations and use of the computer for nutrition services and dairy records analysis.
PHR429E Elective 1.0 Goat Herd Health
Application of problem-solving and epidemiologic methods to goat diseases and their control and prevention.
PHR440 Elective 1.9 Ruminant Clinical Nutrition
Nutritional related disorders in ruminants with a herd basis approach. Nutritionally related disorders that affect modern cattle production. Emphasis on understanding the problem and preventing it through nutritional management.
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.
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.
VME428 Elective 1.6 Food Animal Surgery
Selected topics in surgical diseases of food animals.
VME428L Elective 0.8 Food Animal Surgery Laboratory
Representative surgeries of food animals performed by groups of students.
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.
VME450 Elective 1.7 Small Animal Clinical Immunology
Review of the basic mechanisms of immunologic diseases in small companion animals and a description of common immunologic diseases organized by body system, including clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment.
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.
VME462 Elective 2.0 Small Animal Medicine, Level II
Emphasis on differential diagnosis covering diseases of the skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary systems, plus infectious diseases affecting various organ systems. The course is a bridge between didactic teaching and the use of that knowledge in a clinical setting.
VME465 Elective 3.6 Advanced Equine Medicine, Level II
An approach to commonly encountered problems of horses held as individuals and farm settings. Development of problem-solving skills related to the medical management of horses and their problems.
VME465L Elective 0.8 Advanced Equine Medicine Level II Laboratory
Clinical presentation and instruction in treatment of the medical aspects of equine practice.
VME466 Elective 2.0 Equine Critical Care
Focus on common equine emergencies and their initial life-support management strategies. Rational approach to diagnosis and management of emergency and critically ill equine patients in clinical practice. Pathophysiology of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), and critical illness.
VME468 Elective 2.0 Advanced Feline Medicine
Fundamental principles, clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods, and therapeutic approaches to medical diseases of cats. Diseases unique to cats and diseases whose clinical presentations and diagnostic evaluations are fundamentally different in cats versus dogs.
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.
VSR413 Elective 2.4 total Small Animal Dentistry
Introduction to the principles of oral examination, pathophysiology and treatment of periodontitis, exodontics, basic oral soft tissue surgery dental emergencies, orthodontics, developmental and regressive dental conditions, endodontics, prosthodontics, advanced periodontal therapy, oral medicine and advanced oral surgery.
VSR413L Elective 0.3 total Small Animal Dentistry Lab
Principles of oral examination, oral radiography, routine periodontal treatment and dental extraction techniques.
VSR415 Elective 1.5 Small Animal Orthopedics
Common conditions of small animal lameness and basic principles of small animal traumatology.
VSR416 Elective 1.0 Equine Ultrasonology
Familiarize students with ultrasonographic diagnostic methodology and with ultrasonologic features of common diseases of the major equine organ systems.
VSR416L Elective 0.4 Equine Ultrasonology Lab
Familiarize students with ultrasonographic diagnostic methodology and with ultrasonologic features of common diseases of the major equine organ systems.
VSR460 Elective 2.0 Emergency and Critical Patient Care
Introduction to the essential and practical concepts of care for emergency and critically ill patients.
VSR462 Elective 1.0 Radiographic Diagnosis: Small Animal
Small animal radiographic case studies. Presentation and discussion of assigned cases before knowing the actual diagnosis.
VSR463 Elective 1.8 Soft Tissue Surgery
Pathophysiology and surgical treatment of selected soft tissue diseases.
VSR468 Elective 3.6 Equine Lameness and Radiology
Principles for the clinical evaluation and radiographic interpretation of lameness disorders of the fore-and hindlimbs of horses. Methods used in large-animal radiography and the latest techniques for managing and treating equine lameness. Anatomy and pathology of some areas of the musculoskeletal system.
VSR468L Elective 1.1 Equine Lameness and Radiology Lab
Focus on clinical gait evaluation, and various diagnostic strategies for localizing lameness disorders in the fore-and hindlimbs of horses. Radiographs from clinical cases. Clinical evaluation and treatment of various disorders of the foot. Equine chiropractic and acupuncture therapy.