Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

photo: Mike Ziccardi trains students in the use of yagi antennas for tracking wildlife
Dr. Mike Ziccardi trains students in the use of yagi antennas for tracking wildlife

Courses

Graduate and DVM elective courses relevant to wildlife health

The following courses are offered within the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to veterinary students as electives and to graduate students (with permission of instructors). The number of units is listed in parentheses, followed by the quarter in which the course is offered (I-fall, II-winter, III-spring) and the instructor's last name. Not shown in this listing are core courses in the DVM professional curriculum, many of which have a wildlife component. Courses are subject to change. For information about the DVM program, admissions, and curriculum, check the School of Veterinary Medicine DVM Program.

VME 294. Conservation Biology and Veterinary Medicine (1) II. Mazet
Seminar--1 hour. Discussion of current topics in conservation biology as they relate to veterinary medicine; the emphasis is on wildlife. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

VME 410. Husbandry, Feeding and Management of Captive Animals (2) II. Tell
Lecture--2 hours. Prerequisite: second-year standing in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Management and husbandry dynamics for preventative health programs in zoos, aquaria, vivaria, and other environments for exotic pets and wild animals.

VME 413. Medical Primatology (2) III. Roberts
Lecture--20 hours. Prerequisite: third-year standing in School of Veterinary Medicine or consent of instructor. Major diseases, medical management and husbandry of captive non-human primates. (S/U grading only.)

VME 415. Management and Diseases of Captive Wildlife (2) II. Wack
Lecture--20 hours. Prerequisite: third-year standing in School of Veterinary Medicine. Defining the role of the veterinarian in the health care and management of captive wildlife species in both private and zoological collections.

VME 416. Fish Medicine (2) III. Hedrick
Lecture--20 hours. Prerequisite: third-year standing in School of Veterinary Medicine or consent of instructor. Etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of fish.

VME 430. Raptor Medicine and Rehabilitation (2) III. Brooks
Lecture--2 hours. Biology, behavior, parasites, diseases, toxins, iatropenic conditions, diagnostics, treatments, nursing, housing, nutrition, rehabilitation and release techniques for eggs, orphans and adult native California raptors.

PMI 283. Comparative Avian Anatomy and Pathology (1-3) I. Lowenstine
Lecture--3 hours. Prerequisite: anatomy section--upper division undergraduates, graduates, and veterinary students; pathology section--third-year and fourth-year veterinary students and graduate students. Ten lectures outline gross/microscopic anatomy of a wide range of avian species as appropriate for students interested in avian biology. Twenty lectures encompass comparative aspects of avian pathobiology and disease manifestations for students interested in avian diseases.

PMI 287. Comparative Pathology of Laboratory Animals (3) III. Lowenstine
Lecture--3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing, DVM degree, or final-year veterinary student; consent of instructor in charge. The pathology of diseases of animals commonly kept in laboratory settings including cold-blooded vertebrates as well as rodents, lagomorphs, and non-human primates.

PMI 418. Wildlife Health (2) II. Ziccardi
Discussion--20 hours. Prerequisite: first-, second-, or third-year standing in School of Veterinary Medicine or consent of instructor. Ecology and epidemiology of disease in free-ranging terrestrial wildlife.

PMI 418L. Wildlife Health Laboratory (3) III. Boyce
Lecture--1 hour; laboratory--90 hours total. Prerequisite: VME 294b and PMI 418.Introduction to the concepts and technical skills necessary to capture wild animals and conduct field studies of wildlife health and disease.

PHR 212. Epidemiology of the Zoonoses (4) II. Chomel
Lecture--2 hours; discussion--2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or third-year standing in School of Veterinary Medicine, or consent of instructor. Epidemiological, biological, and ecological features of some major infections shared by humans and other animals.

PHR 420. Zoonoses of Non-Human Primates (2) II. Chomel
Lecture--2 hours. Prerequisite: second-, third-, or fourth-year standing in the School of Veterinary Medicine or Medicine or consent of instructor. Epidemiological, clinical, and biological features of zoonoses of non-human primates.

VMD 405. Veterinary Parasitology (3) III. Boyce and Conrad
Lecture/discussion--3 hours. Biological and clinical aspects of parasites and the diseases they cause in animals.