College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Core Education

College of Veterinary Medicine

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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Course Name

ANAT 1555, 1556

Veterinary Anatomy I, II

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In these courses students will learn mammalian developmental, microscopic, and gross anatomy. Lecture and laboratory material will concentrate on canine anatomy, with comparisons to feline, equine and ruminant species. Included in the dissection of each region are the musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous and lymphatic components, and clinically relevant surface anatomy. Embryology lectures cover the general patterns and principles of normal mammalian development as well as specific aspects of the development of selected systems and species. Microanatomy lectures present basic cytology, tissue types, and specific organ systems

Credits: 6

BIOC 1555

Veterinary Biochemistry

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This course emphasizes metabolic pathways, and their thermodynamics and interrelationships in health and disease states of domestic animals. Nucleic acid, protein, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism, and the regulation of these pathways by intracellular and hormonal mechanisms are considered. Biochemical processes related to clinical problem solving will be used to encourage the student to use the information in a clinical and applied context.

Credits: 3

MICR 1522

Veterinary Immunology

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This course focuses on fundamental immunological concepts based primarily on what we know from humans and mice that will be applicable to most mammals. This will be followed by specific examples related to common veterinary species. The clinical immunology section of the course will incorporate case studies to apply basic immunology to veterinary disease, with emphasis on conditions most commonly encountered in practice (autoimmunity, hypersensitivities and cancer).

Credits: 3

MICR 1671, 1672

Veterinary Microbiology I, II

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The bacteriology portion of this course concentrates on diseases in domestic animals caused by pathogenic bacteria. Lectures emphasize basic properties of microorganisms, including identification and pathogenesis. Laboratory instruction includes basic bacteriology laboratory techniques, with hands-on application of identifying those organisms in the form of standard staining and microscope techniques, plating of cultures, and simple methods of identification of bacteria. The mycology portion of the course will present lectures on the biology of fungal pathogens of importance in veterinary medicine with emphasis on pathogenic mechanisms. Both sections will include discussion of important veterinary infectious diseases, their diagnosis, and treatment.

Credits: 4

MICR 1673

Veterinary Parasitology

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This course presents the protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites of animals, including those causing zoonotic diseases. Lectures will focus on parasite morphology, biology, and disease manifestations. Lab sessions will be sporadically introduced to reinforce lecture material, and provide students with opportunities to gain experience in identification of clinically-relevant parasites.

Credits: 3

PHAR 1660, 1661

Veterinary Pharmacology I, II

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The course will provide students with information regarding drugs that are commonly used in veterinary practice and facilitate understanding of how those drugs act in different species. This course covers the general principles of drug action, including mechanisms by which drugs exert their effects, as well as administration, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of drugs in different species. The action of drugs on the autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular system, kidneys, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract will be discussed, as well as specific therapeutic uses, and the effects in various species. In the second quarter, students continue their study of general pharmacology, learning the effects of drugs on the central nervous system and the endocrine system. Drugs used for chemotherapy and for the treatment of various types of infectious disease will be covered in detail.

Credits: 4

PHYS 1512

Veterinary Physiology I

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This is a survey course introducing the vertebrate physiological principles and concepts common to both domestic and farm animals. The course includes core principles relevant to the physiology of cells, cell signaling systems, and cardiovascular and respiratory mechanisms in health and disease.

Credits: 3

PHYS 1522

Veterinary Physiology II

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This course is a continuation of Veterinary Physiology I in which basic physiological principles relevant to veterinary practice with domestic and farm animals are surveyed. It includes core concepts in renal and acid-base physiology, and the role of the central nervous system in controlling movement, sensation, and perception.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

PHYS 1511 Veterinary Physiology I

PHYS 1533

Veterinary Physiology III

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A continuation of Veterinary Physiology II, this course presents physiological processes and concepts relevant to endocrine, reproductive and gastrointestinal function in healthy and diseased domestic and farm animals

Credits: 4

Prerequisite

PHYS 1522 Veterinary Physiology II

VMED 1501, 1502, 1503, 1604, 1605, 1606, 1707, 1708

Practice of Veterinary Medicine I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII

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These courses are a continual, year-long laboratory that will teach students fundamental clinical skills across a broad range of species. These courses will enhance students’ knowledge of the veterinary profession and factors critical for their success. It will cover such topics as professional behavior, ethics, compassion, communication skills, medical records, and veterinary career paths

Credits: 4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

VMED 1531

Anesthesia / Pain Management

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This course introduces the basic principles of anesthesiology and analgesia (pain management), including anesthetic and analgesic considerations for different veterinary species and for specific pathophysiologic conditions. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anesthetic and analgesic agents, anesthetic systems, patient monitoring and support, patient risk identification and anesthetic management and complications in different species encountered in veterinary practice will be emphasized. Focus will include perioperative pain management techniques such as regional blockade (spinal, epidural and peripheral nerve), analgesia infusions and other modalities such as transdermal techniques.

Credits: 5

VMED 1534

Principles of Radiology

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This introductory course will present basic principles and techniques of radiology and other imaging techniques such as CT and MRI. After taking this course, students will understand why anatomical structures appear as they do when imaged. This information will be important in understanding normal and abnormal imaging findings presented in other courses.

Credits: 1

VMED 1571

Theriogenology

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This course will present normal reproductive functions in common domestic species and build on the reproductive portion of Physiology I, II, and III.. Diagnosis and management of common reproductive system disorders in large and small animals will also be presented.

Credits: 3

VMED 1591, 1592

One Health I, II

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This course sequence is an opportunity for first year students to learn about investigational, clinical, and diagnostic aspects of disease affecting both animals and people. The emphasis will not be on the organisms causing the diseases, but on why and how disease outbreaks occur and how new diseases come to affect people, pets, and livestock.

Credits: 2

VMED 1641, 1642

Veterinary Pathology I, II

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This course begins by introducing the student to general pathophysiologic mechanisms which cause disease including biochemical, structural, and functional changes. Concepts covered in the first quarter include normal and altered cell development, metabolic diseases, inflammation, cell aging and repair, immunopathology and neoplasia. In part II, students apply their knowledge of general pathology to specific disease processes as they affect various organs or systems. Four aspects to be learned for each disease are etiology (cause), pathogenesis (mechanism of disease development), morphologic changes (both at the gross and microscopic level), and biochemical alterations. Laboratories will supplement course material with necropsy specimens and histopath slides to illustrate disease processes.

Credits: 5

VMED 1520

Clinical Anatomy

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This course is a clinically oriented follow-up to ANAT 1555 and will emphasize anatomical features for the most important clinical, medical, and surgical procedures specific to veterinary medicine. Normal anatomy as seen by commonly employed imaging procedures (radiography and ultrasound) will be presented as a prelude to the clinical imaging course later in the curriculum.

Credits: 4

COREG 1560, 1570, 1580

Interprofessional Healthcare

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The Interprofessional Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs, how they might interact together as part of an interprofessional healthcare team, and the importance of an interprofessional approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interprofessional team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures, panel presentations, or group assignments may also be incorporated.

Credits: Each course 0.5

BIOC 1566

Fundamentals of Animal Genetics and Nutrition

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This course provides an overview of biochemical genetics. The identification, classification, and description of nutrient classes and their functions will also be covered, including factors that affect nutrient metabolism and availability in domestic animals. Skill development in feed identification, sampling techniques, evaluation, and analysis systems will be provided. Animal nutrient requirements during different physiological states of health and disease, principals of dietetics, and nutritional investigation will be emphasized.

Credits: 3

VMED 1776

Lab Animal and Exotic Species Medicine

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This course will provide students with an introduction to the husbandry and medical care of species not covered in other small and large animal clinical course. Career options in laboratory animal medicine and exotic/zoological medicine will be presented

Credits: 3

VMED 1766, 1767

Food Animal Medicine I, II

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Students will be introduced to principles of diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical conditions found in the bovine, porcine, caprine, and ovine species. The clinical presentation and treatment of common disorders and fundamental clinical techniques will be taught. Zoonotic disorders and importance of animals in the human food chain (relative to food-borne illness) will also be discussed.

Credits: 3

VMED 1761, 1762

Equine Medicine and Surgery I, II

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In this course students will be introduced to principles of diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical conditions found in the equine species. Emphasis will be placed on the clinical assessment of patients, signs of common and uncommon diseases, management of diseases, pharmacologic agents used in equine species, and fundamental techniques used in clinical practice.

Credits: 4, 3

VMED 1735

Diagnostic Imaging

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This course will follow up on the introduction to the physics of imaging modalities presented previously. Digital radiographic imagery, MRI, CT, and ultrasound will be discussed, along with the principles of interpreting images of each of these modalities in various disease conditions. The use of special radiology techniques, such as contrast studies, will also be covered.

Credits: 5

VMED 1655, 1756, 1757

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery I, II, III

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These courses will be a comprehensive discussion on medical and surgical disorders seen in small animal practice. Medical disorders of the endocrine, urinary, gastrointestinal, cardio-pulmonary, and musculoskeletal systems will be discussed in detail. This course is designed to emphasize the clinical diagnosis and management of common diseases in companion animal species, but will also discuss pathophysiology of the diseases. Orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurological conditions will be discussed in the surgical portion of the course, including pre- and post-operative management of patients.

Credits: 5

VMED 1615, 1625, 1635

Principles of Surgery, Surgery Labs I, II, III

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This year-long course will introduce students to surgical and anesthetic techniques and give them the opportunity to practice in a wet lab, live animal setting. Aseptic technique, intravenous catheterization, intubation, basic surgical skills, and other techniques will be discussed in the earlier labs. Students will perform elective sterilization (ovariohysterectomy and orchiectomy) on live dogs under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students will participate in all aspects of the perioperative management of these patients (e.g. pre-anesthetic evaluation, induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, surgical preparation, performance of the surgery, postoperative recovery, and postoperative management).

Credits: 4, 2, 2

VMED 1648

Clinical Toxicology

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This course will introduce the most common toxins encountered in veterinary medicine with emphasis on the mechanism of action of these toxins and the pathophysiology in the animal body. Clinical presentation of animals exposed to various toxins, and treatment of the toxic exposure, will also be presented.

Credits: 3

VMED 1645

Clinical Pathology

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This course introduces the student to the interpretation of laboratory tests. General principles of laboratory testing will be discussed on a system by system basis (hematopoietic, gastrointestinal, urinary, etc.) In group discussions, lab results will be presented and students asked to develop differential diagnoses and follow-up plans. The course will include, but not be limited to, hematology, clinical chemistry, specialized chemical assays, body fluid analysis, protein analysis, and serology.

Credits: 4