College of Veterinary Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Elective Didactic Courses

College of Veterinary Medicine

Not all electives are offered every year.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

ONEHG 1301L

One Health Grand Rounds

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This elective course is designed to foster interest and discussion on major public health issues, and promote interprofessional study and research related to One Health. Each topic will focus on key challenges related to a specific health topic and explore cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions. The outcome will be to highlight how these challenges are being addressed at the national, state, and/or local levels and propose recommendations for future research and practice.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1310

Emergency and Critical Care

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This elective course focuses on the clinical knowledge and skills needed to manage the emergency and/or critical veterinary patient from presentation, through medical and surgical treatment and later during convalescence in the critical care facility or veterinary hospital. Emphasis of this course will be focused on the knowledge, clinical skills and techniques that are needed to manage commonly seen emergency/critical care patients seen in clinical companion animal practice.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1314

Clinical Immunology

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This elective course is designed to reinforce and integrate concepts presented in Veterinary Immunology (MICRG 1522) and the Practice of Veterinary Medicine sequence (VMEDG 1501-1606). Overall course goals are: (1) to apply the problem-oriented approach to a clinical immunology case and (2) to integrate immunological biomedical concepts with clinical reasoning.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1316

Shelter Medicine

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This elective course will provide an introduction to shelter medicine and medical decision making within the framework of animal sheltering. Population health and management will be explored through various topics including risk analysis, shelter sterilization, animal physical health, animal behavior and mental health, and disease control. External aspects of shelter medicine involving private practice relations, community outreach, disaster response and animal cruelty investigations will be discussed.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1318

Advanced Topics in Laboratory Animal Medicine

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This elective course will offer advanced education relevant to the practice of laboratory animal medicine through the interactive discussion of current controversial topics and literature from the field.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1320

Cytology

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This elective course is designed to expand the knowledge base of cytology that students acquired in VMEDG 1645 and to introduce advanced techniques and ancillary procedures used in diagnostic pathology.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

VMEDG 1645

VMEDG 1322

Foreign Animal Diseases (FAD)

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This elective course focuses on foreign animal diseases that are important for animal and human health. The elective will include a theoretical and a practical component. Students will be required to join ProMED and instructors will urge the open discussion of postings. The practical component will include a visit to a slaughterhouse and a classroom exercise reproducing a proper response to a FAD. These opportunities will showcase the veterinarian's role in recognizing and preventing the incursion of FADs into the country.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1324

Comparative Sports Medicine

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Comparative Sports Medicine will introduce students to the field of sports medicine. The course will use a comparative approach, with a focus on athletic, sporting and working dogs and horses. Content will expand upon concepts introduced in basic anatomy and physiology as well as equine and canine medicine and surgery. A combination of lectures, discussion sessions, demonstrations and hands-on laboratories then will reinforce and integrate these concepts as they apply to the veterinary care of athletes and working animals.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1325

Venoms and Toxins

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Venoms and Toxins is a lecture and project based course introducing zootoxins, toxin pathophysiology, treatment options, and therapeutic applications of zootoxins focusing on a One Health perspective. The course will also review clinical research methods with a student project consisting of creating a clinical trial protocol regarding a zootoxin of choice.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1326

Veterinary Spanish

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This course is intended to teach basic medical Spanish for veterinary medical students.

Credits: 1

VMEDG 1328

Veterinary Clinical Microbiology

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The purpose of this elective is to provide students with the experience in a veterinary infectious diseases diagnostic microbiology laboratory. The course will familiarize the students with the potentials and limitations of modern veterinary clinical microbiology laboratory. Areas of focus include the process involved in sample submission, completion of submission forms and specific test requests, hands-on experience and/or demonstration of the current methods used in veterinary pathogen detection, antimicrobial susceptibility testing using the minimum inhibitory concentration method (MIC), test results interpretation and application of test results in veterinary practice.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1331

Online Dental Course

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The University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine offers an online small animal dental elective with registration paid by Midwestern University. A certificate of completion is awarded upon completion of 10 comprehensive clinically relevant online modules.

Credits: 1

VMEDG 1341

Small Animal Orthopedics

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This elective class will emphasize clinical orthopedic cases seen in small animal practice. The student will be introduced to a variety of orthopedic principles along with the anatomy and physiology of orthopedic disease and injury. Students will gain an understanding of the processes that are involved with orthopedic decision-making. Students will have hands-on opportunities to apply knowledge by completing surgical approaches, placing surgical implants, and performing physical therapy techniques. Case-based learning scenarios and peer-reviewed journal articles will be utilized to further student comprehension of fundamental orthopedic concepts.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1345

Advanced Clinical Pathology

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Advanced clinical pathology is a case-based elective class in which students will hone their skills in the interpretation of clinical pathology case data. The class will focus on clinical pathology cases of relevance to Day 1 clinical practice and will include cases on both small and large animals. Students will be expected to interpret case data and integrate their interpretation into relevant pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease, while also identifying additional testing that may aid in confirmation of the suspected diagnosis. In addition, students will gain experience in public speaking through the presentation of cases to their peers, practice communication of medical knowledge through written case summaries, and assume a peer-teacher role through the creation of case-based questions that will be used to poll the class audience. This class will require students to think critically and to support their case interpretations with literature from peer-reviewed sources.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1351

Feline Medicine

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This elective course designed to teach veterinary students the clinical nuances of feline companion animals. This elective will include lecture and small group case based workshops. The goal for this course is to integrate the knowledge of mechanism of disease, clinical anatomy, and physiology in order to apply a problem-oriented approach to the diagnosis and treatment of feline patients with naturally occurring diseases.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1361

Forensic Investigations

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This elective course will provide an introduction to veterinary forensic investigations, including an overview of the ways the veterinary profession interfaces with legal and social institutions. It will also outline relevant laws and expert witness roles and responsibilities, and will provide students with an opportunity to discuss the types of animal-related cases commonly encountered. The course includes a hands-on laboratory session so that students can practice common procedures such as postmortem examination, photography, and evidence collection, and will also include two field trips that will illustrate aspects of forensic scene investigation and prosecution.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1371

Practice Management

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This elective course provides an overview of the skills required to evaluate, manage, incorporate and grow a veterinary practice. Students will learn practice management skills that will allow them to demonstrate value as associates and create a competitive advantage for a practice as practice owners. The benefits and challenges of practice ownership will be described so that students can explore how practice ownership fits their financial and professional goals.

Credits: 2

VMEDG 1381

Advanced Equine Medicine and Surgery

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The major objective of this course is to ensure the competence and confidence of those Midwestern University CVM graduates who become equine practitioners. This elective course expands upon the treatment of diseases and conditions that are discussed in VMEDG 1761 and 1762, and introduces more advanced topics related to equine practice. This course is designed for those students who have an interest in equine practice and those who want to pursue advanced training in equine medicine and surgery after completing the DVM degree. Class sessions will include labs and workshops requiring active learning and participation. In addition, there will be an individually written paper as well as small group presentations.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

VMEDG 1761

VMEDG 1391

Small Animal Clinical Nutrition

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This course is designed to teach students the iterative process of veterinary clinical nutrition. Emphasis will be placed on making nutritional recommendations for healthy animals and using nutrition to prevent and manage clinical conditions in sick patients. Emphasis will be placed on clinical skills development using lab sessions and case discussions.

Credits: 2