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Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine Professional DVM Courses

  • VEM 5115 Veterinary Histology and Embryology- 1 Credit:
    Veterinary Histology and Embryology – 1 credit. Familiarize DVM students with the basics of veterinary histology, to allow for subsequent study of organ-specific structures. Give students an appreciation for the importance of histology and embryology and how they relate to veterinary medical practice. Prepare DVM students to understand embryological malfunctions that contribute to clinical cases. Course Coordinator – Dr. Sal Frasca.
  • VEM 5144 Large Animal Applied Veterinary Microbiology- 1 Credit:
    Provides experience with applied microbiological techniques and equipment for diagnosing bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases of horses and cattle. Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Long
  • VEM 5150 Veterinary Parasitology- 1 Credit:
    Basic principles of parasitology including morphology and life cycles of representative species inhabiting domestic animals and transmissible from animals to humans. Epidemiology, pathogenesis, pathology, and immunology are emphasized. Course Coordinator – Dr. H. Walden
  • VEM 5153 Small Animal Parasitology- 1 Credit:
    Parasites of the small animal host; identification; nomenclature, mode of infection, diagnosis, treatment and control. Course Coordinator – Dr. H. Walden
  • VEM 5154 Large Animal Parasitology- 2 Credits:
    Parasites of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and horses; identification, nomenclature, mode of infection, diagnosis, treatment and control. Course Coordinator – Dr. H. Walden
  • VEM General Pathology- 2 Credits:
    General Pathology is a lecture and laboratory course introducing basic reactions of cells and tissues to injury that underlie all disease processes and include cell injury and death, circulatory disturbances, inflammation and repair as well as disturbances of growth and neoplasia. Lectures and laboratories focus on pathogenesis, morphologic features, pathophysiologic significance and sequelae of basic pathologic processes and serve as a prerequisite for Veterinary Systemic Pathology. Course Coordinator – Dr. W. Castleman
  • VEM 5162 Veterinary Systemic Pathology- 3 Credits:
    Systemic pathology, a continuation of VEM 5161, involving study of pathogenesis and gross and microscopic characteristics of animal diseases. Course Coordinator – Dr. L. Farina
  • VEM 5165 Large Animal Pathology- 1 Credit:
    Pathology of the horse, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine from a systems perspective: including cardiovascular and respiratory, alimentary, hemolymphatic, endocrine, musculoskeletal, alimentary and hepatic systems, and non-neoplastic and neoplastic disorders. Course Coordinator – Dr. W. Castleman
  • VEM 5164 Small Animal Pathology- 1 Credit:
    Major disease entities of dogs and cats will be presented via a systems approach. Emphasis will be placed on recognition and understanding of the disease process and its clinical manifestations. Formulation of differential diagnosis will be stressed when pertinent. Course Coordinator – Dr. J. Abbott
  • VEM 5208 Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine- 1 Credit:
    This course covers areas in complementary and alternative veterinary medicine that are used as modalities in humans and animals for the treatment and prevention of disease. Course Coordinator – Dr. J. Shmalberg
  • VEM 5221 Veterinary Clinical Pathology- 4 Credits:
    This is an introductory course designed to provide basic knowledge about veterinary clinical pathology. The major goal of this course is that students be able to understand and use clinical pathology test results (complete blood cell count, serum biochemistry, urinalysis, hemostatic testing, and cytology) to diagnose and monitor animal diseases in clinical practice. In general, exam questions will focus upon recall of information taught during all course meetings (lectures, case discussions, and laboratories) and application of that information to interpret clinically based laboratory data. Course Coordinator – Dr. S. Beatty
  •  VEM 5222 Cytodiagnosis in Clinical Practice- 1 Credit:
    This course will focus on how to obtain, stain, and evaluate high quality cytologic specimens. Students will learn to interpret microscopic findings in body fluids, organs and tissue masses, and understand the practical application of cytology as it applies to veterinary medicine. Course Coordinator – Dr. S. Beatty
  • VEM 5303 Small Animal Hematology- 1 Credit:
    Lecture, discussion, and lab approach to small animal hematology including the diagnosis and treatment of bone marrow disorders, immune-mediated diseases, and hemoparasites. This course is designed to provide clinical expertise in the use of hematology in the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. Some exposure to comparative hematology will also be provided. Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Leissinger
  • VEM 5311 Avian Medicine and Surgery- 2 Credits:
    Anatomy, physiology, husbandry and aviculture, diagnosis and treatment of pet birds. Course Coordinator – Dr. D. Heard
  • VEM 5370 Reptile Medicine and Surgery- 1 Credit:
    This one credit course is presented two hours daily for two weeks. Lectures cover basic biology and husbandry of reptile pets. Lecture topics also include nutrition and nutritional diseases, antimicrobials, anesthesia and surgery, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and techniques, fungal and parasite diseases, and viral and bacterial diseases. Common clinical conditions of reptile patients such as thermal burns, infectious stomatitis, and reproductive disorders are also covered. The course includes two wet laboratories. In the surgical anatomy portion of the laboratory, the anatomy related to various surgical procedures is reviewed using cadaver specimens of snakes, turtles, lizards, and alligators. Course Coordinator – Dr J. Wellehan
  • VEM 5377 Marine and Large Mammal Medicine- 1 Credit:
    To educate students in the basic science, husbandry, medicine and surgery of large mammal. To understand the classification of mammals, special husbandry issues and management of species, including medicine surgery and anesthesia. Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Walsh
  • VEM 5378 SeaVet Clinical Training- 3 Credits:
    SeaVet is a new training program in marine mammal science and medicine. This will be the second offering of this course. The curriculum will emphasize species native to Florida such as the manatee and small cetaceans. A segment on sea turtles will also be included. The course is intended to serve as an introduction to marine mammal biology, natural history and captive husbandry. Common health concerns of both free-ranging and captive populations will be discussed with emphasis on management and disease prevention. The course is intended for students in veterinary medicine and related disciplines as well as graduate veterinarians, professional biologists, marine mammal trainers and agency personnel. Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Walsh
  • VEM 5470 Veterinary Anesthesiology- 1 Credit:
    Physics and chemistry of anesthetics; anesthetic management and monitoring; general and regional anesthesia of small animals, large animals and exotic animals. Course Coordinator – Dr. F. Garcia-Pereira
  • VEM 5472 Small Animal Anesthesiology- 1 Credit:
    The course deals with the principles and practice of small animal anesthesia. The topics include the use of small animal anesthetic machines, perianesthetic drugs, monitoring, choice of inhalant agents, perioperative pain management, management of complications, and dysrhythmias during anesthesia, local anesthetic techniques, epidural drugs, ventilator support, and anesthetic management of patients with specific diseases and procedures. Anesthesia of small mammals is also discussed. Course Coordinator – Dr. L. Pablo
  • VEM 5473 Large Animal Anesthesiology- 1 Credit:
    The course deals with the principles and practice of large animal anesthesia. The topics include perianesthetic drugs, field anesthesia, monitoring, perioperative pain management, management of complications, local anesthetic techniques, ventilator support, and anesthetic management of patients with specific diseases and procedures. Anesthesia of pigs, cattle, small ruminants, and camelids is also discussed. Course Coordinator Dr. F. Garcia-Pereira
  • VEM 5751 Core Applied Pathology Clerkship- 1 Credit:
    Experience in gross necropsy, and histopathological examination. Pathology case material consists of in-patients as well as material referred from outside. Course Coordinator – Dr. L. Farina
  • VEM 5761 Core Anesthesiology Clerkship- 2 Credits:
    Clinical experience in anesthesiology and pulmonary function. Course Coordinator – Dr. F. Garcia-Pereira
  • VEM 5821 Advanced Zoological Medicine Clerkship- 2 Credits:
    Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of pet animals, aquatic animals and exotic species. Course Coordinator – Dr. D. Heard
  • VEM 5851 Advanced Applied Pathology Clerkship- 2 Credits:
    Experience in gross necropsy and histopathological examination. Case material consists of in patients as well as material referred from outside. Requires advanced permission from the course coordinator, and the student must participate in the biopsy service. Course Coordinator – Dr. L. Farina
  • VEM 5854 Clinical Pathology Elective- 1 Credit:Through small group instructor lead sessions, laboratories, discussion, and clinical cases, this course will focus on how to obtain, evaluate, and process high quality clinical pathology specimens. Students will learn to interpret hematology, serum biochemistry, endocrinology cases in a clinical context as well as microscopic findings in blood, urine, other body fluids, organs and tissue masses, and understand the practical application of cytology as it applies to veterinary medicine. Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Leissinger
  • VEM 5861 Advanced Anesthesiology Clerkship- 2 Credits:
    Clinical experience in anesthesiology and pulmonary function. Course Coordinator – Dr. F. Garcia-Pereira
  • VEM 5876 Integrative Medicine Clerkship- 2 Credits:
    To learn the basic principles and clinical applications in areas of integrative medicine including acupuncture, herbal medicine, rehabilitation and nutrition. Course Coordinator – Dr. J. Shmalberg
  • VEM 5893 Microbiology, Parasitology, and Serology Clinical Clerkship- 1 Credit:
    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the diagnostic procedures performed on a daily basis in the areas of microbiology, parasitology and serology. The caseload will dictate the actual diseases that are seen clinically and therefore case based teaching will focus on determination of diagnostic protocols to be used, how each protocol is performed, troubleshooting problems in diagnostic testing, and the use of diagnostic keys and molecular procedures to identify microorganisms and parasites. Each student will get cases assigned at the beginning of the week and is expected to follow these cases to completion during their rotation. Course Coordinator – Dr. J. Wellehan
  • VEM 5991 Individualized Investigation- 2 Credits:
    Students individually prepare an oral and written report on a research or clinical topic. Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Long

Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine Graduate Courses

  • VME 6767 Ethical Conduct in Research: 
    Course subject matter covers scientific misconduct, safety, data management and bias, human and animal subjects, conflicts of interest, professionalism and peer review. Consistent with the recommendations, the course is a combination of lecture, discussion, case study and group exercises. Course Coordinator – Dr. M. Long