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Spring 1999 Vol.23 No.2
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Veterinary Medicine Curriculum--Then and Now


Just how much have things changed at the College of Veterinary Medicine between the time Robert Valentine attended in the 1960s and today, when his daughter is here? In the 1980s, the physical surroundings changed completely, with all new buildings on a new Veterinary Medicine campus. College organization changed too, as you can see from the course rubrics listed below. But judging from the course titles, the core knowledge in the field has been fairly stable over the years.


1966
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
First Year First Semester
An Sci 102 Principles of Feeding 3/4
Chem 354 Biochemistry 5/9
VA 311 Gross Anatomy 5/12
VA 313 Histology and Embryology 5/10
VPH 319 Veterinary History and Orientation 1/1
TOTAL 19/36

1999
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
First Year First Semester
VB 300 Gross Anatomy I 5/11
VB 301 Veterinary Histology 5/9
VB 310 Neurobiology 3/5
VB 315 Physiology I 4/6
VP 330 Veterinary Medical History, Ethics & Orientation 1/1
TOTAL 18/32

1966
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
First Year Second Semester
An Nutr 351 Principles of Nutrition 3/3
Bact 300 General Microbiology 5/9
DS 100 Introduction to Dairy Production 3/4
VA 312 Gross Anatomy 5/12
VA 314 Histology and Embryology 5/10
TOTAL 21/38

1999
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
First Year Second Semester
AnSci 325 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3/4
VB 302 Gross Anatomy II 4/9
VB 305 Veterinary Developmental Anatomy 2/2
VB 316 Physiology II 4.5/7
VCM 378 Veterinary Clinical Orientation 1/1
VP 332 Veterinary Immunology 2/4
TOTAL 16.5/27

1966
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Second Year First Semester
An Sci 103 Breeds and Market Classes of Livestock 3/5
VPH 323 Bacteriology and Immunology 5/9
VPH 324 Parasitology 4/4
VPH 327 Parasitology 2/6
VPP Physiology 4/8
TOTAL 18/32

1999
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Second Year First Semester
VB 318 Pharmacology I 2.5/3
VP 333 Veterinary Parasitology 5/7
VP 334 General Pathology 4/7
VP 350 Epidemiology 2/2
VP 331 Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology 4/7
VCM 372 Veterinary Jurisprudence 1/1
TOTAL 18.5/27

1966
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Second Year Second Semester
An Sci 110 Plant and Animal Genetics 3/4
An Sci 304 Poultry Management 4/5
VPH 325 General Pathology 5/9
VPP 322 Physiology 4/8
VPP 329 Pharmacology 4/5
TOTAL 20/31

1999
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Second Year Second Semester
VB 319 Pharmacology II 3/3
VCM 330 Companion Animal Medicine I* 2/5
VCM 331 Companion Animal Medicine II* 3/5
VP 335 Special Pathology 4/8
VP 337 Virology 2/4
VP 338 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 4/4
VP 341 Food Hygiene and Public Health 2/2
TOTAL 20/26

1966
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Third Year First Semester
VA 315 Applied Anatomy 1/2
VCM 331 Diseases of Small Animals 5/5
VCM 335 General Surgery 3/5
VCM 337 Clinical and Laboratory Practice 2/6
VPH 326 Special Pathology 5/9
VPH339 Clinical Pathology 2/4
VPP330 Pharmacology 3/4
TOTAL 21/35

1999
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Third Year First Semester
VB 320 Toxicology 2/2
VCM 332 Companion Animal Medicine III* 3/5
VCM 333 Companion Animal Medicine IV* 2/5
VCM 351 Introduction to Surgery* 1/7
VCM 352 General Small Animal Surgery* 1.5/7
VCM 353 General Large Animal Surgery* 1.5/7
VCM 362 Clinical and Laboratory Practice 2/10
VCM 375 Theriogenology 4/6
VCM 376 Veterinary Anesthesiology and Fluid Therapy 2/2
TOTAL 19/32

1966
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Third Year Second Semester
Bot 226 Poisonous Plants 2/4
VCM 333 Breeding Problems and Obstetrics 5/7
VCM 334 Diseases of Large Animals 5/5
VDM 336 Special Surgery 5/10
VCM 338 Clinical and Laboratory Practice 2/6
VPH 332 Principles of Sanitation in the Processing and Handling of Foods 2/4
TOTAL 21/36

1999
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Third Year Second Semester
VB 324 Food Animal Nutrition* 2/4
VB 326 Comp. Animal Nutrition* 1/4
VCM 334 Food Animal Medicine 5/5
VCM 354 Specialty Small Animal Surgery* 2.5/6
VCM 355 Specialty Large Animal Surgery* 2.5/6
VCM 366 Clinical and Laboratory Practice II 2/12
VCM 367 Radiology and Radiobiology 3/4
VP 343 Diseases of Poultry 2/2
TOTAL 18-20/33

1966
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Fourth Year First Semester
VCM 341 Infectious Diseases of Large Animals 5/5
VCM 343 Radiology 2/2
VCM 345 Seminar 1/1
VCM 347 Clinical and Laboratory Practice 8/28
VPH 349 Diseases of Poultry 3/3
TOTAL 19/38
Fourth Year Second Semester
Accy 203 Business and Accounting Methods 2/2
VCM 340 Jurisprudence and Ethics 2/2
VCM 346 Seminar 1/1
VCM 348 Clinical and Laboratory Practice 8/26
VPH 344 Food Hygiene and Public Health 5/8
TOTAL 18/39

1999
Courses Credit/Clock Hours+
Fourth Year
VCM 302 Clinical Anesthesiology 2.5
VCM 303 Diagnostic Imaging 2.5
VCM 304 Equine Medicine and Surgery 2.5
VCM 305 Food Animal Medicine and Surgery 2.5
VCM 306 Production Medicine/Theriogenology 2.5
VCM 307 Small Animal Surgery 2.5
VCM 309 Small Animal Internal Medicine 2.5
VCM 310 Specialty Medicine 2.5
VP 369 Diagnostic Laboratory Practice 2
TOTAL 32.5

*These courses are not a full semester course.
+Clock hours = number of in-class/lab hours per week.

Key: Accy; Accountancy; An Nutr, Animal Nutrition; An Sci, Animal Science; Bact, Bacteriology; Bot, Botany; Chem, Chemistry; DS, Dairy Science; VA, Veterinary Anatomy; VB, Veterinary Biosciences; VCM, Veterinary Clinical Medicine; VP, Veterinary Pathobiology; VPH, Veterinary Pathology and Hygiene; VPP, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology.

In addition to the core curriculum, the professional program today offers about 40 electives, including such courses as Veterinary Orthopedic Biomechanics, Biostatistics, Computer Literacy/Information Management, Epidemiology and the Media, Grief Management, Human Interactions with Nonhuman Animals, and advanced clinical study of avian medicine, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, exotic animals, oncology, ophthalmology, and dairy and swine herd health management.




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