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Veterinary Clinical Sciences (V C S)

300 |400 |Graduate Courses |

James Toombs, Chair of Department
Professors: Betts, Evans, Hoefle, Hopkins, Jackson, McGee, Merkley, Noxon, D. Riedesel, Toombs, Ware
Professors (Emeritus): Carithers, Clark, Eness, Grier
Professors (Collaborators): Carpenter
Associate Professors: Baldwin, Booth, Fox, Jergens, Kline, McClure, Miles, Nieves, Obrien, Reinertson, E. Riedesel, Wagner
Assistant Professors: Ellinwood, Hopper, Locke, May, Reimer, B. A. Sponseller, Wilke, Winter, Wong
Instructors (Adjunct): Adams, Alcott, Cerfogli, Claude, Comito, Connolly, Deitz, Dujowich, Elias, Gietzen, Ginman, Gordon-Evans, Gross, Hucker, Kasai, Lotsikas, Morgan, Parkes, Pelot, Rexing, Weatherton
Senior Clinicians: King
Clinicians: Allen, Bellezzo, Buttrick, Caston, Kauffman, Langholz, Miller, Morrison, B. T. Sponseller, Streeter

Professional Program of Study

For the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine leading to the degree doctor of veterinary medicine, see Veterinary Medicine, Curriculum.

The curriculum of veterinary clinical sciences explores the preventive health care, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of companion and competitive athletic animals. Veterinary specialists lead didactic and laboratory based learning in the clinical sciences. Experiential based courses conducted through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital during the fourth year provide the student an opportunity to participate in the application of clinical skills and knowledge.

Graduate Study

The department offers work for the degree master of science with major in veterinary clinical science, and minor work for students majoring in other departments. Within the veterinary clinical sciences major, the student may specialize in veterinary medicine, surgery, or theriogenology. The D.V.M. degree or equivalent is prerequisite to a major graduate work.

Both thesis and nonthesis options are available and require the completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits and a final examination.

Foreign language requirements may be established by the student's program of study committee.

Courses primarily for professional curriculum students

V C S 305. Shelter Medicine. Cr. 1. Prereq: First year classification in Veterinary Medicine or with permission of instructor. An elective course designed to educate the veterinary student about issues of relevance to companion animal population and shelter medicine and welfare. Students may concurrently be enrolled in VCS 306X.

V C S 311. Veterinarian in Society I. Cr. R. F. Prereq: First-year classification in veterinary medicine. Introduction to the veterinary profession and the various career opportunities available.

V C S 312. Veterinarian in Society II. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: First-year classification in veterinary medicine. A continuation of the Veterinarian in Society series. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the topics of animal behavior, animal welfare, and the human animal bond.

V C S 313. Veterinarian in Society III. (1-1) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Second-year classification in veterinary medicine. A continuation of the Veterinarian in Society series. The course covers selected topics on moral and ethical issues affecting the practice of veterinary medicine.

V C S 314. Veterinarian in Society IV. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. A continuation of the Veterinarian in Society series. This course will focus on helping students develop their communication, leadership, team building and conflict resolution skills.

V C S 315. Veterinarian in Society V. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. A continuation of the Veterinarian in Society series. This course will emphasize veterinary law.

V C S 339. Clinical Foundations I. (Cross-listed with B M S). (0-2) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: First-year classification in veterinary medicine. Canine physical examination; basic behavior, animal handling and restraint; medical record keeping.

V C S 385. Seminar. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: Classification in veterinary medicine. Seminars and case discussions on selected clinical subjects by staff and fourth-year students of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Attendance is required for a passing grade Satisfactory-fail only.

V C S 391. Clinical Imaging. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: First-year classification in veterinary medicine. Evaluation of morphologic anatomy of the dog and cat utilizing clinical imaging methods - radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear imaging. Emphasis will be placed on normal radiographic anatomy.

V C S 393. Principles of Surgery. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Second year classification in veterinary medicine. General principles of surgery of companion animals

V C S 394. Principles of Surgery Laboratory. (0-3) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Second year classification in veterinary medicine. General principles of surgery of companion animals.

V C S 395. Small Animal Surgery. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: V C S 394. Small animal surgery.

V C S 396. Equine Surgery. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: V C S 394. Elective course in equine surgery.

V C S 398. Anesthesiology. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Second-year classification in veterinary medicine. Anesthetic equipment, agents, and procedures for domestic animals.

V C S 399. Ophthalmology. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Third year classification in veterinary medicine. Principles and techniques of medical and surgical ophthalmology.

V C S 401. Advanced Small Animal Orthopedics. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Third or Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Lecture course covering advanced diagnosis and treatment of small animal orthopedic conditions. Medical and surgical options are covered.

V C S 402. Clinical Cardiology. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Third or fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine; VCS 444 or concurrent enrollment in VCS 444. Elective course in diagnosis and management of cardiac diseases. Emphasis on interpretation of electrocardiography.

V C S 405. Pet Bird and Exotic Species Medicine. (1-3) Cr. 2. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: Second-, third- or fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective course in management and diseases of pet birds and exotic species.

V C S 407. Feline Internal Medicine. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective course in feline internal medicine.

V C S 414. Companion Animal Nutrition. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Third or fourth -year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective course in small animal and equine nutrition.

V C S 415. Advanced Small Animal Dermatology. (1-2) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Third or Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective course in dermatology.

V C S 419. Preceptorship in Companion Animal/Equine Veterinary Medical Practice. (0-40) Cr. 2-6. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine, permission of department chair. Elective course in veterinary practice under the guidance of veterinarians in approved practice settings.

V C S 421. Husbandry and Diseases of Non-traditional Species. (2-0) Cr. 1. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: Second-, third-, or fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Husbandry, management, and common diseases of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, and mice.

V C S 436. Small Animal Internal Medicine. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Third year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical diagnosis and treatment of diseases of small animals.

V C S 440. Introduction to Clinics. (Cross-listed with VDPAM). Cr. R. F. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Rotating assignments through multiple sections within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

V C S 443. Equine Lameness. (1-2) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Second or third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Orthopedic diseases of the equine.

V C S 444. Small Animal Medicine. (4-0) Cr. 4. F.S. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical diagnosis and treatment of diseases of small animals.

V C S 445. Equine Medicine. (2-0) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical diagnosis and treatment of diseases of equine.

V C S 446. Clinical Neurology. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical rotation in neurology with an emphasis on neurolocalization, disease processes, use of diagnostics in medical and surgical neurology and treatment options. Exposure to neurosurgical techniques.

V C S 448. Diagnostic Imaging and Radiobiology. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Essentials of diagnostic image interpretation. Essentials of radiobiology, radiation therapy and protection from radiation.

V C S 449. Junior Surgery Laboratory. (1-6) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Pre-laboratory presentations and laboratories introduce the student to surgical technique principles that can be applied to all animal species.
A. Alternative Curriculum - consists of only neutering humane society animals throughout the laboratory experience.
B. Traditional Curriculum - provides a broader range of surgical experiences throughout the laboratory experience, including humane society neutering.

V C S 450. Disturbances of Reproduction. (Cross-listed with VDPAM). (4-0) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. General principles of diseases causing disturbances in reproduction.

V C S 451. Advanced Junior Surgery Laboratory. (1-6) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VCS 449. 8 weeks. Continuation of surgical laboratory experience. Techniques and advanced principles learned are applicable to all animal species.
A. Alternative Curriculum - consists of only neutering humane society animals throughout the laboratory experience.
B. Traditional Curriculum - exposure to more advanced surgical techniques with most surgical principles useful in all animal species. Also includes some humane society neutering.
C. Traditional Curriculum - a second repeat for students with a special interest in small animal surgery. Limited space is available.

V C S 452. Clinical Dermatology. Cr. 2. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine, small animal option. Study of clinical dermatological problems via computer-aided instruction, case simulations, and/or lectures. Clinical management of cases presented to Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

V C S 453. Small Animal Medicine I. Cr. 2. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in small animal medicine.

V C S 454. Small Animal Medicine II. Cr. 2. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in small animal medicine.

V C S 455. Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in soft tissue surgery.

V C S 456. Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in orthopedic surgery.

V C S 457. Equine Medicine. Cr. 4. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in equine medicine.

V C S 458. Equine Surgery. Cr. 4. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in equine surgery.

V C S 459. Small Animal Overpopulation Medicine and Surgery. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth year classification in Veterinary Medicine. A 2-week surgical emphasis, elective rotation at a humane society that addresses the issues facing veterinarians and non-veterinary humane society personnel who deal with small animal overpopulation issues. Each section can be taken for credit once.
A. Nebraska Humane Society, Omaha NE.
B. Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Des Moines IA.
C. WaySide Waifs, Kansas City MO

V C S 460. Radiology. Cr. 3. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in veterinary radiology.

V C S 463. Community Practice. Cr. 2. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical experience in hospital based general practice.

V C S 464. Equine Field Services. Cr. 2. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in equine ambulatory practice.

V C S 465. Farrier. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. VCS 457 and VCS 458. Elective clinical assignment on the principles and practices of normal and therapeutic horseshoeing and equine foot care.

V C S 466. Anesthesiology. Cr. 3. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in small animal and large animal anesthesiology.

V C S 468. Intensive Care. Cr. 4. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment to provide supervision of hospital cases requiring intensive care and including emergency cases.

V C S 469. Ophthalmology. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment in ophthalmology.

V C S 470. Radiology. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Completion of VCS 460 recommended. Elective clinical assignment in veterinary radiology.

V C S 471. Animal Reproduction. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective clinical assignment in animal reproduction. Equine and small animal reproduction only.
E. Equine Reproduction
S. Small Animal Reproduction

V C S 472. Small Animal Medicine. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective clinical assignment in small animal medicine.

V C S 473. Small Animal Surgery. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective clinical assignment in small animal surgery split between soft tissue surgery (one week) and orthopedic surgery (one week).

V C S 474. Equine Medicine and Surgery. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective clinical assignment in equine medicine or surgery.
M. Medicine
S. Surgery

V C S 476. Anesthesiology. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective clinical assignment in small animal and large animal anesthesiology.

V C S 478. Intensive Care. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective clinical assignment in intensive care.

V C S 479. Ophthalmology. Cr. 2. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine and V C S 469. Elective clinical assignment in ophthalmology.

V C S 480. Veterinary Dentistry. Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Third or Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. All aspects of veterinary dentistry, prophylaxis, endodontics, and orthodontics.

V C S 483. Advanced Small Animal Surgery. Cr. 2. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine and V C S 473. Elective clinical assignment in small animal surgery. One or both sections offered can be taken more than once.
O. Orthopedic surgery
S. Soft tissue surgery

V C S 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-5. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

V C S 492. Orientation for International Experience. (2-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Classification in veterinary medicine. 8 weeks. Predeparture orientation for group study abroad. Cultural considerations for the study abroad experience and a conversational language introduction. Out of class work may be assigned.

V C S 495. Seminar. Cr. R. S. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Seminars and case discussions on selected subjects by staff of the College of Veterinary Medicine and others, including student presentations. Completion of the seminar is required for graduation. Satisfactory-fail only.

V C S 496. International Preceptorship. (0-40) Cr. 1-12. Repeatable. Prereq: Second-year classification in veterinary medicine. International Preceptorships and Study Abroad Group programs. Provides opportunities for students to be involved in applied clinical, production, and/or research experiences in international locations. The course consists of 40 hour per week experiential learning opportunties.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

V C S 590. Special Topics. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.
A. Medicine
B. Surgery
C. Theriogenology
D. Radiology
E. Anesthesiology

V C S 596. International Preceptorship. (0-40) Cr. 1-12. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Admission to graduate college. International Preceptorships and Study Abroad Group programs. Provides opportunities for students to be involved in applied clinical, production, and/or research experiences in international locations. The course consists of 40 hour per week experiential learning opportunities.

V C S 599. Creative Component. Cr. arr. Prereq: Enrollment in nonthesis master's degree program.

Courses for graduate students

V C S 604. Seminar. Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.

V C S 640. Advanced Radiology. (2-0) Cr. 2. Prereq: 448. Detailed principles of clinical radiology with particular reference to radiographic interpretation.

V C S 671. Advanced General Surgery. (1-3) Cr. 2. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Course designed to discuss and perform advanced surgical procedures in soft tissue, orthopedic and neurological surgery. Minimally invasive surgical procedures and organ transplantation will be included.

V C S 672. Advanced Special Surgery. (1-3) Cr. 2. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Innovative techniques in microvascular, thoracic, gastrointestinal, neurological and reconstructive surgery will be investigated.

V C S 676. Advanced Medicine. (2-0) Cr. 2. Prereq: 445. Principles of general medicine. A study in depth of factors that contribute to the development of clinical signs as related to the pathogenesis of disease.

V C S 677. Advanced Medicine. (2-0) Cr. 2. Prereq: 445. An advanced study of metabolic diseases.

V C S 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.
A. Medicine
B. Surgery
C. Theriogenology
E. Anesthesiology