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Veterinary Pathology (V Pth)

300 |400 |Graduate Courses |

Claire B. Andreasen, Chair of Department
Distinguished Professors (Emeritus): Cheville
University Professors (Emeritus): Kluge
Professors: Ackermann, Andreasen, Halbur, Haynes, Hopper, Hyde, Janke, Myers, Osweiler
Professors (Emeritus): Carson, Greve, Hagemoser, Holter, Jeska, Ledet, Miller, Moon, Niyo, Seaton, Stahr
Professors (Collaborators): Bolin, Brogden, Meador, Murray
Associate Professors: Beetham, Bender, Jarvinen, Jones, Yaeger
Associate Professors (Collaborators): Olsen
Assistant Professors: Fales, J. Hostetter, S. Hostetter, Petersen
Assistant Professors (Collaborators): Meyerholz, Palmer
Instructors (Adjunct): Gibson, Johnson, Olivier, Plattner

Professional Program of Study

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

The Department of Veterinary Pathology offers a systematic study of basic disease mechanisms with emphasis on the changes in gene expression, cells, tissues, organs, and body fluids associated with disease. The theory and practice of veterinary pathology, veterinary clinical pathology, veterinary parasitology, veterinary toxicology, and related disciplines provide the basis for accurate diagnosis and a rational approach to the treatment and prevention of animal diseases.

Graduate Study

The department offers work for the degree master of science and doctor of philosophy with a major in veterinary pathology. As an option, students may choose an area of specialization in cellular and molecular pathology, veterinary clinical pathology, veterinary toxicology, or veterinary parasitology (www.vetmed.iastate.edu/departments/vetpath/academics/gradprogram.asp). The master of science degree is available on a thesis or nonthesis basis in the veterinary pathology major with or without an area of specialization.

Graduates have a broad understanding of the mechanistic basis of disease pathogenesis. They are able to communicate with clinicians, other scientists, and other colleagues on scientific matters, and with the general public on related science policy matters. Graduates are able to address complex problems facing the agricultural and biomedical sciences, and comparative medicine, and are able to make appropriate diagnoses and investigations of animal diseases. They consider ethical, social, legal and environmental issues, and are skilled at carrying out research, communicating research results, and writing concise and competitive grant proposals.

Collaborative work is recommended in other departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine or departments or programs in other colleges. The department participates in the interdepartmental program in immunobiology (www.grad-college.iastate.edu/IMMUNO/) and the interdepartmental major in toxicology (www.toxicology.iastate.edu). (See Index.)

A veterinary degree (doctor of veterinary medicine or equivalent) is required for training in Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Other specializations do not require the veterinary degree. A minimum score of 550 paper-based (213 computer-based) is required on the TOEFL examination for students whose native language is not English. Scores on the standardized Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are required of students not having a veterinary degree from the United States or Canada. The GRE General Test is strongly recommended for all other applicants. A foreign language requirement will be determined by the student's program of study committee with the approval of the departmental chair. The Graduate English Examination is a graduate college requirement for native English speakers.

The M.S. thesis degree in veterinary pathology, with or without an area of specialization, requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits. Following completion of all other requirements, a comprehensive final examination is administered covering all graduate work including the thesis. The examination is typically oral, but a written component may be specified by the program of study committee. The degree candidate must submit a thesis, including at least one manuscript suitable for publication, to the committee members and departmental chair at least two weeks prior to the final examination. The departmental requirement for graduate courses includes 3 credits of basic biological sciences (biochemistry, genetics, cell biology), 4 credits of statistics (Stat 401), 4 credits of systemic pathology (from V Pth 570 or 571), 1 credit of postmortem pathology (V Pth 551) 1 credit of seminar (V Pth 605), and a significant number of research credits (V Pth 699).

The M.S. nonthesis degree in veterinary pathology, with or without an area of specialization, requires a minimum of 40 graduate credits including at least 10 graduate credits earned outside the department. Every nonthesis master's degree program requires evidence of individual accomplishment demonstrated by completion of a creative component, special report, or scientific study. A minimum of 3 credits of such independent work (V Pth 599) and a practical diagnostic examination (V Pth 606) corresponding to the area of specialization are required on every program of study. The final examination is comprehensive and consists of written and oral questions. The departmental requirement for graduate courses includes those for the M.S. thesis degree plus additional courses corresponding to the area of degree emphasis of specialization. Contact the department for a more complete list of requirements and information on areas of specialization. The Ph.D. degree in veterinary pathology, with or without an area of specialization, requires a minimum of 72 graduate credits including at least 12 graduate credits earned outside the department. The preliminary examination, consisting of written and oral components, is comprehensive and not restricted to the content of graduate courses. The degree candidate must submit a dissertation, including at least two manuscripts suitable for publication, to the committee members and departmental chair at least two weeks prior to the final examination. The final examination is primarily a defense of the dissertation, but it may include questions on other areas of specialized knowledge. The department also offers a combined DVM/Ph.D. program designed for completion of courses for the Ph.D. degree in Veterinary Pathology simultaneously with study in the professional curriculum in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Contact the department for a more complete list of requirements for the Ph.D. degree and information on areas of specialization.

Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 478.

Courses primarily for professional curriculum students

V Pth 342. Anatomic Pathology I. (Dual-listed with 542). (2-2) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: First-year classification in veterinary medicine. Basic pathology with emphasis on disease in animals and introduction to diseases by system.

V Pth 372. Anatomic Pathology II. (3-3) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 342. Response to injury by each body system.

V Pth 376. Veterinary Parasitology. (Dual-listed with 576). (3-3) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: Second-year classification in veterinary medicine. Parasitic diseases of domestic animals and their control.

V Pth 377. Case Study III. (0-4) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Second-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical applications of the basic sciences taught concurrently in the fall semester of the second year curriculum in veterinary medicine.

V Pth 401. Basics of Medical Terminology. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. 8 weeks, offered first half semester only. Discussion of prefixes, suffixes, and roots (mostly from Latin and Greek) that comprise medical terms.

V Pth 409. Introduction to Veterinary Cytology and Laboratory Techniques. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Second or third-year classification in veterinary medicine. Description, interpretation, and techniques for cellular preparations from tissues and body fluids.

V Pth 410. Llama Medicine. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Second or third year classification in veterinary medicine. Offered first half semester only. Introduction to basic camelid medicine, including anatomy, behavior, restraint, handling, husbandry, herd health, common diseases, surgical conditions, and anesthesia protocols.

V Pth 422. Special Pathology. (3-3) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 372. Pathogenesis of diseases in domestic animals.

V Pth 425. Clinical Pathology. (2-4) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 372. Principles of clinical hematology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis in domestic animals.

V Pth 456. Necropsy Laboratory Practicum. Cr. 1. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Practicum in postmortem examination and diagnosis.

V Pth 457. Clinical Pathology Laboratory Practicum. Cr. 1. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Methodology in clinical chemistry, hematology and cytology; practice in interpretation of laboratory data.

V Pth 478. Global Protozoology - Molecular Biology of Protozoa. (Dual-listed with 578). (Cross-listed with Ent). (2-1) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Analysis of cellular systems, molecules, and organelles of pathogenic protozoan parasites. Emphasis is placed on processes and systems that are unique to protozoa, are important to understanding vector-parasite-host biology/ecology, or are targets of disease prevention/treatment programs for international disease control. Nonmajor graduate credit.

V Pth 490. Independent Study. Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor and department chair.

V Pth 492. Orientation for International Experience. (2-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. 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 will be assigned.

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

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

V Pth 542. Anatomic Pathology I. (Dual-listed with 342). (2-2) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Graduate classification and Biol 352 or equivalent for graduate credit, permission of instructor. Basic pathology with emphasis on disease in animals and introduction to diseases by system.

V Pth 548. Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory. Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS. Prereq: 376 or 576. Contact hours are (0-3 to 0-9). A laboratory experience in the technical and applied aspects of veterinary parasitology.

V Pth 549. Clinical Pathology Laboratory. (0-3) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 457; permission of instructor. Laboratory procedures and clinical interpretations with emphasis on hematology, cytology, and clinical chemistry. Satisfactory-fail only.

V Pth 550. Surgical Pathology Laboratory. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 422, 570 or 571. Contact hours are (0-3 to 0-9). Diagnosis of lesions in biopsy specimens; classification of neoplasms. Course includes rotation through departmental biopsy service and review of selected cases from departmental archives. Satisfactory-fail only.

V Pth 551. Postmortem Pathology Laboratory. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 542 or 422. Contact hours are (0-3 to 0-9). Necropsy techniques of animals with emphasis on gross and microscopic lesions and diagnosis. Satisfactory-fail only.

V Pth 554. Ethics in Scientific Research and Writing. (1-0) Cr. 1. Alt. SS., offered 2008. Prereq: Graduate classification. Ethical conduct in biomedical research, criticism, writing, and adherence to regulations. Satisfactory-fail only.

V Pth 570. Systemic Pathology I. (2-4) Cr. 1-4. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: 342 or 542. Pathology of the respiratory, reproductive, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems. Emphasis on pathogenesis and anatomic pathology correlated with interpretive clinical pathology where appropriate.

V Pth 571. Systemic Pathology II. (2-4) Cr. 1-4. Alt. F., offered 2007. Prereq: 342 or 542. Pathology of the integumentary, urinary, digestive, lymphoid, and nervous systems and special senses. Emphasis on pathogenesis and anatomic pathology correlated with interpretive clinical pathology where appropriate.

V Pth 576. Veterinary Parasitology. (Dual-listed with 376). (3-3) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: Graduate classification and 542. Parasitic diseases of domestic animals and their control.

V Pth 578. Global Protozoology - Molecular Biology of Protozoa. (Dual-listed with 478). (Cross-listed with Ent). (2-1) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Analysis of cellular systems, molecules, and organelles of pathogenic protozoan parasites. Emphasis is placed on processes and systems that are unique to protozoa, are important to understanding vector-parasite-host biology/ecology, or are targets of disease prevention/treatment programs for international disease control.

V Pth 590. Special Topics. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
A. Veterinary Pathology
B. Veterinary Parasitology
C. Veterinary Toxicology
D. Veterinary Clinical Pathology

V Pth 596. International Preceptorship. (0-40) Cr. 1-12. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Admission to graduate college. International Preceptorships and Study Abroad Group programs. This course will provide 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 Pth 599. Creative Component Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.
A. Veterinary Pathology
B. Veterinary Parasitology
C. Veterinary Toxicology
D. Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Courses for graduate students

V Pth 604. Pathology Case Seminar. Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. F.S. Description and interpretation of microscopic lesions and clinical pathology data collected from cases of natural and experimental disease. Satisfactory-fail only.

V Pth 605. Current Topics Seminar. Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS. A seminar of graduate research at the time of thesis or dissertation defense.

V Pth 606. Diagnostic Interpretation. Cr. R. F.S.SS. A comprehensive examination in the diagnostic description and interpretation of case materials relevant to veterinary pathology and areas of specialization.
A. Veterinary Pathology
B. Veterinary Parasitology
C. Veterinary Toxicology
D. Veterinary Clinical Pathology

V Pth 652. Pathologic Hematology. (2-2) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: 425. Pathologic changes in blood constituents of domestic animals.

V Pth 655. Cellular and Molecular Pathology I. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq: Graduate course in biochemistry, genetics, or cell biology. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of cell injury, cellular responses to injury, and inflammation.

V Pth 656. Cellular and Molecular Pathology II. (Cross-listed with Tox). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: Graduate course in biochemistry, genetics, or cell biology. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis.

V Pth 660. Pathogenesis of Persistent Infections. (Cross-listed with V MPM). (2-0) Cr. 2. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Study of current knowledge related to host pathogen interactions during persistent and chronic infections by bacteria, viruses and parasites.

V Pth 663. Clinical Chemistry. (2-2) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2009. Prereq: 425. The pathophysiology, methodology, and clinical application of laboratory medicine.

V Pth 679. Histopathology of Laboratory Animals. (0-4) Cr. 2. Alt. SS., offered 2008. Prereq: 570 or 571. Study of microscopic lesions in laboratory animals with emphasis on description, etiology, pathogenesis, and diagnosis.

V Pth 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.
A. Veterinary Pathology
B. Veterinary Parasitology
C. Veterinary Toxicology
D. Veterinary Clinical Pathology