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Curriculum

2013-14 Catalog

(For the Class of 2016 - present)

            

The list below is the core curriculum for students at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Every effort has been made to make the list accurate as of the date of publication. However, all policies, procedures, fees, and charges are subject to change at any time by appropriate action of the faculty, the university administration, or the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. See policy updates for the most current information.

The Iowa State University Catalog

VM - 1 Curriculum

 

Fall Semester Course

Title

Credits

 

BMS 330

Principles of Morphology I (anatomy)

5

 

BMS 333

Biomedical Sciences I (microscopic anatomy/physiology-cells)

6

 

BMS 335

Molecular & Cellular Biology

1

 

BMS 336

Nutritional Biochemistry

2

 

BMS 339

Clinical Foundations I

1

 

BMS 345

Case Study I

1

 

VCS 311 

Veterinarian in Society I (careers)

R

 

VCS 391

Radiology Imaging

1

     
     

17

 

Spring Semester Course

Title

Credits

 

BMS 331

Principles of Morphology II (anatomy)

4

 

BMS 334           

Biomedical Sciences II (microscopic anatomy/physiology-systems)

6

 

BMS 337

Neuroanatomy

3

 

BMS 346

Case Study II (clinical correlations)

1

 

VMPM 380

Veterinary Immunology

2

 

VPth 342

Anatomic Pathology I

3

 

VCS 312

Veterinarian in Society II (animal behavior and welfare)

1

     
     

20

       

VM - 2 Curriculum

 

Fall Semester Course

Title

Credits

 

VMPM 386

Veterinary Microbiology I

5

 

VPth 372

Anatomic Pathology II

4

 

VPth 376

Veterinary Parasitology

4

 

VPth 377

Case Study III (clinical correlations)

2

 

VCS 313

Veterinarian in Society III (ethics)

1

 

VCS 393

Principles of Surgery

3

     
     

19

 

Spring Semester Course

Title

Credits

 

BMS 354                       

General Pharmacology

3

 

VMPM 378

Case Study IV

2

 

VMPM 387

Veterinary Virology

3

 

VMPM 388

Public Health

3

 

VCS 394

Principles of Surgery Lab

1

 

VCS 395

Small Animal Surgery

2

 

VCS 398

Anesthesiology

1

 

VPth 425

Clinical Pathology

4

     
     

19

VM - 3 Curriculum

 

Fall Semester Course

Title

Credits

 

BMS 443

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

3

 

VCS 314

Veterinarian in Society IV (Communication/leadership)

1

 

VCS 436

Small Animal Internal Medicine

3

 

VCS 444

Small Animal Medicine

4

 

VCS 445

Equine Medicine

2

 

VCS 449

Surgery Laboratory

3

 

VDPAM 450

Disturbances of Reproduction

4

 

VCS 385

Seminar

R

     
     

20

 

Spring Semester Course

Title

Credits

 

VMPM 437

Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine

3

 

VPth 409

Intro to Vet Cytology and Lab Techniques

1

 

VDPAM 426

Veterinary Toxicology

3

 

VDPAM 445

Large Animal Clinical Medicine

3

 

VCS 399

Ophthalmology

1

 

VCS/VDPAM 440

Introduction to Clinics

R

 

VCS 448

Diagnostic Imaging and Radiobiology

3

 

VCS 315

Veterinarian in Society V (veterinary law)

1

 

VCS 385

Seminar

R

     
     

15

VM - 4 Curriculum

The fourth year is designed to be flexible and to provide for species emphasis. Students must complete 44 credits during their fourth year. They must take a required block and one option block. The required block rotations are multi-species oriented and exist in all types of clinical practice. Preceptorship credit can be earned at approved government agencies, research laboratories, veterinary practices, and other approved university hospitals.

In several cases, students are given the option of choosing between two courses to meet a requirement.  For instance, the required block equine requirement can be met by taking either VCS 457 (Equine Medicine) or VCS 464 (Equine Field Services).  In such cases, students are given the opportunity to provide their preference in the schedule optimizer.  However, there are not always sufficient slots to meet all preferences, so some students will not receive their first choice, but will be assigned to the alternative course.
   
ISUCVM Fourth Year Curriculum; Approval Dates: ISUCVM Faculty, April 29, 2008; Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, Sept 11, 2008, Revised by ISUCVM Curriculum Committee for implementation – 04-03-2009

Required Block: (Total 20 Credits required of all students)

 

Course

Title


 

VCS 463                       

Primary Care

 2

 

VCS 453 

Small Animal Medicine I or II

 2

 

VCS 473

Small Animal Surgery (1 week Ortho and 1 week Soft Tissue)

 2

 

VCS 460

Radiology

 2

 

VCS 466

Anesthesiology

 2

 

VCS 468

Intensive Care/ Emergency Med

 4

 

VCS 457 or VCS 464

Equine Medicine (457) or Equine Field Service (464) (as assigned by the schedule optimizer)

 2

  VDPAM 477 Food Animal Medicine and Surgery

 2

 

VPTH 456 and VPTH 457

Necropsy and Clinical Pathology (Taken together as one 2-week block)

 2

 

VCS 495

Seminar (non-credit)

 R

 

 

 

 

   Total required   20

 

Electives:

 

May include external experiences for credit (i.e., preceptorships) that fulfill the requirements for VCS 419 (Preceptorships in small animal or equine) or VDPAM preceptorships (VDPAM 420, 424X, 466X, 479, 482, or 485) or Zoo and Exotic preceptorship (VMPM 494) or any rotations offered in the 4th year.

 

Electives required per option:  

Small animal = 6, Mixed animal = 10, Equine = 6, Food Animal = 10.

Preceptorships must follow guidelines to qualify for credit.

Additional Time Off (Total = 4 blocks [8 weeks]):

 

This time will fall randomly throughout the schedule to allow time for interviews, unapproved preceptorships, additional rotations and/or personal time.

Small Animal Option:

Required courses for all tracks listed above (20 credits) plus,

Required courses for Small Animal Track ONLY = 12 credits plus,

Selectives: 6 credits required, plus,

Electives: 6 credits required

Required courses for Small Animal Track ONLY:

 

Course

Title


 

VCS 453/454

Small Animal Medicine 

 2

 

VCS 455 or VCS 459

Soft Tissue Surgery (455) or Small Animal (Over) Population Medicine and Surgery (459)

 2

 

VCS 456

Orthopedic Surgery

 2

 

VCS 446

Neurology

 2

 

VCS 452

Dermatology (repeatable by permission)

 2

 

VCS 469

Ophthalmology

 2

       

 Selectives (Total = 6 credits required):  Selectives can usually be taken more than once.

 

Course

Title


 

VCS 459

Small Animal (Over) Population Medicine and Surgery

 2

 

VCS 471S

Small Animal Reproduction

 2

 

VCS 476

Anesthesiology

 2

 

VCS 409X

Oncology

 2

 

VCS 455

Soft Tissue Surgery

 2

 

VCS 441

Canine Rehabilitation

 2
 

VDPAM 488 and VDPAM 455

Clinical Microbiology and D Lab
(Taken together as one 2-week block)

 2

 

VCS 470

Radiology (instructor permission required)

 2
 

VCS 453/454

VCS 463

Small Animal Medicine

Primary Care

 2

 2

 

VCS 475X

Cardiology (not offered at ISU 2012-13 yr)

 1-2

 

VCS 456

Orthopedic Surgery

 2
 

VMPM 486

Public Health

 2

 

VCS 467

Pain Mgmt

 1

 

VDPAM 465

VCS 422

Animal Welfare

Blank Park Zoo* (not repeatable)

 2

 4

  
Equine Option:

Required courses for ALL Tracks (Total = 20 credits) Plus,

Required Courses for Equine Track ONLY (Total = 6 credits) plus,

Selectives: 12 credits, plus

Electives: 6 credits

**Equine option students, VCS 457 and 464 each must be taken at least once.  One of the courses satisfies the overall required block requirement, the other satisfies the equine option requirement.

Required courses for Equine Track ONLY:

 

Course

Title


 

VCS 471E

Equine Reproduction

 

 2

 

VCS 458 

Equine Surgery

 2

 

VCS 457 or VCS 464

Equine Medicine (457) or Equine Field Services (464)**

 2

Selectives (Total = 12 credits required): Selectives can usually be taken more than once

 

Course

Title


 

VCS 471E 

VCS 471C

Equine Reproduction

Comparative Reproduction

 2

 2

 

VCS 458 

Equine Surgery

 2

 

VCS 465

Farrier

 2

 

VCS 457

Equine Medicine **

 2

 

VCS 464

Equine Field Services

 2

 

VCS 469 

Ophthalmology

 2
 

VCS 446

VCS 452

VCS 476E

VCS 467

VCS 481X

Neurology

Dermatology (repeatable by permission)

Equine Anesthesia

Pain Mgmt

Equine Dentistry

 2

 2

 2

 1-2

 2

  
Mixed Animal Option:

Required courses for ALL Tracks (Total 20 credits) Plus,

Required courses for Mixed Animal Track ONLY (Total = 6 credits)

Selectives: Group A = 6 required, Group B = 2 required, plus

Electives: 10 credits required

Required courses for Mixed Animal Track ONLY:

 

Course

Title


 

VDPAM 488 and VDPAM 455

 

VCS 452

VCS 469

Clinical Microbiology (488) and D Lab (455)
(Taken together as one 2-week block)

Dermatology

Ophthalmology

 1

 1

 2

 2

  
Selectives: Group A (Total = 6 credits required) Selectives can usually be taken more than once

 

Course

Title


 

VDPAM 477 

Food Animal Medicine and Surgery

 2

 

VCS 457

Equine Medicine

 2

 

VCS 458

VDPAM 476

Equine Surgery

Large Animal Ambulatory (prereq. VDPAM 310)

 2

 2

 

Courses listed as required selectives for the Food Animal Track or Equine Track

  
Selectives: Group B (Total = 2 credits required)

 

Course

Title


 

VCS 446

Neurology

 2

 

VCS 471E,S or F

Equine, Small Animal, or Food Animal Reproduction

 2

 

VCS 452

Dermatology (repeatable by permission)

 2

 

VCS 453 

Small Animal Medicine

 2

 

VCS 455       

Soft Tissue Surgery

 2

 

VCS 456

VCS 463

Orthopedic Surgery

Primary Care

 2

 2

 

VCS 469

Ophthalmology

 2

 

VCS 475X

Cardiology (not offered at ISU 2012-13 yr)

 1-2

 

VCS 409X

Oncology

 2

 

VCS 470

Radiology (instructor permission required)

 2

 

VCS 476

VMPM 486

VCS 459A, B or C

Anesthesiology

Public Health

Small Animal (Over) Population Medicine and Surgery 

 2

 2

 2

 

or Courses listed as required selectives for the Small Animal Track

ELECTIVES:

 

10


Food Animal Option:

Required courses for ALL Tracks (Total = 20 credits) Plus,

Required courses for Food Animal Track ONLY  = 2 credits Plus,

Selectives: 12 credits required plus,

Electives: 10 credits required

Required courses for Food Animal Track ONLY:

 

Course

Title


       
 

VDPAM 488 and VDPAM 455

Clinical Microbiology and D Lab
(Taken together as one 2-week block)

 1

 1

  
Selectives (Total = 12 credits required):  Selectives can usually be taken more than once.

 

Course

Title


 

VDPAM 424X

VDPAM 483

Diagnostic Pathology preceptorship

Beef Production Medicine (prereq. VDPAM 310)

 2

 2

 

VDPAM 484

Dairy Production Medicine (prereq. VDPAM 310)

 2

 

VDPAM 480

Advanced Swine (prereq. VDPAM 310)

 2

 

VDPAM 420

VDPAM 421A-K

VDPAM 422A-F

 

Preceptorship in Veterinary Medical Practice

Great Plains Vet Education Center (see dept. complete listing)

Cattle Marketing, processing, mgmt ,consulting

(see dept for complete listing)

 1-6

 1

 1-2

 

VDPAM 479 

Applied Swine Production Medicine (prereq. VDPAM 310)

 1-6

 

VDPAM 482

Applied Beef Production Medicine (prereq. VDPAM 310)

 1-6
 

VDPAM 485

Applied Dairy Production Medicine (prereq. VDPAM 484)

 1-6

 

VDPAM 451

Embryo Transfer

 2

 

VDPAM 477

Food Animal Medicine and Surgery

 2

 

VDPAM 476

Large Animal Ambulatory (prereq. VDPAM 310)

 2

 

VPTH 456 and VPTH 457

Necropsy (456) and Clinical Pathology (457)
(Taken together as one 2-week block)

 1

 1

 

VDPAM 488 and VDPAM 455

Clinical Microbiology (488) and D Lab (455)
(Taken together and one 2-week block)

 1

 1

 

VDPAM 495

Advanced Small Ruminant Production Medicine (prereq. VDPAM 486)

 2

 

VDPAM 437

Basic Clinical Skills for Production Medicine (Wisconsin)

 2

 

VDPAM 438

Mastitis Problem Investigations (Wisconsin)

 2

 

VDPAM 439

VDPAM 463

Clinical Investigations of Fresh Cow and Calf Problems (WI)

Iowa Feedlot (requires 421D)

 2

 1

 

VDPAM 464

VDPAM 481

VDPAM 465

VDPAM 494

VCS 471F

Electives:

 Advanced Feedlot (prereq. VDPAM 310)

Advanced Cow/Calf (prereq. 2 sem. of VDPAM 436)

Animal Welfare

Advanced Dairy Production Medicine (prereq. VDPAM 310)

Food Animal Reproduction

 2

 2

 2

 2

 2 

10


Credits required during senior year: 44

Graduation Requirements: 158

To be awarded the degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, candidates must have passed all required courses in the curriculum of veterinary. Candidates must have earned at least 4 elective credits during the VM1-3 year on a graded basis of A, B, C, D while enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the veterinary medicine curriculum. Candidates must also have given a grand rounds presentation (VCS 495-Seminar).

Revised 10/10/12