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VDPAM Course Offerings for Graduate Credit

Evidence Based Clinical Decision Making

Dual-listed with 407; (15-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: College of Veterinary Medicine student or permission of instructor.. Discussion, lectures and laboratories to assess the quality and significance of medical evidence in making informed decisions about the treatment of individual animals.


Poultry Diseases

Dual-listed with 408; Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Graduate student status in Vet Med, Animal Science, Animal Ecology, or Biology. Bacterial, viral, parasitic, and nutritional diseases of domestic poultry and gamebirds; biosecurity, immunization, and management procedures to prevent poultry diseases.

Veterinary Practice Entrepreneurship

Dual-listed with 414; Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Graduate Veterinarian. To provide a formal exposure to the entrepreneuarial and business skills necessary to own and operate a successful veterinary practice.

VDPAM 522 * is offered by distance and may require an additional delivery fee (check with the instructor)
Principles of Epidemiology and Population Health

(Cross-listed with V MPM.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Micro 310 or equivalent. Epidemiology and ecology of disease in populations. Disease causality and epidemiologic investigations. Issues in disease prevention, control, and eradication.

Veterinary Toxicology

Dual-listed with 426; (Cross-listed with TOX.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Permission of instructor. A study of the disease processes in animals caused by toxicants and the use of differential diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

VDPAM 527* is offered by distance and may require an additional delivery fee (check with the instructor)
Applied Statistical Methods in Population Studies

(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2007. Prereq: Stat 401. Measures of agreement, assessment of diagnostic tests, logistic regression, correlated data analysis, survival analysis, bioinformatics, linear models, comparison of multiple groups.

VDPAM 529* is offered by distance and may require an additional delivery fee (check with the instructor)
Epidemiological Methods in Population Research

(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: Stat 401. Designing, conducting, and analyzing data from field-based studies, including cross-sectional, case-control, cohort, and ecological studies. Clinical trials. Modeling disease in populations.

Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques

(Cross-listed with GDCB.) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Prereq: Graduate classification.. Workshops in basic molecular biology techniques and related procedures. Topics: A. DNA Techniques. Includes genetic engineering procedures, sequencing, PCR, and genotyping. (F.S.SS.) B. Protein Techniques. Includes fermentation, protein isolation, protein purification, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, NMR, confocal microscopy and laser microdissection, immunophenotyping, and monoclonol antibody production. (S.SS.) C. Cell Techniques. Includes immunophenotyping, ELISA, flow cytometry, microscopic techniques, and image analysis. (F.S.) D. Plant Transformation. Includes Agobacterium and particle gun-mediated transformation of tobacco, Arabidopsis, and maize, and analysis of transformants. (S.) E. Proteomics. Includes two-dimensional electrophoresis, laser scanning, mass spectrometry, and database searching. Satisfactory Fail Only.


Clinical and Diagnostic Toxicology

(Cross-listed with TOX.) (0-3) Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: D.V.M. degree or 526. Advanced study of current problems and issues in toxicology. Emphasis on problem solving utilizing clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory resources.


Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine

(0-3) Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 455. Necropsy techniques of animals with emphasis on gross and microscopic lesion description and microbiological diagnosis of disease in food animals.

VDPAM 570* is offered by distance and may require an additional delivery fee (check with the instructor)
Risk Assessment for Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

(Cross-listed with AGRON, TOX.) (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Stat 104 or consent of instructor: Wolt, Hurd. Risk assessment principles as applied to biological systems. Exposure and effects characterization in human and animal health and ecological risk assessment. Risk analysis frameworks and regulatory decision-making. Introduction to quantitative methods for risk assessment using epidemiological and distributional analyses. Uncertainty analysis.


Special Topics

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Topics in medicine, surgery, theriogenology; beef, swine, dairy, or sheep production medicine.


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.

Creative Component

Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Enrollment in nonthesis master's degree program.

VDPAM 650* is offered by distance and may require an additional delivery fee (check with the instructor)
Swine Diagnostic Medicine

Cr. 1-4. F. Prereq: Permission of instructor.. A detailed study of swine diseases emphasizing the pathogenesis and diagnosis of swine respiratory, enteric, reproduction, metabolic, and septicemic diseases.

VDPAM 655* is offered by distance and may require an additional delivery fee (check with the instructor)
Advanced Swine Production Medicine

Cr. 1-4. S. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Detailed overview of applied techniques used in swine production medicine; production modeling and record analysis, production economics and financial analysis, therapeutic and vaccination strategies, quality control procedures and food safety.


Cr. arr. Repeatable.


For more information contact:

Erica Hellmich
Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine
Ames, Iowa 50011-1250





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