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VDPAM Course Offerings for Graduate Credit

VDPAM 507 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.

VDPAM 514 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 526 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 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 528 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.

VDPAM 529 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.

VDPAM 542 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.

VDPAM 546 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.

VDPAM 551 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 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.

VDPAM 581 Advanced Cow/Calf Production Medicine

(Dual-listed with VDPAM 481). (20-20) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Completion of two semesters of VDPAM 436 or UNL equivalent (V MED 596 Cattle Production), fourth year classification in veterinary medicine
Two-week senior elective that will focus on the economics of animal disease in cow/calf operations. Evidence based medicine and epidemiological principles will be used in investigation of disease outbreaks. Extensive partial budgeting used. Students will complete at least two disease investigations involving outbreaks in commercial cow/calf operations and communicate their findings to the class, the herd owner, and local practitioner. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred.

VDPAM 590 Special Topics

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

VDPAM 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.

VDPAM 599 Creative Component
Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Enrollment in nonthesis master's degree program.

VDPAM 650 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 654. Comparative Antimicrobial Clinical Pharmacology.
Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Graduate student, resident, or intern in College of Veterinary

Initial antimicrobial selection for infectious diseases of domestic animals. The antimicrobial drug groups will be examined, stressing pharmacokinetics, minimal inhibitory concentrations, and the use of these parameters to select appropriate compounds and dosages for maximum efficacy.

VDPAM 655 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.

VDPAM 699 Research
Cr. arr. Repeatable.


* denotes class is offered by distance and my require and additional delievery fee (check with instructor).

For more information contact:

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





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