Graduate Courses

VDPAM Graduate Courses


VDPAM 507. Evidence Based Clinical Decision Making.
(Dual-listed with VDPAM 407). (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: 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 and animal populations.

VDPAM 508. Poultry Diseases.
(Dual-listed with VDPAM 408). Cr. 2. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: Classification in veterinary medicine or permission of instructor
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 VDPAM 414). Cr. 2-3. S. 
Formal exposure to the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to own and operate a successful veterinary practice or other small business opportunity. Personal finance, marketing, human resource management, general accounting, site assessment, location demographics, practice valuation, and a host of other issues which must be considered when purchasing or starting a new business are covered. Class instruction will be delivered by successful practice and business owners with examples from real world experience.

VDPAM 526. Veterinary Toxicology.
(Dual-listed with VDPAM 426). (Cross-listed with TOX). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Third year classification in veterinary medicine
Study of toxicological diseases of animals emphasizing clinical recognition, circumstances of poisoning, differential diagnosis with clinical and laboratory data, therapeutic procedures, preventive management and public health implications. Supplemented with case-based materials.

VDPAM 527. Applied Statistical Methods in Population Studies.
(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered odd-numbered years. Prereq: STAT 587
ANOVA, Linear Regression, Model Selection, Mixed Models, ANCOVA, Repeated Measurement Analysis, MANOVA, Nonparametric Methods, Diagnostic Test Evaluation, ROC Curve Analysis, Generalized Linear Models, Logistic Regression, Survival Analysis, Cox Proportional Hazards Regression. This course is available on campus and by distance.

VDPAM 528. Principles of Epidemiology and Population Health.
(Dual-listed with VDPAM 428). (Cross-listed with V MPM). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. 
Epidemiology and ecology of disease in populations. Disease causality and epidemiologic investigations. Issues in disease prevention, control, and eradication. This course is available on campus and by distance.

VDPAM 529. Epidemiological Methods in Population Research.
(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: STAT 587
Designing, conducting, and analyzing outcomes from field-based studies, including cross-sectional, case-control, cohort, and clinical trials with categorical outcomes. This course is available on campus and by distance.

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 VDPAM 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 Pathology.
(0-3) Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 455, VPTH 570, VPTH 571
Necropsy techniques of animals with emphasis on gross and microscopic lesion description and microbiological diagnosis of disease in food animals.

VDPAM 560X. Ecology of Infectious Diseases. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2021. Topics of applied ecology of infectious diseases. Specific objectives include: a) understanding dynamics of pathogen transmission within and between population; b) how to reduce risk of pathogen introduction in populations; c) how to early detect pathogens and classify herds according to disease status; d) how to quantify pathogen transmission and impact in animal populations; e) applying and measure the effect of interventions to manipulate disease transmission dynamics within and between populations. Develop skills to prevent, detect and/or significantly control/eliminate animal health issues from animal populations. Learn how to quantify health issues and estimate the value of interventions to influence and mitigate health problems.

VDPAM 562X – Applied Diagnostic Technologies and Medicine for Infectious Diseases.  (3-0) Cr. R. 3. Alt. F., offered 2020. Prereq: Enrolled in Graduate Program.

This experimental course covers topics of veterinary diagnostics and diagnostic medicine for infectious diseases in animal populations, mostly livestock, and clinical applications.  The overall goal of this class is to educate students on fundamentals of diagnostics and diagnostic medicine for infectious diseases in animal populations.  Specific objectives include: a) understanding diagnostic process; b) mechanics of laboratory diagnostic methods; c) test development and validation; d) optimizing diagnostic outcomes; e) applying diagnostic data to diagnostic investigation and disease intervention.

VDPAM 564X. Animal Welfare Science and Research . Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2020 Animal welfare is increasingly a key component of societal decisions about animal use, sustainable development and human-animal relationships. Understanding animal welfare as a scientific discipline, with primary focus on veterinary, biomedical and animal science disciplines. Explore fundamental and applied approaches to animal welfare science, including experimental design, data analysis and interpretation of results. Topics selected will reflect student interests, and may include animal welfare assessment and assurance, animal cognition, pain assessment and mitigation, and animal models used in biomedical research.

VDPAM 567X. Design, Implementation and Analysis of Field Studies in Food Animals. (2-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F, offered 2021 Prereq: STAT 587 or equivalent; VDPAM 527 or VDPAM 529 or equivalent. Design of field trials to test hypotheses related to biological outcomes in food animal production. Topics include field trial designs and how-to implement these trials under field/commercial conditions; and how to calculate sample size given different type of outcomes and covers the proper statistical analyses, interpretation, and communication of the results. Invited speakers will share how they use field trials in their daily practice. Case studies.

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
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 analysis. Uncertainty analysis. This course is available only by distance.

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. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor
Topics in medicine, surgery, theriogenology; beef, swine, dairy, or sheep production medicine.

VDPAM 596. International Preceptorship.
(Dual-listed with VDPAM 496). Cr. 1-12. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Second, third or fourth 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 experiences in international locations. The course consists of 40 hour per week experiential learning opportunities. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

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

VDPAM 650. Swine Diagnostic Medicine.
Cr. 4. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: Permission of instructor
A detailed study of swine diseases emphasizing the pathogenesis and diagnosis of swine respiratory, enteric, reproduction, metabolic, and septicemic diseases. Course activities include interpretation of diagnostic case reports and development of diagnostic plans for specific disease objectives.

VDPAM 654. Comparative Antimicrobial Clinical Pharmacology.
Cr. 2. Alt. F., offered odd-numbered years.
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. 4. Alt. S., offered odd-numbered years. Prereq: Permission of instructor
Detailed overview of applied techniques used in swine production medicine; production modeling and record analysis, facility design and management, analysis of competing intervention options, design and evaluation of therapeutic and vaccination strategies, quality control procedures and food safety. Course activities include interpretation of diagnostic case reports and development of diagnostic plans for specific disease objectives.

VDPAM 699. Research.
Cr. arr. Repeatable.