Veterinary Medicine-Companion Animal & Sp Species (VMC)

VMC 900  Advanced Equine Medicine  (1 credit hours)  

This course will build upon topics covered in VMC 952 Equine Medicine and Surgery. Lectures will cover equine medical problems in more depth than in the previous course. Additional topics will also be included. This course is designed for students who p

Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 901  Advanced Small Animal Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

This course provides more advanced instruction on medical and surgical diseases of dogs and cats. Pathophysiology, diagnostic evaluation and medical and surgical management of diseases in nephrology, urology, oncology, respiratory medicine, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, cardiology and endocrinology are contained within this course. This advanced content of this course is designed to run alongside the content in VMC 951.

Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 902  Small Animal Rounds  (1 credit hours)  

Course incorporates weekly rounds on actual cases in the NCSU-CVM. Students will practice clinical reasoning, test interpretation and oral and written case presentations in a low stakes, safe environment. Real cases will provide a comprehensive application of the pre-clinical courses. Weekly repetition of these skills will prepare students for clinical practice.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 903  Advanced Equine Surgery and Lameness  (1 credit hours)  

Course will augment areas noted by the syllabus of core equine surgery and lameness presented in VMC952. In the course surgical alternatives, techniques and outcomes will be presented at a level that a student graduating with an equine or mixed focus could describe and discuss treatments with clients or comfortably function in an internship environment

Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 904  Advanced Equine Theriogenology  (1 credit hours)  

This course provides more advanced instruction in equine Theriogenology (mare and stallion). Diagnostic evaluation and techniques, with expansion on basic core concepts introduced in previous course content are contained within this course.

Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 905  Advanced Topics in Small Animal Dermatology  (1 credit hours)  

This course will provide broad understanding of small animal dermatology by building upon the basic foundation principles covered in VMC 951. Students will learn to recognize, diagnose and treat both common and uncommon skin diseases of small animals.

"Corequisite: Enrollment in a 3rd year DVM program"

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 906  Equine Field Skills Elective  (2 credit hours)  

This course will provide practical instruction in commonly used skills and techniques necessary for equine primary care practice. It is an intensive, team taught series of individual laboratories that provide students with experience in the varied skill set required of an equine general practitioner. This course is designed for students that are in the third year of the DVM curriculum, have good horse handling skills and a desire to practice equine veterinary medicine upon graduation. Registration for this course is by instructor permission only.

Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 908  Advanced Small Animal Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Orthopedics  (2 credit hours)  

This course will provide a more advanced approach to the medical and surgical management of selected metabolic, neoplastic, nutritional, immune mediated, developmental and degenerative diseases and traumatic injury of the ophthalmologic, neurologic, and musculoskeletal systems of small animals. It is a companion course to material given in VMC961. Concurrent enrollment in third year of DVM curriculum.

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 909  Feline Medicine  (1 credit hours)  

This course will equip students for success in feline practice or in small animal or mixed practice with a feline component. The course will address the basic behavioral and nutritional needs of cats, and students will learn how the unique physiology of this species affects feline health and feline disease management.

Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 910  Careers in Veterinary Medicine  (1 credit hours)  

Specialists and invited speakers from multiple areas of veterinary medicine will present information about career opportunities.

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 911  Advanced Topics in Equine Medicine and Surgery  (1 credit hours)  

The major objectives are to expose students to additional in-depth information related to equine medicine and surgery. This course will build on information covered in equine portions of the veterinary curriculum. Students must have a degree in veterinay medicine, enrollment in the veterinary curriculum, or approval of the course coordinator.

Prerequisite: VMB 921

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 914  Group Communication in Veterinary Medicine  (1 credit hours)  

This course explores how to effectively communicate in small groups in a professional veterinary context. Students will develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills, an understanding of task/process balance, meeting management and facilitation techniques, and communication styles and strategies for dealing with challenging group situations and conflict management. Examples and cases from veterinary medicine will guide application of group communication in context. Course limited to students enrolled in the DVM curriculum.

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 915  Ethic Jurispru  (2 credit hours)  
VMC 917  Pre Hlth & Mgmt I  (1 credit hours)  
VMC 919  Clinical Behavior and Welfare for Dogs and Cats Elective  (1 credit hours)  

This is a one-credit course in clinical veterinary behavioral medicine and welfare, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems of dogs and cats. The course will build upon the foundation of normal versus abnormal behavior and learning theory of VMC 927. This course will focus on the recognition of common problem behaviors in dogs and cats and how to approach a behavior problem with a systematic Problem Oriented Approach (POVMR). The presentation, proposed etiology and pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, and plan formulation- including diagnostic, treatment, and education plans, will be discussed for common problems. Behavioral medication and complementary products will be included when discussing treatment plans. Additionally, the impact on animal welfare and the human-animal bond will be discussed. Problems to be reviewed include noise aversion, separation anxiety, compulsive disorders, housesoiling, fear and anxiety related problems, problems presenting with aggression, cognitive dysfunction, and some nuisance behaviors.

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 920  Subtropical Zoology and Medicine in Bermuda  (1 credit hours)  

This unique opportunity will allow DVM students to experience a subtropical island and much of its natural history offerings. The internationally renowned Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) will serve as the base of operations where students will be housed, fed, and taught. Lectures, laboratory sessions, and field trips will cover a wide variety of zoological and medical topics.

Requisite: Currently enrolled DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 921  Special Topics in Zoological Medicine  (1-3 credit hours)  

This elective course allows students to participate in customized laboratory and field experiences in zoological medicine (avian, aquatic, reptile, amphibian, invertebrate, and mammalian species). This course is designed to be adapted to the needs of students in the DVM program who desire practical experiences in the discipline. Specific details of individual projects are developed by the course coordinator and participating faculty. this elective course can provide partial fulfillment for elective credit for Zoo Focus Area

Prerequisite: 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 922  Veterinary Acupuncture in China  (2 credit hours)  

This elective course is a two week international experience in China that will introduce DVM students to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), including acupuncture, moxibustion, and related therapies. The course will include an overview of TCVM history, terminology, theory, and practical applications using equine (horse or donkey) and canine species. In addition, the course will include elective opportunities to meet and interact with Chinese veterinary students, and opportunities to explore the many cultural options available in China.

Prerequisite: VMB 911 and VMB 921; Corequisite: Current enrollment in the DVM program

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 923  Research in Zoological Health  (1-4 credit hours)  

This course provides an opportunity to pursue mentored research projects relevant to zoological health while in the DVM curriculum. Projects may be but are not limited to those related to the zoological focus thesis option.

Restriction: DVM student status. By Instructor Permission only.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 924  Equatorial Zoology and Medicine In Gal pagos  (1 credit hours)  

This unique opportunity will allow DVM students to experience a unique, equatorial archipelago and much of its natural history offerings. The Gal pagos Science Center (GSC) will serve as the base of operations. Dr. Gregory Lewbart, who has worked at the facility four separate times, will be the local program leader and guide. He will be assisted by local and visiting scientists. Lectures, laboratory sessions, and field trips will cover a wide variety of zoological and medical topics dealing with native invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals. There will be an emphasis on aquatic species and a paper is required.

Requisite: Currently enrolled DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 927  Introduction to Companion Animal Behavior  (2 credit hours)  

This course explores the behavior of companion animals from a veterinary perspective. An emphasis is placed on behavior as an indicator of welfare and health, humane handling of animals, prevention of behavior problems, and treatment of common behavior problems. In addition the nature of human-animal bond and ethical issues relating to human-animal interactions will be discussed. Students will learn how to diagnose and treat common behavior problems on the basis of video-rich case presentations, lecture material, and class discussion. This course is restricted to students enrolled in the DVM Curriculum.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Majors Only

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 928  Topics in Wild Reptile Medicine  (1 credit hours)  

The NCSU-CVM Turtle Rescue Team treats sick and injured wild reptiles (mostly turtles) belonging to over a dozen different species. First, second, and third year veterinary students taking this course will be responsible for case management, coordinating consultations, diagnostic testing within the hospital, and placing recuperating animals with local wildlife rehabilitators. Students are also required to attend periodic rounds and attend eight lectures about amphibians and/or reptiles, separate from the core and Selective curriculum.

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 930  Rehabilitation and Mobility Clinical Rotation  (2 credit hours)  

In this course, students will gain a general understanding of veterinary rehabilitation therapy, including principles and protocols of assessment and treatment, tissue healing, the theory and application of treatment modalities and the common conditions treated.

Requisite: Currently enrolled DVM student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 932  Principles of Surgery  (3 credit hours)  

This course covers the science, art and craft of surgery, as a foundation for clinical applications. The principles you learn will give you a foundation for performing surgery on all species, even though the examples in this course are centered on the dog and cat.

Prerequisite: 2nd year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 933  Theriogenology  (2 credit hours)  

The physiology, endocrinology, and pathology of the reproductive system are presented. Emphasis includes genital anatomy and function, endocrine interrelationships, and methods for examination of mammary gland and reproductive tract function, including diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders.

Prerequisite:Successful completion of the second year of the DVM program

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 937  Introduction to Physical Examination Skills- Small Animal  (1 credit hours)  

Introduction to physical examination, laboratory sample collection, and medication administration skills in dogs and cats. Students will also be taught how to understand and use the problem oriented approach for patient management. Students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Enrollment in year 2 of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 939  General Limited Small Animal Practice  (2 credit hours)  

Will expose clinical year veterinary students to a general small animal veterinary practice. There will be several areas of focus: learning clinical skills relevant to a general veterinary practitioner; developing strong problem solving abilities; developing the strong communication skills necessary to interact effectively with client, colleagues and staff, incorporating and conducting behavioral evaluations of pets during wellness examinations. Enrollment in this course is limited to students in the DVM professional program.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 940  Clinical Theriogenology  (2 credit hours)  

This course is designed to instruct veterinary students to make clinical diagnoses and problems of the reproduction system of domestic animals. Instruction is provided on medical and surgical correction of clinical reproductive system problems, such as infertility, obstetrical procedures, assisted reproductive techniques, and traumatic injuries. Must be enrolled in fourth year clinical rotations.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 941  Special Topics in Theriogenology  (2 credit hours)  

The primary objective of this course is to provide additional information and training to veterinary students that have taken the VMP 980 (VMC 940 new course #) clinical theriogenology senior clinical rotation. Emphasis will be directed to acquaint students with modern and current practices of clinical Theriogenology. It is expected that the majority of the information and activities offered in this course will involve equine species (80%) and, to a lesser extent, canine (10%) and bovine species (10%). Requires satisfactory completion of 3rd year of professional program and clinical theriogenology senior rotations.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 942  Principles of Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

This cross-species course provides an introduction to the principles of disease and injury state common to all species. Content in this course is intended to prepare the students for third year DVM medicine and surgery courses.

Prerequisite: 2nd year DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 943  Laboratory Animal and Zoological Species Health and Disease I  (1 credit hours)  

Principles of applied biology, management, physical examination, and medical techniques, health problems and medical treatment of laboratory and companion fishes, amphibians, and reptiles will be presented. Laboratory sessions will include handling of live animals, examination of necropsy specimens, and case discussions. Students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

P: Admission to professional veterinary program

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 944  Introduction to Clinical and Professional Communication  (1 credit hours)  

The ability to communicate with clients is important to successful veterinary practice. The focus of this course is to explore how to effectively communicate with clients in a clinical context. Students will develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills, an understanding of relationship-centered care, management of client interactions, getting informed consent, and communicating complex information. Examples and cases from veterinary medicine will guide application of clinical communication in context.

Corequisite: Current enrollment in DVM program

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 946  Extramural Business Management Experience  (2 credit hours)  

This course is designed to offer students additional business experience in the veterinary industry. Through partnership with external organizations, students will gain business experience and explore topics such as emerging business, legal, and ethical issues, practice management, human resource management, employment contracts and negotiations, buy and selling veterinary practices, and practice financing. This opportunity will consist of an evolving list of external partners and could include organizations offering practice management consulting, human resource consulting, business consulting, insurance and financing.

Prerequisite: 4th year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 947  Practice Management: Evaluating the workflow, services, and financial performance of a hospital  (2 credit hours)  

The Practice Management rotation is designed for students interested in obtaining a deeper understanding of how to manage a successful veterinary practice. This experience will give students the opportunity to apply business principles learned in the classroom to real world practices. Students will use assessment tools provided to analyze veterinary practices and provide constructive feedback to practice owners. Students will be expected to interview practice owners and staff, observe practice flow and patient care, and perform an in depth financial analysis. Students will then prepare a written summary and present their findings and appropriate recommendations to the practice owner(s).

Prerequisite: 4th year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 948  Clinical Rotation in Veterinary Radiation Oncology  (2 credit hours)  

This is an elective rotation during the 4th year of CVM professional studies providing an introduction to veterinary radiation oncology. Basic information about radiation therapy equipment, treatment planning and delivery, and outcome of patients treated for various cancers with radiation therapy will be emphasized. Students will be assigned cases being seen by the radiation oncology service as inpatients, outpatients, and new referral appointments.

Prerequisite: VMB 960

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 949  Equine Primary Care  (4 credit hours)  

This 4 week course will provide students with an initial one week of intensive clinical experience in equine primary care and three weeks with a NCSU CVM approved equine primary care practice. Students will be seeing a variety of primary care cases from CVM staff and faculty owned horses, state owned horses, and horses from non-profit organizations during the first week at Southern Pines; including vaccinations, dentistry, lameness, imaging, nasogastric intubation, and field surgery. This course is not an externship and students will have outcome assessments from the instructor as well as the veterinarian at the equine primary care practice. During the final three weeks, students will be exposed to a general equine primary care practice. Students will be expected to examine cases, discuss differentials, provide a treatment plan, perform treatments, and provide client communication. Instructor approval for enrollment required.

Prerequisite: 4th year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 950  Sea Turtle Medicine and Rehabilitation  (2 credit hours)  

This course provides practical experience in husbandry and disease diagnosis and treatment in rehabilitating sea turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (KBSRRC) in Topsail Beach, NC. Skills to be acquired in clinical and didactic setting include sea turtle husbandry and rehabilitation techniques, diagnostic sample collection and interpretation, physical examination and safe handling, medication delivery, wound treatment, and necropsy protocols.

Prerequisite: 4th year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 951  Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery I  (4 credit hours)  

Overview of medical and surgical management of selective metabolic, neoplastic, nutritional, immune-mediated, developmental and degenerative diseases of companion animals.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the 2nd year of the professional curriculum

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 952  Equine Medicine and Surgery  (3 credit hours)  

Medical conditions in large domesticated animals are presented in this course. Discussions involve the agents causing diseases and the therapeutic methods used to correct. 3 semester hours.

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 953  Laboratory Animal and Zoological Species Health and Disease II  (3 credit hours)  

Principles of applied biology, management, physical examination and medical techniques, health problems and medical treatment of laboratory animals,small companion mammals and zoological species will be presented. Laboratory sessions may include handling of live animals, examination of necropsy specimens, and case discussions. Laboratory Animal and Zoological Species Health and Disease II will focus on avian and mammalian species. Students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 954  Companion Animal Medicine for Food Animal Students  (2 credit hours)  

Small animal medicine clinical rotation emphasizing the disciplined detection, prioritizing and planning for therapy of medical diseases in small companion animals. Development of medical judgment and the use of the problem oriented medical record is stressed. This course is intended for DVM students in the food animal focus area.

Prerequisite: Senior DVM student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 955  Extramural Experiences in Lab An Med  (2 credit hours)  

DVM students will have the opportunity to undertake a two-week rotation in an approved labratory animal facility under the supervision of a labratory animal veterinarian. This opportunity will meet the need to increase ""hands-on"" experience as partof

Corequisite: Current enrollment in DVM program.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 956  Advanced Clinical and Professional Communication  (1 credit hours)  

The ability to communicate with clients is important to successful veterinary practice. This course explores how to effectively communicate with clients in a clinical context during problem appointments. Students will develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills and an understanding of how to manage difficult client interactions including 1) communicating about money, 2) communicating during adverse events, and 3) communicating during euthanasia. Examples and cases from veterinary medicine and simulated client interactions will guide application of clinical communication in context.

Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 957  Introduction to Clinical Practice  (1 credit hours)  

This course has 4 components: a surgery laboratory, a clinical skills laboratory, a communication and wellness case-based facilitated session and community-based experiences. Taken together, these experiences are designed to give students practice and confidence in skills related to small animal general practice.

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 958  Advanced Prosimian Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

This course is designed to provide senior veterinary students with clinical experience in prosimian medicine. Students will gain practical experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in captive prosimians maintained in research facilities. Students participate in formal rounds, autodidactic exercises, and case management at the Duke Lemur Center. Limited to 4th Year DVM curriculum students.

Prerequisite: VMC 991, restricted to 4th year DVM students

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 959  Advanced Primate Medicine  (2-4 credit hours)  

The delivery of health care and management to captive and free-ranging primates is a component of zoological, wildlife, and laboratory animal medicine. There is a distinct body of information and techniques for the practice and an increasing demand and opportunity for veterinary graduates with this knowledge. Practical application of techniques and methods for diagnosing disease, delivering health care, and devising preventative medical programs in a research primate facility environment will enable students to evaluate their potential role in the field and equip them to evaluate and responsibly deal with medical issues involving primates.

Typically offered in Fall only

VMC 960  Small Animal Emergency Service  (2 credit hours)  

Assessment, triage, and management of canine and feline patients admitted to the small animal emergency service after hours.

Prerequisite: fourth year clinics student, DVM student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 961  Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery II  (3 credit hours)  

This course is an overview of medical and surgical management of selected metabolic, neoplastic, nutritional, immune-mediated, developmental, and degenerative diseases of companion animals.

Requisite: Currently enrolled DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 963  Extramural Experience in Zoological Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

This elective senior year rotation allows students to obtain clinical, laboratory, field, and research experiences in zoological medicine that augment the basic rotations in the zoological medicine focus area. Students can customize their training through participation in a variety of opportunities including epidemiology projects, other basic or clinical research projects, and externships involving captive and free-ranging wildlife & zoo species. does not fulfill senior year requirement for elective credit in Zoo Focus Area

Requisite: Currently enrolled DVM student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 964  Zoological Husbandry and Nutrition  (2 credit hours)  

This course is designed to provide senior veterinary students with husbandry and background experience in a zoo setting as a foundation for health management. Students will gain practical experience in the husbandry and nutrition of zoo animals while learning the importance of prevention of disease in captive wildlife. Students participate in formal rounds, autodidactic exercises, and hands on animal care delivery.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 3 Zoological Medicine Selectives or course coordinator permission

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 965  Advanced Principles of Surgery  (1 credit hours)  

This laboratory includes induction and maintenance of anesthesia in representative companion animal, food animal, and equine species; the practice of surgery on anesthetized animals and cadaver specimens; and experience with diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Students examine, assess, and provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of their patients.

Prerequisite: DVM student, Completion of fall semester, VM3 students

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 966  Equine Emergency and Critical Care  (2 credit hours)  

An intensive course in the assessment and management of equine emergencies. This would include evaluation of patients, surgical and medical treatment of in house and emergency critical care patients, and post-operative assessment and management. Students will gain valuable practical experience of critically ill patients and rounds will be held daily to ensure a high level of learning.

Prerequisite: 4th year DVM student, Third year veterinary curriculum

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 967  Clinical Veterinary Dentistry  (2 credit hours)  

Will participate in examination, admission, diagnosis treatment, discharge, and follow-up of patients in dentistry service. Take a clinical history, perform a physical examination, develop appropriate diagnostic plan, discuss the plan with the service's clinicians, and participate in formulation of treatment protocol. Service treats patients Monday-Thursday, Friday reserved for overflow, emergencies, research and teaching. Students given prepared lectures on dental procedures and diseases, and will be allowed to perform supervised procedures on cadavers. (No animals euthanized for this purpose.)

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 968  Equine Orthopedic Surgery and Lameness  (2 credit hours)  

Application of problem solving skills and the art, science, and practice of equine orthopedic surgery and lameness in the veterinary teaching hospital setting.

Prerequisite: DVM student, Completion of 3rd year veterinary curriculum

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 969  Equine Podiatry  (2 credit hours)  

Two-week clinical block in equine podiatry clinic Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with guided independent clinically applied study Monday and Friday.

Prerequisite: 4th yr. standing in the veterinary curriculum at the CVM, Successful completion of 3rd yr. of Veterinary Curriculum

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 970  Companion Animal and Special Species  (2 credit hours)  

Students on this rotation will have the opportunity for more direct animal experience than they have previously had. They will be exposed to the needs of shelter animals and the care of large populations of dogs and cats. The mobile unit will be used for the provision of off-site medical and surgical care, but will be staffed with student volunteers. The Wake County Animal Shelter is serving as the intake facility for all relinquished animals in Wake County.

Prerequisite: Fourth year student in the professional curriculum at The College of Veterinary Medicine

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

VMC 971  Comp Animal Med II  (4 credit hours)  

1. Obtain a thorough history and perform a complete physical examination. 2. Identifying, defining, and prioritizing problems. 3. Developing and initiating rational diagnostic and therapeutic plans. 4. Performing certain diagnostic and therapeuticprocedures. 5. Interpreting results of diagnostic tests, and determining their importance to the patient. 6. Verbal and written communication with clinicians, clients, veterinary techniques, fellow student veterinarians, and referring veterinarians. 7. Determining the point at which it is time to refer a case to a colleague for ¨another look¨, or to a referral center for specialized diagnostic testing or treatment. 8. Understanding how cases management in private practice compares with referral practice. 9. Approaching issues regarding euthanasia; your decision-making, assisting the owner.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 972  Clinical Small Animal Veterinary Cardiology  (2 credit hours)  

Two-week clinical rotation to provide senior veterinary student training in diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of veterinary small animal cardiology. Clinical experience with patients and clents of Veterinary Teaching Hospital and topic and case review

Prerequisite: 4th yr. standing in the veterinary curriculum at the CVM, Successful completion of 3rd yr. of Veterinary Curriculum

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 973  Small Animal Surgery  (2 credit hours)  

Clinical rotation on the small animal surgery services. Students will be assigned to one of two services, general surgery or orthopedic surgery. Students see cases and assist with care of small animal surgical patients. Students will be on-call to assist with emergency surgery cases.

Prerequisite: Completion of third year veterinary curriculum

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

VMC 974  Equine Dentistry and Podiatry  (2 credit hours)  

This course will provide practical instruction in commonly used skills and techniques necessary for equine dentistry and equine podiatry. It is an intensive, team taught series of didactic lectures, individual laboratories, and clinical case experiences with practitioners that provide students with a high level of experience in equine dentistry and equine podiatry. This course is designed for students in the fourth year of the DVM curriculum, with good horse handling skills and a desire to practice equine veterinary medicine upon graduation. This course is strongly recommended for students with an equine focus or mixed animal focus with an equine concentration. Students must have basic equine handling experience and/or have taken the Equine Behavior Selective. Equine, mixed animal, food animal, and exotics focus students will be given preference.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 975  Equine General Surgery  (2 credit hours)  

Application of problem solving skills and the art, science, and practice of equine general surgery in the veterinary teaching hospital setting.

Prerequisite: DVM student, Completion of 3rd year veterinary curriculum

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 976  Veterinary Critical Care  (2 credit hours)  

Assessment and management of companion animal emergency and critical care patients, including several 'hands on' laboratories using cadavers to learn and practice emergency and critical care techniques. Principles of emergency and critical patient evaluation, stabilization, and organ system support are the focus of the course. Out-rotations at area emergency clinics are required. Open only to 4th year students in the small animal focus area.

Prerequisite: 4th year DVM student

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 977  Equine Preventative Health Care  (2 credit hours)  

Perform routine preventative health care procedures for the horse in a field setting.

Prerequisite: Completion of 3rd year in veterinary curriculum

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

VMC 978  Equine Lameness and Imaging  (2 credit hours)  

Development and use of problem solving skills and techniques for diagnosis, treatment, and management of lameness in horses.

Prerequisite: DVM student, Completion of the third year of the veterinary curriculum

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 979  Equine Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

Students are responsible for all aspects of patient care and are expected to be dedicated to their patients. Frequent and careful observation of the patients, attention to detail, diligent record keeping, accuracy in formulating and carrying out a treatment plan, and use of common sense are expected. The earlier you note potential problems, the earlier and easier they can be resolved. Irresponsibility, carelessness, lack of accuracy, untruthfulness, or a poor attitude will not be tolerated.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 980  Vet Clini Oncology  (2 credit hours)  

This is a two-week, two credit elective rotation during the 4th year of CVM professional studies providing experience in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. Emphasis is on development of comprehensive cancer management strategies including ethical considerations, diagnostic techniques, treatment options, and client communication skills. Students will be assigned cases being seen by the oncology service as inpatients, outpatients, and new referral appointments.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 981  Lab Animal Medicin  (2 credit hours)  

The block will provide practical experience in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of laboratory animals. It will include special study of diseases of laboratory animals and the management of laboratory animal facilities. Opportunity to perform surgical procedures on common laboratory animals will be provided in a series of surgical labs. There will be field trips to other laboratory animal resource facilities within the Research Triangle Park and surrounding areas. The student will present a seminar on a selected topic for critical appraisal by students and faculty.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 982  Ophthalmology  (2 credit hours)  

The purpose of the ophthalmology course is to acquaint the student with examinations, diagnostics and therapeutic practices, and principles of clinical veterinary medicine. There will be direct supervision by faculty and house officers. Attendanceis required at weekly clinical rounds, general medicine rounds, and the patient rounds and mini-seminars conducted within the service. Irregular and/or long hours may be required. Students will be expected to be neatly dressed, well groomed, and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

VMC 983  Dermatology  (2 credit hours)  

Dermatological disease will represent a significant proportion of your case load, particularly in companion animal practice. Most of the patients that you will see have chronic relapsing disease that can be frustrating, and often costly for the owner. Therefore, whilst an accurate diagnosis represents the first step in dealing with a case, the challenge in this field of medicine is to successfully manage cases in the long term. This requires good and open communication with the client as well as regular patient evaluation. Most of the diagnostic techniques employed in dermatology are very simple and do not require expensive equipment or excessive amounts of time. The key to successful dermatological practice is to use these tools appropriately to recognize conditions such as parasitic infestations and bacterial or yeast infections for which there is a specific course of treatment. It specializes in the diagnosis and management of chronic ear disease and immunological dermatoses such as autoimmune skin diseases, food reactions and atopic dermatitis. The good practitioner however, recognizes that cutaneous manifestations may be a reflection of internal disease and a thorough systemic evaluation is also required. When studying the skin there is one big advantage, it is on the outside.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 984  Intro Clin Neuro  (2 credit hours)  

This service provides diagnosis and management of nervous system disorders in animals, including nuclear imaging, myelography, CT scans, electromyography, neurosurgery, and postoperative patient rehabilitation including hydrotherapy and treadmill training. Attendance is required at weekly clinical rounds, general medicine rounds, and the patient rounds and mini-seminars conducted within the service. Irregular and/or long hours may be required. Students will be expected to be neatly dressed, well groomed, and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 985  Avian and Reptile Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

The medicine of companion and wild birds and reptiles (turtles, lizards & snakes) will be taught using clinical cases in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and field service visits to avicultural and herpetological collections. Emphasis will be on proper restraint and handling, physical examination, diagnostic sample collection and routine treatment procedures. A problem orientated approach will be used for all clinical cases.

Prerequisite: 4th year standing in the veterinary curriculum at the CVM, VMC 953, VMF 964

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

VMC 986  Adv Com An Int Med  (2 credit hours)  

This course provides a higher level experience to diagnosis and management of companion animals with complex medical problems. Students may choose to concentrate on particular aspects of internal medicine. Students are not required to participate in e

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 987  Aquatic Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

This course is designed as an elective clinical block rotation in field services, in the final year of the professional DVM curriculum. Students electing the course would have successfully completed the two theoretical/laboratory courses in specialspecies medicine providing the foundation for participation in this course. It is the only clinical course offering hands on experience with medical care delivery to aquatic species.

VMC 988  Exotic Animal Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

This clinical rotation provides practical experience in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in privately owned small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians. In addition to assisting with the management of clinical cases, students will participate in daily teaching rounds, laboratory activities to increase their technical proficiency, and field visits to various exotic animal collections in NC. Presentation of a short seminar on a clinically relevant topic is required. Irregular and/or long hours, including on-call duty for after-hours emergencies, may be required.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 989  Zoological Medicine  (4 credit hours)  

This course is designed to introduce the senior veterinary students to clinical zoological medicine. Students will gain practical experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in captive zoological specimens maintained in zoos.Students participate in formal rounds, autodidactic exercises, and case management at the N.C. Zoological Park.

Prerequisite: VMC 964 or successful completion of 3 Zoological Medicine Focus Selectives; and Course Coordinator's Permission

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 990  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Horse  (2 credit hours)  

Develop and use problem solving skills during management of clinical cases incorporating diagnostic ultrasound in a number of different clinical situations. Physics of ultrasound and the resultant sound beam-tissue interactions, mainly musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound.

Prerequisite: VMC 975

Typically offered in Spring only

VMC 991  SP Top in DOCS  (1 credit hours)  

One week special topic course in the Department of Clinical Sciences

Corequisite: Current enrollment in DVM program

VMC 992  SP Top in DOCS  (1-4 credit hours)  

Two week special topic course in the Department of Clinicial Sciences.

VMC 993  Equine Special Topics  (2 credit hours)  

This course is offered to students that have already signed up to take any two of the following courses: Preventative Health Care, Equine Medicine, Equine Surgery, or Equine Theriogenology. The course is designed to give additional experience in equine-oriented clinical services at NCSU. Students will not be able to participate in this block off campus, unless working directly with a NCSU faculty member. A faculty mentor must be identified within one month of signing up for this course and awritten proposal of activities planned submitted to Dr. Gardner.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 994  Small Animal 4th Year Extramural Studies  (1-6 credit hours)  

This course is a recommended rotation designed to expand opportunities for senior veterinary students to participate in small animal private practice a) enhance and learn clinical and technical skills, b) develop effectice client communication skills and time management, and c) observe elements of small business management, including personnel involved and professional financial interactions with private clients. Students will work at a private or corporate veterinary practice under the directsupervision of a licensed veterinarian engaged in small animal practice. Must be senior student in the DVM program.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 995  Clinical Conference  (1 credit hours)  

This weekly seminar course will incorporate a range of topics relevant to success in the clinical year and beyond, including preparation for the NAVLE exam, integration of themes and topics presented elsewhere in the DVM curriculum, job search strategies, employment contracts, financial literacy and loan repayment, critical reflection, and others. The course calendar is based on relevant topics to members of the senior class as they pass through the academic year. Topics will be addressed in an interactive and discussion-based manner and will be selected with input from the student body.

Restriction: Active DVM student in year 4 of the curriculum (successful completion of years 1-3)

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

VMC 996  Advanced Avian Clinical Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

Students will work with teaching birds to develop skills in avian handling, diagnostic sample collection, anesthesia and radiology. Cadavers will be used to teach orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures. Students and faculty will spend approximately 5 days in the field, working with psittacine birds, waterfowl and raptors at Sylvan Heights Waterfowl park in Scotland Neck, NC and at the Carlina Raptor Center in Charlotte, NC. Restricted to senior DVM students.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 997  Raptor Medicine and Rehabilitation  (2 credit hours)  

This elective senior year rotation allows students to obtain clinical experience in raptor medicine and rehabilitation at Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, N.C. Students will develop skills with species identification, capture and handling, physical examination, bandaging, diagnostic sample collection and interpretation, emergency stabilization and treatment techniques, necropsy, anesthesia and surgery assistance, and captive management and husbandry issues. A maximum of 2 students will be permitted in each 2-week clinical rotation. For students enrolled in DVM Curriculum. Will partially fulfill senior year requirement for elective clinical rotation credit in Zoo Focus Area.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 998  Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

Wildlife rehabilitation medicine, the delivery of health care and management to free-ranging native wildlife with the goal of re-release is an important component of clinical veterinary medicine. Students in this basic course will work with instructors to learn to apply practical medical and surgical techniques and methods for diagnosing disease, delivering health care, and implementing appropriate triage for injured and ill North Carolina native wildlife. Restricted to DVM Curriculum 4th year students.

Prerequisite: VMC 964 or successful completion of 3 Zoological Medicine Focus Selectives, VMC 989, and Course Coordinator's Permission

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

VMC 999  Advanced Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine  (2 credit hours)  

Wildlife rehabilitation medicine, the delivery of health care and management to free-ranging native wildlife with the goal of re-release is an important component of clinical veterinary medicine. Students in this advanced course will apply practical medical and surgical techniques and methods learned in the basic course for diagnosing disease, delivering health care, and implementing appropriate triage for injured and ill North Carolina native wildlife. They will assist staff and faculty in managing cases native to North Carolina.

Prerequisite: VMC 964 or VMC 998

Typically offered in Fall and Spring