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Last approved: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:45:10 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:45:10 GMT

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VMC (Veterinary Medicine - CASS)
909
032281
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Feline Medicine
Feline Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching - DoCS Department (19VMC)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
1
13
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture1
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Katharine Lunn
Associate Professor
Assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture100100NoExpected enrollment each semester is between 10-20 studednts
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
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.

It is a cliche that "cats are not small dogs" - but the truth is that feline medicine is often taught as an afterthought in the curriculum at NCSU. This is due to significant time constraints in many of the clinical courses. Instructors generally teach small animal medicine through the lens of canine disease, and then try to spend a few minutes either pointing out where cats are the same as, or different from, dogs. This course takes a different approach, and presents cats as a unique species without comparing them to other animals. There is in fact a wealth of available knowledge about feline health and disease, and students preparing to enter small animal practice should be exposed to some of this knowledge. The importance of cats is evidenced by the fact that cats now outnumber dogs as pets in the USA, and there are many successful feline-only practices in the US and Europe. The American Association of Feline Practitioners is a highly active organisation that advocates for feline health, supports conferences and continuing education, and publishes guidelines on feline health and wellness topics. Feline-only grant agencies also exist (for example the Winn Feline Foundation) and feline medicine has its own dedicated journal (Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery). The reality is that cats provide significant companionship to many people, feline medicine is a rapidly growing discipline, and cat-owners are an important source of income to many veterinarians, yet this species still remains significantly under-represented in our curriculum. This course is a small step towards changing this situation.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Veterinary MedicinenoneCourse content unique to DVM program, so outside consult appears unnecessary.
No additional resources are required. Course will be part of existing faculty teaching.

The objectives of this course are to:


1. Integrate knowledge of feline behavioral and nutritional needs with management strategies for specific disease conditions.


2. Select appropriate medications, anesthetic protocols and sedation plans for cats, based on the understanding of their unique physiology.


3. Integrate an understanding of feline physiology with approaches to the management of critically ill cats.


4. Highlight common challenging chronic health problems in cats.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:


Explain how to manage and handle hospitalized cats to minimize stress


​Help a client, plan environmental enrichment strategies at home for management of selected behavioral or medical problems 


Recommend dietary interventions for specific disease conditions


Select appropriate medications for cats, including medications for management of chronic pain


Create safe and effective anesthetic and sedation protocols for healthy or sick cats


List clinical signs, diagnostic plan, and management strategies for selected common chronic health problems in cats


List clinical signs, diagnostic approach, and treatment strategies for selected important infectious diseases in cats


Plan the approach to the difficult-to-regulate diabetic cat


Explain basic genetic principles to the owner of a cat with a suspected inherited disease


Plan fluid therapy for a critically ill cat


Describe the management of shock and sepsis in the critically ill cat


Discuss risks and benefits of different vaccination strategies in cats


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes65Each instructor will be expected to create either a short quiz OR a homework assignment for their topic. Worth 5 points each. 13 assignments
Written Assignment0Each instructor will be expected to create either a short quiz OR a homework assignment for their topic. Worth 5 points each. 13 assignments
Final Exam35The final exam will be case-based, with students working through feline cases that incorporate material presented throughout the course. For example, if presented with a cat with diabetes and suspected inflammatory bowel disease, what anesthetic protocol would be appropriate for collecting endoscopic biopsies, and how would different treatment strategies (diet or medication) potentially impact the management of the diabetes?
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Week 1: Feline Behavior: Minimizing Stress and Enriching the Home Environment1 hrLecture
Week 2: Feline Genetics and Heritable Diseases1 hrLecture
Week 3: Unique Nutritional Needs of Cats1 hrLecture
Week 4: Feline Anesthesia and Sedation Protocols1 hrLecture
Week 5: Chronic Pain Management in Cats1 hrLecture
Week 6: Feline Wellness and Vaccination Protocols1 hrLecture
Week 7: Feline Infectious Diseases1 hrLecture
Week 8: Feline GI Disease1 hrLecture
Week 9: The Difficult Diabetic1 hrLecture
Week 10: The critically ill cat1 hrLecture
Week 11: Feline Respiratory Disease1 hrLecture
Week 12: Feline Urinary Tract Disease1 hrLecture
Week 13: Rational Drug Selection in Cats1 hrLecture
kenuss: Note: there will be 65 points combined for quizzes/written assignments and then 35 points for final exam.

kenuss: lab section on syllabus just part of our template. no lab time in this course.

mlnosbis 12/1/2015: No related courses, no consult required.

ghodge 12/07/2015
I edited the enrollment to 10 per semester. is that okay with department?
I edited the evaluation methods to show Quiz or Written Assignment worth 65 points
I edited the resource statement. Is that okay with department?
Verify with department that my edits are appropriate.

kenuss 12/10/15:
All edits made by ghodge are appropriate. Thanks.

ghodge 12/11/2015 Ready for ABGS reviewers.

ABGS Reviewer comments:
-Enrollment keyed as 10 per semester and 100 per section. Fixed to reflect 100 students per semester, one section of 100 students.
-Who is responsible for giving exams and making the final? There are several faculty members listed on the syllabus.
Key: 8117