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Department of Population Health and Pathobiology

The mission of the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology is to recruit, train, inspire, and graduate Doctors of Veterinary Medicine of exemplary knowledge, skill, and character. In order to maintain the intellectual and professional climate necessary to accomplish this mission, the department's faculty will advance veterinary medical science through innovative basic and applied research, inspired mentoring of students (undergraduate, professional, residents, and graduate), excellence in clinical and diagnostic services, and innovative extension and engagement activities.

Curricula and programs in the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology are only available at the graduate level. Please visit the PHP website for more information.

Head

P. Cray


Professors

G. W. Almond

K.L. Anderson

H. Barnes

R.E. Baynes

M.T. Correa

J. Cullen

F. Fuller

C. Grindem

J. Guy

B. Hammerberg

J. Law

J. Levine

M. Levy

G. Smith

D.P. Wages


Professors emeriti

H.A. Berkhoff

T.T. Brown

P. B. Carter

E.V. DeBuysscher

M.J. Dykstra

O. Fletcher

E. Hunt

D.H. Ley

D. Meuten

D.J. Moncol

P. Orndorff

W.D. Oxender

J.E. Riviere

M.C. Roberts

M. Tompkins

W. Tompkins

S. D. VanCamp


Associate professors

L. Borst

P. Cowen

I. Gimeno

M. Martin

J. Neel
Assistant Dean of Education

B.D. Slenning

S. Thakur

S. Tonkonogy


Assistant professors

B. Callahan

J. Fogle

D. Foster

M. Jacob

T. Kaeser

C. Lanzas

J. Luff

H. Shive


Clinical associate professors

J. Flowers

K. Linder


Clinical assistant professors

H. Dudley

H. Ru

D. Stowe

A. Stringer


Poultry Extension Specialist

D. Carver


Clinical Veterinarian

M. Lewis

D. Tokarz


Lecturer

J. Bonin Ferreira

VMP - Veterinary Science - VMP Courses

VMP 162 Livestock and Poultry Disease Management 3.
Requisite: Agricultural Institute Only.

Basic principles of disease and disease management in livestock and poultry. Disease prevention through sanitation and vaccination. Diseases of horses, pigs, ruminants, poultry, and disease prevention programs for each species.

VMP 401 Poultry Diseases 4.

Concepts of factors contributing to or causing disease, disease cycle, host responses, and general approaches to prevention and control including management and biosecurity methods, immunization, and medication. Recognition, diagnosis, prevention, control, and treatment of economically significant infectious and noninfectious diseases affecting poultry.

VMP 420 Disease of Farm Animals 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing..

Pathology of bacterial, viral, parasitic, nutritional, thermal and mechanical disease processes for farm animals. This emphasis practices for prevention and control of each disease.

VMP 900 Global Health Research Project 5.

This international elective (Global Health Research Project) will allow students to develop an understanding of methodological approaches and techniques used in global health research, including qualitative field work, quantitative surveys, experimental designs, intervention trials, and program evaluation. This elective will highlight the importance of understanding and addressing global health through multidisciplinary frameworks and collaborations. This elective is a required component of the Certificate in Global Health. Course Coordinator Permission required.

VMP 906 Bovine Assisted Reproduction Techniques 1.
Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student.

Students will gain hands-on experience with bovine rectal palpation, rectal ultrasonography, trans-cervical catheterizaton, and embryo flushing. Course will provide didactic instruction on assisted reproduction techniques followed by lab time to practice discussed topics. Students will be required to travel to lab locations.

VMP 907 Cancer Pathogenesis and Diagnosis 1.
Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student.

This course will enable the student to describe the steps that lead from a normal cell to a fully malignant neoplasm, understand underlying molecular mechanisms, and correlate these mechanisms to relevant treatment options. Students will be able to classify different tumor types and deduce the impact of the neoplasm on the host and host responses. Students will also learn to assess clinical samples to make a relevant clinical diagnosis of tumor type and predicted behavior.

VMP 908 Advanced Ruminant Medicine and Surgery 2.
Prerequisite: 3rd year DVM student.

This elective course will be a weekly lecture and lab that covers routine ruminant surgical procedures and advanced medicine techniques to supplement VMP 962 ');">VMP 962 Ruminant Medicine and Surgery.

VMP 909 Veterinary International Elective Experience 1-2.
Corequisite: Current enrollment in DVM program.

This course will provide students with practical experience in a foreign country working on a veterinary medicine related project being conducted in that country. Projects may focus on production medicine, occupational, zoological medicine, or basic research.Travel restricted to sites not included on the State Department alert/warning list. See http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html for details.

VMP 910 Infection and Immunity 1 3.
Prerequisite:Admission to the DVM Curriculum.

This course is intended to familiarize the student with the pathogenic bacteria and fungi of veterinary importance. The student will learn the properties and cultivation of these microorganisms and receive a general introduction to the diseases they can cause. Primary emphasis will be placed on how the biology of the pathogen influences disease pathogenesis, and microbiological identification of infectious agents. The laboratory exercises will complement the lectures and focus on standard procedures for microbial cultivation and identification.

VMP 916 Health Maintenance and Animal Production I 1.

This course is part I of a series with VMP 936 and 956 designed to introduce students to procedures for health maintenance and care of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to prevent diseases and promote animal health in laboratories.

VMP 920 Infection and Immunity 2 4.
Prerequisite:Admission to the DVM Curriculum.

This course is intended to continue the topics introduced in Infection and Immunity 1. Specific bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens will be covered including pathogenesis and strategies used to control infection and/or development of disease. The course will also cover more advanced topics in immunology including the types of hypersensitivities, autoimmunity, immunity in the newborn and fetus, immune deficiencies and vaccination.

VMP 921 Problem Solving for Cases in Infectious Diseases and Immunity 1 2.
Prerequisite:Admission to the DVM Curriculum.

This course is intended to challenge first-year veterinary students to reach a diagnosis of realistic cases involving either infectious diseases or immune pathology. The first part of the course is an introduction to diagnostic laboratory procedures. The second portion of the course requires the students to develop a list of differential causes to assigned clinical cases, choose a presumptive diagnosis based on available data and ordering of diagnostic tests to confirm the presumptive diagnosis. The individual cases are discussed in a small group format with a faculty facilitator.

VMP 922 Small Group Problem Solving in Veterinary Medicine 1.

Students will work in small groups with a faculty facilitator to examine case scenarios, and apply the problem-solving process discussed in VMB 912 to a variety of clinical and research problems. This course will provide a venue for integration of content presented in other courses, as well as application of small-group communication skills. Course limited to students enrolled in the DVM curriculum.

VMP 930 Infection and Immunity 3 3 .
Prerequisite:Admission to the DVM Curriculum.

Infection and Immunity 3, VMP93X, is designed to serve as a continuation of Infection and Immunity 1 & 2 (first-year curriculum) for the second-year veterinary student. This course is designed to reinforce principles if infectious disease and immunity introduced in the first year of the DVM curriculum and expand upon specific groups of parasites. This course will cover the diagnosis, treatment and control of major endo and ecto parasites of domesticated animals. .

VMP 931 Veterinary Pathology I 3.

Introduction to the basic pathologic changes which occur in animal tissues. Developmental processes and resulting morphology observed at gross, cellular, and subcellular level emphasized.

VMP 934 Problem Solving for Cases in Infectious Diseases & Immunity 2 2.
Prerequisite:Admission to the DVM Curriculum.

This course is intended to challenge first-year veterinary students to reach a diagnosis of realistic cases involving either infectious diseases or immune pathology. The first part of the course is an introduction to diagnostic laboratory procedures. The second portion of the course requires the students to develop a list of differential causes to assigned clinical cases, choose a presumptive diagnosis based on available data and ordering of diagnostic tests to confirm the presumptive diagnosis. The individual cases are discussed in a small group format with a faculty facilitator.

VMP 936 Health Maintenance and Animal Production II 1.
Prerequisite: VMP 916.

This course is part II of a series with VMP 916 and 956 designed to introduce students to procedures for health maintenance and care of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to care for animals, prevent diseases, and milk cows in laboratories.

VMP 941 Veterinary Pathology II 4.
Corequisite: Current enrollment in DVM program.

Systemic Pathology - A study of specific responses of organ systems to pathogenic influences in animals with emphasis on the effects on the body as a whole.

VMP 942 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 3.

Introduction to the mechanisms which produce abnormal physiologic parameters within the animal during illness, with emphasis on the techniques for determining those abnormalities in the living animal.

VMP 945 Epidemiology & Public Health 3.
Prerequisite: VMP 912, DVM student.

The focus of this course is to construct a foundation for clinical medicine by acquiring a holistic view of disease, exploring optimal preventive medicine strategies while developing a critical thinking skills and quantitative reasoning techniques. The teaching/learning format of the course will include lecture, in-class exercises, discussions and case studies.

VMP 956 Health Maintenance and Animal Production III 1.

This course is part III of a series designed to instruct students in procedures for maintaining the health and well-being of horses and food-producing animals. Students learn how to prevent diseases and promote animal production, including production of safe meat and milk.

VMP 962 Ruminant Medicine 2.

The principles of medical disorders of ruminants are presented. This includes the cause of the disorders and the diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic measures necessary to correct, reduce or prevent these problems.

VMP 964 Swine and Poultry Medicine 2.

Lecture series supplemented with projected illustration on the most economically important diseases of poultry and swine. Emphasis is placed on definition of diseases, etiology, characteristics of the disease, and diagnosis. The economics related to occurrence, prevention, treatment, and control are presented.

VMP 970 Ruminant Health Management I 2.
Prerequisite: VMP 956 or VMP 974 or consent of the instructor.

This is a two-week block considering health management of ruminant species. During the two-week period, students accompany faculty on visits to farms to deliver health management programs, to investigate health problems, or to consider approaches to enhance productivity. A portion of the course also involves experience in providing individual animal health management and addressing medical/surgical disorders.Available to senior veterinary students.

VMP 971 Food Animal Diagnostics for Disease Diagnosis, Control, and Population Surveilla 2.
Prerequisite: Prior undergraduate coursework, summer work experiences, and/or consistent enrollment and good performance in food animal selectives..

This course intended to instruct food animal veterinary students in: 1) underlying principles of veterinary diagnostic assays, 2) proper collection of samples, 3) effective testing approaches for diagnosis and management of disease, 4) strategies for efficient monitering of food animal population for infection by specific agent(s), and 5) analysis of data from veterinary diagnostic laboratory tests and optimal use of the results for making production management decisions. Priority given to students in Food Animal Focus area. Students in Mixed Animal Focus Area or special-case Epidemiology Focus Area students can enroll (if space remains) with the approval of Course Coordinator if they meet the criteria states in the above requisites.

VMP 972 Ruminant Health Management II 2.
Prerequisite: VMF 970.

Senior veterinary students will experience advanced training in ruminant clinical medicine.

VMP 973 Special Topics in Epidemiology 2.

The main goal of this course is to provide senior veterinary students with the opportunity for pursuing a focused research topic in the area of veterinary epidemiology and population medicine under the direction of consenting faculty. The exact direction and scope of the topic is agreed upon between the instructor, the student and the course coordinator. The course is offered only by the permission of the participating instructor(s) and the course coordinator. The instructor and the student will work out the type of project, what exact objectives are to be met and how the success of obtaining those objectives will be evaluated. The objectives and methods of evaluation of performance will be negotiated between the veterinary student and the instructor and put into writing in the form of a Plan of Action PRIOR to course permission being granted by the course coordinator.

VMP 974 Food Supply Veterinary Medicine 2.
Prerequisite: Completion of first 3 years of veterinary curriculum; consent of instructor for any enrollment >8..

This 2-week course provides exposure to the clinical principles of food supply veterinary medicine. It is primarily intended for individuals who are not in the NCSU-CVM Food Animal Focus Area. Ruminant, swine and poultry faculty provide an overview of the animal industries and production practices, as well as exposure to basic veterinary knowledge and clinical skills. Prerequisites may include consent of instructor.

VMP 975 Advanced Topics in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology 1-6.
Prerequisite: VMP 977.

This is a two-week senior veterinary clinical rotation that provides students with additional, focused experience in veterinary anatomic pathology. Students have the option of rotating through necropsy service and surgical biopsy service for two weeks to gain additional experience in pathology similar to VMP 977, the prerequisite for this course. Students have the option of designing a specialized pathology experience with the guidance of an approved pathology faculty member. Enrollment requires pre-approval by faculty assigned to the course.

VMP 976 Food Animal Pharmacology 2.
Prerequisite: VMB 943; VMP 962 ');">VMP 962; VMP 964.

This course will outline the basic principles of pharmacology and therapy of the major diseases of ruminants, swine and poultry. Students will be expected to develop a thorough understanding of how properly to use drugs in food animal species and should be able to develop a treatment program for most major livestock diseases. The course will be restricted to students in the food animal and mixed animal focus areas.

VMP 977 Autopsy/ Clinical Pharmacology 2.

Two clinical disciplines are completed during this clinical block - Autopsy Pathology and Clinical Pharmacology. The autopsy clinical rotation provides exposure to pathology techniques, observation skills and medical reasoning used to obtain and interpret autopsy and laboratory dat in order to develop diagnoses, understand disease processes and address clinical and/or farm problems. The clinical pharmacology portion of the rotation will expose the students to current veterinary clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

VMP 978 Clinical Pathology, Laboratory Medicine and Nutrition 2.

This course provides veterinary students with a practical case-based approach to learning all majors aspects of veterinary clinical pathology, laboratory medicine (parasitology, immunology, virology, bacteriology) and nutrition in a clinical setting. It is restricted to students enrolled in the fourth year of the DVM curriculum.

VMP 979 Epidemiology 2.

The main goal is to provide senior veterinary students with the opportunity for pursuing a focused research topic in the area of veterinary epidemiology and population medicine under the direction of consenting faculty. The exact direction and scopeof the topic is agreed upon between the instructor, the student and the course coordinator. This course is offered only by the permission of the participating instructor(s) and the course coordinator. The instructor and the student will work out thetype of project, what exact objectives are to be met and how the success of obtaining those objectives will be evaluated. The objectives and methods of evaluation of performance will be negotiated between the veterinary student and the instructor and put into writing in the form of a Plan of Action PRIOR to course permission being granted by the course coordinator. No one textbook is required for this course.

VMP 980 Theriogenology I 2.
Prerequisite: Enrolled in fourth year clinical rotations..

This course is designed to instruct students in clinical Theriogenology. It will be primarily oriented toward equine and canine species, however, cases and problems from other species will be seen and included as teaching materials. The students will improve upon the skills learned in VMF 951 and will be expected to use these skills in dealing with clinical cases and laboratory type situations. Transabdominal, vaginal, and rectal examination of the reproductive tract, semen collection, and evaluation will be taught during this course. This course may be repeated as many times as a student wishes during their senior year.

VMP 981 Special Topics in Theriogenology 2.

The primary objective of this course is to provide additional information and training to veterinary students that had taken the VMF 980 Clinical Theriogenology senior clinical rotation. Specifically, emphasis is directed to acquaint students with modern and current practices of clinical Theriogenology. Various aspects of assisted reproductive technology available to domestic animals will be discussed. 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%). Teaching and client-owned animals are available for the rotation. Although emphasis is given on hands-on activities, didactic instruction of selected topics in clinical Theriogenology will be discussed.

VMP 982 Poultry Health Management I 2.

Poultry Health Management I is a clinical rotation elective for 4 th year veterinary students with an interest in poultry health management or food animal production. This two-week course is offered 4 times each year. Diseases of turkeys and chickens will be discussed. Basic concepts in poultry disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment will be emphasized. The course will consist of lectures, laboratory and field experiences.

VMP 983 Poultry Health Management II 2.

Poultry Health Management II is a clinical rotation elective for 4 th year veterinary students with a commitment to pursue a career in poultry health management or food animal production. This two-week course is offered throughout the year and may be repeated with permission of the instructor. The course will consist of laboratory and/or field experiences designed to meet the student's career goals. A list of available externships in poultry health management, which may be applicable for this course can be found on the Association of Avian Pathologists web site: http://www.aaap.info/index.html, under Educational Opportunities, Senior Veterinary Student Externships approved by the Kenneth Eskelund Preceptorship Committee. Funds to help pay for travel expenses may be available through the Kenneth Eskelund Preceptorship, see information at the web site listed above.

VMP 984 Swine Health Management I 2.

This course will provide senior veterinary students with techniques and expertise to approach a clinical swine problem. Students will evaluate clinical signs, analyze production records, assess facilities and management, institute a diagnostic plan and establish an economically feasible solution to the clinical problem. The outline for this course may vary slightly from year to year but the following topics will be covered: Necropsy procedures/sample techniques; Interpreting serologic/virologicresults; Farm visits - review building/equipment designs; Practical swine reproductive management; Practical bacteriology; Practical swine nutrition/rations; Swine record systems/Pig Champ.

VMP 985 Swine Medicine & Production II 2.

This course will provide senior veterinary students with the opportunity to utilize the techniques and expertise gained in VMF 984. Students will evaluate clinical and production problems on a variety of swine farms. Practicum/field work and independent study will be conducted on commercial swine farms, usually with a veterinary practitioner or faculty member.

VMP 986 One Health: From Philosophy to Practice 2.

Graduate/professional seminar (with team project) addressing intersections of veterinary medicine, human medicine, and environmental health. Co-listed at UNC CH Gillings School of Global Public Health and Duke University School of Medicine. Includes participants from these three institutions, plus related private-sector members, non-governmental organizations, and governmental professionals. Its purpose is to facilitate understanding of one health as a system of systems, and promote cross-campus and cross-discipline interactions. Weekly evening course held at NC Biotechnology Center, RTP. Limit: 15 students per university. Requires current graduate standing at NCSU or professional student standing within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

VMP 987 Ruminant Topics 2.

This two-week elective allows goal-directed educational enrichment in Ruminant Practice under the direction of consenting faculty. Formats include clinical experiences, clinical and applied investigations, etc. Topics and times are arranged by the student and consenting faculty. Available to 3 rd and 4 the year veterinary students only upon consent of faculty. VMF 970 may be a required prerequisite.

VMP 990 Extramural Experiences - Large Animal 2.

Senior DVM students will have the opportunity to undertake an elective rotation in an approved practice externship in a large animal practice a) food animal/rural or b) equine/mixed animal. The practice opportunity will meet the need recognized by students, CVM faculty and private practice colleagues alike to increase "hands on" experience in a private practice setting. Private practice experiences are available for year 1 - 3 students through the selective offerings. Presently, senior studentshave the opportunity to experience private practice by arranging an externship as an elective. However, initiating an elective course will ensure consistency between experiences, with clear expectations to achieve an approved level of learning/skills objectives with verification from the practice. Practitioners will be valuable partners in the education process in the senior year, providing access to individual animal and herd-related clinical diversity that is increasingly difficult to offer in the academic setting.

VMP 991 SP Top in PHP 1.

One week special topic course in the Department of Population Health & Pathobiology Department.

VMP 992 SP Top in PHP 1-2.

One week special topic course in the Department of Population Health & Pathobiology Department.

VMP 994 Extramural Experience in Pathology 1-4.

This is a two-week externship experience in pathology. The student will arrange an extramural experience in an academic, diagnostic, government, industrial, or zoological/wildlife labratory setting under the supervision of a board certified veterinary anatomical or clinical pathologist. Fourth year DVM students only.

VMP 995 Clinical Conferenc 1.

VMP 999 Extramural in Vet International Programs 2.

This course will provide students with practical experience in a foreign country working on a veterinary medicine related project being conducted in that country. Projects may focus on production medicine, occupational safety, zoological medicine, or basic research.