International Veterinary Medicine Signature Opportunity Core Course

The first year core course in International Veterinary Medicine is designed to introduce every student to global issues in the veterinary profession.

This course reviews the roles of veterinarians and animals in the world’s various environmental, economic and demographic contexts. The ecological foundations of the major animal production systems are explained. Disease deterrents to production and commerce are reviewed. The structure and function of animal health services are correlated with economic and social structures. Emphasis is placed on the development of socially, environmentally, technically and economically sound solutions to livestock- and wildlife-related problems in the developing world.

Every lecture includes a “disease of the day”, in which a disease of international importance is introduced and briefly described. Diseases of the day include:

  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
  • Newcastle Disease
  • Bluetongue
  • High Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • Rift Valley Fever
  • Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Anthrax