DVM/MSLAM First Year Curiculum

Course Descriptions

VET 551
Introduction to Laboratory Animal Medicine
5 credits
This selective is an introduction to the use of animals in biomedical research and the role of the laboratory animal veterinarian. In the first half of the course, presentations from experts in the field cover regulatory control of research animal use, the role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, animal models in biomedical research, and ethical use of animals. A laboratory animal anatomy module includes three dissection labs devoted to anatomy of rodents, lagomorphs, hamsters, ferrets and gerbils. The second half of the course is focused on care of research animals and design of research animal facilities. The class tours a barrier rodent housing facility, a rodent facility using robotic technology and a primate facility. Two written assignments are required.