DVM/MSLAM Third Year Curiculum

Course and Applied Learning Experience Descriptions

VET 555
Laboratory Animal Medicine and Pathology
2 credits
This course is designed to complement the third year of the veterinary curriculum which integrates the pathophysiological aspects of disease with a comprehensive discussion of the presenting clinical signs, diagnostic criteria and the treatment of these entities. The lectures provided in this course are designed to provide students with a sound basis in clinical laboratory animal medicine with emphasis on diagnosis, prognosis and management. In addition to didactic sessions, there are several practical handling laboratories involving rodents, rabbits and fish. These laboratories provide an opportunity for the students to learn appropriate restraint and handling techniques as well as practice common procedures such as injections, oral administration of compounds, catheter placement and blood collection. There are laboratories designed to provide anesthesia experience for rodents and swine.
VET 556
Surgery and Anesthesiology in Research Facilities
4 credits
This course is designed to provide the students with additional training in anesthesia and surgery methods relevant to the laboratory animal setting. The first portion of the course focuses on principles of anesthesia in laboratory animals with special emphasis on rodents and non-traditional species that are not typically covered in the veterinary curriculum. Pain assessment, analgesic management, determination of humane endpoints and methods of euthanasia are also covered. A rodent anesthesia laboratory is conducted allowing students to gain experience with the following—injectable and inhalant anesthetic agents, various methods of inhalant drug delivery (chamber, mask, manifold systems), intubation techniques and monitoring techniques. The second half of the class focuses on the principles of aseptic surgery in research facilities including sterilization methods, surgical pack preparation, and issues specific to rodents, USDA covered species, amphibians and reptiles. Minimally invasive surgical techniques, microsurgical techniques, and pre and post-operative care and support are also discussed. A rodent surgery laboratory is offered at Charles River Labs in which students gain practical experience in rodent surgical methods by performing common procedures such as splenectomy, adrenalectomy, ovariectomy, embryo transfer, ovarian transplant and jugular vein cannulation.