Veterinary Pathobiology (V_PBIO)

V_PBIO 3551: Introduction to Immunology I

Comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of immunology. The course is designed for undergraduates majoring in biology, biochemistry or health professions. Introduction to cells and organs of the immune system, innate and adaptive immunity, development, activation and effector functions of lymphocytes, hypersensitivity, host response to infection and vaccination, autoimmunity and tumor immunology. Introduction to Immunology 1. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: BIO_SC 2300
Recommended: BIO_SC 2200


V_PBIO 3554: Introduction to Virology

Comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of virology. The course is designed for undergraduates majoring in biology, biochemistry, or health professions. The course covers general virology including the molecular structure of viruses, the multiplication strategies of the major virus families, and viral latency, persistence, and oncology. The major families of the bacterial, plant, and animal viruses are discussed. Human viruses and infectious diseases are emphasized. Viral immunology, viral defenses, viral vaccines and antiviral compounds will also be addressed. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: BIO_SC 2300
Recommended: BIO_SC 3750


V_PBIO 4787: Historical, Societal and Ethical Topics in Medicine and Biomedical Research

(cross-leveled with V_PBIO 7787). Advances in medicine, genetics, reproduction and technologies underpinning biomedical research can have profound implications not only scientifically but in terms of societal and ethical impact. Using several historical events such as the establishment of the first immortal cell line, the Tuskegee syphilis study, the eugenics movement in the United States and the cloning of Dolly the sheep as starting points, we will explore the historical, societal and ethical context and issues surrounding these events and relate them to current ethical and moral questions that have been generated by recent scientific and medical progress. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: B or better in BIO_SC 2300 and BIO_SC 2200


V_PBIO 5511: Veterinary Immunology

(same as V_PBIO 8451). Basic immunology techniques. Topics include innate and adaptive immunity, development of the immune system, induction and expression of the immune response, structure and function of antibodies, antigen-antibody reactions, the major histocompatibility complex, aspects of immunology in disease.

Credit Hour: 1.5


V_PBIO 5512: Veterinary Immunology

(same as V_PBIO 8451). Continuation of V_PBIO 5511.

Credit Hour: 1.5


V_PBIO 5552: Veterinary Bacteriology with Laboratory

Classification and properties of pathogenic bacteria and fungi of animals; relationship to public health; considers pathogenesis, immunology of infection. Instructional period 5.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: enrollment in the College of Veterinary Medicine


V_PBIO 5553: Veterinary Bacteriology II

Continuation of V_PBIO 5552. Instructional period 6.

Credit Hours: 2.5


V_PBIO 5554: Veterinary Virology

(same as V_PBIO 8454). Classification and properties of viruses. Considers the etiologic, pathologic and immunologic aspects of viral diseases of animals. Instructional periods 6 and 7.

Credit Hours: 2.5
Prerequisites: enrollment in the College of Veterinary Medicine


V_PBIO 5555: Epidemiology and Biostatistics with Laboratory

(same as V_PBIO 8455). This course introduces students to methods of determining the influence of disease on populations and how this information is applied to individual animals. Biostatictics and evidence based medicine are also discussed in this course. The knowledge gained in this course is applied to reading professional literature during the course. Instructional period 4.

Credit Hours: 2


V_PBIO 5557: Veterinary Parasitology with Laboratory

(same as V_PBIO 8457). Parasites and parasitic diseases of ruminants, horses, swine, dogs, cats, poultry and other animals. Includes classification, morphology, and bionomiics of protozoa, helminths, and arthropods. Instructional period 6.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 5558: Veterinary Public Health

(same as V_PBIO 8458). In this course students are introduced to the wide range of veterinary involvement in maintaining and assuring human health, nationally and globally. Topics discussed include: agencies such as USDA, FDA, CDC, food safety and meat inspection, veterinary responsibility in identifying diseases, legal issues of drug use, and zoonotic diseases. Instructional period 7.

Credit Hours: 2


V_PBIO 5575: Veterinary Pathology with Laboratory

General Pathology. Tissue reactions to various disease agents in domestic animals. Instructional period 5.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 5576: Veterinary Systemic and Special Pathology with Laboratories

Special and systemic pathology. Tissue reactions to disease in special systems in domestic animals. Instructional period 6.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 5577: Veterinary Systemic and Special Pathology II with

Follows the general pathology and continues the systemic pathology taught in V_PBIO 5576. The course, consisting of daily lectures and weekly laboratories, covers disease, mainly in domestic animals, of the following systems or organs: cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphoid, cutaneous, mammary, ophthalmic, and otic. Instructional period 7.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 5578: Veterinary Clinical Pathology with Laboratory

Physiologic basis, interpretation and clinical application of laboratory assays in hematology, chemistry, cytology, and urinalysis, utilization of laboratory methods to define pathological states and to diagnose disorders of domestic animals. Instructional period 8.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: enrollment in College of Veterinary Medicine


V_PBIO 5579: Veterinary Genomics

Study of genomes, an organism's entire set of the genetic information. Used for detection of pathogen genomes, and markers for mutation causing inherited disease. Instructional period 5.

Credit Hour: 1


V_PBIO 5580: Introduction to Veterinary Informatics with Laboratory

Introduces concepts of veterinary informatics and development of core informatics competencies necessary for successful veterinary practice. The knowledge and skills in this course address topics such as data retrieval, information evaluation, medical records, practice management, communication skills and telemedicine. Instructional period 5.

Credit Hour: 1


V_PBIO 5601: Animals in Emergencies & Basic Emergency Response Training for Vet Students

This course will enable veterinary and graduate students to understand their role in society during disasters and credential as responders. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine and pursuing a DVM degree or be a student pursuing an MPH degree. Instructor consent required for non-veterinary graduate students seeking MPH degrees


V_PBIO 5991: Introduction to Avian Medicine

Introduction to Avian Medicine

Credit Hour: 1


V_PBIO 5995: Foundations in Veterinary Research and Discovery

This course will introduce veterinary students to concepts of research including hypothesis development, experimental design, data interpretation, grantsmanship, responsible conduct of research, biomedical research careers and presentation and publication methods.

Credit Hours: 2


V_PBIO 6010: Laboratory Animal Medicine

Principles of Veterinary Medicine applied to laboratory animals as pets and in research. Husbandry, handling and clinical techniques, diseases, and use as disease models are discussed. Instructional period 8.

Credit Hour: 1.5


V_PBIO 6647: Diagnostic Pathology and Special Species Medicine

Application of laboratory techniques used to diagnose disease by macroscopic, microscopic, biochemical, microbiologic, and toxicologic findings. Case method of teaching. Domestic avian species and laboratory animals included. Six times yearly.

Credit Hours: 8


V_PBIO 6676: Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management Elective

Elective offered 3rd- and 4th-year students, subject to approval of course coordinator and supervising faculty. Concentrated study/experience in laboratory animal disease(s)/colony management. Available to veterinarians as a continuing education program.

Credit Hour: 2-6


V_PBIO 6678: Epidemiology and Community Health

Elective covering advanced aspects of epidemiology and community health. Emphasizes problem solving and is designed to meet needs of the individual student. Instructional period arranged.

Credit Hour: 2-6
Prerequisites: V_PBIO 5558 or instructor's consent


V_PBIO 6679: Diagnostic Pathology and Special Species Medicine

Third- and fourth-year students. Elective. Approval of coordinator and supervisory staff. Continuation of V_PBIO 6647 with more depth. Available to D.V.M.'s as part of continuing education program.

Credit Hour: 2-6


V_PBIO 6684: Research Techniques in Veterinary Pathobiology

Research Techniques in Veterinary Pathobiology

Credit Hour: 1-6


V_PBIO 7100: Veterinary Clinical Chemistry

(cross-leveled with BIOMED 4100). This course is designed to hone the skills of the practicing veterinary technician, veterinary student, or veterinarian and assumes some basic knowledge of normal serum chemistry and urinalysis results. The review of normal will be minimal and emphasis will be placed on clinical serum chemistry and urinalysis findings associated with diseases. The graduate level course will include discussion of ancillary tests and more extensive case interpretations.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: A BS or BSA in veterinary technology or DVM


V_PBIO 7110: Veterinary Cytology

(cross-leveled with BIOMED 4110). This course of Veterinary Cytology is designed to hone the skills of the practicing Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Student, or Veterinarian and assumes some basic knowledge of microscope usage and normal hematology. The review of normal cells will be minimal and emphasis will be placed on findings associated with inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. The graduate level course will include discussion of ancillary tests, special stains and treatment alternatives. The focus will be on canine and feline diseases but some common equine and bovine disease.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: DVM or equivalent degree or instructor's consent


V_PBIO 7120: Principles of Toxicology

(cross-leveled with BIOMED 4120). This course will provide an introduction to the general principles of toxicology, including the history and scope of the field; risk assessment and management; mechanisms of toxicology; the disposition of toxicants; non-target organ-directed toxicity; toxic responses of specific target organs; and various toxicological application, such as environmental toxicology.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: BS in Biology, Biochemistry, or equivalent, or permission of instructor


V_PBIO 7210: Animal Issues in Disasters

(cross-leveled BIOMED 4210). Animal Issues in Disasters describes the various aspects of responding to disasters that involve animals. Government involvement, legal requirements, effects on the human-animal bond, preparation for disasters of different kinds, and impacts on animal-related businesses will be discussed.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: a bachelor's degree in a biological science or veterinary technology, or DVM degree, or instructor's consent


V_PBIO 7787: Historical, Societal and Ethical Topics in Medicine and Biomedical Research

(cross-leveled with V_PBIO 4787). Advances in medicine, genetics, reproduction and technologies underpinning biomedical research can have profound implications not only scientifically but in terms of societal and ethical impact. Using several historical events such as the establishment of the first immortal cell line, the Tuskegee syphilis study, the eugenics movement in the United States and the cloning of Dolly the sheep as starting points, we will explore the historical, societal and ethical context and issues surrounding these events and relate them to current ethical and moral questions that have been generated by recent scientific and medical progress. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor


V_PBIO 8090: Thesis Research in Veterinary Pathobiology

Open to graduate students with requisite preparation. Research on specific animal diseases, prevention and treatment. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-99


V_PBIO 8401: Topics in Veterinary Pathobiology

Courses with lectures in various topics in veterinary pathobiology will be given on a trial basis, depending on faculty expertise and student demand. Credit hours are usually 1 or 3. Specialized topics will be covered.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8410: Seminar in Veterinary Pathobiology

Discussion of current research methods in veterinary pathobiology.

Credit Hour: 1


V_PBIO 8411: Seminar in Histopathology

Discussion of current research and/or case studies in pathology of diseases of domestic animals, laboratory animals and avian species. Team taught.

Credit Hour: 1


V_PBIO 8421: Advanced Epidemiology

(same as F_C_MD 8421).

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 8430: Comparative Pathology

(same as PTH_AS 8000). Biochemical and morphologic lesions related to the mechanism of disease expression in plants and animals.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 8431: Research Methods and Data Analysis

Specific assignments on diagnostic methods including surgical pathology, necropsies, toxicology.

Credit Hour: 2-4
Prerequisites: departmental consent


V_PBIO 8432: Advanced Histopathology

Advanced microscopic study of pathological tissues.

Credit Hours: 5
Prerequisites: departmental consent


V_PBIO 8433: Veterinary Oncology

History and molecular biology of neoplasia; laboratory for discussion of practical aspects of diagnosis.

Credit Hours: 2


V_PBIO 8434: Advanced Clinical Pathology

Lecture/tutorial teaching; pathogenesis of clinical laboratory abnormalities in the common domesticated species. Emphasis is placed on mechanisms of disease and pathophysiology of the changes seen in each organ system.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: departmental consent


V_PBIO 8435: Advanced Microscopy in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Recognition and pathogenesis of abnormalities found via microscopic analysis of blood smears or cytology.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: V_PBIO 5578 and departmental consent; DVM or current enrollment in veterinary curriculum


V_PBIO 8436: Pathogenic Mechanisms in Veterinary Pathobiology

This course will include disease mechanisms, described at the cellular and molecular level, which result in tissue morphologic (gross and microscopic) and clinical abnormalities. Examples of discussion topics include soluble mediators of inflammatory processes, host-agent interactions, and host defense mechanisms.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8437: Pathology of Laboratory Animals

Gross and microscopic study of spontaneous and naturally occurring diseases in laboratory animals.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: departmental consent


V_PBIO 8438: Primatology

Disease and pathology of primates.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 8441: Topics in Veterinary Pathobiology

Subjects appropriate to veterinary pathobiology and/or epidemiology, taught on a one-time basis or infrequently. May include highly specialized topics. Specific course must be approved by departmental faculty.

Credit Hour: 1-3


V_PBIO 8442: Advanced Veterinary Pathogenic Bacteriology

Study of pathogenic bacteria causing animal disease. Pathogenic mechanisms and host-parasite relationships are emphasized. Laboratory procedures for isolation and identification of pathogens are included.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 8443: Viral Infection and Immunity

Study of virus infection at the level of the intact animal. Includes immunology of domestic animal species.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8445: Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases

This course will focus on arthropod vectors (insects and ticks) and the medically important pathogens / diseases that they transmit, including arboviruses, bacteria, protozoa and nematodes. An emphasis will be on the interactions between the vectors and disease-causing pathogens. Topics include: introductions to systematics, anatomy, physiology, life cycles, and ecology of vectors and classification and biology of the pathogens responsible for such diseases as dengue, yellow fever, malaria, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, etc. The focus will be not only on specific pathogen-vector interactions but also on big picture topics / discussions of vector competence, insecticide resistance, vector control (including genetically modified insects) and other current issues in vector biology research. Students will learn how these important vector-borne diseases are transmitted, how they are spread and introduced into new regions, and what control strategies exist or are currently under development. Students will realize what impact vector-borne diseases have on global human and animal health as well as develop and hone critical thinking skills.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Life Sciences


V_PBIO 8446: Advanced Immunology and Immunopathology

Study of the immune system at the level of the intact animal. Includes a discussion of immunity-infectious diseases.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MICROB 4304 and instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8447: Oncogenic Animal Viruses

Biology of RNA-and DNA-containing animal tumor viruses and their in vitro and in vivo interactions with host cells.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 8448: Molecular Methods in Nucleic Acids

The course will focus on the most recent developments in technology related to eukaryotic and prokaryotic molecular biology and as analysis a manipulation of nucleic acids and their application to define structure, function and biosynthesis of macromolecules.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8450: Non-Thesis Research in Veterinary Pathobiology

Research not expected to terminate in dissertation.

Credit Hour: 1-99


V_PBIO 8451: Introduction to Immunology

(same as V_PBIO 5511 and V_PBIO 5512). Fundaments of immunology as applied to domestic animals.

Credit Hours: 3


V_PBIO 8452: Cell and Molecular Electron Microscopy

Lecture class that describes the use of electron microscopy (transmission and scanning) in biomedical research. Students receive hands-on experience by completing a laboratory project.

Credit Hours: 4


V_PBIO 8454: Domestic Animal Virology

(cross-leveled with V_PBIO 5554). Classification and properties of viruses. Considers the etiologic, pathologic and immunologic aspects of viral diseases of animals. Instructional periods 6.

Credit Hours: 2.5


V_PBIO 8455: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Graduate level introduction to veterinary epidemiology and bio-statistics.

Credit Hour: 2-3


V_PBIO 8457: Animal Parasitology

(same as V_PBIO 5557).

Credit Hour: 3-5


V_PBIO 8458: Veterinary Public Health

(same as V_PBIO 5558).

Credit Hours: 2


V_PBIO 8468: Laboratory Animal Biology

Taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and behavior of laboratory animals including non-human primates and less common species are covered. Genetics, gnostobiology, housing and production are also presented.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8552: Veterinary Pathogenic Bacteriology and Mycology I

This course deals with the bacterial pathogens of animals emphasizing the pathogenesis and pathology of the diseases, diagnostic problems, appropriate treatments and prevention measures. Course graded A-F only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8553: Veterinary Pathogenic Bacteriology and Mycology II

This course deals with the bacterial pathogens of animals emphasizing the pathogenesis and pathology of the diseases, diagnostic procedures, appropriate treatments and prevention measures. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2.5
Prerequisites: V_PBIO 5552 or V_PBIO 8552 and instructor's consent


V_PBIO 8601: Animals in Emergencies & Basic Emergency Response Training for Vet Students

This course will enable veterinary and graduate students to understand their role in society during disasters and credential as responders. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine and pursuing a DVM degree or be a student pursuing an MPH degree. Instructor consent required for non-veterinary graduate students seeking MPH degrees


V_PBIO 8641: Introduction to Research Ethics

This course provides students with a brief overview of many of the ethical issues that confront today's scientist. It is important that scientist think about and develop their abilities to make well-reasoned responses to ethical problems.

Credit Hour: 1


V_PBIO 9090: Area Veterinary Pathobiology Dissertation Research

Dissertation Research for PhD students. May be repeated for credit. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: departmental consent