LACS Courses in the Professional Curriculum

VEM 5030 Entrepreneurship for Veterinarians: The goal of the course is to teach veterinary students the critical aspects of finance, operations, marketing and human resource management to prepare them for successful practice ownership.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Martha Mallicote


VEM 5032 Veterinary Business and Professional Development: Basic principles of veterinary professional management, career opportunities in the profession, personal financial planning, personnel management and employment law, and client relations.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Martha Mallicote


VEM 5035 Veterinary Business Management: This course outlines the establishment and daily operations of veterinary practice. Basic office procedures, purchasing products, effective communications, malpractice and negligence, as well as medical ethics and legal responsibilities.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Martha Mallicote


VEM 5041 Contemporary Topics in Animal Welfare and Ethics: Introduction to basic moral theory and its relevance and application to ethical dilemmas and social issues in veterinary medicine.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Amanda House


VEM 5204 Supervised Patient Care and Clinical Skills IV: Engage Students in the application of knowledge acquired in the veterinary curriculum from day one in order to better prepare them for the level of responsibility expected of a Phase III student and practice ready veterinarian.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Martha Mallicote


VEM 5271 Small Animal Reproductive Medicine: Course covers canine and feline reproductive endocrinology, infectious and metabolic diseases related to infertility, reproductive management, and artificial insemination.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Audrey Kelleman


VEM 5274 Equine Reproduction: Advanced equine reproductive physiology and endocrinology with laboratory -including management of estrous; infertility in the mare; abortion; problems of gestation; post-partum problems; neonatal care; ultrasonography; stallion breeding soundness examination; semen handling and preservation; stallion infertility.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Margo Macpherson


VEM 5277 Bovine Reproduction: Special emphasis on problems in bovine reproduction including diagnosis of pregnancy, postpartum care, rebreeding, abortion, evaluation of breeding soundness, heifer management, embryo transfer, ultrasonography, teaser bull management, reproductive surgery. Pre-requisite to VEM 5888 – Bovine Reproduction Clerkship.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Kilbs Galvao


VEM 5278 Theriogenology: Basic principles of obstetrics, gynecology, andrology, genital diseases, fertility control and artificial insemination of domestic animals.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Malgorzata Pozor


VEM 5289 Large Animal Clinical Pharmacology: Bovine and equine ethical therapeutics; issues of food and drug residues; industrial trials; parasite chemotherapy; pharmacology of muscle relaxants; quality control programs.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Martha Mallicote


VEM 5315 Poultry Medicine Practicum: Clinical experience in poultry veterinary medicine. Exposure to poultry research, teaching and diagnostic activities.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Gary Butcher


VEM 5335 Equine Medicine: Essentials of equine internal medicine including fluid therapy, cardiopulmonology, gastroenterology, neurology, hemolymphatic disorders, dermatology, and special problems in neonatology.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Robert MacKay


VEM 5352 Dairy Production Medicine: Introduction to topics in dairy herd health and production management. Topics covered include record keeping systems, implementation and evaluation of reproductive programs, milk quality and milking management, nutrition programs, replacement rearing programs, individual animal health management and client education.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Rafael Bisinotto


VEM 5355 Ruminant Medicine: The primary objective is to provide resources for students who are going to food animal or mixed large animal practice when they graduate. Much of the material is focused upon the individual animal, rather than production.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Fiona Maunsell


VEM 5371 Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues: On-line – This course introduces veterinary students to some controversial conservation issues surrounding aquatic species ranging from invertebrates to marine mammals. Students should gain a working knowledge of critical conservation issues, learn pro/con aspects of a given problem, develop critical thinking skills for identifying problems, and provide possible solutions or compromises.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Iske Larkin


VEM 5372 Aquatic Wildlife Health Issues: This online course will introduce veterinary students to natural history, anatomy, physiology, behavior and health issues of aquatic wildlife, such as: marine mammals, sea turtles, crocodilians, fish and invertebrates. 

Course Coordinator: Dr. Iske Larkin


VEM 5373 Manatee Health & Conservation: The focus is to introduce veterinary students to manatee natural history, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and health issues. Course Coordinator: Dr. Iske Larkin


VEM 5374 Diseases of Warm Water Fish: Diagnosis and management of diseases of warm water fish. Emphasis on aquarium fish with consideration of food fish production and game fish.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd


VEM 5422 Equine Surgery and Lab: This course is designed to give senior veterinary students an overview of the common surgical conditions seen in horses. All systems are covered in the course and pertinent background information is covered on each condition.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Taralyn McCarrel


VEM 5501 Clinical Epidemiology: Introduction to food animal oriented clinical epidemiology. Topics covered include epidemiological history and principles, interpretation of diagnostic tests, measurement of disease frequency, epidemiologic criteria for association in disease, confounding and interaction, disease outbreak and disease investigation.

Course Coordinator: TBA


VEM 5503 Veterinary Epidemiology: Principles of epidemiology in the study of diseases in animal populations.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Ramiro Isaza


VEM 5504 Veterinary Preventive and Production Medicine: Introduction to basic concepts in preventive and production medicine with emphasis on herd health and production programs for domestic animals including cattle, (dairy and beef), small ruminants, swine and companion animals.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Martha Mallicote


VEM 5506 International Veterinary Medicine: To develop an awareness of the impact that veterinary medicine has on the health and well-being of people and animals in foreign countries, and explore opportunities in international veterinary medicine.

Course Coordinator: SIVO-HEAL


VEM 5510 Emerging and Exotic Diseases: On-line; Distance Education.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Fiona Maunsell


VEM 5530 Beef Production Medicine: Emphasis is given to beef cattle health including topics in the principles and practices of beef cattle production and herd health management, cattle regulatory issues and quality assurance, nutrition and feeding, genetics, reproduction, behavior, practice economics, and computerized management of health and production records.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Owen Rae


VEM 5571 Emerging Diseases: Issues surrounding transmission, control, regulation, and reporting of foreign and
emerging diseases.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Fiona Maunsell