University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate Courses


VBMS 208.1 — 5L-25T over Q2,3&4
Biomedical Rounds

Designed to facilitate integration of learning materials within biomedical sciences and of biomedical sciences with other components in the veterinary medical curriculum.

Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 220.8 — 69L-139P over Q1,2,3&4
Veterinary Anatomy

A general introduction to the anatomy of the common large and small domestic animal species with emphasis on areas of particular functional and clinical significance or biological importance.

Formerly: VBMS 210.7
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 222.3 — 28L-18T over Q4
Veterinary Neuroscience

An overview of the structure and function of the nervous system of domestic animals, with emphasis on general clinical applications.

Formerly: VBMS 212.3
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 223.2 — 30L-2P over Q1,2,3&4
Veterinary Embryology

Emphasizes the study of embryonic development, including organogenesis and congenital anomalies. An introduction to teratology is also given.

Formerly: VBMS 213.2
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.


VBMS 224.9 — 106L-58P-22T over Q1,2,3&4
Veterinary Physiology

The function of the physiological systems of mammals is studied with emphasis upon the domestic animals and veterinary medical aspects. After an introductory consideration of basic cell physiology and hematology, the physiology of respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal , renal and endocrine systems is studied. In the laboratory the principles of physiology are demonstrated through experiments and observation on the normal animal and with computer simulations.

Formerly: VBMS 221.8 and VBMS 320.2
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.


VBMS 231.4 — 45L-53P over Q1,2,3&4
Veterinary Microscopic Anatomy

A general overview of the microscopic and ultrastructural anatomy of vertebrate cells, tissues and organs emphasizing functional relationships.

Formerly: VBMS 211.4
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 305.2 — 35L over Q1&2
Veterinary Pain and Analgesia

Examines mechanisms, physiology, impacts, and recognition and treatment of animal pain.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 314.3 — 1(3L-2P)
Comparative Anatomy of Domestic Animals

A general review of the macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of the domestic animals with emphasis on those structures, such as the digestive and reproductive systems, that are of particular importance to students of Animal Science.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.


VBMS 324.3 — 1(3L-3P)
Animal Physiology I

To provide undergraduate students with an understanding of mammalian and avian physiology, with major emphasis on domestic farm animals. Topics include hematology, respiration, the cardiovascular system, renal physiology and monogastric digestion.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.


VBMS 325.3 — 2(3L-3P)
Animal Physiology II

To provide undergraduate students with an understanding of mammalian and avian physiology, with major emphasis on domestic farm animals. Topics include ruminant digestion, endocrinology, pre-natal growth, reproduction and lactation.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
Prerequisite(s): VBMS 324


VBMS 333.6 — 85L over Q1,2, & 3
Veterinary Pharmacology

To provide a basic understanding of how drugs work, and how they interact with the animal that they are administered to, e.g., the processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination. In addition the processes by which drugs can produce unwanted side effects will be studied. Drugs that are used widely in veterinary medicine will be particularly featured.

Formerly: VBMS 323.3.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.


VBMS 428.3 — 1(3L)
Gastrointestinal Physiology

Provides an in-depth coverage of monogastric gastrointestinal function, stressing those aspects related to the understanding of diseases of this system

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 317 or permission of the instrutor.


VBMS 431.1 — 10T over Q3
Integrative Morphological Sciences

Provides an opportunity for senior students to review and enhance their knowledge of particular areas in morphological sciences in an integrated manner.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 433.1 — 6L-1S-1P-4T over Q3
Advanced Veterinary Embryology Mechanisms of Congenital Anomaly Development

Will provide an in-depth examination of congenital anomalies and mechanisms of their development. Comparison of normal and abnormal structure and development will be made of several anomalies. Teratology of chosen congenital anomalies will be covered through presentation, discussion, and problem solving.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 434.3 — 48L over Q1&2
Veterinary Toxicology

To provide undergraduate students with an understanding of toxic agents, mechanisms of action, manifestations in affected animals, principles of treatment, food safety, and public health concerns of agents commonly encountered in western Canada. Topics including metals, pesticides, plants, household products, feed additives and industrial chemicals will be covered in the course. Instruction in the course will be provided from a clinical perspective with a major case-based component.

Formerly: VBMS 424.2.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 435.1 — 12L over Q3
Drugs and the Performance Horse

Will cover the history of doping in horse sports, the equine sanctioning organizations and their current drug rules, drug detection methodology, and principles of drug depletion.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 436.3 — 48L over Q1&2
Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology

Covers pharmacology as it applies to the treatment of clinical disease in animals. Principles of clinical pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions will be emphasized. Lectures on specific groups of drugs are delivered with a system-oriented approach, emphasizing rational therapeutic options.

Formerly: VBMS 426.2.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 437.1 — 12L-6P over Q4
Pain and Analgesia in Non-Mammalian Animals

Provides basic knowledge of the pathways and physiological mechanisms of pain in non-mammalian vertebrates and some invertebrates are provided. Recognition of pain and appropriate treatment, including relevant pharmacology are covered along with clinical application.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 709.3 — 1(2L-4P)
Gross Anatomy of Domestic Animals

A comparative, topographical, functional study of the trunk of the domestic animals. There is therefore an emphasis on the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. A special project in anatomy designed by student and instructor is required.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for VTAN 210 may not take this course for credit.


VBMS 710.3 — 2(2L-4P)
Gross Anatomy of Domestic Animals

A comparative and topographical study of the head and limbs of the domestic animals with an emphasis on functional aspects of the locomotor system. There is also a brief introduction to the anatomy of laboratory mammals and domestic birds.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for VTAN 210 may not take this course for credit.