University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Undergraduate Courses


VLAC 210.5 — 55L-56P over Q1,2,&3
Animal Management and Production I

Provides a basic foundation of knowledge in the behaviour, husbandry, nutrition and breeding of the common animal species, featuring the veterinary aspects of various animal industries and the contemporary role of the veterinarian in servicing them. Concepts of herd management, health and production interactions, and the makeup of various animal industries will be emphasized for the various species groups. Laboratory exercises will emphasize hands-on experience in animal handling and restraint, and field trips to production facilities. Laboratories will also involve production data analysis, feed evaluations, and exercises relating to genetics of animal breeding.

Formerly: VLAC 200.5
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VLAC 310.3 — 38L over Q3&4
Animal Management and Production II

Provides a basic foundation of knowledge in the behaviour, husbandry, nutrition and breeding of the common animal species, featuring the veterinary aspects of the various animal industries and the contemporary role of the veterinarian in servicing them. Concepts of herd management, health and production interactions, and the makeup of various animal industries will be emphasized for the various species groups.

Formerly: VLAC 300.5
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VLAC 320.2 — 32L over Q1&2
Evidence based Medicine

Students will learn how to apply the concepts of evidence-based medicine to veterinary practice. The course provides students with the basic skills necessary to evaluate the scientific literature with emphasis on clinical trials, choose diagnostic tests and interpret the results, and investigate and control outbreaks of disease. In-class exercises will provide students with practical experiences for each of these core objectives.

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


VLAC 411.3 — Q3(3L)
Diseases of Livestock

Provides an overview of animal disease principles in which disease mechanisms, body response to disease, diagnosis, control and prevention are emphasized. Special attention is given to infectious diseases of cattle that are of economic importance to the Saskatchewan livestock industry.

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


VLAC 431.2 — 24L over Q4
Zoonotic Diseases

Will introduce students to concepts and principles of zoonoses via examples of zoonotic diseases. Presentation of diseases will emphasize their importance to human health, their effects on domestic animals, importance of wildlife reservoirs, surveillance and methods for control and prevention. The course will be a mixture of lectures and in-class discussion based on assigned readings. Focus will be on diseases of Canadian importance but some discussion of international diseases will occur.

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


VLAC 433.2 — 24L over Q4
Equine Medicine

A series of lectures dealing with medical diseases of horses. Emphasis is placed on conditions and/or aspects of diseases not covered in the equine medicine and surgery core course.

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


VLAC 437.2 — 24S over Q4
Advanced Bovine Ruminant Medicine

Designed to examine the bovine health issues raised in the food animal medicine course and to examine them in much greater detail. Particular emphasis will be placed on the control of the diseases at the herd level.

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


VLAC 439.2 — 16L-8P over Q3
Swine Production Medicine

Will expand the student's knowledge of swine diseases, with particular emphasis on clinical expression, the age group affected, differential diagnosis, control and prevention. A case oriented, comparative approach will be used, and the content will build on material presented in the core. The elective will also enhance the student's understanding of nutrition, reproduction, farm records, pigflow, ventilation, meat production, and farm economics through lecture and laboratory sessions.

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


VLAC 441.2 — 24P over Q4
Clinical Procedures in Bovine Practice

Designed to provide practical training to veterinary students in procedures and techniques that are required in bovine practice.

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


VLAC 443.2 — 24L over Q3
Animal Welfare

Examines the history, current issues and challenges of the animal welfare movement, and the role of the veterinarian in addressing animal welfare issues. Major topics include domestic and foreign policy, veterinary position statements, auditing, research and assessment of animal welfare for animals used for food, companionship, research, sport and wildlife.

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


VLAC 445.2 — 18L-6P over Q3
Advanced Equine Reproduction

Course covers information and training on use of transabdominal and transrectal ultrasonography for mare management, and diagnosis of reproductive problems. Topics include stallion physiology, spermatogenesis, semen collection, and breeding management. Hands-on laboratory includes in-depth use of ultrasonography, AI, cytology, culture, uterine treatment and biopsy techniques in the mare, and semen collection, analysis and processing in stallions.

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


VLAC 447.2 — 24L over Q4
Sustainable Development Social Political Cultural Economic and Environmental Pressures on Ecosystems

Comprehensive overview of pressures on world ecosystems, focusing mainly on developing countries.

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


VLAC 449.2 — 16L-8P over Q4
Beef Industry Elective

This elective course is designed to provide veterinary students who have an interest in food supply veterinary medicine with a broad background to the structure, organization, and economics of the beef industry. Labs and lectures will focus on preventive medicine, records, economics, and nutrition.

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


VLAC 451.1 — 15P over Q3
Advanced Bovine Palpation Lab

Designed to improve the palpation skills beyond that which was obtained in the Core course. In addition, students will obtain experience performing vaginoscopy, transrectal ultrasonography of the bovine reproductive tract, and artificial insemination techniques. There will also be the opportunity to apply knowledge related to such things as estrous cycle manipulation, treatment of cystic ovarian disease, and the diagnosis and treatment of endometritis.

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


VLAC 462.5 — 60L-18P over Q1&2
Equine Medicine and Surgery

A series of lectures and laboratories dealing with medical, surgical, and peripartum reproductive diseases of horses. In lectures, emphasis is placed on clinical signs, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management and treatment of common diseases, conditions and injuries of horses in western Canada. Laboratories complement lectures in providing instruction and practice of important clinical examination and diagnostic techniques.

Formerly: Part of VLAC 452.2 and VLAC 472.4.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VLAC 470.4 — 60L-48P over Q1,2&3
Veterinary Theriogenology

Covers the normal reproductive patterns of domestic animals, the causes of lowered reproductive efficiency, and management of reproductive problems of individual animals and herds. Laboratories are designed to enhance understanding of these aspects of theriogenology and to develop clinical skills including male and female breeding soundness evaluation, obstetrical management, and the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive diseases.

Formerly: VLAC 460.5.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VLAC 482.5 — 64L-24P over Q1&2
Food Animal Production Medicine

A series of lectures that deal with the specific diseases of domestic agricultural animals (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry). Emphasizes the etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical and laboratory findings, diagnosis, treatment and control of the common diseases which occur in domestic farm animals. Some lectures deal with the important exotic diseases that are potential threats to the livestock industry.

Formerly: Part of VLAC 452.2 and VLAC 472.4.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


Anne Marie de Leenheer, WCVM Class of 2012