University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Graduate Courses

VSAC 800.6 — 1/2(2L/2S)
Advanced Veterinary Internal Medicine I

Deals with the pathophysiology of animal disease on a body system or organ basis. The mechanisms of disease and the rational approach to diagnosis and therapy are emphasized. Topics include an introduction to the pathophysiology, systemic states, cardiovascular system, blood and hemopoietic system, respiratory system and the gastrointestinal tract.


VSAC 802.3 — 1/2(40P, 2 weeks)
Special Field Experiences

Total immersion in the area of study pertinent to the graduate student. A complete report is required and should come from a daily log of activities and be organized from a protocol set up by the student's advisory committee prior to going out on this experience.

Note: Requires 40 hours of practicum over a period of 2 or 4 weeks.


VSAC 803.6 — 1/2(40P, 4 weeks)
Special Field Experiences

Total immersion in the area of study pertinent to the graduate student. A complete report is required and should come from a daily log of activities and be organized from a protocol set up by the student's advisory committee prior to going out on this experience.


VSAC 810.3 — 1(1.5L-1.5S)
Veterinary Ocular Pathology

To develop a thorough understanding of ocular pathology in domestic animals and to understand ocular fixation and processing. These will be viewed in a live electronic classroom where the congenital, developmental, and acquired diseases of the cornea, sclera, conjunctiva, orbit, eyelids, glaucoma, uvea, lens, vitreous, retina, optic nerve and ocular neoplasia are presented. Participants will be expected to describe the ocular findings on a variety of glass slides provided at random during the interactive session at the end of each week.

Prerequisites(s): DVM or equivalent.
Note: Pre-recorded lectures with slides are viewed online prior to weekly Internet Chat.


VSAC 860.6 — 1&2(2R-2S)
Advanced Soft Tissue Surgery

The anatomy, pathophysiology and surgery of the urinary, hemopoietic, endocrine and alimentary systems will be studied with respect to the basic principles of wound healing, shock, tissue response to trauma and biochemical parameters. Regular seminars based on current literature reviews will be required of the candidates.


VSAC 865.3 — 1/2(1S-1R)
Advanced Medical Imaging of Small Animals

A seminar course covering the medical imaging of disease in small animals. Incorporates discussion of veterinary radiology and ultrasonography with review of normal anatomy and typical abnormal conditions, plus exposure to more challenging case material. Additional discussions will focus on other imaging modes such as CT and MRI.


VSAC 866.3 — 1/2(1S-1R)
Advanced Radiographic Diagnosis of Large Animals

A tutorial course covering the radiographic diagnosis of disease in large animals. Familiarizes the student with normal radiographic anatomy and the radiographic signs of disease in the skeleton, thorax and abdomen of these species.


VSAC 868.6 — 1&2(2L-S/C)
Advanced Veterinary Anesthesiology

Advanced veterinary anesthesiology. Subjects include anesthetic equipment, pain control, pharmacology of anesthetic agents, mechanisms of anesthesia and the effects of anesthetic agents on the various body systems. Anesthetic techniques for specific body systems and disease conditions will also be discussed.


VSAC 869.6 — 1/2(2L)
Veterinary Critical Care

Designed to familiarize the student with intensive care of the veterinary patient. The course is multidisciplinary in nature and uses a body systems approach to discuss pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostics, supportive care, and treatment of the critically ill veterinary patient. The major focus is on small animals, but the principles discussed apply to all species.


VSAC 870.6 — 1&2(2.5S)
Topics in Advanced Small Animal Internal Medicine

A discussion course covering the pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of selected important medical diseases in small animals. The emphasis will be on critical review of the current literature and discussion of the implications for management of small animal patients.Note: This course will be offered every third year.

Prerequisite(s): DVM degree.


VSAC 871.3 — 1(1L-1S)
Advanced Large Animal Ophthalmology

Provides students with formal instruction in large animal (equine and food animal) ophthalmology. Students will learn to critically review classic and current literature on large animal ophthalmology topics. Students will acquire the ability to diagnose and discuss pathogenesis and design treatment plans for ophthalmic diseases of the horse and food and fiber producing species.

Prerequisite(s): DVM degree or equivalent.


VSAC 872.3 — 1(1L-1S)
Advanced Small Animal Ophthalmology

Provides an in-depth review of the current literature on canine and feline ophthalmic diseases. It will review the anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and medical and surgical therapy of diseases of the orbit, eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, sclera, uvea, lens, vitreous, retina, and optic nerve of both the dog and cat.

Prerequisite(s): DVM degree or equivalent.


VSAC 873.6 — 1&2(20C)
Advanced Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Procedures in diagnostic and therapeutics as applied to the daily clinical case load.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of DVM degree and registration in a MVetSc program.


VSAC 898.3 — 1/2(3R)
Special Topics

To be defined and described each time it is offered. A thorough study of a special topic pertinent to the specific goals of the candidate and their program.


VSAC 899.6 — 1&2(3R)
Special Topics

To be defined and described each time it is offered. A thorough study of a special topic pertinent to the specific goals of the candidate and their program.


VSAC 980.0
Clinical Practice

Recognizes the many clinical activities of students in the program that may not be otherwise credited. Students are required to make satisfactory progress in this course to maintain full-time status in the program.


VSAC 990
Seminar

Discussion on research plans, protocols, and results by graduate students and faculty. Graduate students are required to attend and participate. Faculty and visiting scientists may also contribute to the course.


VSAC 992.0
Project

Students undertaking the project Master's degree (MVetSc) must register in this course.


VSAC 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.


VSAC 996
Research

Students writing a PhD thesis must register for this course.


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