University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Undergraduate Courses


VSAC 205.1 — 8T over Q1&2
Basic Surgical Skills

A web-based instruction manual will be used for a self-study and tutorial based approach to learning and mastering of basic surgical skills. Students will have access to computerized lessons demonstrating basic surgical skills that they will be responsible for learning at their own pace using home-based models. Instructors will be available during weekly scheduled tutorial times to provide individualized help if required.

Formerly: Part of VSAC 350.2
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 356.1 — 10L-6P over Q3
Veterinary Anesthesiology

The core component is designed to teach the fundamental principles of veterinary anesthesia. It will focus on pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology as it relates to anesthesia of domestic species with commonly encountered conditions.

Formerly: Part of VSAC 350.2
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 357.1 — 24L-24P over Q4
Surgical Principles

An introduction to the science and pathophysiology of veterinary surgery. Multiple species are used to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles and technical skills associated with the management of surgical conditions. The course is a combination of lectures and laboratory exercises.

Formerly: Part of VSAC 350.2
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 458.1 — 12L-12P over Q1
Veterinary Dentistry

A comprehensive course covering applied dental (oral cavity) anatomy, embryology, clinical signs, diagnostic features, treatment planning, principles, prognosis, and post-operative management (both short and long term) of oral diseases. The emphasis is on establishing and identifying the key criteria necessary for diagnosis, appropriate treatment planning and home care to ensure long-term success. The laboratory sessions will allow the student to learn principles, imaging techniques and interpretation, and the necessary technical skills required for the management and diagnosis of entry level surgical cases.

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


VSAC 362.2 — 24L-8P over Q1&2
Veterinary Medical Imaging

Teaches the fundamentals of veterinary medical imaging, emphasizing x-ray and ultrasound, through a series of illustrated lectures and supervised film-reading laboratories. The course focuses on the basic principles of image analysis and interpretation through developing an understanding of clinical anatomy.

Formerly: VSAC 351.2
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 376.3 — 38L-8P over Q3&4
Clinical Examination and Diagnosis

A series of lectures and laboratories dealing with clinical examinations of the domestic animal species, localizing disease within a body system based on the clinical exam, exploring the diagnostic techniques available for patient evaluation and using the problem oriented approach to making a diagnoses. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of taking an accurate history and performing a thorough physical examination and on comparative aspects of clinical examination.

Formerly: VSAC 371.4
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 410.1 — 24P over Q1&2
Surgical Exercises

An introduction to the practical aspects of veterinary surgery prior to entering clinics. The student is expected to demonstrate solid basic surgical skills and peri-operative patient management. Multiple species are used to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles and technical skills associated with the management of surgical conditions.

Formerly: VSAC 400.2.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 431.2 — 24L over Q3
Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

Students with an interest in emergency and critical care medicine can obtain further training and in-depth knowledge not available in regular medicine, surgery and anaesthesia courses. The course material will provide the student with the ability to deal with critical patients with specific needs and requirements. The course will provide a foundation for a final year critical care rotation.

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


VSAC 433.1 — 12L over Q4
Enrichment Companion Animal Ophthalmology

Aimed at providing a deeper understanding of ocular anatomy and physiology, as well as diagnostics, pathophysiology, therapeutics, and management of ocular disease in canine, feline, equine, and exotic species.

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


VSAC 435.2 — 24L over Q4
Applied Clinical Small Animal Neurology

A case-based approach to veterinary neurology. Cases from WCVM files and published literature will be used to practice neuroanatomic lesion localization and to illustrate functional abnormalities of the nervous system. Extensive use of in-hospital cases, case material and videos.

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


VSAC 437.2 — 20L-4P over Q3
Small Animal Oncology

Will focus on the clinical presentation, diagnosis and staging, treatment options, and prognosis for common or important cancers in dogs and cats. The emphasis will be on establishing an appropriate diagnostic approach and developing knowledge necessary to recommend optimal cancer therapy for tumours that will be commonly encountered in veterinary practice. Laboratory sessions will allow the student to learn common diagnostic techniques, interpret advanced imaging of cancer and become familiar with common chemotherapeutic agents.

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


VSAC 439.2 — 24L over Q3
Small Animal Medical Imaging

Comprised of a series of illustrated and interactive lectures that deal with medical imaging diagnosis of diseases of companion animals (dogs and cats). This will be a relatively comprehensive course in medical imaging, building on the concepts and examples to which the student was exposed in the core course (VSAC 362). A wider variety and range of case examples and diagnostic techniques will be presented, including special procedures and multiple imaging modalities being covered in greater depth. In addition to prepared material, current VTH case material will be included for illustration and discussion.

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


VSAC 441.1 — 12L over Q4
Advanced Small Animal Anesthesiology

Further in-depth information is provided to enhance material presented in the core veterinary anesthesia program and is aimed at small animals alone. Expansion on dealing with sicker patients, new techniques and further information on monitoring equipment and patient assessment is provided.

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


VSAC 443.1 — 15L over Q3
Small Animal Behavior

An introductory lecture course covering the common behavioral problems in dogs and cats. Normal behavior and training will be discussed but the emphasis will be on diagnostic evaluation of dogs and cats with common behavioral abnormalities. Behavior modification/training and medical and surgical treatments will be discussed for each disorder as will important aspects of client communication and education.

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


VSAC 445.2 — 10L-5S-9P over Q3
Small Animal Clinical Nutrition

Will introduce the student to the principles of small animal clinical nutrition. They will explore the vital role that nutrition plays in wellness and in disease management. This is accomplished through a lecture series given by the instructor and invited industry representatives, assigned case studies and nutrition project. At the end of the elective, students will present their assigned cases and completed projects to the group.

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


VSAC 449.2 — 24L over Q3
Small Animal Clinical Orthopedics

A case-based approach to small animal orthopedics. Clinical cases will be used to practice lameness localization, illustrate abnormalities of the skeletal system of dogs and cats, and discuss principles of fracture management. In-hospital cases, videos and medical imaging will be used.

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


VSAC 460.1 — 16L over Q4
Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery

An introduction to basic husbandry and common clinical presentations for common exotic pets. The species covered will include common avian pets, small mammals and reptiles primarily lizards and turtles. The emphasis will be on common conditions that are most commonly seen in general practice.

Formerly: Part of VTPA 445.2.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 462.1 — 15L-6P over Q3
Veterinary Ophthalmology

A comprehensive course designed to provide the veterinary student with a basic knowledge and skill level pertaining to ocular disease in large and small animals. The course will cover topics such as ocular anatomy and physiology, the basic components of the ophthalmic examination, causes of red eye, vision and blindness, eyelid, third eyelid, and nasolacrimal disease, ocular neoplasia, and ophthalmic surgery techniques for general practice. Laboratories will cover ophthalmic examination in small animals (dogs and cats) and in the horse.

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


VSAC 463.5 — 62L-21P over Q1&2
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery I

A comprehensive course covering the clinical signs, diagnostic features, appropriate management, and prognosis of common and/or important small animal diseases affecting each body system. The emphasis is on establishing a solid diagnostic approach to cases and developing the clinical skills necessary to manage medical and surgical cases. Laboratory sessions will allow the student to learn and practice the common diagnostic techniques necessary to make a clinical diagnosis. This course will cover medical and surgical diseases of the respiratory, cardiac, gastrointestinal and nervous systems as well as surgery of the ears and reconstructive surgery of the skin.

Formerly: A combination of VSAC 453.2 and VSAC 473.3.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 465.4 — 65L over Q3&4
Small Animal Medicine and Surgery 2

A comprehensive course covering the clinical signs, diagnostic features, appropriate management, and prognosis of common and/or important small animal diseases affecting each body system. The emphasis is on establishing a solid diagnostic approach to cases and developing the clinical skills necessary to manage medical and surgical cases. Laboratory sessions will allow the student to learn and practice the common diagnostic techniques necessary to make a clinical diagnosis. This course will cover medical and surgical diseases of the urogenital and endocrine systems, dermatology, oncology, immune-mediated disorders, orthopedics, emergency and critical care.

Formerly: A combination of VSAC 453.2 and VSAC 473.3.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VSAC 475.1 — 9L-3P over Q3
Advanced Large Animal Anesthesiology

Further in-depth information is provided to enhance material presented in the core veterinary anesthesia program and is aimed at large animals alone. Expansion on dealing with sicker patients, new techniques and further information on monitoring equipment and patient assessment is provided relevant to large animals.

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


Kristyna Musil (WCVM '11)