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ACE Outcomes
General skills for success in college are discussed.  Student involvement and campus resources are emphasized. Survey of careers for students interested in going on to veterinary school or any other science related area.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Juniors and seniors; ASCI 240 or BIOS 213 and BIOS 213LBIOS 300 or BIOS 312 recommended, or permission.
Management techniques in the control of metabolic, infectious, and parasitic diseases of domestic animals and understanding of basic concepts of the important diseases of livestock.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Capstone course.
Emphasizes integrated management techniques of livestock, and understanding the basic integrated concepts of the important diseases of domestic animals. Biotechnology in animal health and current issues in management practices to control diseases.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
One course in biology and junior standing.
Gross anatomy of the mammalian body, using domestic dog as the model.  Macroscopic anatomy of organs and organ systems emphasizing structural and functional relationships, and their contribution to homeostatis of domestic animals.  Incorporates detailed study of prosected cadavers and skeletal preparations.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 408/808
Functional HistologyCrosslisted as BIOS 408/808
Prereqs:
BIOS 101 and 101L or LIFE 120 and 120L or BIOS 112; BIOS 213 or ASCI 240. BIOS 315 recommended.
Microscopic anatomy of the tissues and organs of major vertebrate species, including humans. Normal cellular arrangements of tissues and organs as related to their macroscopic anatomy and function, with reference to sub-cellular characteristics and biochemical processes. Functional relationships among cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, contributory to organismal well being. General introduction to pathological processes and principles underlying some diseases.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 213 or ASCI 240; BIOC 321 or BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831; or equivalent. Recommended: CHEM 252 and 254; BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 432/832 and 433/833.
Basic principles and sciences of drug action (as therapeutic agents) and of adverse (toxic) effects of harmful chemical substances. Application of these concepts and selected examples to current and controversial issues in animal production and care, regulatory concerns, legal and ethical decisions, human and animal health hazards, food safety, and environmental contamination.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Two semesters each of Biology and Chemistry recommended. Permission of the instructor required.
Neurobiology, by its very nature, integrates the studies of biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy. Introduction to cellular and systems neurobiology, culminating in individual projects focusing on the effects of neuropathological disorders or diseases.  Active participation in classroom discussion expected.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4, Recitation
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 or permission.
Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Introduction to the molecular, genetic and cellular aspects of microbial pathogenesis in humans and animals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 441/841
Pathogenic MicrobiologyCrosslisted as BIOS 441/841
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 and either 313 or 314, or permission.
Fundamental principles involved in host-microorganism interrelationships. Identification of pathogens, isolation, propagation, mode of transmission, pathogenicity, symptoms, treatment, prevention of disease, epidemiology, and methods of control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 and 313 (314) or permission.
Application of diagnostic microbiological techniques to the isolation, propagation and identification of common pathogens of human beings and animals. Case studies used, in the laboratory setting, to explore and test fundamentals of transmission, epidemiology and pathogensis of selected infectious agents and to relate these to disease signs, treatments and methods of control.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Acceptance to an accredited college of veterinary medicine.
Capstone course. Course to be taught at the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center at Clay Center, Nebraska.
Introduction to production medicine and animal health management that weaves together the interrelationship of pasture ecology, animal nutrition, animal well-being, environmental assessment, worker safety, and pre-harvest food safety. Emphasis on the interrelationships between scientific disciplines, and sustainable agriculture. Assessment of normal production potential and health of food producing animals (beef cattle, swine, and sheep) and indicators of abnormal health. Introduction to techniques used to evaluate animal well-being, to computerized information management, and to the veterinarian's role in sustainable agriculture.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hrs veterinary science or closely related areas and permission.
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 499H
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.
Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ASCI 240 or equivalent, BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 831, VBMS/BIOS 841, or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Designed for students of biological, animal, and veterinary sciences. Introduction to general pathology emphasizing etiology, pathogenesis, morphologic features, and fundamental alterations associated with the fundamental changes of disease.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Offered summer semester of odd-numbered years. Introduction to concepts of epidemiology including definition and uses of epidemiology. Casual web theory of causation discussed and compared to the Henle-Koch postulates. Students use sampling methods to define population characteristics, detect disease and test hypotheses. Practical application of confidence, power, and sample size. Use of descriptive epidemiology to discuss population characteristics.
Credit Hours: 2
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 820
Molecular GeneticsCrosslisted as BIOS 420/820, MBIO 420
Prereqs:
Molecular basis of genetics. Gene structure and regulation, transposable elements, chromosome structure, DNA replication, and repair mechanisms and recombination.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
VBMS 830
Veterinary Anatomy ICrosslisted as VMED 630
Prereqs:
For VBMS *830: none. For VMED 630: First year standing in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine
Comparative and topographic anatomy of the dog, cat, and pig.
Credit Hours: 6
Course Format: Lab 6, Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 840
Microbial PhysiologyCrosslisted as BIOS 440/840, MBIO 440
Prereqs:
BIOS 312 and either 313 or 314, or permission.
Molecular approaches to the study of prokaryotic cell structure and physiology, including growth, cell division, metabolism, and alternative microbial life styles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 842
EndocrinologyCrosslisted as ASCI 442/842, BIOS 442/842
Prereqs:
A course in vertebrate physiology and/or biochemistry.
Mammalian endocrine glands from the standpoint of their structure, their physiological function in relation to the organism, the chemical nature and mechanisms of action of their secretory products, and the nature of anomalies manifested with their dysfunction.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 843
ImmunologyCrosslisted as BIOS 443/843, MBIO 443
Prereqs:
BIOS 206 and one semester organic chemistry.
Fundamental consideration of cellular and humoral mechanisms of immunity, the structure and function of immunoglobulins, antigen-antibody interactions; hypersensitivity; transplantation and tumor immunity; immune and autoimmune disorders.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 845
Animal Physiology ICrosslisted as ASCI 845, BIOS 813, VMED 645
Prereqs:
For ASCI/VBMS *845/BIOS *813: An undergraduate course in biochemistry or biology or physiology. For VMED 645: First year standing in and admission to VMED.
Primarily for students in animal or biological sciences or veterinary medicine.
Mammalian physiology and cellular mechanisms. Physiology of the cell, embryology, and neuro-sensory, neuromuscular, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 846
Animal Physiology IICrosslisted as ASCI 846, BIOS 814, VMED 646
Prereqs:
For ASCI/VBMS *846/BIOS *814: An undergraduate course in biochemistry or biology or physiology. For VMED 646: First year standing in and admission to VMED.
ASCI/VBMS *846/BIOS *814/VMED 646 is designed for students in animal or biological sciences or veterinary medicine.
Mammalian physiology and cellular mechanisms. Physiology of the digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 847
Prereqs:
Degree in veterinary medicine or animal science, or allied agricultural degree, or permission
Classroom attendance is required during each of the modules. Between modules distance education technologies (laptop computer, Internet access, a computer operating system with a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software, email, etc.) are used and required for discussion and assignments. The contributions and interactions of the major academic disciplines upon the production, performance, health, profitability, and sustainability of beef cow and cattle feeding operations.
A. I (3 cr)
B. II (3 cr) Prereq: VBMS *847A.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 6
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Course Delivery: Classroom
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
VBMS *847A
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
12 hours of veterinary and biomedical sciences or DVM degree, or equivalent and permission
Information and assignments for VBMS 848 exchanged in the classroom and via Internet. Theoretical basis for emerging cellular, molecular and reproductive technologies, and their potential applications and impacts in the practice of food animal veterinary medicine.
Credit Hours: 1-2
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Course Delivery: Classroom
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Offered even-numbered calendar years. Introduction to virology with emphasis on molecular biology and pathogenesis. Concepts of virus replication strategies, virus-host interactions and virus pathogenesis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Application of the principles of pathology to current problems in the diagnostic laboratory.
Credit Hours: 1-10
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 843 or permission
Offered even-numbered calendar years. Analysis of the literature of the cellular and molecular biology of T cell recognition and effector functions. Subject areas: Scientific Methodologies; Antigen Presentation; T Cell Receptor and Coreceptor; Thymic Structure and Self/Nonself Discrimination; T Cell Regulation; Allergy and Autoimmune Diseases; and T-Cell-Mediated Inflammation and Cytokine Network.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 909
P/N only.
Credit Hours: 1-4
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
1) BIOC 818 or 820; 2) BIOC 832; and 3) BIOC 838 or BIOS 837 or related laboratory experience
Offered even-numbered calendar years. Basic mechanisms regulating gene expression in eukaryotes during various physiological states. Emphasis on understanding specific and unique mechanisms in mammalian systems. Techniques used to study gene regulation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
VBMS *811 or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Measurements of disease and production, the basic tenants of epidemiology, taught in detail including incidence density, risk rates, morbidity, mortality, cause specific rates, and life tables. Methods and implications of measuring disease at the farm, regional, and national levels. Sampling strategies and the impact of these on the standard error of the estimate. Implications and biases of using retrospective production data versus prospective data. Clinical epidemiology which includes definition of tests in veterinary medicine, individual and herd level sensitivity and specificity, receiver operating characteristics curves, positive and negative predictive values, serial and parallel interpretation of tests, Kappa statistics, and issues of precision, validity, and accuracy.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
VBMS *811 and 920; or permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Design, implementation, and analysis of cross-sectional, cohort, and case-control studies and field trials. Limitations, biases, implications of the results, and current uses of each. Evaluation of these methods as used in the scientific literature. Analyses includes chi-square tests, Cochrane Chi-square tests, and epidemiologic measures of strength of association, effect, and total effect. Design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of field trials taught specifically as they relate to the practitioner.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
VBMS *811 or 920; or permission
May be repeated for credit. Analysis of current epidemiology and animal health literature. Critical evaluation of study design, methods of analysis, biases, field applicability, and basis for conclusions.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 4
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years. Inter-relationships between animal health, disease, and well-being as they relate to the productivity and profitability of food animal production units. Integrates aspects of veterinary medicine, animal science, and agricultural economics. General concepts related to cattle, swine and sheep production systems, followed by specific issues that relate to different species.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 241 and 312, or permission
Prokaryotic gene regulation, DNA exchange, DNA recombination and repair, comparative prokaryotic genomics and computer-based methods of analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 944
Prereqs:
Permission; organic chemistry; biochemistry; immunology and/or concepts in virology and virolopathogenesis
Pathogenic microbiology recommended. Description of virus and immune system interactions, with emphasis on mouse and human models. Mechanism of antigen presentation of viral proteins and relationship to health and disease. Analysis of the hosts immune response to selected viral infections of the major systems: neural, respiratory, gastrointestinal and immune.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOS 843 or permission
Recent advances in immunological techniques and review of conventional methods.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 949
Prereqs:
VBMS/BIOS 841; BIOS 843, VBMS 843; VBMS/BIOS 852; or permission
Analysis of the theory and mechanisms involved in the development of efficacious vaccines. Microbiological and immunological aspects as well as the manufacturing and regulatory aspects of vaccine development.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 950
Medical Molecular VirologyCrosslisted as BIOS 950
Prereqs:
BIOS/CHEM/BIOC 431/831 and 432/832; VBMS *852
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Current topics in molecular virology relevant to the natural history and pathogenesis of viral diseases of humans and animals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
BIOC 832 or equivalent; 18 hours of biological, biomedical and/or veterinary sciences, including fundamental microbiology and genetics; or permission
VBMS 824 and 843 or equivalent recommended. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years. Molecular and cellular aspects of microbial pathogenesis. Key literature, synthesis of scientific problems into research proposals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 964
Signal TransductionCrosslisted as BIOS 964
Prereqs:
BIOS 832, BIOS 820 or equivalent, or permission
Molecular basis of genetics in eukaryotes. Gene structure and regulation, transposable elements, chromosome structure, DNA replication and repair mechanisms and recombination.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
VBMS 966
Advanced Viral PathogenesisCrosslisted as BIOS 966
Prereqs:
BIOS 843; VBMS 852 or equivalent introductory course in virology or experience
Advanced analysis on the mechanisms of cell and tissue damage by viruses, the spread of viruses through the body, and the host response.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
VBMS 805, or equivalent and permission
May be repeated for credit. Descriptive veterinary histopathology covering diseases of all body systems in animal species including domestic, laboratory, wildlife, birds, fishes, reptiles, and amphibians. Source material is worldwide in scope.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
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Course Delivery: Classroom
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 2-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
The subject will be dependent on student demand and availability of staff. Reviews of specialized subject areas.
Credit Hours: 1-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom