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Curriculum and Program Requirements

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
VMP 801Application Based Learning Exercise (ABLE-All SA)/Clinical Exposure (CE) I1
Description:Small group, student-centered learning sessions with faculty facilitator for self-discovery of new information. Week-long sessions based on specific clinical case or problem, and integration of basic science and clinical material. Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 810Veterinary Anatomy I (All SA)4
Description:Lectures, laboratories, and demonstrations are used in an integrated approach to the study of macroscopic (gross) clinically relevant anatomy, including neuroanatomy, and embryology of common domestic animals. Dissections of embalmed specimens, prosections, plastinated specimens, and radiographs of common domestic species are examined for comparative purposes.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 811Bacteriology and Mycology2
Description:Fundamental aspects of microbiology and cell biology relative to pathogenesis of bacterial and fungal diseases of animals: antimicrobial actions and mechanisms of bacterial resistance. General approaches to diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 812One Health, Wellness & Ethics I1
Description:Correlations between basic science material from concurrent courses and practice of veterinary medicine. Thoughts on wide spectrum of current veterinary ethical issues. Develop essential non-technical skills needed for veterinary professional competence. Areas covered include: communication skills, leadership skills, business management skills, ethical decision making skills, and health-related behavior skills. Students learn skills in medical academic achievement, personal finance management, ethical-decision making, stress management, career paths in veterinary medicine, communication and leadership skills needed in effective teamwork and the basics of mental health in the veterinary setting. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 813Immunology2
Description:Basic biology and practical aspects of immunology: cells of immune system, immune function and dysfunction, immunoprophylaxis, diagnostic testing and specific diseases involving immune system. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 814Physiology and Microscopic Anatomy I4
Description:Introduction to concepts and problems in physiology which form basis for clinical applications and for formal training in pharmacology, medicine, pathology, and surgery. Cellular, neural, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive physiology. Lectures, laboratories, and demonstrations are also used in the study of the cell, embryology, and microscopic anatomy of organ systems in common domestic animals to relate structure with function.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 815Introduction to Animal Behavior1
Description:Basic principles of normal and abnormal animal behavior in domestic animals; clinical case discussions to illustrate common behavioral problems and current approaches to therapy.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 816Physical Diagnosis I (All SA)0.5
Description:Basic care, feeding, restraint, and handling domestic animals. Introduction to physical examination and diagnostic techniques used by veterinarian.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
 
VMP 817Normal Radiology (All SA)0.5
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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
Elective 10-2
Description:Select an Elective.
VMP 802Application Based Learning Exercise (ABLE-All LA)/CE II1
Description:Small group, student-centered learning sessions with faculty facilitator for self-discovery of new information. Week-long sessions based on specific clinical case or problem, and integration of basic science and clinical material. Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 820Veterinary Anatomy II (All LA)3
Description:Lectures, laboratories, and demonstrations are used in an integrated approach to the study of macroscopic (gross) clinically relevant anatomy, including neuroanatomy, and embryology of common domestic animals. Dissections of embalmed specimens, prosections, plastinated specimens, and radiographs of common domestic species are examined for comparative purposes.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 821Virology2
Description:Structural and genetic bases for classification of animal viruses into separate families. Molecular biology of viral replication and viral pathogenesis.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 822One Health, Wellness & Ethics II1
Description:Correlations between basic science material from concurrent courses and practice of veterinary medicine. Thoughts on wide spectrum of current veterinary ethical issues. Student-led discussions follow faculty presentations. Develop essential non-technical skills needed for veterinary professional competence. Areas covered include: communication skills, leadership skills, business management skills, ethical decision making skills, and health-related behavior skills. Students learn skills in medical academic achievement, personal finance management, ethical-decision making, stress management, career paths in veterinary medicine, communication and leadership skills needed in effective teamwork and the basics of mental health in the veterinary setting.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 823Parasitology2
Description:Principles of parasitology: protozoology, helminthology, and entomology and relationship to diseases in animals.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 824Physiology and Microanatomy II4
Description:Introduction to concepts and problems in physiology which form basis for clinical applications and for formal training in pharmacology, medicine, pathology, and surgery. Cellular, neural, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive physiology. Lectures, laboratories, and demonstrations are used in the study of the cell, embryology, and microscopic anatomy of organ systems in common domestic animals to relate structure with function.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 825General Pathology2
Description:Principles of pathobiology: causes of disease, disturbances of cell growth and inflammation.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 826Physical Diagnosis II (All LA)0.5
Description:Basic care, feeding, restraint, and handling domestic animals. Introduction to physical examination and diagnostic techniques used by veterinarian.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
 
VMP 827Normal Radiology II (All LA)0.5
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VMP 828Pharmacology2
Description:Principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic properties of veterinary drugs; mode of action and pharmacologic effects including important metabolic aspects, chemical and physical properties, side effects (toxicities) and clinical application.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
Elective II0-2
Description:Select an Elective.
VMP 803Application Based Learning Exercise (ABLE) and Clinical Exposure III2
Description:Week-long small group, student-centered learning sessions with faculty facilitator for self-discovery of new information; based on specific clinical case or problem; integration of basic science and clinical material. One week of clinical experience through participation in specific clinical rotations in Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 830Alimentary System3
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of alimentary systems.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 831Clinical Pathology2
Description:Pathophysiology and diagnosis of hematologic and clinical biochemical disorders in domestic animals; interpretation of laboratory test results using illustrative clinical cases.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 832One Health, Wellness, & Ethics III0.5
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VMP 833Public Health and Epidemiology3
Description:Study of distribution and determinants of disease in animal populations. Use of knowledge (evidence) gained from management of clinical patients in past to improve future clinical decision-making processes.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
 
VMP 834Anesthesiology2
Description:Principles of anesthesiology: pharmacology of anesthetic agents, and introduction to anesthetic techniques in veterinary medicine.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 835Principles & Practice of Surgery2
Description:Principles of veterinary surgery: aseptic technique, patient and surgeon preparation, control of surgical hemorrhage and infection, and general operating room procedures. Proper methods of tissue handling, surgical instrumentation, and selection of suture materials and suturing patterns. Pathophysiology of surgical and accidental wounds: wound healing and management.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 836Toxicology2
Description:Principles of toxicology, molecular mechanisms, pathologic processes and clinical features of animal diseases caused by common toxic agents.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 837Endocrine System2
Description:Pathophysiology, medicine and surgery of diseases of endocrine system. Mechanisms of endocrine and metabolic diseases: therapy and prevention.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 846Business Management0.5
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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
Elective III2-4
Description:Select an Elective
VMP 804Application Based Learning Exercise (ABLE) and Clinical Exposure IV2
Description:Week-long small group, student-centered learning sessions with faculty facilitator for self-discovery of new information; based on specific clinical case or problem; integration of basic science and clinical material. One week of clinical experience through participation in specific clinical rotations in Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 838Dentistry0.5
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VMP 840Musculoskeletal System3
Description:Pathophysiology, clinical description and basic treatment modalities of common diseases and conditions of skeletal system of small animals: development of basic diagnostic and treatment skills. Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of muscular and skeletal systems. Advanced principles, radiographic interpretation and surgical procedures.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 841Respiratory System3
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of respiratory system. Upper and lower respiratory systems: infectious and noninfectious diseases.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 842One Health, Wellness, & Ethics IV0.5
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VMP 843Integumentary System (Dermatology)2
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of integumentary system. Laboratory examination, pathology, diagnosis and treatment.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 844Special Senses (Ophthalmology)2
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of visual and auditory systems.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 845Cardiovascular System2
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of cardiovascular system. Anatomic, physiologic and pharmocologic principles which provide basis for treatment.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
Elective IV2-4
Description:Select an Elective.
VMP 850Reproductive System3
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of male and female reproductive systems and mammary glands.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 851Urinary System2
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of urinary system. Urinary system in health and disease.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
 
VMP 852Nervous System3
Description:Pathophysiology, special pathology, medicine and surgery of diseases of nervous system: clinical neurology and neuropathology.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 853Oncology2
Description:Fundamental aspects of cell biology and pathology relative to etiology and natural behavior of various neoplasms of animals; general approaches to diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neoplasia.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 854Multispecies Medicine2
Description:Anatomy, pathophysiology, medicine, and surgery of avian species, laboratory and zoo animals and reptiles. Species and diseases seen by practicing veterinarian. Current topics on foreign animal diseases.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 855Radiology/Ultrasound3
Description:Basic, advanced and special techniques in radiology with interpretation and use of radiologic and related techniques in diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMP 856Veterinary Nutrition1
Description:Principles of nutrition, and nutrition of animals in health and disease. Applied nutrition relating to individual small or large animal patient or to herd situations.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
VMP 860Transition and Accreditation Seminars2
Description:Discussion of USDA, state, and local animal laws and regulations: preparation of animal movement forms, veterinary ethics, jurisprudence, basic practice management, and other topics involved in practice of veterinary medicine.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
VMC 800Clinical Rotation in Pathology2
Description:Clinical training in post-mortem examination and laboratory diagnostics, including clinical pathology, introductory histopathology of biopsy specimens, microbiology, and parasitology.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 801Diagnostic Skills2
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VMC 802Clinical Rotation in Diagnostic Imaging2-4
Description:Clinical training in radiographic techniques and interpretation, including ultrasonography.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 803Clinical Rotation in Anesthesiology2-4
Description:Clinical training in sedation and anesthesia of companion animals, food animals and horses. Direct responsibility for diagnosis, care and treatment of clinical patients.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 810Clinical Rotations in Small Animal Clinical Sciences I (Small Animal Medicine)2-4
Description:Clinical training in medicine, surgery and specialty disciplines for companion animals. Direct responsibility for diagnosis, care, and treatment of clinical patients.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 811Clinical Rotations in Small Animal Clinical Sciences II (Community Practice)2-4
Description:Clinical training in medicine, surgery and specialty disciplines for companion animals. Direct responsibility for diagnosis, care, and treatment of clinical patients.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 812Clinical Rotation in Shelter Medicine-Spay/Neuter2–4
Description:Clinical experience in medical, behavioral and surgical problems in animals confined to animal shelters. Students gain extensive experience spaying and castrating animals. Students will identify methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of sheltered animals with emphasis on infectious and behavioral disorders. May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
VMC 813Clinical Rotations in Small Animal Clinical Sciences III (Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery)2-4
Description:Clinical training in medicine, surgery and specialty disciplines for companion animals. Direct responsibility for diagnosis, care, and treatment of clinical patients.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 814Small Animal Emergency Medicine2-4
Description:Clinical training in identification and treatment of emergency medical and surgical conditions in small animals.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 820Clinical Rotations in Large Animal Clinical Sciences I (Equine Medicine)2-4
Description:Clinical training in medicine, surgery, specialty disciplines and herd health of food animals and horses. Direct responsibility for diagnosis, care and treatment of clinical patients.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 821Clinical Rotations in Large Animal Clinical Sciences II (Farm Animal Medicine & Surgery)2-4
Description:Clinical training in medicine, surgery, specialty disciplines and herd health of food animals and horses. Direct responsibility for diagnosis, care and treatment of clinical patients.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 823Equine Surgery2-4
Description:Clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical conditions of the horse.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 824Large Animal Emergency Medicine & Critical Care2-4
Description:Clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of emergency medical and surgical conditions affecting large animals.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 825Clinical Rotation in Farm Animal Field Services2-4
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VMC 826Clinical Rotation in Equine Field Services2-4
Description:Clinical training in medicine, surgery, specialty disciplines and herd health of horses. Direct responsibility for diagnosis, care and treatment of clinical patients.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 890Externship (Off campus veterinary educational experience)2-8
Description:Educational experiences in private practice, research facility, zoological preserve, aquarium, or other veterinary-related facility outside Veterinary Teaching Hospital; to provide experiences not frequently available in large referral veterinary teaching hospitals.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
 
VMC 891Externship (Off campus veterinary educational experience)2-16
Description:Educational experiences in private practice, research facility, zoological preserve, aquarium, or other veterinary-related facility outside Veterinary Teaching Hospital; to provide experiences not frequently available in large referral veterinary teaching hospitals.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
VMC 830Veterinary Dermatology2-4
Description:
Clinical training in diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases of small and large animals.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 831Veterinary Ophthalmology2-4
Description:Clinical training in diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases of small and large animals.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 832Veterinary Neurology2-4
Description:Clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical diseases of the nervous system in small animals.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 840Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery1-4
Description:
Clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of small animal musculoskeletal conditions.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 841Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation1-4
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VMC 842Veterinary Cardiology2-4
Description:Clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases of small and large animals.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 843Veterinary Oncology2-4
Description:Clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer in companion animals.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 844Avian and Exotic Medicine and Surgery2-4
Description:
Clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of avian and exotic animals and native wildlife.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 850Advanced Pathology2-4
Description:Advanced anatomic pathology training including gross postmortem examination and histopathology of biopsy specimens. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 852Clinical Rotation in Laboratory Animal Medicine2-4
Description:Clinical training in laboratory animal medicine.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
VMC 853Advanced Veterinary Anesthesiology2-4
Description:Clinical training and additional medical responsibilities with complex anesthesia patients. Repeatability: May be repeated. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 860Advanced Veterinary Dermatology2-4
Description:Advanced clinical training in diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases of small and large animals. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 861Advanced Small Animal Medicine2-4
Description:Advanced Small Animal Medicine
VMC 862Shelter Medicine2-4
Description:Clinical training in shelter medicine and surgery, which includes the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in populations of small animals, primarily dogs and cats.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 863Small Animal Nutrition & Animal Behavior2-4
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VMC 864Zoological Medicine2-4
Description:Clinical training in husbandry, preventive medicine, and medical treatment of zoological species.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 865Special Topics: Clinical Rotation in Small Animal Dentistry2-4
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VMC 871Clinical Rotation in Swine Medicine Production (Consent of SMEC faculty required–Iowa State)2-8
Description:Clinical training program in swine production medicine at the Swine Medical Education Center at Iowa State. Students will train in an on-farm setting in swine production, management, consultation, pharmacology, and PRRSV diagnosis and management. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only. Upon approval of the associate dean and SMEC faculty.
VMC 872Clinical Rotation in Bovine Production Medicine (2 rotations per year)2
Description:Teaches techniques and procedures used by veterinarians in modern dairy and beef cattle production practice. Class includes travel and overnight stay at various production facilities. Training includes data analysis and use of common reproductive and productivity software. Students will participate in developing productivity plans, disease surveillance, and heard health maintenance programs.
Repeatability: May be repeated with consent of the instructor. Maximum 8 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 873Clinical Rotation in Theriogenology2-4
Description:Clinical training in veterinary theriogenology.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
VMC 874Clinical Rotation in Equine Performance Medicine & Rehabilitation2-4
Description:Clinical training in Equine Performance Medicine and Rehabilitation (EPR), including lameness diagnosis, advanced orthopedic surgery, podiatry and rehabilitation of the equine. Repeatability: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 880Elective Clinical Rotation I (Special topics in veterinary medicine)1-4
Description:Special rotations in applied clinical education in Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Comparative Medicine and Pathology. Novel experience not associated with required clinical rotations may be arranged.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.
VMC 880Special Topics: Small Ruminant and Camelid Health (limited availability)2
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VMC 880Special Topics: Clinical Rotation in Equine Podiatry and Farrier Science (limited availability)2
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VMC 880Special Topics: Equine Practicioner2
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VMC 881Elective Clinical Rotation II (Special topics in veterinary medicine)1-4
Description:Special rotations in applied clinical education in Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Comparative Medicine and Pathology. Novel experience not associated with required clinical rotations may be arranged.
Repeatability: Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Veterinary Medicine Students only.