Course Descriptions

Core Courses – Required

Course Description
VME 6810
Integrating Veterinary Medicine
with Shelter Systems
Understand and appreciate the critical role played by veterinarians when protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats.

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VME 6815
Animal Shelter Population Management
by the Metrics
Population management in a companion animal shelter is often described as having the same principles as large animal production systems. However, few shelters prioritize using metrics to proactively manage animal flow or monitor for disease. Instead, many shelters only use data in a reactive manner or in the form of an annual report. This course will teach students to (a) retrieve, (b) assess, and (c) interpret population-level metrics on a regular basis. Students will learn about data collection and retrieval, review basic epidemiological and statistical principles, and develop a critical eye for data quality which will allow students to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner.
VME 6811
Shelter Animal Physical Health
Construct, critique, and implement the policies and protocols used to protect and enhance the physical health and well-being of sheltered dogs and cats, including the recognition and response to the threats of physical health.

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VME 6813
Behavioral Health of Shelter Dogs and Cats
VME 6816
The Role of the Animal Shelter in Protecting Community and Public Health
This course enhances the ability of shelter medical professionals to serve as informed and active protectors of human and animal health in their communities.

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Additional Requirements

Course Description
VME 6951
Communication in Shelter Medicine
VME 6950
Capstone Project

Electives

Course Description
VME 6814
Teaching Clinical Skills in Animal Shelters
Shelter medical professionals are often expected to teach and supervise volunteers, staff working with shelter pets and students completing externships or internships in animal shelters. However, few shelter medical professionals have had the opportunity to develop their teaching skills.

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VME 6939
Topics in International Shelter Medicine
VME 6818
High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter
VME 6817
Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters
This course will serve to establish best practices for students interested in coaching shelters in humane euthanasia.  Prerequisites would be that you have access to an animal shelter where you can observe and discuss euthanasia practices during the course. 

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VME 6812
Problem-Oriented Approach to
Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare
This course, which is intended for shelter medical and behavior staff, will focus on using a problem-oriented approach to identification, diagnosis, and treatment of behavior problems in shelter dogs and cats. Prerequisite: VME 6813 Behavioral Health for Shelter Dogs and Cats.

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VME 6XXX
Infectious Diseases of Shelter Felines
VME 6XXX
Infectious Diseases of Shelter Canines
VME 6XXX
* Principles of Animal Shelter Leadership
VME 6XXX
* Principles of  Animal Shelter Management
VME 6XXX
*Shelter Fundraising and Development
VME 6XXX
*Shelter Marketing and Communications
VME 6XXX
* Coaching Animal Shelters toward Life Saving
VME 6820
Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response
VME 6800
Welfare and Wellness for Pets and People
Welfare and Wellness for Pets and People is an online course designed to improve the lives of those working with animals. This course will help individuals to identify the need to take care of themselves and their colleagues with the same effort that they use to take care of pets.
This six-module course will enable students to identify quality of life for pets and people by comparing to recognized professional standards of care, and propose humane and responsible interventions to threats toward welfare and wellness. In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice techniques and activities designed to promote these concepts for self, pets, and local communities. Promoting the recognition and support of effective communication skills is also an important objective of this course.
VME 6934
Topics in Veterinary Medical Science
VME 6905
Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences
VME 6051
Cruelty to Animals and  Interpersonal Violence
Over the last decade, criminal penalties for animal cruelty have dramatically increased, as has the prosecution of such cases. This change has been closely linked to the growing recognition of the relationship between cruelty to animals and interpersonal violence. Once a subject of common anecdotal knowledge, this connection has been substantiated by a significant body of work in social science.
VME 6052
Animal Crime Scene Processing
In recent years, both state and federal laws pertaining to animal cruelty have evolved significantly. Actions that were previously considered non-offenses are now being prosecuted on misdemeanor and felony levels. Because these convictions can carry significant sentences, juries expect to see the same level of crime scene processing and evidence handling that would be applied to crimes against humans.
VME 6054
Scientific and Legal Principles of Forensics Evidence
Students completing this course will gain a better understanding of the fundamental concepts of evidence; burden and standard of proof; judge and jury; types of evidence; witnesses; degrees of certainty; and other relevant aspects of the principles of evidence in a legal investigation.
ENY 6706
Forensic Entomology
Forensic scientists, crime scene technicians, and medicolegal death investigators are continually faced with establishing a postmortem interval (i.e., time since death) in medicolegal investigations. Students will learn the proper evidence techniques for the documentation, collection, and preservation of entomological evidence, as well as how to calculate a minimum postmortem interval from entomological evidence.
VME 6575
Veterinary Forensic Medicine
 This course will introduce the student to the application of veterinary medicine to the forensic sciences. Course topics will focus on the interpretations of injury patterns, as well as the cause, manner, and mechanism of death. Upon completion of this course, the student will have basic knowledge of the pathological documentation required for crimes involving animals, including recognition of abuse, crime scene investigation, and interacting with the legal community.
VME 6571
Forensic Applied Behavior
An overview of Forensic Applied Animal Behavior, which is defined as the application of knowledge of animal behavior to the purpose of the law. This includes documenting the behavioral effects of abuse, neglect or inadequate care that may be in violation of laws, regulations, and industry or community standards.
VME 6615
Veterinary Forensic Toxicology
This course will encompass the basic concepts of veterinary forensic toxicology including basic principles of veterinary toxicology, legal aspects of veterinary toxicology, utilization of veterinary diagnostic laboratories in forensic cases, conducting veterinary toxicology field investigations, history-taking, and proper collection, handling and preservation of samples. Species-relevant aspects of veterinary toxicology will be covered.
VME 6056
Animal Law
Animal law is a quickly growing field and is becoming essential to social policy in the United States as well as around the world. This course introduces and surveys important overarching legal themes that occur throughout the unique relationship between humans and animals.
VME 6572
Forensic Aspects of Agricultural Animal Welfare
VME 6576
Veterinary Forensic Pathology

Thesis-Based Degree Requirements

Course Description
VME 6971
Research for Master’s Thesis
VME 6910
Supervised Research
PHC 6050
Statistical Methods for Health Science 1
VME 6771
Veterinary Epidemiologic Research