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233 Seymour River Place
North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2N8
Animal Science Program
Course Schedule - Year 1
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CAHM's Animal Science Program dates:
Module 1: TBA
Module 2: TBA
Module 3: TBA
Module 4: TBA
This year of CAHM's Animal Science Program will focus on anatomy and physiology. Each module of the program is two days, commencing on Wednesday morning and ending on Thursday afternoon. The hours for each day are from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There will be a lunch break and two coffee breaks each day.
Year 1 - Module 1:
EXOSKELETON of canine and feline species.
Skeletal structure, organ location, major muscle groups, species-specific differences.
THE EYE: structure, cornea, lens, tear ducts, chambers, iris, pupil, retina, optic nerve, disc etc. reflexes. Unique traits i.e. Siamese cats, white cats with blue eyes, retinas etc.
- evaluation of the neural pathways
- proprioception - what does it assess?
- CNS dysfunction: Spinal Cord problems such as compression, hernial prolapse, developmental abnormalities, how to assess lesions and their location, examination tests including reflexes, diagnostic tests including MRI, x-rays etc.
NOSE, THROAT, EAR
The anatomy and function including salivary glands, sinuses and inner ear anatomy.
Year 1 - Module 2:
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM AND AIRWAYS
How the system works including a detailed look at: the trachea, heart, lungs, arteries, veins, aorta, carotid arteries, diaphragm and breathing apparatus, pericardium, pericardial sac, bronchi, alveoli and oxygenation of the blood stream.
LIVER, SPLEEN, STOMACH, SMALL INTESTINE, LARGE INTESTINE, COLON, RECTUM, ANUS, ANAL GLANDS, PANCREAS
The anatomy and function of all the organs including differences in digestion between the different species: felines, canines and ruminants. Species-specific nutritional requirements.
The anatomy and function of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, urinary organs, uterus and sexual organs.
Year 1 - Module 3:
The parathyroid glands, thyroid glands (TSH), adrenal glands including a look at ACTH, cortisol production, cushings/addisons disease.
How does the immune system work? Examination of the bone marrow, spleen, T cells, white blood cells and their function, including monocytes, lymphocytes, granulocytes. The significance and meaning of increased and decreased white blood cells. Hematology, including red blood cells, platelets, iron. Different kinds of anemia, the role of Vit K in hemostasis.
PARASITOLOGY, BACTERIOLOGY, VIROLOGY
Specific parasites, organs affected, parasite life cycle and route of transmission/infection, migration, zoonosis potential. Anti-parasitic products used in the Veterinary industry, including flea products such as Advantage and Program, tick and mite control, worms and types of dewormers, side effects, efficacy. Evaluation of bacteria, gram positive and negative types, viruses and prions. A general overview of how antibiotics work, bacterial sensitivity, target organs.
Year 1 - Module 4:
LAB WORK: BLOOD TESTS, RADIOLOGY, ULTRASOUND, ENDOSCOPY, MRI, EPIDUROGRAMS
What do the various laboratory tests evaluate? A detailed look at the different types of Veterinary blood examinations, including CBC'S, Chemistry panels, urinalysis, hormonal assessments and interpreting the results of these tests.
The most common prescription drugs used in Veterinary Medicine such as NSAIDS, steroids, mydriatics, antibiotics, antifungals, gastrointestinal protectants, including their purpose, use and potential side effects.
Products which are poisonous for companion animals including species specific differences. Some toxins we will look at include common household products such as chocolate, insecticides, vermin poisons, tylenol, raisins, antifreeze, and various plants.