Description

This degree program is appropriate for licensed or license-eligible veterinary technicians desiring a broader education than offered in an AAS degree program.

The bachelor of science in veterinary technology degree (BS-VETH) curriculum integrates the baccalaureate degree requirements with any American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited veterinary technician program. There are three general requirements to earn the BS-VETH degree:

  1. Successfully earn a Veterinary Technician Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an AVMA-accredited program;
  2. Pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE);
  3. Complete the BS-VETH degree requirements in any of the options offered under that baccalaureate degree program.

Students may matriculate at UNL as a Veterinary Technology (VETH) major before meeting the first two general requirements. But the BS-VETH degree cannot be awarded until all three general requirements have been met.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln does not offer an AAS Veterinary Technician program. A complete listing of AVMA-accredited AAS Veterinary Technician program may be found at the AVMA website: https://www.avma.org.

The Veterinary Science Option is designed for VETH majors wishing to qualify academically for admission to a veterinary school. It incorporates the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine pre-veterinary medicine academic requirements in it, but it can be modified to qualify for any American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited veterinary school to which the student wishes to make application.

The Science Option is designed for students who wish to continue their science education at the baccalaureate degree level.

The Business Option is designed for students who wish to continue their baccalaureate education focusing on business and management making it possible to become a practice management.

Students wishing to earn the BS-VETH degree should expect it to take four to five years, including the time needed to earn the AAS degree. The AAS degree will take two years to complete. The time it will take to complete the VB-VETH degree requirements depends upon several factors, including how many course equivalencies are brought from the AAS program and which of the BS-VET degree options is selected. If the student is not prepared to start the science-intensive Veterinary Technology program, its completion will take longer. Adequate preparation includes math proficiency, as indicated by the Nebraska Math Proficiency Examination (MPE). Students who do not place into at least MATH 102 College Trigonometry may take longer to complete the baccalaureate degree. Students are encouraged to discuss their particular situation with their VETH advisor.

Veterinary technology graduates may pursue careers in veterinary medicine as veterinary technicians or practice managers. They can pursue careers in the biomedical sciences as research technicians, veterinary medical educators, drug or feed manufacturing sales or technical representatives. They can also be animal care managers or technicians in industry, academia, animal rescue organizations, animal shelters, or zoological gardens.
 

College Requirements

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on the most recent term of attendance. For students entering the PGA Golf Management degree program, a certified golf handicap of 12 or better (e.g., USGA handicap card) or written ability (MS Word file) equivalent to a 12 or better handicap by a PGA professional or high school golf coach is required. For more information, please visit: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (south entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the catalog. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.
 

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College
3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.
 

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program and a transfer program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology in the ecology and management option.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, pre-horticulture and pre-turfgrass and landscape management transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.
 

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of the number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

1

Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR crosslisted courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned online may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109
402-472-4681
http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, advisor, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in veterinary technology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of animal health and disease.
  2. Build on their associate of applied science, veterinary technician option degree to acquire a bachelor of science degree.
  3. Increase employment and advancement opportunities in veterinary technology.
  4. With business option, will be prepared to manage a personal business or veterinary office.
  5. With veterinary science option, can prepare to apply to veterinary school.
  6. Converse in a knowledgeable and professional manner with employers and colleagues.

Major Requirements

Veterinary Technology Core Requirements

College Integrative Courses
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Veterinary Science
VBMS 101Success in Veterinary Science1
VBMS 403Integrated Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases (Capstone Course (ACE 10))4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Natural Sciences
CASNR Approved Life Sciences
Select one sequence of the following:4
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory 1
Physical Sciences
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
Select one of the following:5
Elementary General Physics I 2
Honors: Elementary General Physics I
General Physics I
Honors: General Physics I
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Laboratory 2
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
and Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Mathematics and Statistics
Select 5-6 credits of the following:5-6
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry (2 of 5 credits count)
Applied Calculus (ACE 3)
Calculus I (ACE 3)
Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Communications
Written Communication (ACE 1)
Select two of the following:6
Writing and Inquiry
Honors Writing: Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Honors Writing: Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
or JGEN 120H
Technical Communication I
or JGEN 200H
Technical Communication II
Oral Communication (ACE 2)
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Honors: Communication in the 21st Century
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Honors: Fundamentals of Human Communication
Public Speaking
Honors: Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
or COMM 210H
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Technical Communication II
Sales Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Visual Communication and Presentation
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
Select one of the following (ACE 6):3
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Honors: Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Honors: Principles of Microeconomics
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours50
1

 BIOS 101/101L are not acceptable for the Veterinary Science or Science Options.

2

Physics course(s) taken should meet pre-veterinary and additional course prerequisites if application to professional school is intended. Consult your advisor regarding which courses fulfill this requirement.

Veterinary Science Option

Life Sciences
BIOS 312Microbiology3
BIOS 314Microbiology Laboratory1
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
AGRO 215Genetics4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Physical Sciences
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
CHEM 251Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 253Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 252Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 254Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Biological Chemistry
Select one sequence of the following:4-5
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry
Structure and Metabolism
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Business
Select two courses from any two of the following five areas:5-7
Accounting
Introductory Accounting I
ACCOUNTING I 2
Computing
INTRO TO COMPUTERS I
and INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS 1
Finance
Agricultural Finance
Personal Finance
Finance
AG FINANCE 1
Management
Farm and Ranch Management
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Managing Behavior in Organizations
Human Resource Management
MGT CONCEPTS 1
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT 1
Marketing
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing
Marketing of Agricultural Commodities
Marketing
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Free Electives
Select 0-4 credits0-4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Veterinary Technology
Select 25 credits of equivalent courses 225
Credit Hours Subtotal: 25
Core Requirements
Complete requirements50
Credit Hours Subtotal: 50
Total Credit Hours120
1

Courses offered at NCTA, Curtis, NE. Business courses listed have not yet been granted equivalency status and cannot be freely substituted in other majors. Credit for majors in the College of Business Administration is not guaranteed.

2

These credits, or the equivalent, will be transferred from NCTA or other accredited Veterinary Technology Programs for students who complete the entire program, qualify academically to receive an associate in applied science degree, and pass the national certification examination, or the equivalent, administered at their respective institution.

Science Option

Life Sciences
Select one sequence of the following:4
Introduction to Zoology
and Introduction to Zoology Lab
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
BIOS 312Microbiology3
BIOS 314Microbiology Laboratory1
AGRO 215Genetics4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Physical Sciences
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
CHEM 251Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 253Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Biological Chemistry
BIOC 321
BIOC 321L
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry
4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Anatomy and Physiology
Select from the following courses, one in either physiology or anatomy is required, but one course in each subject area is recommended:4-9
Animal Physiological Systems
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology
Human Anatomy
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Business
Select two courses from any two of the following five areas:5-7
Accounting
Introductory Accounting I
ACCOUNTING I 1
Computing
INTRO TO COMPUTERS I
and INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS 1
Finance
Agricultural Finance
Personal Finance
Finance
AG FINANCE 1
Management
Farm and Ranch Management
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Managing Behavior in Organizations
Human Resource Management
MGT CONCEPTS 1
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT 1
Marketing
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing
Marketing of Agricultural Commodities
Marketing
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Free Electives
Select 4-5 credits 4-5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Veterinary Technology
Select 32 credits of equivalent courses32
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Core Requirements
Complete requirements50
Credit Hours Subtotal: 50
Total Credit Hours120
1

Courses offered at NCTA, Curtis, NE. Business courses listed have not yet been granted equivalency status and cannot be freely substituted in other majors. Credit for majors in the College of Business Administration is not guaranteed.

Business Option

Life Sciences
AGRO 215Genetics4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Physical Sciences
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Animal Science
ASCI 240Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 14
or VTS 1404 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Business
Core Courses
Select one course from each of the following areas:13
Accounting
Introductory Accounting I
ACCOUNTING I 1
Business Management
Farm and Ranch Management
Management
Managing Behavior in Organizations
Human Resource Management
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT 1
Marketing
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing
Marketing of Agricultural Commodities
Marketing
BUSINESS ELECTIVES
Select at least two courses from the following areas:6-7
Accounting
Introductory Accounting II
ACCOUNTING II 1
Business and Agribusiness Management
Agribusiness Management
Business Law
Legal Aspects in Agriculture
Business, Government & Society
Legal Environment
Finance
Agricultural Finance
Personal Finance
Finance
AG FINANCE 1
Marketing and Salesmanship
Marketing Communication Strategy
Sales Force Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 19
Free Electives
Select 4-5 credits of Electives4-5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Veterinary Technology
Select 35 credits of equivalent courses35
Credit Hours Subtotal: 35
Core Requirements
Complete requirements 50
Credit Hours Subtotal: 50
Total Credit Hours120
1

Courses offered at NCTA, Curtis, NE. Business courses listed have not yet been granted equivalency status and cannot be freely substituted in other majors. Credit for majors in the College of Business Administration is not guaranteed.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of P or a letter grade of C or better is required for all VBMS courses.

Pass/No Pass

All courses taken to meet PVET requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only Pass/No Pass.

GPA Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better is required for the degree.

Veterinary Science Option:

Most veterinary schools require a grade of at least a C in each course. Exact course grade requirements for admission should be determined for each veterinary school to which application is to be made.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is generally required for application to a veterinary school. The exact GPA requirement for admission should be obtained for each veterinary school to which application is to be made.

VBMS101
Success in Veterinary Science

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

VBMS303
Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases

Prerequisites: Juniors and seniors; ASCI 240 or BIOS 213 and BIOS 213L. BIOS 300 or BIOS 312 recommended, or permission

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS307
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy

Prerequisites: LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L and LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L or equivalent, and junior standing

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

VBMS403
Integrated Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

VBMS408
Functional HistologyCrosslisted with BIOS 408, BIOS 808, VBMS 808

Prerequisites: BIOS 101 and 101L or LIFE 120 and 120L or BIOS 112; BIOS 213 or ASCI 240. BIOS 315 recommended.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

VBMS410
General Pharmacology and Toxicology

Prerequisites: BIOS 213, ASCI 240, or ASCI 340; BIOC 321 or BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831; or equivalent. Recommended: CHEM 252 and 254; BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 432/832 and 433/833.

Description: Basic principles and sciences of drug action (as therapeutic agents) and of adverse (toxic) effects of harmful chemical substances. Discussion of these concepts as they relate to animal production and care, regulatory concerns, legal and ethical decisions, human and animal health hazards, food safety, and environmental contamination.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS417
Neurobiology: Cells to Senses

Prerequisites: Two semesters each of Biology and Chemistry recommended. Permission of the instructor required.

Description: 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. Capstone course.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

VBMS424
Basic Molecular Infectious DiseasesCrosslisted with VBMS 824

Prerequisites: BIOS 312 or permission.

Description: Introduction to the molecular, genetic and cellular aspects of microbial pathogenesis in humans and animals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS441
Pathogenic MicrobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 441, BIOS 841, VBMS 441H, VBMS 841

Prerequisites: BIOS 312 and either 313 or 314, or permission.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS441H
Pathogenic MicrobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 441, BIOS 841, VBMS 441, VBMS 841

Prerequisites: BIOS 312 and either 313 or 314, or permission.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS441L
Pathogenic Microbiology LaboratoryCrosslisted with VBMS 841L

Prerequisites: BIOS 312 and 313 (314) or permission.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

VBMS488
Exploration of Production Medicine

Prerequisites: Acceptance to an accredited college of veterinary medicine.

Description: 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

VBMS496
Independent Study in Veterinary Science

Prerequisites: 12 hrs veterinary science or closely related areas and permission.

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

VBMS499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Veterinary Technician (further schooling needed), The Animal Clinic - Hastings NE
  • Lab Technician, Zoetis - Lincoln NE
  • Specialist, Berringer Ingelheim Zetmetica - St. Joseph MO

Internships

  • Veterinary Technician Intern, Wachal Pet Health Center - Lincoln NE

Grad Schools

  • Veterinary Medicine, Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine - UNL/ISU - Ames IA
  • PhD, South Dakota State University - Brookings SD