Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Courses in Aquatic Animal Medicine

VTMED 6120 ANATOMY AND HISTOLOGY OF FISH
Spring, first 8 weeks (A-B Blocks); 2 credit; veterinary students or permission of instructor. R.G. Getchell.

This course provides an overview of the diversity of anatomy and histology of fish. Students will participate in lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises to review the major organ systems. Extensive use of library resources for assigned readings will be expected. Each student will prepare a term project and make one oral presentation.

VTMED 6432 FISH HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Spring, first 8 weeks (A-B Blocks); 1.5 credit; veterinary students or permission of instructor. H. Marquis.

This course will present a summary of important diseases of fin fishes. Diseases covered will be those of importance in commercial aquaculture as well as those encountered by the tropical fish hobbyist. The course is designed to provide the students with a knowledge base and hands-on diagnostic experience in diseases of fish. The course will also cover management of aquarium systems, including water quality, types of aquarium filtration systems, fish health, and general fish biology. A portion of the course will require independent work in aquarium system management.

VTMED 6722 AQUAVET I: INTRODUCTION TO AQUATIC VETERINARY MEDICINE

Four weeks of full-time instruction at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, immediately after the spring term. 4 credits. Maximum enrollment: 24 students from Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and other U.S. colleges and schools of veterinary medicine. By permission of the instructor (special competitive application procedure with applications normally due in early January preceding the course). R.G. Getchell.

The course is sponsored by Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and three marine science institutions at Woods Hole: the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Northeast Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service. It is designed to introduce veterinary students to aquatic animal medicine. The marine environment is described and visited on field trips in the Woods Hole area. Specific aspects of the comparative anatomy, physiology, nutrition, microbiology, pathology and medicine of a variety of marine and freshwater species are discussed. Some emphasis is placed on systems of aquaculture. The specific diseases of a few selected species are presented as examples, including the diseases of crustaceans, shellfish, finfish and marine mammals. The course is taught by an invited faculty of thirty-five individuals who are leaders in their respective fields of aquatic animal medicine. Students present seminars on appropriate topics.

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VTMED 6521 AQUAVET II: COMPARATIVE PATHOLOGY OF AQUATIC ANIMALS
Two weeks of full-time instruction at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, immediately after the spring term. 2 credits. Maximum enrollment: 18. Prerequisites: formal course work in diseases of aquatic animals or appropriate experience and permission of the instructor (special competitive application procedure with applications normally due in early January preceding the course). R.G. Getchell.

The course is sponsored by Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and three marine science institutions at Woods Hole: the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Northeast Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service. It is an advanced course in the comparative pathology of aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates commonly used as laboratory animals. The material presented will consist of discussions of the diseases of aquatic animals as well as extensive use of the microscope to examine the histopathology associated with these diseases. The course is taught by an invited faculty of twelve individuals who are leaders in their respective fields of aquatic animal medicine.

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VETMED 6X98 SPECIAL PROJECTS IN VETERINARY MEDICINE ("X" depends on block allignment for Blocks 1-7)
Fall, winter, spring, summer. Variable 1-4 credits. May be arranged with a College of Veterinary Medicine tenure track faculty member. S-U Grades Optional.

This course provides the opportunity for students to work individually with a faculty member to pursue an are of particular interestand, typically, not part of the established curriculum. Specific course objectives and course content are flexible and reflect the scope and academic expertise of the faculty. (This College-wide course may focus on a topic in aquatic animal medicine)

VTMED 6X99 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN VETERINARY MEDICINE ("X" depends on block alignment for Blocks 1-7)
Fall, winter, spring, summer. Variable 1-4 credits. May be arranged with a College of Veterinary Medicine tenure track faculty member. S-U grades optional.

This course provides the opportunity for students to work in the research environment of faculty involved in veterinary or biomedical research . Specific course objectives and course content are flexible and reflect the specific research environment. Research projects may be arranged to accumulate credit toward requirements in Distribution Sets I, II, III, IV, and V. (This College-wide course may focus on a topic in aquatic animal medicine)

VTMED 6435 FORENSIC MEDICINE FOR WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS (also BIOSM 4450)
Summer. 2 credits. Held at the Shoals Marine Laboratory. By application through the Shoals Marine Laboratory (http://www.sml.cornell.edu/) . A special fee is required. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of a year of college level biology, ecology or marine science. Maximum enrollment 21. S-U Grades Optional. R.G. Getchell.

Forensic science represents the unique merging of scientific insight and the law. Forensic Science for Marine Biologists provides a field-oriented introduction to the forensic science domain and the utilization of marine biology within the justice system. Students receive comprehensive instruction concerning the recognition, documentation, collection, and preservation of physical evidence. Additionally, students develop practical incident response, scene management, and forensic teamwork skills.

VETMI 7720 ADVANCED WORK IN AQUATIC ANIMAL DISEASES (Graduate)
Fall and spring. Variable 1-3 credits. By special arrangement with the instructor. S/U grades only.H. Marquis..