VME 6577 CREDITS: 3
Veterinarians who perform postmortems as part of a crime investigation require a solid knowledge of pathology and postmortem skills. This course strengthens and broadens students’ knowledge of the pathologic basis of disease that forms the basis of understanding lesions due to natural and traumatic causes. The postmortem technique itself will be covered in depth. The course teaches astute observation, accurate description, and educated interpretation of the changes observed at postmortem, in addition to postmortem case management. Special topics included in the course are techniques for examination of the neck region in cases of suspected strangulation, cardiac examination, sampling for histopathology, sudden unexpected and peri-anesthetic deaths. Critical appraisal of the scientific literature will help veterinarians determine if journal articles or book chapters are based on sound scientific methods. Tips on optimizing your pathology cases with a pathologist are also discussed.
DVM or equivalent degree holders only (terminal degree in Veterinary Medicine). Students who do not meet this prerequisite should take VME6576.
|Week 1||The Diagnostic Process and Lesion Description|
|Week 2||Interpreting Color in Pathology|
|Week 3||Cellular Injury – Cellular Reactions and Necrosis|
|Week 4||Hemostasis and Edema|
|Week 7||Mid-term examination|
|Week 8||Critical Appraisal of the Scientific Literature|
|Week 9||The postmortem I|
|Week 10||The postmortem II|
|Week 11||Special Techniques in Pathology|
|Week 12||The Postmortem Report, Certainty in Pathology, Photography|
|Week 13||Sudden Unexpected and Peri-anesthetic Death|
|Week 14||Optimizing Your Pathology Results|
|Week 15||Final examination|
Pathologic basis of veterinary disease. Ed. McGavin MD, Zachary JF, 5th ed., Mosby, St. Louis, MO. 2011.