AVSC 201 Microbiology I+II (Bacteriology and Virology) 1 cr.
The course summarizes the main characteristics of bacteria, fungi and viruses including their morphology, resistance, molecular structure, virulence factors, antigenicity, and animal and human pathogenicity.
AVSC 202 Animal Breeding and Genetics I 2 cr.
The course introduces the principles of Mendelian and population genetics and their application in breeding, improvement and management of farm, companion and pet animals with the goal of profitable animal production and improved health status. Selection and breeding methods are elaborated in addition to basic topics related to biotechnological advances in this field and its role in relation to other aspects of animal production.
AVSC 203 History of Veterinary Medicine 1 cr.
The course explores the beginnings of veterinary medicine from ancient times to the middle ages and ending with modern times. The different specializations and branches of veterinary medicine are also explored.
AVSC 204 Pathology I 2 cr.
The course is divided into two main topics. General pathology describes the causes and the common nature of disease processes including the genetic and immunological disorders, inflammation, neoplasia, and malformation. Systemic pathology discusses the pathological changes of specific diseases according to the organ-systems and the whole pathology of certain infectious and non-infectious diseases.
AVSC 205 Topographic and Applied Anatomy 2 cr.
The course is divided into six major sections starting with the palpable landmarks of the body followed by the topography of the thorax, abdomen, pelvic cavity and ending with the limbs. Superficial veins, sites of venous blood sampling, and investigation points will be explored in different body parts.
AVSC 206 Clinical Diagnostics 2 cr.
The course deals with examination techniques and symptomology of internal diseases. The course is organized according to organs and organic systems, with special attention to the corresponding instrumentation used and species specific differences.
AVSC 207 Microbiology III (Veterinary Immunology) 1 cr.
The subject introduces the protective functions of the hosts to different microbes, and the humoral and cellular immune system, and provides the theoretical background of immune-prophylaxis against infectious diseases.
AVSC 208 Animal Breeding and Genetics II 2 cr.
The course teaches the general and specific significance of cattle, swine, sheep, goat, horse, poultry, dog, cat and fur animal breeding in the world. It introduces the main productive characteristics of the internationally recognized breeds and types of the above mentioned species. The various methods of applied breed improvement and heritable diseases are discussed in detail according to the different species. The local aspects and facilities receive particular emphasis.
AVSC 209 Animal Nutrition + Dietetics I 2 cr.
The subject consists of an introduction to the basics of animal nutrition, characteristics of feedstuffs, animal feeding, and nutrition. The effect of different feedstuffs and feed additives on the animals’ health, production, and reproduction will be addressed in addition to the techniques of balanced ration formulation.
AVSC 210 Applied Ethology 2 cr.
Applied ethology is the branch of animal science, which on the basis of the description of the innate behavior of farm animals and pets, studies the behavior of animals kept in intensive farming systems or, in the case of companion animals, kept in the close vicinity of humans. It also studies the effects of housing, nutrition, and attendants’ care on the establishment of behavioral patterns. This subject also deals with the formation, prevention, and treatment of abnormal behavior (misbehavior, ethostasis) and describes ethical aspects of animal welfare.
AVSC 211 Microbiology I + II Laboratory (Bacteriology and Virology) 1 cr.
The AVSC 211 laboratory course will introduce the students to the most recent technologies used in collection of animal specimens, transportation of specimens from the field to the laboratory, cultivation of organisms, purification of cultures, identification of major etiologic agents in different pets and farm animals, and procedures followed in transportation of pure isolates to reference laboratories around the world for identity confirmation.
AVSC 212 Microbiology III Laboratory (Veterinary Immunology) 1 cr.
The AVSC 212 laboratory course will introduce the students to the most recent technologies used in collection of lymphoid system specimens, transportation of specimens from the field to the laboratory, study the normal versus the abnormal lymphoid organs and their histology, the different methods used in quantification of the cell-mediated and humoral immunities, and the serological methods used in diagnostics of animal diseases.
AVSC 213 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4cr.
This course introduces the students to the field of Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. It is organized in a manner within the unifying framework of form, function, and evolution.
AVSC 214 Veterinary Parasitology 3cr.
This course deals with the morphological and biological characteristics of various important parasites in veterinary medicine. At the practical level students will become familiar with the lifecycles of the various parasites of veterinary significance.
AVSC 215 Veterinary Embryology 4cr.
This course describes changes on the cellular, molecular and tissue levels before the birth of an animal to help in understanding the normal and abnormal structural developmental processes.