OTH033: Veterinary Science

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well-being. Taking a look at the pets that live in our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course examines some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases affect not only the animals around us, but at times, us humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues are studied and applied.

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Course Length

One Semester

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Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Veterinary Science
Unit 2: Small Animal Medicine
Unit 3: Large Animal Medicine
Unit 4: Exotic Animal Medicine
Veterinary Science Midterm Exam
Unit 5: Poisoning & Toxicology
Unit 6: Veterinary Parasitology
Unit 7: Zoonotic Diseases
Unit 8: Holistic Veterinary Science & Medicine
Veterinary Science Final Exam


  • Discuss what the areas of veterinary science and medicine include and how these areas differ from each other.
  • Learn about the history of veterinary science and medicine.
  • Examine some of the research areas that veterinary scientists are working on today.
  • Investigate the educational and other requirements for veterinarians and veterinary scientists.
  • Discuss some of the ethics in the profession and some of the controversial issues.
  • Learn what the nervous, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems consist of and what they do for the body.
  • Examine how skeletal and muscle disorders can affect animals.
  • Discuss several infectious diseases that animals can catch from infected animals.
  • Investigate the causes and symptoms of the diseases discussed in the unit.
  • Learn about some of the treatments and preventative measures that veterinary scientists have discovered for these diseases.
  • Discuss why the health of horses, cattle, and swine is important for public health.
  • Learn about several diseases that can affect horses and how they are treated.
  • Examine what mad cow disease is and why it is such a feared disease for cattle.
  • Investigate several diseases that affect cattle and the impact that they have.
  • Discuss some diseases that affect swine and how they are treated.
  • Discuss what exotic animals are and why treating them may take additional education and training.
  • Learn about some of the diseases that affect birds and what treatments are used for these diseases.
  • Learn about some of the diseases that affect reptiles and what treatments are used for these diseases.
  • Examine what roles veterinary scientists may fill in zoological parks and sanctuaries.
  • Investigate what challenges veterinary scientists face when working with animals at zoological parks and sanctuaries.
  • Discuss what toxicology, toxicity, and toxicosis are and how these concepts relate to veterinary science and medicine.
  • Learn how acute toxicosis differs from chronic toxicosis.
  • Discuss how exposure to toxins can occur and what factors affect toxicity.
  • Examine some of the natural forms of poisoning, such as poisoning from certain plants and fruits and bites from poisonous snakes.
  • Investigate some artificial substances that can cause poisoning, such as rodenticides.
  • Learn what parasites are and how they relate to hosts.
  • Discuss several different types of parasites and how they differ.
  • Examine how animals may become infected with parasites and how parasites may be transferred from animal to animal.
  • Investigate some of the different symptoms that animals can experience due to parasites.
  • Investigate some of the different life cycles for common parasites.
  • Learn about zooneses and why they are a concern to veterinary scientists and public health officials.
  • Discuss Hantavirus and how it is transmitted to humans.
  • Examine the plague and how this zoonotic disease has impacted human societies throughout history.
  • Investigate anthrax and how it can be transmitted to humans.
  • Discuss ringworm and the symptoms of this zoonotic infection.
  • Learn about holistic and allopathic veterinary treatments and how they differ.
  • Discuss the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animal diseases.
  • Examine how hydrotherapy can benefit horses and dogs.
  • Investigate how herbs and botanicals are used to treat animal diseases.
  • Learn about the use of essential oils with animals.
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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling