VM 10201 - Careers in Veterinary Medicine

Course Description

Course Title: VM 10201 Careers in Veterinary Medicine (Distance Learning)
Semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer
Credits: 1.0

This course, "Careers in Veterinary Medicine," will present to high school and undergraduate students an overview of the field of veterinary medicine, as it is manifest presently and as it may develop in the future. Included will be descriptions and discussions of the many professional activities of veterinarians, the organization of the profession, career opportunities, issues addressed by veterinarians and the profession, and the admission procedures for veterinary education. Presentations will focus upon the people, principles, and concepts of the veterinary profession.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the veterinary medicine admission requirements and processes (DVM and veterinary technology)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the career opportunities in veterinary medicine
  3. Gain an appreciation of the local-to-global perspective of veterinary medicine
  4. Gain an awareness of issues of animal and human well-being addressed by the veterinary profession

Assignment: Create a single glossary of all terms that you do not understand in each lecture. List the term and the definition in your glossary. Upload your assignment before you complete the final exam.

Grading: Pass/Not Pass

The course grade will be based on performance on online assignments, quizzes and a final examination. A total score of 70% or greater must be earned in the course to achieve a grade of Pass.

Point Distribution:

  • Assignment: 20
  • Quiz 1 10
  • Quiz 2 10
  • Quiz 3 10
  • Final Exam 50
  • Total Points 100


  1. Careers in Veterinary Medicine – Introduction and Overview, Dr. John Van Vleet Professor Emeritus Comparative Pathobiology and Dr. Susan McLaughlin, Clinical Associate Professor
  2. PUSVM Academic Programs: DVM and Veterinary Technology, Dr. John Van Vleet Professor Emeritus Comparative Pathobiology; Ms. Jamie Schoenbeck, Advisor, Instructor, and Practicum Coordinator, Veterinary Technology Program; Dr. Marian Benitez, DVM Class of 2010; Tami Kearns, Veterinary Technology Class of 2010
  3. Careers in Specialty Practice: Cardiology, Dr. Henry Green, Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Dr. Marian Benitez, DVM Class of 2010
  4. Careers in Mixed Practice, Dr. John Scamahorn, Private practice veterinarian from Greencastle, IN and Dr. Courtney Smock, DVM Class of 2010
  5. Careers in Regulatory Medicine, Dr. Bret Marsh, Indiana, State Veterinarian
  6. Careers in Shelter Medicine, Ms. Rochelle Michalek, Executive, Director, PAWS Chicago
  7. Careers in Zoo Medicine, Dr. Michelle Bowman, Indianapolis Zoo and Dr. Natalie Kellar DVM Class of 2010
  8. Careers in Laboratory Animal Medicine, Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli, Clinical Assistant Professor, Comparative Pathobiology and Dr. Elizabeth Nunamaker, DVM Class of 2010
  9. Careers in Public Health and the Military, Dr. George Moore, Associate Professor, Comparative Pathobiology and Dr. David Rowland, DVM Class of 2010
  10. Careers in Equine Practice, Dr. Tim Lescun, Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Dr. Grant Minnemeyer, DVM Class of 2010
  11. Careers in Research, Dr. Sophie Lelièvre, Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences and Purdue Cancer Center and Dr. Kristin Hamann, DVM Class of 2010
  12. Careers in Swine Practice, Dr. Sandra Amass, Associate Dean for Engagement and Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Dr. Jordan Baker, DVM Class of 2010
  13. Careers in Beef/Dairy Practice, Dr. Rebecca Olinger, DVM Class of 2010 and Dr. Teal Fox DVM Class of 2010
  14. The Importance of a Global Perspective in Veterinary Careers, Dr. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, Director of International Programs and Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences; Dr. Rachel Easton, DVM Class of 2010; and, Dr. Matthew Cantrell, DVM Class of 2010
  15. Careers in Theriogenology, Dr. Katie Naughton, Clinical Assistant Professor, Veterinary
    Clinical Sciences and Dr. Abigail Reising, DVM Class of 2010

Enrollment Information:

Enrollment forms for High School and Undergraduate students who are not enrolled on the West Lafayette Campus

Please note: Undergraduate Students enrolled on the West Lafayette Campus must take the on-campus version of this course, VM 10200 Careers in Veterinary Medicine. Permission from the instructor of record for the on-campus course is required to substitute this web-based course for the on-campus course.

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