Veterinary Science 12

Please note: Veterinary Science 12 does not meet the requirements for a Grade 12 science; it can be used for elective credit only. Veterinary Science 12 cannot be used as a Grade 12 credit for the adult graduation program.

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Course Description

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 will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times…we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied.

Course Outline:

Unit 1 Introduction to Veterinary Science (11%)

Learn what veterinary science is and the history and ongoing research. Investigate the educational and other requirements for veterinarians and veterinary scientists. Look at ethics and controversial issues applicable to the profession. 

Unit 2 Small Animal Medicine (11%)

Learn what the nervous, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems consist of and what they do for the body. Examine how skeletal and muscle disorders and infectious diseases can affect animals.

Unit 3 Large Animal Medicine (11%)

Examine some of the diseases and conditions that affect livestock, including horses, cattle, and swine.

Unit 4 Exotic Animal Medicine (11%)

Discuss veterinary medicine for exotic animals, including those animals that are kept in zoological parks and sanctuaries. Examine a few of the diseases that can affect birds and reptiles.

Midterm Test – checks comprehension of units 1-4 (5%)

Unit 5 Poisoning and Toxicology (11%)

Discuss what toxicology, toxicity, and toxicosis are and how these concepts relate to veterinary science and medicine. Consider how poisoning generally happens, what symptoms it can produce, and what veterinarians may do to treat the animal.

Unit 6 Veterinary Parasitology (11%)

Study different types of parasites and how they infect and affect their animal hosts.

Unit 7 Zoonotic Diseases (11%)

Learn about zoonoses and why they are a concern to veterinary scientists and public health officials. 

Unit 8 Holistic Veterinary Science and Medicine (11%)

Learn about some holistic treatments that are currently being used in veterinary medicine and what research has been done on the effectiveness of the treatments.

Final Test – checks comprehension of units 5-8 (5%) 


Each unit is worth 11%. (Within each unit there is equal weighting for the critical thinking questions, the lab questions, and the unit quizzes.)

Midterm and final exam: 5% each

Course Completion Quiz: 2%

Required Resources: No resources other than computer and internet access are required for this course.

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