This course complements and augments material learned in The Animal Body courses. It introduces students to physical examination skills that form the core of their medical training along with activities designed to expose students to safe, effective handling and restraint. Using live dogs, cats, horses, and cows in addition to models for learning how to perform clinical examination and diagnosis, the course teaches the skills of observation, auscultation, palpation, and percussion as well as related basic diagnostic procedures. The body systems are examined sequentially and follow the order of study in the courses in The Animal Body.
Veterinary Practice I & II also provides an introduction to core clinical skills and communication structures that students will need when they start their clinical rotations. Clinical procedures are performed predominantly using models and cadaver specimens. Specific skills covered include a surgical scrub, open gloving, instrument handling, simple suture patterns, venipuncture and injection techniques.