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VMED 5232

VMED 5232 Comparative Clinical Veterinary Dermatologic Pathology

Instructor information
Instructor's name: Sheila M. F. Torres
Office location: A353 (old hospital building)
Office hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Phone number(s): 612-625-3715
Fax number: 612-624-0751
E mail address:
Preferred method of contact (phone, email, fax, etc.): e-mail

Course Details

Number of credits: 1 credit (course can be repeated once)

Enrollment cap: 3 (additional students may be enrolled with the instructor’s consent)

Day, time, and location of course: Wednesdays, 7:30a.m. – 8:30a.m.  The location will vary between 325H cytology reading room (3-headed microscope) and 229 VetSc (5-headed microscope)

Term: Fall and Spring

Course prerequisites: DVM degree or foreign equivalent 

Brief description of the course:
The students will receive two to three histology slides of various dermatological disorders before the class.  For each slide/case the student will perform a thorough description of findings, a morphological diagnosis and a specific diagnosis or list of possible differential diagnoses.  The slides will be discussed/reviewed with the instructor and students using a multi-headed microscope.   

Required and recommended materials and the location of the materials: . 
Gross T., Ihrke P, Walder E, Afflotler V.  Skin Disease of the dog and cat, 2nd edition, 2006.

Course Goals, Objectives, and Expectations

This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to describe abnormal skin pathologies and to give definitive diagnoses or compile lists of appropriate differential diagnoses for various skin diseases on histologic sections.  This course structure meets the requirements for training residents/graduates for the board examination in veterinary dermatology.


  1. To be able to recognize the histology of normal skin in all domestic mammalian species;
  2. To be able to describe abnormal histological findings of various dermatoses;
  3. To be able to give a histological diagnosis of most skin disorders that are, currently, well-recognized in domestic species;
  4. To be able to determine the histological differences of dermatological pathologies that affect humans and animals;
  5. To know the pathogenesis and clinical signs of all dermatoses reviewed during the course.  

At the end of the course, the students will be given 10 slides to describe the histopathological findings, to give morphological diagnoses, and to provide lists of appropriate differential diagnoses. 


There is no examination in this course.  Attendance is required.  

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