Summer Courses in Comparative Medicine
2020 - 2021 Academic Year

Independent Study and/or Research with faculty courses are offered every quarter and may be found on the all quarter courses page.

COMPMED 81Q: Aardvarks to Zebras: The A to Z of Animal Anatomy

Preference to sophomores.

3 units | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA | Class # 18020 | Section 01 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit Exception | ISS | Remote: Synchronous                               
06/21/2021 - 08/27/2021 Tue/Thu 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Remote Instruction

Instructor: Casey, K. (PI)

Ever wonder what cats and narwhals have in common? Maybe you haven't, but despite their seemingly different lifestyles and habitats (i.e. sleeping on couches versus swimming in oceans), they are both mammals! In this seminar, students will gain an appreciation for basic mammalian anatomic and physiologic principles that span across multiple species while emphasizing key differences that render each species unique. Through student projects, we will explore evolutionary adaptations that have driven the success of a variety of species within the context of their natural environments. In addition to lecture content, virtual laboratory sessions will reinforce anatomic principles through a combination of rodent cadaver dissection and examination of organ and bone specimens. Students with a passion for science will gain a fundamental understanding of anatomy that is applicable to future careers in medicine, biomedical research, veterinary medicine, and ecology/conservation.                      

Kerriann Casey, DVM, DACVP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her veterinary degree from Tufts University and went on to complete a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of California-Davis. Following board-certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathology in 2016, she completed a one-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University.

COMPMED 91N: And That's Why Cats Should Never Eat Garlic!

3 units | Class # 19869 | Section 01 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit Exception | ISF | Remote: Synchronous 

Instructor:  Vilches-Moure, J. (PI)                       

Did you know that although we love garlic, it could make cats very sick? And how come if a human or a dog gets a heart attack they'll end up with a scar, but some fish can regenerate parts of their hearts? In this course, we will explore how select diseases can manifest themselves similarly or differently in different animal species. This course will be of interest to those looking to pursue careers in biomedical fields including veterinary and human medicine. Oh, and one last thing, don't cook with non-stick pans if you have indoor birds. Why? Sign up for the course to find out!

José G. Vilches-Moure, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Pathologist, and Director of Animal Histology Services.  Dr. Vilches-Moure received his D.V.M. from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine (now College of Veterinary Medicine), residency in Anatomic Pathology (Laboratory Animal Pathology) at UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and his PhD at UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

His collaborative research interests include cardiac development and pathology, developmental pathology, and refinement of animal models in which to study early cancer detection techniques. His teaching interests include comparative anatomy, general pathology, comparative pathology, and pathology of laboratory animal species.

COMPMED 202: Research Biomethodology for Laboratory Animal Science

 2 units | Class # 12879 | Section 01 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC) | SEM | Remote: Asynchronous 

Instructor:  Huss, M. (PI)

Emphasis is on providing introductory training and practical, hands-on research animal biomethodology. Topics include basic care and principals guiding the use of research animals, animal health and welfare, enrichment, basic mouse handling, rodent breeding, and the principals of rodent aseptic surgery and anesthesia. The objective of this course is to teach basic skills in animal handling, animal care and biomethodological research techniques. Content delivered online and in-person.

Monika Huss, DVM, MS, DACLAM received her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2010.  Upon graduation, she worked as a small animal clinician and later for the IACUC at the University of California San Francisco.  Dr. Huss completed her residency training in laboratory animal medicine at Stanford University.  She joined the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University in 2015.

Updated September 8, 2020