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Veterinary Boot Camp I: Approach to Physiology

Module Instructor/Curator
Duration Time July 28-August 10, 2019 (2 weeks)
Level basic
Students Designed for Newly Admitted Vet Students, But Open to All Interested
Price $39 (before July 14); $49 (after July 14)

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We have observed that entering veterinary students often have difficulty adjusting away from a rote learning style that may have led to short-term learning success in pre-veterinary courses. Considering the sheer volume, changing nature, and interdependence of medical content, we would encourage a more integrated long-term strategy to your learning. You have sought to be a veterinarian to solve clinical problems!  Veterinarians use critical thinking to work through clinical problems when the diagnosis is not immediately apparent … they do not rely as much on the memorization of facts, particularly in the digital information age.

In this course, using primarily cardiovascular and renal physiology concepts, widely considered by first-year students as the most difficult to master, we will introduce you to strategies for connecting these concepts to your pre-veterinary education, to each other, and ultimately to critical thinking about real-life clinical problems, i.e. cases.


The Vet School Bootcamp: Physiology will involve independent student review of “concept approach” video presentations connecting physiological principles to scientific concepts of pre-veterinary courses focusing on cardiovascular and renal physiology and fluid therapy concepts. All learning materials and course interactions will occur in a dedicated (Moodle) learning management system on VetMedAcademy. The second stage of each concept will include introduction of related case scenarios and then collective message board interchanges between fellow participants and faculty, and culminate with a live teleconference.  All interactions will be recorded for your further benefit during your first year of veterinary school. A final case analysis will help you practice tying all elements together. 

Expected time commitment: There are about 14 hours of core video lessons in 43 videos including a 1.5 hour recording of a live Q&A teleconference with the instructors. There are an additional 2 hours of supplemental/suggested videos. These lessons are supplemented by 84 formative multiple choice questions each with video feedback, and separate written explanations. Included in the 7 lessons (3 cardiovascular, 3 renal and 1 fluid therapy),  10 clinical case scenarios with guiding critical clinical thinking questions are included. Instructors provide individual and summarized (video) feedback on the case analyses.  Although no expected effort is stated, of course, you may benefit from greater investment of time on the clinical case analysis. You will receive feedback from your peers as review and advice from the instructors.  

Free e-texts: VetMedAcademy, through its partnership with Vet-Library, provides a variety of electronic textbooks through its online database to all members.  Suggested Veterinary physiology and veterinary terminology e-texts will be available at no additional charge.

DATES: The live 2 week interactive period is now completed, but you may still join the course to access resources, including discussions. Video content and case presentations and interactions.  Course materials will be available until June 30, 2020.


If you are not already registered, create a free VetMedAcademy account at Once your account is approved, you can set a password, and go to the following link for the course,

and enroll by paying the registration fee with credit or debit card or Paypal credit. 

Registration Fee: $49 


Module Features
First-of-its-Kind Online Course
Designed for students entering veterinary school, but open to all interested and qualified participants
Supported by veterinary student teaching assistants
Learn how to master a clinically meaningful integrative “approach” to understand traditionally difficult topics in physiology
Led by 2 instructors with over 70 years of collective experience teaching physiology, pharmacology, and medicine in veterinary and medical schools
Topics: Approach to Learning in Vet School, Cardiovascular & Renal Physiology, Clinical Case Critical Analysis
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