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Veterinary Boot Camp I: Approach to Physiology

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Duration Time Interactive 2 week period completed - sign up for learning resources anytime
Level basic
Students Designed for Newly Admitted Vet Students, But Open to All Interested
Price $49

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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 involves 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. Formative self-review quizzes with video feedback hints support each lesson, as do full slidesets and full quiz explanations. All learning materials and course interactions occur in the dedicated (Moodle) learning management system on VetMedAcademy. The second stage of each lesson includes introduction of related case scenarios including critical clinical thinking questions and an invitation to submit your responses anonymously for interchanges between fellow participants and private feedback from course faculty, or you can privately compare your responses to those prepared by faculty in a case summary video. The interactive course culminated with a live Q&A teleconference with instructors which was also recorded. All resources will be available for your further benefit during your first year of veterinary school. 

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, for the full “Boot Camp” experience, we recommend attempting the clinical case analyses. Instructors will continue to review and provide periodic feedback. 

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 through our partnership with

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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