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Vet School Bootcamp 2020: Approach to Physiology (Respiratory)

Duration Time Interactive Session is past. Registration provides access to all course resources until next interactive offering.
Level basic
Students Designed for the entering veterinary student, but all interested are welcome to register
Price Half-Price if Register by December 31, 2021: $19

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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 2020: Physiology (Respiratory) involves independent student review of “concept approach” video presentations connecting physiological principles to scientific concepts of pre-veterinary courses focusing on respiratory physiology 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:  The content is designed to be reviewed within the context of one week but interactive exercises may take longer.   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. For those working through the cases, instructors will be providing individual and summarized (video) 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 interactive sessions are past.  Video content and case presentations and interactions.  Course materials will be available until the next interactive sessions.


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 Bootcamp Respiratory course at:

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

Registration Fee: Half Price if register before December 31, 2021: $19

Or to register as part of a 3 topic All Physiology Bootcamp bundle (Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Renal): $49

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, please contact


Module Features
Designed for students entering veterinary school, but open to anyone interested
Learn how to master a clinically meaningful integrative "approach" to physiology
Led by 2 instructors with over 70 combined years of experience teaching physiology
Topics include: Lung Ventilation, Lung Mechanics
Alveolar Ventilation, Alveolar Gas Exchange
Case examples relevant to the physiological principles