Veterinary Science


This course is designed for students who love animals and who are considering careers as vets, or simply want to learn about veterinary science. We will explore topics in veterinary science, including comparative anatomy, and learn about real world applications of specific skills in actual situations.

Our program will allow for a deep exploration into the world of animal care. We will learn about the anatomy of large and small animals, focusing on systems that are similar to those found in human beings. We will also discuss and explore the concepts that correspond to animal husbandry and basic medical treatment.


Our course is focused on two fundamental aspects: lab work and fieldwork. We plan to visit local vet offices so that students will be able to observe real veterinary science practiced in action. Depending on what is schedules in the vet office we hope to watch surgeries and other activities as allowed by the doctor. Our goal is to let you see real veterinary situations, and gain an understanding of important topics in veterinary medicine ranging from ethics to management. In this way, we develop a body of knowledge and demonstrate how this knowledge can be used to treat unfamiliar species. In our lab classroom, we will participate in an intensive study of many aspects of veterinary science. We will also conduct dissections, including animal brains, eyes, and other organs, and study larger physical systems in detail. (Students who do not wish to participate may elect to opt out of this activity.)

The Vet Science students enjoyed weekly trips to a mini-farm nearby where they got to catch chickens, see ponies, goats, and other small animals. They observed the animal behavior, feed them, and learn the different ways to care for them. Every week the class took trips to local vet clinic to watch surgeries such as neutering on dogs and cats. The students were lucky to observe so many great surgeries that most students wouldn’t be allowed to see until they were in a University Veterinary Program. There was also a tour of the North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh and their facilities.

This class had some very special opportunities last summer. Dr. Kellam, head of the University’s Equestrian program and SAU faculty member, brought the vet science students with her to the equestrian center whenever she had a horse emergency; so they got to aid her in various types of care and see what it was really like to be an on-call vet!

Our Instructor: Dr. Laura Kellam
Veterinarian-In-Residence and Assistant Professor in Equine Studies – St. Andrews

Instructor Bio: Dr. Laura Kellam attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Biology. Then Dr. Kellam continued her education at Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Va., obtaining her DVM degree. She took an Equine Surgery and Medicine Internship at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She completed her residency of Equine Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Kellam has been a member of the St. Andrews equestrian staff since August 2004. She is the Veterinarian-in-Residence and Assistant Professor in Equine Studies. Dr. Kellam is responsible for the veterinary care and maintenance of the 140+ herd at the St. Andrews Equestrian Center. She is also the professor of the equine science-related classes and pre-veterinary studies program. Dr. Kellam’s riding interests resides in three-day eventing with some hunter/jumper experience as well. Dr. Kellam is a musician who plays piano and sings as a mezzo-soprano. She loves cold weather and enjoys skiing and snowboarding and dog sledding. However in the southern climate, Dr. Kellam has picked up sea-kayaking to keep her happy in the warmer weather.

Student Testimonial:
“Dr. Kellam- you are so passionate about your work. I hope to become an amazing vet like you!”
- Veterinary Science student, summer 2013, from Marin, CA

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