The course below is one of many Summer 2020 online courses offered by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 

ASC 209: Veterinary Medical Terminology 

  • Dates: May 12 - June 23
  • Credits: 3 hours
  • Instructor: Dr. Roberta Dwyer
  • Eligibility: Open to all current UK students and visiting students

Dr. Dwyer is a veterinarian who loves to keep things current and topical.

How do I register?

This course is open to all UK students and visiting student from other universities. UK students may register during their normal registration window. Visiting students may register as a non-degree seeking student

Course Description:

This course will cover veterinary terminology including medical word roots, prefixes, suffixes and animal specific terminology involving food animals, horses and pets.  Veterinary case studies and interpretation of pharmaceutical information will allow students to apply these fundamentals in practical situations. Appropriate for pre-vets, pre-pharmacy, and any students interested in animal health and care. 

Did you know that horses cannot vomit? That hyperthyroidism is common in cats, but hypothyroidism is common in dogs? That a majority of small animal medicines are drugs labeled for human use? What is a barrow, a wether, a gelding, a queen, and a steer? Learn medical terminology and animal terminology by applying them to case studies that involve domestic species. 

Students in this course will:

  • Translate veterinary case study information into lay language using word roots, prefixes and suffixes.

  • View videotapes of animal surgeries to utilize terminology like cranial, caudal, dorsal, ventral, lateral, etc.

  • Using veterinary pharmacology information, interpret prescription information.

  • Practice word usage with crossword puzzles, matching, and audio clips that come with the textbook.

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Interpret medical words into the word root, prefix and suffix 

  • Create appropriate medical words with the knowledge of word roots, prefixes and suffixes 

  • Utilize domestic animal-specific terminology with medical terminology 

  • Translate veterinary medical terms into lay language through use of case studies and supplemental readings

If you have specific questions about the course, you may email Dr. Roberta Dwyer at