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Animal Science 224 Companion Animal Science. N. Matthew Ellinwood, D.V.M., Ph.D. Spring 2005. Miss Renee Elizabeth Small, what breed of dog is seen in this picture?. Answer. Large Munsterlander. Course Details. Lectures Mon. and Wed. 2:10-3:00 p.m., Kildee 108. Laboratories

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Animal Science 224Companion Animal Science

N. Matthew Ellinwood, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Spring 2005

Miss Renee Elizabeth Small,

what breed of dog is seen in this picture?


  • Large Munsterlander

Course Details

  • Lectures

    • Mon. and Wed. 2:10-3:00 p.m., Kildee 108.

  • Laboratories

    • Thurs. 10:00-11:50 or 12:10-2:00, Kildee 2310 or elsewhere by previous announcement.

    • Attendance is mandatory at laboratories

  • Textbook

    • Available at book store. Online subscriptions possible


  • N. M. Ellinwood

    • Course organizer, Lecture, Lab Instructor

  • C. Youngs

    • Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology Lectures and Labs

  • M. D. Kenealy

    • Nutrition Lectures and Labs


  • Class materials will be available ~ one week before lab or lecture on the class website

  • Laboratory TAs

    • Laboratory 1

      • Abbey Smith

    • Laboratory 2

      • N. Matthew Ellinwood

Course Content

  • Emphasis on cats and dogs

    • Other species covered will include birds, rodents, and rabbits

  • Topics to be covered and emphasized:

    • Anatomy, and handling

    • Production, reproduction, growth development, behavior, and nutrition

    • History, genetics, breeds

    • Varied topics

      • The place and use companion animals in society

Students are to be informed early in the course and before using animals:

  • Live animals will be used in the course.

  • Species used will include dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, and chinchillas.

  • No invasive procedures will be performed.

  • No euthanasia will be performed.

  • Students will not be exposed to potential zoonotic diseases or use of any other potentially hazardous agents.

  • Animals within the university is monitored by the University Committee on Animal Care.

  • Problems and concerns related to animal use in the course are to be discussed with the instructor. The department executive officer or the Committee on Animal Care may then be contacted if resolution cannot be reached with the instructor.

  • Non-animal instructional methods are not available as an alternative.

Course Requirements

  • Attendance at least one dog or cat show during the semester.

  • Attendance at laboratories is mandatory

  • Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended


  • 5% - Quizzes

    • Unannounced, lectures and laboratories

  • 57% - Exams 1-3

    • 19% each exam

  • 38% - Final Exam

Grade Assignment

  • Curve may be shifted down

  • Curve will not be shifted up

  • A 100-90%

  • B 89.9-80 %

  • C 79.9-70%

  • D 69.9 60%

  • F <60%

Policy for Accommodating Students with Disabilities

  • Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Disability Resources (DR) office (515-294-6624). DR is located in Room 1076 of the Student Services Building on the main campus. If the student is unwilling to self disclose, the student assumes full responsibility for his/her academic performance.

Miss Amanda Kay Angle,

what breed of dog is pictured here?


  • German Wirehaired Pointer

  • AKA Deutsch Drahthaar

Office Hours and Contact Information

  • Office hours are by appointment

    • Jane Linn:

  • Emergency contact for course organizer

    • Email:

    • Phone: (515) 294-4649

Academic Dishonesty

  • Will not be tolerated

  • Students who have any questions about what constitutes academic dishonesty should refer to the course catalogue, the student handbook, or:


Why Study Companion Animals?

  • 68 million pet dogs, 73 million pet cats

  • Estimates of 62% of US house holds have pets

  • In ~ 92% of pet owning house holds pets are considered members of the family

  • Estimate size of pet related industry in 2001 was ~ 30 billion dollars

Miss Mindy Linn Skyles, which dog is the working dog?

Function of Purely Companion Animals

  • While companion animals are not “working” animals in a traditional sense, they play an important and vital role in the lives of millions of people.

Benefits of Pet Ownership

  • Associated benefits to the elderly

  • Associated benefits to adults:

    • Real and quantifiable

    • Dog ownership on borderline hypertension

  • Associated benefits to children’s health and social behavior and interaction

Pets as Family

  • Children apt to experience the loss of pet before the loss of a relative

  • Pet bereavement can be pathological

  • Trends indicate that house holds considering pets as part of the family is increasing

  • What may be driving this trend?

USA Population Shifts

Demographic Shifts

  • The percentage of families of five or more is one half of what it was in 1970

  • Single and two person households have increased

  • Pet industry have tracked these changes

How And Why Are Pets AbleTo Fill Their Roles

Miss Jill M. Derocher, which species is more intelligent, a chimpanzee or a domestic dog?

The answer

depends on

what aspect

of intelligence

one is asking

about. In some

cases the dog

is more


There is Something about Dogs

Miss Aracely Acevedo,

what breed of dog is

pictured here?


  • Large Munsterlander

Please list the following informationon a sheet of paper and hand in as you leave

  • Your preferred name of address and personal title, if other than Miss or Mr.

  • The number and species of pets you currently own.

  • Species of pets you have owned in the past, but do not currently have represented in you present menagerie.

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