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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 201 - Companion Animals
Course Information

Professor: Dr. Darlene Jones
Semester: Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AVS 101.

Catalog Description: Nutrition, reproduction, behavior, and management of companion animals.

Course Goals & Outcomes

The course will help you achieve the following goals:

  1. Students will gain a precise understanding of the biology of the companion animals that many come in contact with daily
  2. Students will learn how to use appropriate techniques when caring for and managing household pets
  3. Students will familiarize themselves with some of the current issues in our society regarding companion animals in terms of health, behavior and abundance
Course Syllabus

Class topics:

  • Companion Animal Industry
  • Breeds
  • Choosing a Dog or Cat
  • Records and Case Histories
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Reproduction
  • Nutrition
  • Training and Management
  • Grooming
  • Health
  • Parasitology
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Behavior
  • Abandoned Animals

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Exams
  • Assignments
  • Final exam
About The Professor

Darlene Jones, DVM
Lecturer, Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
25 Woodward Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: (401)874-4623
Fax: (401)874-7575

Dr. Jones has recently joined the Department of Animal Science as a full-time lecturer. Prior to coming to the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Jones owned a mobile veterinary practice specializing in companion animal medicine. She also instructed various courses in animal anatomy, physiology, parasitology and biology at several local universities. Dr. Jones' veterinary expertise makes her a unique addition to the department.


  • B.S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • D.V.M., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Reasons To Take This Course

"This course was exactly what I expected. As a student in this class I was able to study companion animal management - this was the only course I took during my undergraduate career that studied companion animal management. The most positive aspect of this course, for me, was its application to my job as a veterinary technician. As a veterinary technician at a companion animal hospital I found that that my studies in class helped me to improve my skills on the job. I am sure that almost 95% of animal science majors at the University of Rhode Island own companion animals. Therefore, the content of the class is extremely relevant to all students. In the class Dr. Jones lectured on useful information that all pet owners should know. I would definitely recommend taking this class." - Lauren

"This course is one of the only small animal based courses at URI. This course provides a significant amount of information about a variety of topics that are important as an AVS such as anatomy and disease." - Amy

"This class was taught by a small animal veterinarian so needless to say she was an expert in the field of companion animals. The work was sometimes hard but interesting and worth learning. Find someone in the class and study with them. It makes the exams easier and helps you absorb the medical info better. The professor loved talking about the course topics during and outside of class." - Megan

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