University of Vermont

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)

erickson Dr. Pat Erickson and her horse, IndyPatricia  Fobare-Erickson, DVM

D.V.M., Cornell University
B.S., Cornell University
A.S., North Country Community College

  • ASCI 006 Companion Animal Care & Management
  • ASCI 171 Zoos, Exotics & Endangered Species
  • ASCI 263 Clinical Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
  • ASCI 272 Advanced Zoos, Exotics, & Endangered Species
  • ASCI 281 Animal Sciences Career Seminar
  • ASCI 298  Special Topics:  Wild Canids of the Northeast
  • ENVS 295/CDAE 295 Community Empowerment through Grassroots Organization: A Travel Study in AIDs Education and Batey Life in the Dominican Republic
In Companion Animal Care & Management, students consider common varieties of pets and their place within human cultures. By examining the process of domestication, species differences and management techniques we begin to understand our pets, their needs, and our role in providing for them. Topics include the history and process of domestication, breeding ethics, nutrition, management; animal rights issues, and health care topics.

During the fall, students in Zoos, Exotics and Endangered Species investigate species protection, management, and care through a multidisciplinary approach. We also look at the complicated issue of medically or surgically treating a zoo patient using a case based approach to zoo medicine. Students learn from cases based on experiences at the Oregon Zoo. For more information about our connection with the Oregon Zoo, contact Dr. Erickson directly. To see the Zoo on the web, go to: Students also travel to a zoo or aquarium to experience the inner workings of the zoo and learn from the professionals who work there.

  Dave Thomas and Mitch Finnegan

During the spring I teach an advanced section of Zoos Exotics and Endangered Species in which select students evaluate scientific publications, travel to zoo facilities, and complete a zoo-related service learning project. We also traveled to Cornell University ( and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in western New York (  At Cornell, students participated in neurology rounds, attended "open house" and discussed veterinary medical cases with the faculty. At Rosamond Gifford Zoo we are treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour with their wonderful staff.

We have also attended the Boston SEA Rovers ( conference as a group. At this conference we were treated to lectures by Dr. Bob Ballard ( and Philippe Cousteau (

We do participate in Roots and Shoots, a program founded by Dr. Jane Goodall at Western Connecticut State University. Each spring we were among the 40 invited participants who participate in a 1-hour closed session with Dr. Goodall.

In Companion Animal Medicine students are introduced to the art of diagnostic small animal medicine. Signalment, history taking and physical examinations are demonstrated and practiced. In addition, class discussion is generated from a series of case based sessions designed to illustrate specific disease processes. Students are expected to formulate treatment plans and predict outcomes for the cases. Students travel to the Humane Society of Chittenden County and participate in health checks for the homeless animals housed there. ( )

During the summer months, I offer travel courses during which small groups of students spend time examining  zoo and wild animal issues. For example, during the summer of 2003, students in the Wild Canids course spent seven days in the Adirondack Mountains. Students examined the behavior, ecology, physiology and cultural significance of wild canids in a variety of settings.

I also team teach a course in the Dominican Republic entitled Community Empowerment through Grassroots Organization: a Travel Study in AIDs Education and Batey Life in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Dominican

HIV/AIDS has reached epidemic proportions throughout economically and socially marginalized communities in the developing world. Where communities have successfully curbed this spread, education and social change through community empowerment are most often the crucial factors. This course gives students the opportunity to participate in an HIV/AIDS education and community development pilot project with the Batey Liberated Coalition in the Dominican Republic. Bateys are communities of Haitian and Dominican migrant workers that live in nearly complete isolation from Dominican society, and lack the most basic needs and human rights. Initiated by a group of University of Vermont students, the Coalition was founded as a vehicle for HIV/AIDS education, to combat racism, and build community pride and economic opportunity in Batey communities through the sport of soccer and the power of compassion.

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Building a house in Batey Libertad
Students building a house in Batey Libertad, Dominican Republic
 Pat Erickson at White Oak Plantation
Envirovet Instructor: White Oak Plantation, Yulee, Florida (a few perks!)
Vodou Ceremony
Students watch a Vodou Ceremony at Batey Libertad, DR
Grass Roots Soccer Graduation
Students participate in Grass Roots Soccer Graduatiion with Batey Libertad residents in the new Community Center built by UVM students.
Paul and Phil Lintilhac
Phil Lintilhac and his son, Paul, come to Batey Libertad to receive a community generated award for their participation and help in building the new Community Center and Health Clinic.

Faculty Advisor:

UVM Committees:
International Committee
Academic Standards

Veterinary Medicine
High Peaks Animal Hospital
Ray Brook, New York

Board Member
Humane Society of Chittenden County


Student Advising:  The Learning Cooperative

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