Graduate School

Doctoral and Master’s courses in Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Master's and doctoral courses were established in 2009 and 2011, respectively, in the Graduate School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology, which followed the establishment of the School of Veterinary Nursing and technology in 2005. The Graduate School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology trains students to become leading researchers or educators in veterinary nursing and technology or to be special veterinary nursing staff members with the wealth of expert knowledge and skills for various practices.

The master's course (two-year program) is being offered in two fields: Bioscience for Veterinary Nursing and Technology and Clinical Science for Veterinary Nursing. The subjects are as follows:

1. Bioscience for Veterinary Nursing and Technology

- Specialized Theory: Veterinary Infectious Disease, Wildlife Medicine and Conservation, Physiology for Veterinary Technician, Molecular Genetics, Public Health, Veterinary Microbiology, Animal Ecology

- Specialized Seminar: Bioscience for Veterinary Nursing

- Specialized Study: Bioscience for Veterinary Nursing

- Special lecture: Veterinary Nursing and Technology

2. Clinical Science for Veterinary Nursing

- Specialized Theory: Animal Practice Nursing, Physiological Pathology for Veterinary Nursing, Metabolomics, Veterinary Nursing Ethics and Education, Applied Animal Behavior, Veterinary Medical Technology, Higher Brain Function

- Specialized Seminar: Clinical Science for Veterinary Nursing

- Specialized Study: Clinical Science for Veterinary Nursing

- Special lecture: Veterinary Nursing and Technology

The doctoral course (three-year program) is an advanced Veterinary Nursing and Technology program. This doctoral course is being offered in four areas of specialization. The subjects are as follows:

- Specialized Seminar: Functional Animal Anatomy, Environmental Science and Animals, Practical Science for Veterinary Nursing, Econodynamics for Nursing Science

- Specialized Study: Functional Animal Anatomy, Environmental Science and Animals, Practical Science for Veterinary Nursing, Econodynamics for Nursing Science

Researchers

Hiroshi Aoki, DVM, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Department of Basic Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Animal Viral Infectious Diseases, Molecular Virology, Veterinary Epidemiology

Key articles:

Identification and complete genome analysis of a novel bovine picornavirus in Japan, Virus Research, 210, 321-324 (2015)

Molecular, biological, and antigenic characterization of a Border disease virus isolated from a pig during classical swine fever surveillance in Japan, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 26(4), 547-552 (2014)

Field Distribution of END Phenomenon-Negative Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus, Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 76(12), 1635-1639 (2014)

Yoji Hakamata, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Basic Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Neuroscience, Transgenic animal science

E-mail: yhakama(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“Cerebral ischemia model using mongolian gerbils-comparison between unilateral and bilateral carotid occlusion models” Acta neurochirurgica Supplement, 118:17-21 (2013)

“Temporary focal cerebral ischemia results in swollen astrocytic end-feet that compress micro-vessels and lead to focal cortical infarction” Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 31(1), 328-38 (2011)

“Inducible and conditional promoter systems to generate transgenic animals” Methods in Molecular Biology, 597, 71-79 (2010)

Shin-ichi Hayama, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Wildlife Science II, Department of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research: Conservation and management for wild mammals and birds in Japan

E-mail: hayama(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“Concentration of radiocesium in the wild Japanese monkey (Macaca fuscata) over the first 15 months after the Fukushima daiichi nuclear disaster” PLoS One, 8(7): e68530. doi: 10.1371/ journal. pone. 0068530. (2013)

“Pregnancy rate and conception date in a wild population of Japanese monkeys” Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 73, 809-812 (2011)

“Geographic Analysis of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in Tsushima Leopard Cats (Preonarilusus bengalensis euptilura) and Domestic Cats on Tsushima Islands by Geographic Information System” Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 72, 1113-1118 (2010)

Katsumi Ishioka, DVM, Ph.D.

Associate professor, Department of Veterinary Nursing, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Obesity in companion animals, Clinical chemistry test, Veterinary nursing

E-mail: katsumi(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“Genetic variants of the unsaturated fatty acid receptor GPR120 relating to obesity in dogs.” The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 77, 1201-1206 (2015)

“Feline adiponectin: molecular structures and plasma concentrations in obese cats.” The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 71, 189-194 (2009)

“Plasma leptin concentration in dogs: effects of age, gender and breeds.” Research in Veterinary Science 82, 11-15 (2007)

Hiroshi Kajigaya, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Applied Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Roadkill, Bird collision, Wildlife conservation

E-mail: kaji(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“Metastatic Melanoma Appearing to Originate from the Beak of a Racing Pigeon (Columba livia).” Avian Diseases. 54, 958-960 (2010)

“Relationships between intrusion of Japanese black bear (Ursus thibetanus japonicus) and Satochi-Satoyama environment in Numata City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.” Animal Behavior Management 47, 1-11 (2011)

“Structural Changes in the Ovaries and Oviducts of the Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Based on Developmental Stage and Reproductive Cycle.” Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, 21, 80-85 (2011)

Miki Kakinuma, Ph.D.

Professor, Laboratory of Comparative Developmental Psychology

Research: development of social cognition of human and chimpanzee infant, dog cognition

E-mail: kakinuma-miki(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

Communicative behavior of ASD and Typically Developing Children in Japan and China, Frontiers in Developmental Psychology Research-Japanese Perspectives, Eds., Iwatate, S., Koyasu, M., & Negayama, K.,Hitsuji Shobo, Tokyo, Japan, 237-250 (2015)

Development of captive chimpanzees at Tama Zoological Park: 15 years of observation with focus on mother-infant relationship, Japanese Journal of Animal Psychology, 66, 1, 39-45 (2016)

Changes in Children’s Negative Attitudes Towards Dogs Expressed in Essays During a Human Animal Bond Education Program. J. of Animal Assisted Education and Therapy, 1, 25-28 (2009)

Shinji Kamiya, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Applied Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Histological and Histochemical Study of Several Organs of Aged Animals

E-mail: s.kamiya(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“Polyglucosan Bodies in the Prostatic Stromal Smooth Muscles of Aged Dogs” Histology and Histopathology, in press (2016)

“Tetragomphius melis Infection of the Pancreas in Japanese Badger (Meles meles anakuma)” J. Nippon Medical School, 82, 264-265 (2015)

“Localized Amyloidosis in Canine Mammary Tumors” Veterinary Pathology, 37, 104-107 (2000)

Jun Kobayashi, Ph.C., Ph.D.

Senior Assistant Professor, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Environmental distribution of trace metals, Toxic compounds in pet foods

Key articles:

“Variation of Inorganic Compounds in Home Bath Water” International Journal of Public Health & Safety, 1(1) (E-Pub) (2016)

“Determination of the G+C Content of Genomic DNA by Reversed Phase HPLC” Japanese Journal of Health, Fitness and Nutrition, 17(1), 19-24 (2012)

“Influences of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons and Heavy Metals on a Thyroid Carcinoma Cell Line” Journal of Health Science, 51(2), 202-206 (2005)

Yuki Makino, LL.M., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Laboratory of Veterinary Medical Law, Faculty of Veterinary Science, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research: Veterinary Medical Law. Veterinary Medical Malpractice, Veterinary Medical Ethics

Key articles:

Differences of Opinion on Two Types of Euthanasia between Veterinary Students and Veterinary Nursing Students. Journal of Comparative Clinical Medicine, Vol.15, No.1, pp.14-22(2007)

The Veterinary Malpractice Case in Which the Court Recognized the Owners' Right on Self-Determination on the Treatment for Their Dog (hanrei-times No.1217, p294).

Journal of Comparative Clinical Medicine, Vol.16, No.1, pp. 5-8(2008)

Mariko Mochizuki-Kobayashi, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Applied Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Biological Monitoring, Environmental monitoring, Human and animal bound

Key articles:

“The concentration of iodine in horse serum and its relationship with thyroxin concentration by geological difference” Environmental monitoring and assessment, 188, 4, 226 (2016)

“Is experience on a farm an effective approach to understanding animal products and the management of dairy farming?” Animal Science Journal, 85, 3, 323-329 (2014)

“The distribution of several elements in cat urine and the relation between the content of elements and urolithiasis” Biological Trace Element Research., 143, 2, 913-922 (2011)

Akihiro Mori, DVM, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Nursing, School of Veterinary Nursing & Technology

Research: Glucose and insulin metabolism in dog and cat

Key articles:

“Comparison of glucose fluctuations between day- and night-time measured using a continuous glucose monitoring system in diabetic dogs.” J Vet Med Sci. 2013 Jan 31;75(1):113-7.

“Evaluation of artificial pancreas technology for continuous blood glucose monitoring in dogs.” J Artif Organs. 2011 Jun;14(2):133-9.

“Successful intensive insulin treatment of type 1 diabetic dogs leads to restoration of peripheral leukocyte insulin signaling gene expression and enzyme activities.” J Vet Med Sci. 2009 Aug;71(8):1017-26.

Kazuhiko Ochiai, DVM, Ph.D.

Research: Department of Basic Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

E-mail: kochiai(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

Tumor suppressor REIC/DKK-3 and co-chaperone SGTA: Their interaction and roles in the androgen sensitivity. Oncotarget, 7, 3283-3296 (2016)

Low blood cell counts in wild Japanese monkeys after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Scientific Reports. 4, 5793 (2014)

Down-regulation of Id-1 via activation of ATF3 and Smad regulates REIC/Dkk-3-induced apoptosis. Cancer Research. 68, 8333-8341 (2008)

Toshinori Omi, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Basic Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Molecular genetic of blood group genes, Genetic diversity of animal, Medical genetics

E-mail: tomi(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“Concentration of radiocesium in the wild Japanese monkey (Macaca fuscata) over the first 15 months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.” PLoS One. 8:e68530 (2013)

“An intronic variable number of tandem repeat polymorphisms of the cold-induced autoinflammatory syndrome 1 (CIAS1) gene modifies gene expression and is associated with essential hypertension.” European Journal of Human Genetics. 14,295-305 (2006)

“Genomic organization of the glycoprotein D gene: Duffy blood group Fya/Fyb alloantigen system is associated with a polymorphism at the 44-amino acid residue.” Blood. 85, 622-626 (1995)

Motohisa Osaka, MD, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Basic Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Sudden cardiac Death, Arrhythmia, Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos

Key articles:

“A modified FitzHugh-Nagumo model for cardiac instabilities: the replacement of a conductance variable with Ca current as a slow variable” AIP Conference proceedings [4th International Symposium on Slow Dynamics in Complex Systems (ISBN978-0-7354-1141-8)], 1518, 571-578 (2013)

“A modified Chua circuit simulates a v-shaped trough in autonomic activity as a precursor of sudden cardiac death” International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 21, 2713-2722 (2011)

“V-Shaped Trough in Autonomic Activity is a Possible Precursor of Life-Threatening Cardiac Events” Circulation Journal, 74, 1906-1915 (2010)

Toshinori Sako, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Veterinary Nursing, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Glucose and lipid metabolism in the dog, cat and cow

Key articles:

“Characterization of the use of liraglutide for glycemic control in healthy and Type 1 diabetes mellitus suffering dogs.” Research in Veterinary Science, 95, 381-388 (2013)

“Characterization and comparison of insulin resistance induced by Cushing Syndrome or diestrus against healthy control dogs as determined by euglycemic- hyperinsulinemic glucose clamp profile glucose infusion rate using an artificial pancreas apparatus.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 74, 1527-1530 (2012)

“Time-action profiles of insulin detemir in normal and diabetic dogs.” Research in Veterinary Science, 90, 396-403 (2011)

Shinpei Wada, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. JCZWM (Aquatic Medicine)

Professor, Division of Pathobiological Analysis, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research: Comparative pathology and clinical medicine for aquatic animals (mainly fish).

E-mail: swada(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“A Novel Disorder of Cultured Juvenile Greater Amberjack Seriola dumerili Characterized by Renomegaly and Splenomegaly.” Fish Pathol., 49, 7-15 (2014)

“Histopathology of Gill Lesions of Ayu Plecoglossus altivelis Clinically Diagnosed with “Boke” Disease.” Fish Pathol., 46, 59-61 (2011)

“A Study of the Effects of 2-phenoxyethanol as a Sedative and-or Anesthetic on Cow-Nosed Ray (Rhinoptera javanica).” Jpn. J. Zoo Wildl. Med., 15, 31-36 (2010)

Toshiaki Yamamoto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Behavioral ecology of mammals and fishes.

E-mail: tyamamoto(X)nvlu.ac.jp *Please replace (X) by @.

Key articles:

“Genetic characterization of northernmost isolated population of Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus) in Japan” Mammal study37, 85-91(2012).

“Multiple paternity in Asian black bear Ursus thibetanus Ursidae, Carnivora using microsatellite analysis. Mammalia, 77, 215-217(2013).

“Reduced oceanic growth of pseudogene-positive female masu salmon Oncorhynchus masou” Journal of Fish Biology, 84, 256-262(2014)

Hisashi Yoshimura, DVM, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Physiological Pathology, Department of Applied Science, School of Veterinary Nursing and Technology

Research: Molecular Tumor Pathology, Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology, Mammary tumors in Animals

Key articles:

“Differences in indicators of malignancy between luminal epithelial cell type and myoepithelial cell type of simple solid carcinoma in the canine mammary gland” Veterinary Pathology, 51, 1090-1095 (2014)

“Appearance and distribution of stromal myofibroblasts and tenascin-C in feline mammary tumors” Histology and Histopathology, 26, 297-305 (2011)

“Inhibition of fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 attenuates proliferation and invasion of pancreatic cancer” Cancer Science, 105, 1212-1219 (2014)