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Course Descriptions

VT 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must complete the pre-enrollment process for the Veterinary Technology program. All students entering the Veterinary Technology program must complete BIOL 400 or BIOL 310 and BIOL 440 and CHEM 305 to be considered for pre-enrollment. See the course catalog or a counselor for more information

This is an orientation course that reviews the history, training and career opportunities pertaining to Registered Veterinary Technicians. Animal behavior, handling, training and restraint will be thoroughly presented and discussed in the lecture periods. Laboratories will provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience with domestic, farm, laboratory and non-domestic animal species (when they are available). Students will be introduced to the medical terminology common to the animal health care field. Students will also be required to spend 2-6hrs/week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break. Enrollment in this course limited to students admitted to the Veterinary Technology program via the pre-enrollment process. See the course catalog or a counselor for more information.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Relate and physically demonstrate an understanding of animal behavior, handling, training, and restraint principles with respect to domestic, farm, laboratory and non-domestic species (such as birds and reptiles).

VT 110 Veterinary Office Practice

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CISC 302.

Enrollment Limitation:

Student must complete pre-enrollment process.

A practice-oriented course that includes hospital and clinic management procedures, business and professional aspects of practice, ethical and legal considerations for the Registered Veterinary Technician and his/her employer. Students will be introduced to OSHA requirements and regulations as they pertain to veterinary hospitals. Assignments in medical terminology will be given. Enrollment in this course limited to students admitted via the pre-enrollment process.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Perform duties expected of a receptionist in a veterinary office.

VT 111 Anatomy-Physiology of Animals

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in VT 100 (may be taken previously)

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must complete the pre-enrollment process for the Veterinary Technology program. See the course catalog or a counselor for more information

This course is a study of the basic anatomy and physiology of common domestic animals, specifically dogs, cats, horses, swine and ruminants. The information will be organized according to body systems. Within each system, the variation between species will be explored. Whenever possible, topics will be related to pertinent veterinary situations. (Note: Laboratory periods will include dissection of cadavers.) Students will also be required to spend 2-6hrs /week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Describe the structural and functional organization of the animal body.

VT 113 Clinical Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Technicians

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB

Prerequisite: VT 100 and 111 with grades of "C" or better

This course will cover the basic clinical laboratory skills needed by Registered Veterinary Technicians. Topics covered will include parasitology, cytology, urinalysis, microbiology, and hematology. Both normal and abnormal values for various species of animals will be covered. Students will gain additional hands-on experience as they learn to restrain animals for specimen collection procedures. Office procedures as they pertain to clinical laboratory work will be included: filing, recordkeeping, telephone reports, etc. Students will be required to spend 2-6 hours per week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Properly use and care for common veterinary laboratory equipment.

VT 120 Pharmacology and Anesthesiology for the Veterinary Technician

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB

Prerequisite: VT 111 and 113 with grades of "C" or better

This course will lay the foundation for the students’ understanding of pharmacological agents. Drugs will be discussed according to classification, action, method of administration and dispensing (including procedures for scheduled drugs). Injectable and inhalation anesthetic agents will be discussed and demonstrated during surgical laboratory exercises. Students will have an opportunity to work with two types of inhalation anesthetic agents. All students will rotate through various surgical positions where they will enhance their knowledge of equipment and job tasks required of the surgical assistant and anesthesia monitor. Students will learn intravenous catheterization and fluid therapy. Students will be required to spend 2-6hrs /week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break. Students will also be assigned a dog and cat which will require an additional 140 min/wk for obedience training, socialization and grooming.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Apply principles of pharmacology to the utilization of drugs in the practice of veterinary medicine.

VT 122 Animal Disease: Pathology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: VT 113 and 298 with grades of "C" or better; Students must have at least one unit of VT 298. Students should have experience in a clinical setting, including animal handling, client communication, sample collection and basic diagnostic modalities including auscultation, radiology, sample preparation, etc. prior to taking VT 122.

A course of study designed to acquaint the Veterinary Technician trainee with the many varied disease entities seen in the animal health field. While most of the diseases discussed will be those of common small, domestic animals, some problems of exotic and laboratory animal species will also be investigated. There will be exposure to such areas of study as etiology, pathogenesis, symptomatology and prevention of disease. Necropsy demonstrations may be provided as visual aids to the textbook study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Apply principles of animal diseases in the practice of veterinary medicine.

VT 123 Large Animal Disease: Pathology

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: VT 113 with a grade of "C" or better

Corequisite: BIOL 440 (may have been taken previously)

A course of study designed to acquaint the Veterinary Technician trainee with the many varied large animal disease entities seen in the animal health field. While most of the diseases discussed will be those of the common large domestic animals, some emerging and foreign animal diseases will be investigated with an emphasis on public health concerns. There will be exposure to such areas of study as etiology, pathogenesis, symptomatology and control of disease. Course will cover mechanisms of protecting the nation's food supply through herd health disease prevention and control programs for zoonotic diseases.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Apply principles of large animal diseases in the practice of veterinary medicine.

VT 126 Dentistry for the Veterinary Technician

Units: 1.5

Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: VT 120

This course will prepare the student for all aspects of veterinary diagnostics and prophylaxis in dogs and cats appropriate to the veterinary technician. It will include instruction in dental charting, radiography, prophylaxis and extractions. Students will perform dental radiography and prophylaxis on anesthetized animals. Students will also be required to spend 2-6hrs/week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Perform routine dental prophylaxis (manual and machine).

VT 130 Advanced Veterinary Technology

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB

Prerequisite: VT 120 with a grade of "C" or better

This course includes instruction in advanced veterinary technology practices which includes, but is not limited to abnormal hematology, cytology, an introduction to bone marrow aspiration and evaluation, veterinary nutrition, emergency patient care, and advanced life support. There will be an emphasis placed upon advanced nursing techniques for companion animals, laboratory animals and non domestic species. Students will be required to spend two to six hours per week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break. Students will also be assigned a dog and cat which will require an additional 140 minutes per week for obedience training, socialization and grooming.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate techniques for collection, handling, and reading of bone marrow samples in animals.

VT 131 Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: VT 120 and 122 with grades of "C" or better

This course is designed to meet the needs of the veterinary technician who will be working for veterinarians in private practice, animal research laboratories, and/or private and state industrial or educational institutions. The course covers safety procedures, rules, regulations, x-ray production and theory as well as specific techniques associated with the use of radiographic equipment. It includes positioning techniques for various animal species as well as radiograph developing techniques and basic x-ray theory. Alternate imaging modalities are introduced and their use in veterinary medicine described. Emphasis is placed on the theory of diagnostic ultrasound and its use in veterinary medicine. A local field trip to a facility that offers the opportunity to perform large animal radiographic techniques may be required. Students will also be required to spend 2-6 hrs/week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Produce diagnostic radiographs of dogs, cats, birds, small mammals and reptiles.

VT 134 Large Animal Nursing

Units: 1.5

Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: VT 113 with a grade of "C" or better

A course in restraint, behavior, anesthesia and nursing care of domestic large animal species. Species covered will include horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. Students will learn and have hands on practice in basic restraint, physical examination, oral and injectable medication administration, and blood and urine collection techniques. In this course students will receive instruction through in-person lectures and/or online modules and discussions followed by hands-on practice and demonstrations at off campus livestock facilities. Written Midterm and Final examinations will take place on campus. Students will also receive instruction in the use of restraint equipment and techniques for obstetrical examination and dystocia, administration of and complications associated with large animal anesthesia, tail and leg wrapping, intravenous catheterization, and common husbandry practices including disbudding, tail docking, and castration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO1: Provide safe, humane, and effective nursing care for horses, small ruminants, cattle, and swine.

VT 152 Introduction to Laboratory Animals and Caged Birds

Units: 2

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: VT 100 and 111 with grades of "C" or better

This course is designed to expand upon the brief introduction the veterinary technology student has had to caged birds and laboratory animals. The student will have more hands-on exposure to laboratory animals and caged birds (e.g. specimen collection, anesthesia, etc.) thereby increasing their understanding of laboratory animal care maintenance requirements. Greater emphasis will be placed on obtaining handling skills. This course will provide information and handling skills which will help the student prepare for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification. A field trip to a research facility is required. Students will also be required to spend 2-6hrs/week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO1: Students will explain the laws that affect working with and maintaining laboratory animals.

VT 295 Independent Studies in Veterinary Technology

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

VT 298 Work Experience in Veterinary Technology

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals Veterinary Technology.

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)