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Summer 2017

Veterinary Technology Courses:

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VET100 - Veterinary Technology Orientation
Credits: 1

Catalog Description: The course introduces the student to the profession of the Veterinary Technician. The role of the veterinary technician in private practice and non practice settings will be examined by field trips to various businesses related to the veterinary profession. This course will also look at the history of the profession, certification process, personal and emotional issues confronting veterinary technicians. Fall only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Veterinary Technology program. Corequisites: VET101 and VET112

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VET101 - Intro to Veterinary Technology
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Emphasis will be placed on veterinary medical terminology with an understanding of the construction and analysis of words based on knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms. Recognition of the common species of domestic animals and the common breeds within each species. Students will develop an understanding of common husbandry practices and terms used that apply to each species. Fall only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Veterinary Technology program. Corequisite: VET100, and VET112.

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VET112 - Animal Anatomy & Physiology 1
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces the student to the structure and function of the bodies of domestic animals with emphasis on the skeletal, muscular, nervous, integumentary, endocrine, and sensory systems. Medical terminology will be studied throughout the course. Homeostasis will be discussed including the role of control systems such as negative feedback and the relation of form to function. Laboratory work includes anatomy studies using models and dissections, physiology exercises, and histological observations using microscopes, CD’s and websites. Three class hours, three lab hours. Fall only. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Veterinary Technology program. Corequisite: VET100 and VET101.

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VET113 - Animal Anatomy & Physiology 2
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Continue the study of anatomy and physiology of domestic animals with investigation of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, lymphatic and immune, urinary, and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the tissues of each system along with the differences in the system between the species examined. Laboratory work includes anatomy studies using models and dissections, physiology exercises, and histological observations using microscopes, CD’s and websites. Three class hours, three lab hours. Spring only. Prerequisites: VET 100, VET101 and VET112 each with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Corequisite: VET124.

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VET124 - Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Provide study in the area of commonly used veterinary drugs and medications. Emphasis will be placed on the classes of drugs, their use, potential side effects and contraindications, calculating drug doses, administering and dispensing drugs and medications, legal issues and record keeping. Spring only. Prerequisite: VET 100, VET101, VET112 each with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Corequisite: VET113.

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VET201 - Animal Clinic Externship 1
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Familiarize the student with the veterinary technician’s responsibilities in the day to day operation of private /non private practices. Students spend a minimum of 120 hours at private/non private practices observing in the areas of general facility management, anesthesia, routine treatments, radiology, laboratory procedures and surgery. As a result of observation of the veterinary technician in a practical applied atmosphere, students will become more familiar with the scope of the veterinary technician as a professional member of the veterinary team. Prerequisite: VET113 and VET124 each with a grade of C or higher.

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VET202 - Animal Clinic Externship 2
Credits: 1

Catalog Description: Familiarize the student with the veterinary technician’s responsibilities in the day to day operation of private /non private practices. Students spend a minimum of 60 hours at private/non private practices observing in the areas of general facility management, anesthesia, routine treatments, radiology, laboratory procedures and surgery. As a result of observation of the veterinary technician in a practical applied atmosphere, students will become more familiar with the scope of the veterinary technician as a professional member of the veterinary team. Prerequisite: VET201 with a grade of “C” or higher. Corequisite: VET245 and VET246.

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VET203 - Animal Clinic Externship 3
Credits: 1

Catalog Description: Familiarize the student with the veterinary technician’s responsibilities in the day to day operation of private /non private practices. Students spend a minimum of 60 hours at private/non private practices observing in the areas of general facility management, anesthesia, routine treatments, radiology, laboratory procedures and surgery. As a result of observation of the veterinary technician in a practical applied atmosphere, students will become more familiar with the scope of the veterinary technician as a professional member of the veterinary team. Prerequisites: VET202 with a grade of “C” or higher.

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VET212 - Veterinary Nutrition
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Identifies the six basic nutrients and their functions, explains how to understand pet food labels, and explores applications of nutrition and calculation of energy requirements for wellness, life stages and disease management in dogs and cats. Pragmatic tools for improving technician-client communications will be provided including a discussion of the technician’s role in client-education, and in conducting veterinary nutritional assessments. The course is conducted via an asynchronous, interactive web-based format, and includes unit self-assessment quizzes, graded exams, discussion boards and homework. Prerequisite: VET201

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VET223 - Techniques in Laboratory Animals and Exotics
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: A general overview of the field of laboratory animals and exotic species will be covered. Emphasis will be on husbandry, humane care, handling, nutrition, restraint, reproduction, recognition of common diseases including zoonoses, and ethical use. Prerequisite: VET100, VET101, VET112 each with a grade of “C” or higher. Corequisite: VET113.

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VET234 - Clinical Laboratory Techniques
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduce the student to the basics of clinical laboratory techniques. The student will develop fundamental skills necessary to properly prepare, handle and submit appropriate samples for diagnostic analysis, learn proper maintenance, quality control and safety procedures required in a laboratory setting, and how to evaluate blood, urine, fecal, and cytological samples as directed by the veterinarian. Prerequisites: VET201 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisites: VET202, VET245, VET246.

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VET245 - Small Animal Pathology&Nursing
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Overview of common small animal diseases and the techniques used in the diagnostic process, treatment and care of these patients. The student will become familiar with common infectious and non-infectious diseases with regard to epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostic testing procedures, therapeutic treatments, measures of prevention, zoonotic potential, and prognosis. Laboratory emphasis will be placed on learning techniques used in clinical practice. Prerequisite: VET201 with a grade of “C”or higher. Corequisites: VET202, VET234, and VET280.

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VET246 - Large Animal Pathology&Nursing
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Overview of common large animal diseases and the techniques used in treatment and care of these patients. The student will become familiar with common diseases with regard to epidemiology, incubation period, contagiousness, therapeutic treatments, measures of prevention, zoonotic potential, and prognosis. Laboratory emphasis will be placed on learning techniques used in practice such as proper patient restraint and animal handling, physical exam, how to collect diagnostic samples, placement and maintenance of intravenous catheters, urethral catheterization, administration of fluids, administration of drugs and medications, applying and removing bandages. Common behaviors and how they affect animal handling and management, nutrition, poisonous plants, and toxins that affect large animals will be discussed. Prerequisite: VET201 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisites: VET234, VET280.

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VET257 - Principles Veterinary Business
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Training in the management of the day-to-day operations of a veterinary hospital. Emphasis will be placed on client relations and communications, inventory control, record keeping, and computer skills. Students will have the opportunity to perfect resume and cover letter writing and to practice job interview techniques. Prerequisite: VET201 with a grade of C or higher.

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VET268 - Surgical Nursing&Anesthesiolog
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Provide study concerning anesthetic procedures for small and large animals, the preparation of the surgical patient, and care of the patient pre- and post-surgery. Emphasis is placed on preanesthetic agents, anesthetic agents, pre- and post-anesthetic care, pain evaluation of the patient, monitoring devices and techniques, controlled substance drug laws and record keeping, CPR and recognition of emergency situations, and the potential for human and animal hazards associated with anesthetic drugs and anesthetized patients. Three class hours, three lab hours. Prerequisite: VET201, VET234, VET245, VET246 each with a grade of C or higher.

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VET279 - Vet Radiology & Dentistry
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Introduces the student to 1) the basic principles of imaging that are necessary for the understanding and performance of diagnostic imaging procedures in a veterinary hospital, including radiographic techniques, MRI and ultrasound; 2) proper dental techniques and recognition of normal and abnormal conditions appropriate to the species. Students will prepare the patient for imaging, set up radiographic and darkroom equipment; produce and develop images; analyze image quality for maximum diagnostic benefit. Students will also perform routine dental prophylaxis (manual and machine). Three class hours, three lab hours. Prerequisite: VET201, VET234, VET245, VET246 each with a grade of C or higher.

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VET280 - Veterinary Parasitology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: An introductory, multidisciplinary course to the common internal and external parasites of large and small animals. Life cycles, pathologies, diagnostic protocols, treatment, and management control will be studied while integrating anatomy and pharmacology. Students will be able to provide client education concerning parasite prevention, treatment, management, and public health zoonoses. Laboratory work will include microscopic identification of parasites along with the application of appropriate diagnostic tests used in veterinary practice. Prerequisite: VET201. Corequisite: VET234.

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