VET - VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

VET-102 Introduction to Veterinary Technology

This course introduces the student to the profession of veterinary technology through a study of the duties and responsibilities of the graduate veterinary technician and available career opportunities. In addition, other basic issues such as occupational safety and health, membership in professional organizations, certification and licensing, professional standards and behavior, the human-companion animal bond, and introductory animal restraint and handling will be covered. The course is the Prerequisite[s] to all other VET courses. Lecture [1.00].

Credits

1

Corequisites

VET-103

VET-103 Veterinary Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in the language of veterinary medicine. Topics presented include veterinary medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems in the various species. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to body systems and their pathological disorders. Lecture [1.00].

Credits

1

Corequisites

VET-102

VET-104 Research Animal Technology

Research Animal Technology is an introduction to the handling, husbandry, and medical care of common laboratory animals. Lectures will cover the principles and ethics of animal research, as well as the laws that regulate the use of animals to ensure that they are treated humanely. Laboratory sessions will provide hands-on training in restraint, drug administration, sample collection, anesthesia, and research technique. Lecture [2.00], Laboratory [2.00].

Credits

2

Prerequisites

VET-102, VET-103

VET-110 Nutrition and Principles of Feeding

This online course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of veterinary nutrition encompassing small, large, and selected exotic animals. Topics cover the six classes of nutrients, their general functions, and the effects of deficiencies and potential toxicities. Nutrient and energy requirements, along with the feeding of animals in various stages of the life cycle will be covered, with an emphasis on the dietary management of selected disease states that affect domestic animals.  Lecture [1.00].

Credits

1

Prerequisites

VET-102, VET-103

VET-112 Veterinary Pharmacology [Spring Only]

This course is a study of pharmacology and its practical applications. This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of drugs and other substances used in the treatment of disease. Emphasis is on classification of drugs based on their effects and therapeutic usage, sources of drugs, standards and regulations, weights and measures, conversions, labeling, and pharmacy maintenance. In addition, the student studies possible toxicological effects of these drugs and other toxic plants and substances. Lecture [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-102, VET-103

VET-115 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I

This course focuses on structure and function of vertebrate organ systems, with primary emphasis on mammals. After a brief overview of vertebrate development and evolutionary history and taxonomy, the major portion of the course reviews each system, across all principal groups. Study of basic cellular biology and of skeletal, muscle, and nervous systems, along with the special sense organs are included. Lecture [3.00], Laboratory [2.00].

Credits

3

VET-203 Veterinary Nursing I [Fall Only]

This course will furnish the skills and considerations necessary for the nursing duties of the veterinary technician. Topics include general animal care, handling and restraint, administration of medications and bandaging techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safety of both patient and handler. Includes laboratory demonstrations and practice on live animals. Lecture [1.00], Laboratory [6.00].

Credits

3

VET-204 Veterinary Dental Techniques

This course encompasses various procedures in veterinary dentistry along with the skills necessary to assist the veterinarian in a complete dental prophylaxis and other complicated dental procedures. Oral and dental anatomy will be reviewed. The course will focus on the operation and maintenance of dental equipment, including dental radiography; the performance of a small animaldental prophylaxis procedure; and a survey of dental diseases in small and large animals and exotics. Emphasis will be placed on the scope of services that may be provided by the veterinary technician, including client education. Lecture [2.00], Laboratory [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-112, VET-215

Corequisites

VET-207

VET-205 Clinical Laboratory Procedures I [Fall Only]

This course deals with the examination of blood, urine, and other body substances for diagnostic and prognostic purposes in veterinary practice. Students will learn to perform complete blood counts, blood chemistries, serological tests, and urinalysis. Lecture periods will cover the theories on which the tests are based and the relevance of laboratory results in the evaluationof the health of animals. Lecture [2.00], Laboratory [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-102, VET-103, VET-112, VET-115, VET-215

VET-207 Diagnostic Imaging [Fall Only]

This course is an introduction to basic radiology, ultrasound and associated diagnostic techniques. The student will learn how to correctly position a patient, calculate exposure values, expose radiographic film, and process radiographs of diagnostic quality, both manually and automatically, for the veterinarian to examine. Special emphasis is placed on the potential hazards of radiation and occupational safety. Laboratory experiences provide skills practice in radiographic technique. Lecture [2.00], Laboratory [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-102, VET-103, VET-115, VET-215

VET-214 Veterinary Nursing II [Spring Only]

This course is a continuation of Veterinary Nursing I. Principles of emergency care, intensive care, administration of drugs and fluids, shock therapy, oxygen therapy and the application of indwelling catheters will be discussed. This course will include a general study of diseases, their definition, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Intensive care nursing will include hands on experience with animals and models. Lecture [1.00], Laboratory [6.00]. 3

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-203

VET-215 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II

This course focuses on the basic structures and functions of vertebrate organ systems that primarily emphasize those of mammalian species. Among the topics addressed are the integumentary, cardiovascular, immune/lymphatic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive, urinary/excretory, endocrine, and immune systems. Lecture[3.00], Laboratory [2.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-115

VET-217 Clinical Laboratory Procedures II [Spring Only]

This course will cover basic parasitology, cytology, histology and necropsy techniques. The student will study the life cycles, pathogenesis, identification, prevention, control and public health concerns of internal and external parasites in domestic animals. Cytological specimens will be collected and processed. A necropsy prosection will be performed, with the collection of specimens and preparation of histology slides for examination by the veterinarian. Lecture [2.00], Laboratory [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-205

VET-218 Large Animal Nursing [Summer Only]

This course is designed to teach the student the skills associated with assisting the large animal practitioner. The essential tasks relating to handling, restraint, treatment, venipuncture, treatment, anesthesia, and administration of drugs and fluids to far animals will be covered. A study of diseases of these animals with emphasis on disease control, prevention, treatment andimmunization will be discussed. Common surgical procedures, as well as specimen collection and preservation will be reviewed. Lecture [2.50], Laboratory [3.75].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-110, VET-112

VET-219 Surgical Assist and Anesthesia [Spring Only]

This course includes in-depth discussion and hands-on experience with hygiene of the surgical suite and surgical prep room, asepsis, surgical instruments, and sterilization. The student will learn the basics of animal anesthesia as used in surgical procedures. It includes drugs and equipment for anesthetic administration, recovery, and emergencies, along with management of thesepreparations. We will also provide the student with in-depth coverage of preoperative and postoperative patient care. Lecture [2.00], Laboratory [3.00].

Credits

3

Prerequisites

VET-203

VET-220 Veterinary Technology Externship I

This course is a clinical experience providing the student with the opportunity to refine technical skills developed in areas such as animal handling, nursing care and treatment, surgical assistance, radiology, anesthesia, dental prophylaxis, diagnostic laboratory procedures, practice management, and client communication. Students spend 12 weeks in total in a pre-approved smallanimal hospital, animal research facility, or other allied animal health facility within the metropolitan area. Students train under the supervision of licensed veterinarians and graduate veterinary technicians. Laboratory [16.00].

Credits

1

Prerequisites

VET-207, VET-214, VET-216, VET-217, VET-218, VET-219

VET-221 Veterinary Technology Externship II

This course is a clinical experience providing the student with the opportunity to refine technical skills developed in Externship I. Students spend 12 weeks in total in a pre-approved small animal hospital, animal research facility, or other allied animal health facility within the metropolitan area. Students train under the supervision of licensed veterinarians and graduate veterinary technicians. Veterinary Technology Externship II is the second half of the student's clinical experience Laboratory [16.00].

Credits

1

Prerequisites

VET-220