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VETS 1203  Intro to Veterinary Technology

Credits: 3.00 Credits

The course introduces the student to the terminology and specialization of the Veterinary Technology Curriculum. The nature of professional and ethical practices will be explored. Breeds and strains of domesticated animals will be studied and the student will be introduced to the basic concepts of animal behavior. The nature and form of medicines and the calculation of dose and dosages will be studied. The small animal handling laboratories will be held on site using animals from the local SPCA and Humane Society. A kennel assignment will be performed as a required part of the class.

VETS 1214  Anatmy & Physlgy of Animals I

Credits: 4.00 Credits

This course is an organ systems approach to the study of anatomy and physiology using Domestic and Exotic animal species as the primary model. The course provides a functional integration of basic science and clinical information as it relates to the normal healthy animal in an integrated lecture and laboratory approach. Prosected animal specimen both fresh and preserved, as well as skeletons and models will be utilized in the laboratory to allow applied reinforcement of concepts presented in the lecture. Histologic slides, kodachromes and radiographs will be utilized to enhance organ recognition through multiple formats and give the student a better understanding of organ function. The students will explore in greater depth and detail the course materials through questions and discussions fostered by the development of group Power Point presentations on topics that are related to the organ systems studied.

VETS 2014  Anatmy & Physlgy of Animals II

Credits: 4.00 Credits

Anatomy and Physiology of Animals II is a continuation of the study of anatomy and physiology which began using the organ system in VETS 1214 - Anatomy and Physiology of Animals I. This course uses Domestic and Exotic animal species as the models on which we complete the discussion of the normal anatomy and physiologic function of animals. The course provides a functional integration of basic science and clinical information as it relates to the healthy animal in an integrated lecture and laboratory approach. Histological slides, kodachromes, and radiographs will also be utilized to enhance organ recognition and understanding of organ function. The students will explore in greater depth and detail the course materials through questions and discussions fostered by the development of group Power Point presentations on topics that are related to organ system studied.

VETS 2104  Pathophysiology of An Disease

Credits: 4.00 Credits

Pathophysiology of Animal Disease is a course which provides a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of basic science and clinical information as it relates to health and disease in domestic animals. Utilizing a body systems approach, students will receive in-depth exposure to the most common diseases of domestic animals. They will build on their foundation in anatomy and physiology from previous courses to learn how disease affects normal anatomy and physiology. They will learn their role in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease in domestic animals.

VETS 3003  Animal Health Care

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is designed to give first year students intensive animal handling skills and familiarity with basic procedures such as injections, venipuncture, bandaging, and dosage and fluid therapy calculations. Students will also develop skills to perform proficient physical examination of animals. Common outpatient diagnostic tests used for eye, ear, and skin disease will be mastered. Urinalysis and collection of urine samples will be practiced and students will also learn how to measure packed cell volumes and plasma protein levels in blood samples. Dentistry prophylaxis, recognition of dental abnormalities, and dental charting using both anatomic and Triadan systems will also be covered thoroughly. Students will also visit the local Humane Society to perform technician-related duties.

VETS 3004  Anesthesia & Surgical Nursing

Credits: 4.00 Credits

This course is designed to prepare the second year Veterinary Technology student to become the individual who can induce, maintain and recover small animal surgical patients. The student will also prepare the animals for surgery and assist in the surgical procedures. Upon course completion, the student will possess an understanding of all procedures done in vet practice with anesthesia and surgical nursing.

VETS 3013  Animal Parasitology

Credits: 3.00 Credits

Parasitology is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of internal and external parasites of companion, exotic and farm animals. This course will integrate the student's knowledge of anatomy and pharmacology while providing the student the opportunity to understand life cycles, diagnostic protocol, control and treatment of the most common internal and external parasites. The course will also develop the students' understanding of how to appropriately provide both verbal and written communications for the client concerning management, prevention and potential zoonosis of the common parasites. The laboratory will emphasize the common techniques used to identify the parasites of companion, laboratory and farm animals.

VETS 3022  Intro to Anesthesia & Surg Nsg

Credits: 2.00 Credits

This course will provide the student the opportunity to gain an initial understanding of the principles of veterinary anesthesia and veterinary surgical nursing. The students will be introduced to the currently used veterinary anesthetic drugs and their effect on the animal by utilizing their knowledge of the normal anatomy, physiology as a basis for understanding. In the laboratory the student will be given an introduction to the technical skills needed to preanesthetize, anesthetize, maintain and recover the animal patient, by utilizing current appropriate anesthetic agents, equipment, and protocols. The student will also learn to use critical thinking skills in gaining an understanding of how anesthetic monitoring equipment will be used to evaluate the surgical patient during the anesthetic period. The students will also be introduced to surgical nursing skills including preoperative management of surgical patients, assisting veterinary surgeons, prepping surgical patients, learning and practicing aseptic techniques, IV fluid support, analgesia, and providing postoperative patient and incision care. The dog and the cat will be the surgical patients providing educational support in this course. Students will also perform pre- and postoperative assessments of surgical patients outside of class time as well as one week of assigned kennel duty.

VETS 3023  Radiography

Credits: 3.00 Credits

In this course students will examine body systems using radiographic, endoscopic, and ultrasound procedures to evaluate animals for the diagnosis and prognosis of trauma or disease. The course integrates the production of the radiograph and its clinical use as it relates to the evaluation of healthy and diseased animals. In the laboratory, students will utilize animal models, inanimate objects, and living animals to perfect their understanding of patient positioning, radiographic exposures, and film developing techniques. Emphasis is placed on safely producing diagnostic quality radiographs using both conventional and digital radiographic techniques, as well as providing the basic skills in the set up and operation of an ultrasound unit. The veterinary endoscope will also be used in the laboratory setting.

VETS 3024  Clinical Laboratory Techniques

Credits: 4.00 Credits

This course introduces laboratory techniques performed in veterinary offices and clinics. Examination and testing of blood, feces, urine, and exudates are performed for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Lectures deal with testing theories and relevance to animal health and disease. Laboratories develop skills necessary to maintain a safe laboratory working environment, institute quality control programs, collect, process, store, and transport clinical biological specimens. Major emphasis of the course is development of skills necessary to operate and maintain clinical analyzers, accurately perform laboratory tests, interpret, and report laboratory results on clinical specimens.

VETS 3204  Farm Animal Management

Credits: 4.00 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student insight into the behavior, care and management of farm animals. Dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats and other animals will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of veterinary nursing such as proper handling, restraint, evaluation, medication, treatment, and examination procedures that apply to farm animal species. Characteristics of the major breeds, terminology, disease control measures, housing, and basic management practices will also be covered. Additional farm experiences outside of regularly scheduled classes will be required for successful completion of this course.

VETS 4002  Advanced Animal Health Care

Credits: 2.00 Credits

This course will serve two functions. The first is to introduce concepts in veterinary critical care and advanced medical and surgical cases including advanced diagnostics, treatment options, and long term and follow-up animal care. The second is to serve as both a review of classroom material provided throughout the Veterinary Technology curriculum and as a preparation for actual cases and client communication requirements in a veterinary practice.

VETS 4103  Laboratory Animal and Exotics

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge and understanding of research facilities and their function. Students will be instructed in the care and handling of small animals used in the research laboratory. Emphasis will be placed on species differences, housing requirements, nutrition, reproduction, health, sanitation, and laboratory techniques applied in animal research and pharmaceutical facilities. Animal handling, observation and management time will be provided in the laboratory time as well as during assigned vivarium duty. In addition an exotic animal section has been added to familiarize the students with the care and identification of common exotic species. (Exotics in this case will not include dogs or cats or species commonly found on farms.)

VETS 4202  Small Animal Nutrition

Credits: 2.00 Credits

This is an introductory course for students accepted in the veterinary technology program, providing identification and function of nutrients, understanding pet food labels, and applications for wellness, life stage, and therapeutic nutrition (prescription food) for dogs and cats. The course will utilize an interactive Internet connection in the classroom.

VETS 4302  Pharmacology for the Vet Techn

Credits: 2.00 Credits

This course will review and consolidate information on pharmacology that is touched upon in other Veterinary Technology courses and add additional topics in pharmacology to provide the student with a comprehensive and organized overview of veterinary pharmacology.

VETS 4900  Directed Study

Credits: 1.00 TO 4.00 Credits

A student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.