Curriculum Sequence

Course Number & Course Title    Credits Weeks
*ENG 111 Writing Effective Essays 4 7
*CIS 118 Computer Skills and Applications 4 7
*BIO 172 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Science 4 7
VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4 7
*SPE 242 Public Speaking 4 7
*MAT 121 Mathematical Applications 4 7
*GEN 131 Critical Thinking and Health Sciences 4 7
VET 180 Care and Management of Exotic and Laboratory Animals 4 7
VET 205 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques 4 7
VET 250 Clinical Experience 6 variable1
VET 251 Clinical Case Study 1: Wellness and Preventative Medicine 4 7
VET 252 Clinical Case Study 2: Integument & Wound Healing and the Musculoskeletal System 4 7
VET 253 Clinical Case Study 3: Gastrointestinal System 4 7
VET 254 Clinical Case Study 4: Cardiology, Respiration, and Hematology 4 7
VET 255 Clinical Case Study 5: Reproduction, Urogenital and Endocrinology 4 7
VET 256 Clinical Case Study 6: Neurology, Special Senses and Immunology 4 7
VET 270 Veterinary Technology Capstone 4 7
Total Credits for A.A.S. in Vet Tech:    70
 * Indicates LAS courses. (Sequence includes 24 LAS credits)
1 Upon completion of 240 clinical field experience hours, students will be awarded credit for VET 250.

 

Course Descriptions

Course Credits Weeks
ENG 111 Writing Effective Essays 4 credits 7 weeks
 
Developed for the returning adult student, this course enables students to assess, critique, and hone their college-level composition skills, developing the ability to write effectively. It assists students to make judgments regarding content, organization, structure, and mechanics, focusing on the production of relevant, clear, and concise student essays. Research and revision are emphasized. Students will compile and evaluate a portfolio of their writings, including a self-assessment.

CIS 118 Computer Skills and Applications 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This skill-based introduction to the personal computer develops specific skills in the types of standard application software used in most organizations. Instruction includes the introduction of a graphical user interface (GUI), computer word processing, spreadsheets, and database management along with graphics, telecommunications and other pertinent topics such as computer security and ethics.

BIO 172 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Sciences 4 credits 7 weeks
 

This
course covers the Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals relevant to the
duties and responsibilities of the Veterinary Technician. Major systems will be
examined with an emphasis on their structure, function and interrelationships.
Included is a laboratory examination of the cat. Other pertinent areas required
for proper body function will also be covered.
 

VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4 credits 7 weeks
 
The student is introduced to the expectations of the Veterinary Technology Program, medical terminology, and basic scientific and medical concepts. Emphasis will also be placed on definitions, abbreviations, and word elements used in the profession. Discussions are generated on career opportunities, the role of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine, and the human-animal bond. The different classifications and breeds of companion and farm animals are studied. General principles of animal behavior, care, equipment, and management are presented. Legal regulations on the county, state, and federal levels are examined. Student safety will be addressed from a regulatory standpoint. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of euthanasia and necropsy. There will be a preliminary investigation of the concepts of health and disease. 
 
SPE 242 Public Speaking Skills and Techniques 4 credits 7 weeks
 
Public Speaking: Skills and Techniques provides the foundation in public communication required for professional success in contemporary business. Topics include formal, informal, rehearsed, and extemporaneous speeches; preparing an effective presentation; group speech delivery; techniques for overcoming anxiety and elevating self- confidence; and videotape and written feedback evaluation strategies. 
 
MAT 121 Mathematical Applications 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course is an introduction to the basic mathematical concepts, techniques, and applications associated with the fields of business and management. Topics include the algebra of linear equations, graphing, compound interest, set theory, and mathematical reasoning
 
GEN 131  Critical Thinking and Health Sciences 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides an introduction to the expectations and methodology of the Accelerated Learning Program. Through readings, discussion, investigation, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking as it is related to the health sciences. Students will review the scientific method as it applies to general chemistry, microbiology, and physics, using experiments, observations, and measurements to critically analyze scientific concepts and content. The course addresses the thinking and learning skills required for success as an adult student including time management, self-directed and collaborative learning, communication skills, the conventions of academic research and scientific study, and personal study skills. Study group formation, library orientation, and learning style assessment are also included.
 
VET 180 Care and Management of Exotic and Laboratory Animals 4 credits 7 weeks
 
A general overview of exotic and laboratory animals is provided. Humane care, handling, management, technical procedures, and use of these animals are emphasized. Taxonomic classification and comparative anatomic and physiologic characteristics of common exotic and laboratory animals are presented. Laws, regulations, standards and organizations associated with laboratory animal science and the possession and management of exotic animals are discussed. Safety and ethical issues are addressed.
 
VET 205 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This course examines blood, urine, feces and cells for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Lectures will focus on the physiologic responses to disease and the effects of disease on measurable substances produced by the body. The collection, storage and handling of laboratory specimens and general laboratory management procedures, including safety and quality control, will be discussed. The common ectoparasites and endoparasites of pet, exotic and large animals are identified and their life history and pathogenesis are studied. Public health aspects are noted and methods of prevention and treatment are discussed.
 
VET 250 Clinical Experience 6 credits length of course will vary
Each student spends a minimum of 240 hours observing and performing the tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations. The primary objective is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. The student should become familiar with and appreciate the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere.
 
VET 251 Clinical Case Study 1: Wellness and Preventative Medicine  4 credits 7 weeks
 
Health and wellness will be discussed from the perspective of preventive medicine. The importance of medical history, physical examination and accurate medical record keeping will be stressed. Wellness programs for dogs, cats, horses and ruminants will be described, including vaccination protocols, parasite prevention and control, grooming, dentistry, routine diagnostic procedures and surgeries, and behavior training. The importance of nutrition in maintaining health will be discussed.
 
VET 252 Clinical Case Study 2: Integument & Wound Healing and the Musculoskeletal System 4 credits 7 weeks
 
A continuation of the clinical case series of courses. This course covers the veterinary technician’s role in managing acute and chronic integument and musculoskeletal system abnormalities including wound care and healing in large and small animals. Case studies will incorporate the techniques and skills required for the Veterinary Technician to perform relevant procedures as determined by the Veterinarian. Basic principles of radiography will be explored emphasizing radiology of the skeletal system. The physiology and management of pain will be introduced including local anesthetic techniques. Appropriate pharmacologic agents and alternative medicine treatment modalities for the musculoskeletal system and integument will be covered.
 
VET 253 Clinical Case Study 3: Gastrointestinal System 4 credits 7 weeks
 
A continuation of the clinical case series of courses. This course will cover the diseases, therapies and diagnostics of the gastrointestinal system of common domestic species. Particular attention will be placed on the role of the veterinary technician in the diagnosis and treatments for gastrointestinal disorders.
 
VET 254 Clinical Case Study 4: Cardiology, Respiration, and Hematology 4 credits 7 weeks
 
A continuation of the clinical case series of courses. This course specifically encompasses the Cardiac, Respiratory and Hematology areas of importance to Veterinary Medicine and the role of the Veterinary Technician. Case Studies will incorporate the techniques and skills required for the Veterinary Technician to perform relevant procedures as determined by the Veterinarian. An understanding of the common cardiac, respiratory and hematologic diseases will be augmented by an understanding of the medications and protocols necessary for appropriate treatment.
 
VET 255 Clinical Case Study 5: Reproduction, Urogenital and Endocrinology 4 credits 7 weeks
 
A continuation of the clinical case series of courses. This course will cover the normal and abnormal reproduction of companion and large animals and diagnostics of the reproductive systems. Normal and abnormal urogenital conditions, endocrine diseases and their diagnostics are examined. Particular attention will be placed on the role of the Veterinary Technician in the diagnosis and treatments of the reproductive, urologic and endocrine systems.
 
VET 256 Clinical Case Study 6: Neurology, Special Senses and Immunology 4 credits 7 weeks
 
A continuation of the clinical case series of courses. This course surveys the anatomy and physiology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems. Common diseases are covered along with the physical examination and relevant diagnostic procedures for discovering the causes. Drugs affecting the Nervous System are categorized and studied for use, effect and efficacy.
 
VET 270 Veterinary Technology Capstone 4 credits 7 weeks
 
This is the seventh and capstone course in a series of seven Clinical Case Studies. The focus is on the incorporation of students’ hands-on clinical experience with prior clinical case coursework. Students will have the opportunity to select case studies from actual medical situations encountered during their 240 hour clinical rotations. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge, role and responsibilities of a licensed Veterinary Technician. Any species suggested by students and approved by the Instructor can be included as a basis for examination and study. 
 
I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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