These courses (except VET*101) are limited to those students who have been admitted to the Veterinary Technology program.
VET*100, Introduction to Animal Care (2 credits)
This course is an introduction to practical experience with various species. Basic biological concepts and normative data of the various species including common husbandry practices and diseases are discussed. Restraint and handling methodologies are discussed and practiced. Prerequisite: Admission to Veterinary Technology Program.
VET*101, Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3 credits)
This course introduces the role of the Veterinary Technician to employment opportunities and professional development opportunities in the field. Covered topics include breed differentiation, nutrition, reproduction, and animal behavior. Ethics, animal welfare regulations, state and federal laws are reviewed, including controlled substance laws, occupational safety and health regulations and veterinary practice responsibilities. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG* 101.
VET*102, Veterinary Office Management & Communication (3 credits)
This is a business management course for Veterinary Technology students. Topics include office procedures and practices, staff management, triaging phone calls, recordkeeping, the human- animal bond, stress management, and client relations, including working with members of the public from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Personnel administration and other administrative procedures common to veterinary medical practices including databases are reviewed. This is a “D” course. Prerequisite: Admission to Veterinary Technology Program.
VET*151, Small Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab (4 credits/6 contact hours)
Nursing procedures in small animals and laboratory species are discussed. Topics include physical examinations, common medical nursing techniques and emergency care. Long term nursing care of common animal conditions will be discussed including client education. The course includes vaccination protocols, nutritional support and specialized problems encountered in companion animals. Relevant clinical cases will be utilized in lecture discussions. Prerequisites: VET* 100 and VET* 101, each with a grade of “C” or better, and proof of Rabies Vaccination.
VET*152, Large Animal Veterinary Technology with Lab (4 credits/6 contact hours)
The course focuses on the specifics related to large animal medicine and nursing practices including techniques. Lectures include anatomy and physiology, nutrition and breeding of agricultural species. The etiology of disease, transmission, prevention and disease control are discussed. Topics include nursing care, diagnostic techniques, reproduction, husbandry, and common diseases. Laboratory sessions include restraint, physical exams, specimen collection, drug administration, and principles of husbandry. Supervised field trips are required. Prerequisites: VET* 100 and VET* 101, each with a grade of “C” or better, and proof of Rabies Vaccination.
VET*201, Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits/6 contact hours)
Veterinary anatomy and physiology of domestic species presented as a two course series. The anatomic structures and physiologic functions of domestic animals including companion species are discussed. The first semester reviews the basic foundations of structure and function of the most common species including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine and digestive systems in addition to cellular aspects of metabolism. Comparative aspects of other species including avian, reptilian and farm species are provided. Lecture and laboratory exercises emphasize the understanding of the organized body state and the relationship of various components including cells, tissues, organs and body systems. Prerequisite: Admission to Veterinary Technology Program.
VET*202, Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits/6 contact hours)
This course is a continuation of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I, with discussion of the respiratory, circulatory, urinary and reproductive systems. Relevant clinical topics are utilized during this course. Prerequisite: VET *201 with a grade of “C” or better.
VET*205, Veterinary Laboratory Procedures (3 credits/5 contact hours)
The theory behind clinical sample analysis utilizing clinical laboratory procedures including specimen collection, hematology, cytology, blood chemistry, urinalysis, necropsy technique, and serology. Emphasis is on manual performance of basic laboratory diagnostic procedures and discussion of the relevance of laboratory findings to the veterinary practitioner. Prerequisites: MED* 125, VET* 151, VET* 152, and VET* 202, each with a grade of “C” or better. VET* 205 must be taken concurrently with VET* 212 and VET* 230.
VET*212, Principles of Imaging with Lab (1 credit/2 contact hours)
The theory and principles of radiology and radiation safety. Topics include radiologic and imaging principles and practices and the uses in patient diagnosis. Animal restraint, positioning, special diagnostic techniques and imaging are reviewed. Ultrasonography, Computerized Axial Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography will be discussed. Prerequisites: MED* 125, VET* 151, VET* 152, and VET* 202, each with a grade of “C” or better. VET* 212 must be taken concurrently with VET* 205 and VET* 230.
VET*220, Animal Pathology (3 credits)
The course encompasses health and diseases of the major domestic animal species. Major systems are discussed with a review of anatomy and physiology. Clinical signs of organ dysfunction, pathophysiology, diagnostic tests, treatment and prevention are reviewed. The lecture topics are approached in an organ system format including integumentary, musculoskeletal, neurosensory, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: VET* 205 with a grade of “C” or better.
VET*230, Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing with Lab (4 credits/6 contact hours)
Lectures and demonstrations in general anesthetic technique, standard surgical procedure, and operating room conduct. The emphasis is on surgical technology including equipment and supply nomenclature, patient monitoring, aseptic, sterile technique, preoperative care of the patient and emergency medicine. Classifications and mechanisms of action for commonly used anesthetics, and analgesics are discussed. Topics include intravenous catheterization techniques, CPR, and oncology therapeutics. Prerequisites: MED* 125, VET* 151, VET* 152, and VET* 202, each with a grade of “C” or better. VET* 230 must be taken concurrently with VET* 205 and VET* 212.
VET*240, Periodontology and Oral Radiology (2 credits)
This course is an introduction to veterinary dentistry which has become a significant part of veterinary practices. Topics include oral anatomy, terminology periodontology oral radiography endodontics, orthodontics and restorative dentistry. Tasks performed by veterinary technicians, including oral radiography will be discussed. Prerequisites: VET* 205 and VET* 212, each with a grade of “C” or better.
VET*250, Principles of Pharmacology for Vet Tech (3 credits)
The study of dose and dosage in applied pharmacology. Topics include basic mathematics, conversions, measurements, drug calculations, drug orders and fluid rate calculations. The major classes of drugs used in therapeutics, dose response characteristics, mechanisms of action, major physiological effects, toxicity and drug interactions are discussed. A review of laws applying to licensure and use of controlled substances in veterinary medicine is included. Prerequisite: MED *125 with a grade of “C” or better.
VET*285, Veterinary Technology Externship (2 credits)
This externship will offer a supervised experience under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, certified technician, or animal research technician. Students will refine skills learned in all previous veterinary technology courses through placement at an off-site veterinary hospital, private practice, or laboratory facility. Prerequisites: VET *205, VET* 212, and VET* 230, each with a grade of “C” or better, and approval of the Vet Tech Program Coordinator.