VETC 101 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology (Cr4) (3:3)
Introduction to biochemistry, cell biology and histology, survey of the structure and function of domestic animals using a systems approach; physiology of domestic animals will be handled primarily in the lecture, while the anatomy will be discussed in the laboratory with the dissection of the cat as the primary tool. Prereq. - grade of B or better in high school biology within 5 years or BIOS 107. Additional course fees: $15.00.
VETC 110 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (Cr3) (3:0)
An introduction to the vocation of veterinary technology; orientation to professional organizations, practice management skills, client relations, medical terminology, ethics, legal and occupational issues; role of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine, research, industry and private practice. Prereq. - admission into Veterinary Technician program.
VETC 115 Animal Management and Nutrition (Cr2) (2:0)
Management of domestic species; animal husbandry, reproduction, restraint, behavior, breed identification and preventative medicine; nutrition and feeding;animal management and feeding in an economic context. Prereq. - admission into Veterinary Technician program.
VETC 120 Veterinary Parasitology (Cr2) (1:3)
Clinically significant internal and external parasites of domestic animals; mites, lice, ticks, fleas, flies, nematodes, cestodes, trematodes and protozoans; parasite life cycles, host infection and pathology; prevention and treatment of parasitic infections; diagnosis via sample collection, preparation and microscopic evaluation during the lab section. Prereq. - admission into Veterinary Technician program. Additional course fees: $15.00.
VETC 125 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques (Cr4) (3:3)
Laboratory evaluation of various diagnostic samples including blood, urine and cytologic specimens; hematology, serum chemistry, serology, urine analysis and cytology as applied to veterinary medicine; laboratory work focusing upon lab technique and manual processing of samples; lecture focusing upon the indication for and interpretation of clinical pathology indices associated with disease states and immunologic function. Prereq. - admission into Veterinary Technician program and CHEM 135. Additional course fees: $15.00.
VETC 210 Large Animal Clinical Procedures (Cr3) (2:3)
Eight-week laboratory course conducted at the Vet Tech barn/animal facility, designed to provide students with hands-on experience in large animal clinical procedures; restraint, physical examination, venipuncture, administration of medications via various routes, wound treatment, bandaging, sample collection, radiology and general husbandry procedures; species include cow, horse, sheep and goat. Attendance is mandatory. Prereq. - all the following: 1) admission into Veterinary Technician program, 2) proof of vaccination: rabies and tetanus, 3) proof of health insurance, 4) VETC 101, 110 and 115. Additional course fees: $85.00.
VETC 215G Animal Disease (Cr3) (3:0)
Provides students with a broad-based understanding of animal medicine and disease; pathogens, host pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention for large and small animal species; provides the necessary context in which to understand the "why" of doing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Principles of disease in large and small animal species; clinical symptomology, diagnosis, therapy, epidemiology, prevention of common diseases; toxicology, zoonotic diseases and medical emergencies; course organized around body systems and associated pathologic conditions. Prereq.- all of the following: 1) admission into Veterinary Technician program, 2) VETC 101, 110 and 125, 3) ENGL 151C.
VETC 218 Veterinary Pharmacology and Anesthesia (Cr3) (3:0)
Veterinary technicians will spend a significant portion of their time in both the veterinary pharmacy dispensing medication and in surgery serving as assistants and anesthetists. Students receive the theory of basic pharmacology and anesthesiology in this course and receive hands-on experience in a subsequent course. Theory and application of pharmacology and anesthesiology; pharmacologic principles including: drug administration, distribution, excretion and individual variability; drug side-effects, dosing and general pharmacologic calculations; pre-anesthesia patient assessment, pre-anesthetic drugs, induction, maintenance and post-operative patient monitoring; students work with various types of anesthetic equipment, operate anesthesia machines, EKG unit and a pulse oximeter. Prereq. - all the following: 1) admission into Veterinary Technician program, 2) CHEM 135, 3) VETC 101, 110, and 125.
VETC 220 Small Animal Clinical Procedures (Cr4) (1.5:4)
Provides students with hands-on experience conducting diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with small animals; students entering the job market must be able to easily make the transition from academic institution to the workplace; essentials in animal restraint and basic procedures; some basic specialty examinations. Laboratory course geared toward a variety of clinically relevant diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with small animal species; restraint, physical examination procedures, venipuncture, administration of medications, sample collection and general first aid and emergency care; students develop their technical skills in a veterinary setting. Attendance is mandatory. Prereq. - all the following: 1) admission into Veterinary Technician program, 2)proof of vaccination: rabies and tetanus, 3) proof of health insurance, 4) VETC 101, 110 and 125. Additional course fees: $15.00.
VETC 225 Veterinary Radiology and Surgical Nursing (Cr4) (3:4)
Course designed to develop technical competence in diagnostic radiology, surgical nursing, anesthesia, and dentistry. The principles learned in previous courses will be applied in a veterinary setting using live animals patients. There will be an overview of the basic principles of radiology: use and maintenance of radiographic/imaging equipment, restraint and positioning of small animals and the development of diagnostic radiographs. In addition, student will be troubleshooting for poor quality films. Record keeping and safety issues will be discussed. The general principles of surgical assisting including aseptic technique, operating room protocol and surgical assisting by the veterinary technician; surgical instrumentation, surgical instrumentation and surgical preparation will be discussed and practiced. Pre, intra- and post-operative anesthetic nursing will be learned; students will perform anesthesia on small animals and perform prophylactic dentistry. Attendance is mandatory. Prereq. - all the following: 1) admission into Veterinary Technician program, 2) proof of health insurance, 3) proof of vaccination: rabies and tetanus, 4) VETC 101, 110, 125, 218 and 220.Additional course fees: $50.00.
VETC 228 Laboratory Animal Science and Exotics (Cr4) (3:3)
Due to the variety of job placement options, students must be prepared to work with laboratory animal and exotic species. Course provides foundation in lab animal medicine and disease; use and care of laboratory and research animals; laboratory animal biology, science and management; anatomy and physiology, nutrition, breeding, husbandry, sanitation, behavior, handling, nursing, euthanasia and necropsy; animal welfare regulations and ethics issues. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory sessions to provide hands-on experience with venipuncture, injections, gavage and necropsy; species include rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and reptiles; exotic animal portion includes restraint, examination, medicine and disease and husbandry; species of exotics will vary with availability. Attendance is mandatory. Prereq. - all the following: 1) admission into Veterinary Technician program, 2) proof of health insurance, 3) proof of vaccination: rabies and tetanus, 4) VETC 101 and 115. Additional course fees: $15.00.
VETC 230 Veterinary Technician Externship (Cr3) (0:community placement)
Ten-week practicum conducted off campus at two designated (veterinary) community sites. This capstone experience is aimed at providing students the opportunity to integrate the academic knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills developed during the program and directly apply and refine them in a work setting. It will also serve as an opportunity to explore career options. Students must extern for a total of 240 hours during the 10 week summer term. Students must perform 120 hours at each of two sites. Externs must provide proof of vaccination (rabies, tetanus) and current health insurance. Students are responsible for transportation and any required housing arrangements. The college will be responsible for monitoring radiation exposure of externs. Prereq. - successful completion of all veterinary technology courses with a grade of C or better. Additional course fees: $70.00.