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VET 105 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology
Introduces the role of veterinary technicians in veterinary practice. Includes medical terminology, ethics, professionalism, and basic concepts of patient care.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
VET 111 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Introduces the structure and function of the animal and of all the organ systems of common domestic animals. Includes histology, embryology, and genetics. Includes laboratory dissection and demonstrations.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
VET 116 - Animal Breeds and Behavior
Surveys common species of domestic animals including basic husbandry, care, and handling. Introduces identification of various breeds and their characteristics, including behavior patterns, problems, and solutions.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
VET 121 - Clinical Practices I
Presents advanced clinical techniques commonly performed in veterinary practice. Part I of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
3-4 credits
VET 122 - Clinical Practices II
Presents advanced clinical techniques commonly performed in veterinary practice. Part II of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
3-4 credits
VET 131 - Clinical Pathology I
Surveys techniques used in the veterinary hospital laboratory. Includes hematology, urinalysis, microbiology, cytology, immunology, clinical chemistry, serology, and necropsy. Emphasizes the use of microscope, automated laboratory equipment, and modern diagnostic procedures. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
VET 132 - Clinical Pathology II
Surveys techniques used in the veterinary hospital laboratory. Includes hematology, urinalysis, microbiology, cytology, immunology, clinical chemistry, serology, and necropsy. Emphasizes the use of microscope, automated laboratory equipment, and modern diagnostic procedures. Part II of II.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
VET 133 - Clinical Pathology III
Introduces various techniques in microbiology, cytology and necropsy. Studies the common internal and external parasites of various species of domestic animals. Emphasizes their life cycles, pathology, treatment, and prevention. Prerequisite: VET 131, VET 132.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
VET 135 - Anesthesia of Domestic Animals
Introduces the basic principles of anesthesia of common domestic species. Includes techniques of induction, monitoring, and recovery of patients using injectable and inhalation anesthetics.
Lecture 1 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits
VET 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
VET 211 - Animal Diseases I
Describes animal health and disease, surgical techniques, and animal behavior. Includes demonstrations and selected observation and practice in animal hospitals, clinics, or research laboratories. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
VET 212 - Animal Diseases II
Describes animal health and disease, surgical techniques, and animal behavior. Includes demonstrations and selected observation and practice in animal hospitals, clinics, or research laboratories. Part II of II.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
VET 214 - Animal Dentistry
Introduces the basic principles of dental care for common domestic species. Includes dental anatomy, nomenclature, common oral pathology, record systems, instrumentation, dental prophylaxis, common dental treatments, intraoral dental radiography and local anesthesia techniques.
Lecture 1-2 hour Laboratory 3 hours (2-3 credits)
2-3 credits
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VET 216 - Animal Pharmacology
Studies drugs and other medical substances of veterinary importance. Includes their characteristics, usage, measurement, dosage, administration, and also pharmacy management.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
VET 217 - Introduction to Laboratory, Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Focuses on the identification, captive management, restraint and diseases of fish, reptiles, birds, rodents, rabbits, ferrets, primates, wild carnivores, and wild herbivores. Presents the fields of laboratory research zoological medicine.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
VET 221 - Advanced Clinical Practices III
Presents advanced clinical techniques commonly performed in veterinary practice. Prerequisite VET 121-122. Part I of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
4 credits
VET 235 - Animal Hospital Management and Client Relations
Introduces the basic concepts of business procedures of veterinary practice. Includes communication skills, office management, record keeping, and use of computers in veterinary practice.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
VET 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
VET 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
VET 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits