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VET 100 - Introduction to Animal Science
Surveys the common breeds of small and large domestic animals, including identification, management, and restraint.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5-6 hours per week.
3-4 credits
VET 102 - Care and Maintenance of Small Domestic Animals
Presents basic information about general and veterinary management of small domestic animals, especially dogs and cats. Provides information concerning animal and human safety, animal restraint, nutrition, common diseases, medical terminology, medical history, and other topics related to the care and maintenance of small animals.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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 115 - Laboratory Techniques I
Introduces techniques in hematology, urinalysis, and parasitology. Includes other laboratory tests performed in veterinary practice.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
VET 210 - Animal Diseases and Microbiology
Surveys infectious and non-infectious diseases of domestic animals. Includes aspects of disease such as etiology, clinical signs, treatment, prevention, and pathology. Presents identification and drug sensitivity of common disease-causing organisms.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
VET 215 - Laboratory Techniques II
Expands concepts introduced in VET 115 including clinical chemistry, cytology, and other laboratory tests performed in veterinary practice. Prerequisite VET 115.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
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 222 - Advanced Clinical Practices IV
Presents advanced clinical techniques commonly performed in veterinary practice. Prerequisite VET 121-122. Part II of II.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
4 credits
VET 230 - Veterinary Hospital Management
Introduces common business procedures used in veterinary practice. Includes bill collection, appointment scheduling, telephone techniques, record keeping, merchandising, drug ordering and inventory control, and supervision of employees.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
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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