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Effective: Summer 2015

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • List available relevant information sources and articulate the Veterinary Technology Program Prerequisites and Application requirements.
  • Read, evaluate, and reflect on a topical article from the veterinary or veterinary technology literature.
Description -
Orientation to the program requirements and curriculum and a prerequisite for admission to the Veterinary Technology Program. Survey of the role of the veterinary assistant and registered veterinary technician in the workplace. Survey of employment opportunities and areas of specialization. Ethics and professionalism. Laws and regulations governing veterinary technicians. Introduction to basic animal care skills and clinical procedures.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. locate and explain the Veterinary Technology Program prerequisites, application process, expectations, and course requirements.
  2. discuss the scope of veterinary medical practice and the variety of opportunities for employment and continued professional development.
  3. locate and explain the laws and regulations governing veterinary technology in California.
  4. identify and explain the responsibilities of the registered veterinary technician in relation to the veterinarian, the veterinary assistant, the patient, and the client.
  5. describe the basic elements of clinical history-taking and physical examination.
  6. recognize,understand, and explain the appropriate methods of restraint, handling of companion animals.
  7. Explain the basic feeding, nutrition, and husbandry care of a variety of species of small and large animals.
  8. recognize and discuss introductory concepts in animal behavior.
  9. Understand and explain the basic concepts of preventive medicine for companion animals.
  10. apply introductory concepts in medical terminology.
  11. read and evaluate examples of the professional periodical literature in veterinary medicine and veterinary technology.
  12. discuss professional ethics as it relates to the role of the veterinary technician.
  13. List and explain the basic principles of safety in the veterinary workplace.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Live animal teaching colony representing variety of small, large, and laboratory animal species. Housing and handling facilities for live animals. Classroom with projection and audiovisual capabilities. Fully equipped veterinary technology clinical teaching laboratory.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Orientation to Foothill Veterinary Technology Program
    1. Prerequisites
    2. Application Process
    3. Course requirements
    4. Expectations for student performance
    5. Tour of VT facilities
  2. Overview of the scope of veterinary medical practice.
    1. Types of practice and career ladder
    2. Variety of employment opportunities and fields of study
    3. opportunities for professional development and career advancement
  3. Laws and Regulations
    1. Veterinary Medical Board
    2. CA RVT Examining Committee
    3. The California Veterinary Practice Act and specific regulations governing veterinary technicians
  4. The Veterinary Medical Team
    1. Role and responsibilities of the Veterinary Technician
    2. Role and responsibilities of the Veterinary Assistant
    3. Role and responsibilities of the Veterinarian
    4. Interrelationships and delegation of tasks
  5. The Animal Patient and Client
    1. The responsibilities of the Veterinary Medical Team.
    2. Needs and expectations
    3. Professionalism and ethics
  6. Clinical History-taking
    1. Purpose and format
    2. Medical record keeping
  7. Physical Examination.
    1. Basic technique
    2. Medical record keeping
  8. Restraint and Handling
    1. Dog
    2. Cat.
    3. Rabbit
    4. Horse
  9. Nutrition and Feeding and Husbandry
    1. Dog
    2. Cat.
    3. Rabbit
    4. Horse
  10. Basic Animal Behavior
  11. Preventative Medicine
    1. Basic Immunology and Principles of Immunization
      1. Vaccination Priniciples
      2. Vaccination types and schedules
    2. De-worming
    3. Creating a safe environment
    4. Regular Check-ups
  12. Basic Medical Terminology
    1. Word Roots
    2. Combining Forms
    3. Terms of Position and Direction
  13. Orientation to the professional periodical literature
    1. Tour of library
    2. Use of reference materials and databases
    3. Introduction to computer search techniques
    4. Written periodical review project assignment
    5. Research paper assignment
  14. Professional Ethics
  15. Hospital Safety
Methods of Evaluation -
Meeting deadlines. Written quizzes and written final exam. Written periodical review assignment. five-page research paper.
Representative Text(s) -
Bassert, Joanna M. and Dennis M. McCurnin. Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians., 7th ed., W. B. Saunders Co., 2009.

Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
  2. Written short answer essay questions. Written Periodical review paper. Written research project.