|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Acquire a fundamental veterinary medical vocabulary and apply to speaking and writing.
- Analyze and interpret medical words and terminology.
|Description - |
|A guided self-study of medical terminology as a fundamental communication skill. Basic word parts and rules of word construction. A review of common medical terms pertaining to the different body systems, with emphasis on those terms peculiar to veterinary medicine. Intended for students in the Veterinary Technology Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- complete textbook self-study exercises in veterinary medical terminology.
- recognize and apply proper medical terminology to clinical scenarios presented on written quizzes.
- define and understand the meaning of those medical terms which apply to different organ systems and clinical procedures.
- define and understand the meaning of those medical terms and common "lay" vocabulary peculiar to veterinary medicine.
- utilize proper medical terminology in classroom discussions of selected areas of veterinary practice.
- discuss the importance of medical terminology in record-keeping and in communication with veterinarians.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Multimedia equipped classroom. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
|A combination of directed self-study of textbook exercises and classroom discussions will cover the following topics: |
- Unit 1
- Use of nouns, adjectives, and verbs
- Introduction to medical words
- Rules for word construction
- Defining medical terms by word analysis
- Accents and pronunciation
- Unit 2
- Suffixes for surgical procedures
- Root words for the digestive system and associated structures
- Unit 3
- Prefixes and suffixes for diseases or conditions
- Root words for the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems
- Unit 4
- Plural endings
- Root words for the musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, lymphatic, and endocrine systems
- Unit 5
- Instruments and procedures
- Unit 6
- Suffixes and titles for the medical disciplines
- Specialty areas and specialists
- Unit 7
- Other important medical prefixes and suffixes
- Unit 8
- Terms for direction, position, and movement
- Prefixes and suffixes for direction, position, and movement
- Prefixes for numeric terms
- Unit 9
- Terms used in microbiology
- Nomenclature of bacteria and viruses
- Prefixes related to color
- Prefixes and suffixes related to blood and urine findings
- Unit 10
- Other important prefixes and suffixes
- Unit 11
- Terms relating to pharmacology
- Drug names and types of drugs
- Unit 12
- Abbreviations and symbols
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Weekly written quizzes.
- Completion and review of textbook self-study workbook exercises.
- Written journal review papers.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Romich, Janet A., An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology, 3rd., Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008. |
Blood, Douglas C. and Virginia P. Studdert, and Clive C. Gay. Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary. 3rd ed., Saunders Ltd., 2008.
|Disciplines - |
|Veterinary Technology |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Self-paced. |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
|Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week. |
Written short answer essay questions; and two 5-page written journal article review papers.