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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 -
  • 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:
  1. complete textbook self-study exercises in veterinary medical terminology.
  2. recognize and apply proper medical terminology to clinical scenarios presented on written quizzes.
  3. define and understand the meaning of those medical terms which apply to different organ systems and clinical procedures.
  4. define and understand the meaning of those medical terms and common "lay" vocabulary peculiar to veterinary medicine.
  5. utilize proper medical terminology in classroom discussions of selected areas of veterinary practice.
  6. 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:
  1. Unit 1
    1. Use of nouns, adjectives, and verbs
    2. Introduction to medical words
    3. Rules for word construction
    4. Defining medical terms by word analysis
    5. Accents and pronunciation
  2. Unit 2
    1. Suffixes for surgical procedures
    2. Root words for the digestive system and associated structures
  3. Unit 3
    1. Prefixes and suffixes for diseases or conditions
    2. Root words for the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems
  4. Unit 4
    1. Plural endings
    2. Root words for the musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, lymphatic, and endocrine systems
  5. Unit 5
    1. Instruments and procedures
  6. Unit 6
    1. Suffixes and titles for the medical disciplines
    2. Specialty areas and specialists
  7. Unit 7
    1. Other important medical prefixes and suffixes
  8. Unit 8
    1. Terms for direction, position, and movement
    2. Prefixes and suffixes for direction, position, and movement
    3. Prefixes for numeric terms
  9. Unit 9
    1. Terms used in microbiology
    2. Nomenclature of bacteria and viruses
    3. Prefixes related to color
    4. Prefixes and suffixes related to blood and urine findings
  10. Unit 10
    1. Other important prefixes and suffixes
  11. Unit 11
    1. Terms relating to pharmacology
    2. Drug names and types of drugs
  12. Unit 12
    1. Abbreviations and symbols
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Weekly written quizzes.
  2. Completion and review of textbook self-study workbook exercises.
  3. 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.