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|Description - |
|Introduction to principles of husbandry and veterinary nursing care of common domestic large animal species. Breed identification; housing and restraint; physical examination; administration of medication and therapeutics; nutrition and feeding; common diseases; common large animal clinical procedures. 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: |
- identify breeds of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine and discuss breed-associated uses.
- describe housing and husbandry practices for horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.
- explain feeding and nutritional requirements of horses and ruminants.
- describe and demonstrate competent restraint and medication techniques on live animals.
- list and discuss the common diseases of horses, cattle, sheep, and goats, and identify vaccinations given to various species.
- describe and demonstrate techniques of physical examination and first aid on horses.
- list and describe common equine lameness and their management.
- discuss the causes and clinical management of equine colic.
- list the gastrointestinal parasites of horses and anthelmintic products used.
- describe and competently perform common large animal clinical procedures, and identify the veterinary technician's role in large animal clinical practice.
- identify common instruments used in large animal practice.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Live large animals, including horses, cattle, sheep, and goats. Appropriate housing and handling facilities and equipment. Large animal veterinary and husbandry equipment. A/V Classroom. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Breed identification, characteristics, and associated diseases of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine
- Husbandry practices and housing facilities
- Dairy cattle
- Cow/calf range operations
- Sheep and goats
- Restraint and Handling Techniques
- Equine handling, manual restraint, and use of stocks
- Safe operation of cattle chutes and head catches
- Bovine tail restraint and nose tongs
- Sheep and goat handling and restraint
- Identification of feeds
- Life Stage Feeding
- Common errors in feeding practices
- Common excesses and deficiencies
- Administration of medication techniques in the horse, cow, and small ruminants.
- Oral, naso-gastric intubation, oro-gastric intubation
- Subcutaneous injection
- Intramuscular injection
- Ear implants
- Common Diseases of common species
- Infectious diseases and vaccinations
- Metabolic Diseases
- Physical Examination of the horse, cow, and small ruminants
- First-aid Procedures
- Equine Lameness and Management
- Equine Colic
- Types and causes
- Diagnostic procedures
- Clinical management
- Common Equine and Ruminant Gastrointestinal Parasites and Anthelmintic Therapy
- Common Large Animal Clinical Procedures
- Administration of oral and parenteral medications by common routes and methods
- Tail docking
- Equine dental floating
- Equine sheath cleaning
- Equine foot care
- Bandaging techniques
- Large animal instrument Identification and usage
Unloaded Hours: Library and Internet research and preparation of large animal husbandry or medical/surgical nursing care case study.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
|Written examinations. Practical examinations. Completion of an Essential Skills competency Checklist using Standard Criteria. |
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Hanie, Elizabeth A. Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians. Elsevier/Mosby, 2009. |
Battaglia, Richard A. Handbook of Livestock Management, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2006.
Haynes, N. Bruce and Robert F. Kahrs Keeping Livestock Healthy: A Veterinary Guide to Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Pigs., 4th ed., Storey Publishing, 2001.
|Disciplines - |
|Veterinary Technology |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Field work, Demonstration. |
|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.
- Five-page written term paper on a large animal topic of their choice.
- Written short answer essay questions.