|1. Description - |
|Practical application of animal care skills and principles of animal care and management using techniques and knowledge learned in the veterinary technology program. Opportunity to participate in the health care team involved in the care, management and husbandry of program livestock, companion animals and laboratory animals. Emphasis will be on the basic principles and application of clinical facility management, care of resident teaching animals, and routine maintenance duties.|
|Prerequisite: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- perform physical examination and patient assessment of teaching animals.
- list and articulate standard operational procedures and correctly perform routine animal care
- list and articulate standard operational procedures and correctly perform routine cleaning and disinfection
- administer treatments exactly as prescribed or directed by the instructor
- Follow instructions and execute all treatment orders with precision
- demonstrate technical competency and appropriate application of essential clinical skills.
- demonstrate the ability to receive, understand and carry out instructions accurately.
- exhibit professionalism and perform responsibly in providing for the needs of the resident teaching animals and in maintenance of the clinical facility.
- cooperate with classmates and work efficiently and competently with minimal supervision.
- acquire new vocabulary and integrate veterinary medical terminology appropriately into speech and writing.
- integrate knowledge of anatomy to the practice of veterinary technology.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Live companion and laboratory animal species and livestock. Housing and restraint facilities. Laboratory equipped with examination tables and diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and supplies as needed. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Animal Care Protocols
- Routine Animal Care and Husbandry Requirements
- Laboratory Animal species
- Facility Maintenance
- Routine cleaning
- Principles of disinfection
- Inventory management
- Record keeping
- USDA Regulations
- Care and safe use of cleaning equipment
- Daily veterinary care of the teaching animal colony and the maintenance of the clinical facilities.
- Performance of Animal Care according to standard practices.
- Medical record keeping.
- Medical communication with peers and superiors
- Doctor's Orders
- Giving "Report" to supervisors.
- Communication with peers.
- Working as a team to complete tasks
- Taking personal responsibility for all assigned tasks.
- Techniques and rationale of animal care tasks
- Physical examination and patient assessment
- Triage and reporting
- Animal nursing
- Care and safe use of veterinary medical equipment
- Common animal care treatments
- Professionalism at it applies to animal care.
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
- Laboratory Animal Species
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Evidence of responsibility in carrying out duties, technical competency, accuracy and thoroughness.
- Evaluation will be done by instructor observation, assessment by the second year supervisors, and conference with the student.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Bassert, Joanna M. and Dennis M. McCurnin. Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians., 7th ed., W. B. Saunders Co., 2009. |
|8. Disciplines - |
|Veterinary Technology |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
|Discussion, Field work, Demonstration. |
|10. Lab Content - |
|Practical application of animal care skills and principles of animal care and management using techniques and knowledge learned in the veterinary technology program. Opportunity to participate in the health care team involved in the care, management and husbandry of program livestock, companion animals and laboratory animals. Emphasis will be on the basic principles and application of clinical facility management, care of resident teaching animals, and routine maintenance duties. |
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. 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 10 to 30 pages per week. |
Medical record keeping for program teaching animals.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is required core course for the A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. |