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Effective: Summer 2015
V T 87CADVANCED ANIMAL CARE SKILLS III1 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Conscientiously and safely perform assigned routine husbandry duties and prescribed medical care of veterinary technology teaching animals.
  • Make accurate entries into the animals records and demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other members of the health care team.
Description -
Continuation of V T 87B. Continuing instruction of first-year students in basic principles of facilities management and maintenance care of resident animals. Supervisory responsibilities include the formulation of work schedules, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on resident animals, performance evaluations of first-year students, and staffing open lab sessions. Facilitate transition of primary animal care responsibility to first-year students. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. perform physical examination and patient assessment of teaching animals.
  2. list and articulate standard operational procedures and correctly perform routine animal care
  3. list and articulate standard operational procedures and correctly perform routine cleaning and disinfection
  4. administer treatments exactly as prescribed or directed by the instructor
  5. Follow instructions and execute all treatment orders with precision
  6. demonstrate technical competency and appropriate application of essential clinical skills.
  7. demonstrate the ability to receive, understand and carry out instructions accurately.
  8. exhibit professionalism and perform responsibly in providing for the needs of the resident teaching animals and in maintenance of the clinical facility.
  9. cooperate with classmates and work efficiently and competently with minimal supervision.
  10. acquire new vocabulary and integrate veterinary medical terminology appropriately into speech and writing.
  11. integrate knowledge of anatomy to the practice of veterinary technology.
  12. develop and demonstrate supervisory and personnel management skills by organizing first-year students in the accomplishment of assigned group tasks.
  13. demonstrate discriminative and decision-making thinking by participating with the instructor in the formulation of diagnostic, therapeutic, and management plans.
  14. generate and maintain clinical records, work schedules, performance evaluations, and
other written communications applicable to animal health care and personnel supervision.
  • serve as a role model of responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation, and technical knowledge for first-year students.
  • Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
    Live animals of companion, large, and laboratory animal species; housing and restraint facilities. Laboratory equipped with examination tables and diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and supplies as needed.

    Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
    1. Animal Care Protocols
      1. Routine Animal Care and Husbandry Requirements
        1. Dogs
        2. Cats
        3. Horses
        4. Ruminants
        5. Laboratory Animal species
    2. Facility Maintenance
      1. Routine cleaning
      2. Sanitation
      3. Principles of disinfection
      4. Inventory management
      5. Record keeping
      6. USDA Regulations
      7. Care and safe use of cleaning equipment
    3. Daily veterinary care of the teaching animal colony and the maintenance of the clinical facilities.
      1. Performance of Animal Care according to standard practices.
      2. Medical record keeping.
      3. Medical communication with peers and superiors
        1. Doctor's Orders
        2. Giving "Report" to supervisors.
        3. Communication with peers.
      4. Working as a team to complete tasks
      5. Taking personal responsibility for all assigned tasks.
    4. Techniques and rationale of animal care tasks
      1. Physical examination and patient assessment
      2. Triage and reporting
      3. Animal nursing
      4. Care and safe use of veterinary medical equipment
      5. Common animal care treatments
    5. Professionalism at it applies to animal care.
    6. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
      1. Dog
      2. Cat
      3. Horse
      4. Ruminants
      5. Laboratory Animal Species
    7. Management Skills
      1. Supervisory Skills
      2. Delegation of Tasks
      3. Leadership
    8. Animal Nursing Care Plans
      1. Role in the Veterinary Medical Team
      2. Communication with the Doctor
      3. Implementing plans
      4. Following through
    9. Role Modeling
      1. Professionalism
      2. Work Ethic
    Methods of Evaluation -
    Evidence of responsibility in carrying out supervisory duties, technical competency, accuracy and completeness of records. Evaluation will be done by instructor observation, peer evaluation, and examination of records.
    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 -
    Discussion, Field work, Demonstration.
     
    Lab Content -
    Continuing instruction of first-year students in basic principles of facilities management and maintenance care of resident animals. Supervisory responsibilities include the formulation of work schedules, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on resident animals, performance evaluations of first-year students, and staffing open lab sessions. Facilitate transition of primary animal care responsibility to first-year students.
     
    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.
    Medical record keeping for program teaching animals.