Print Version

Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: V T 55 and 56.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
10 hours clinic. (120 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Observe, practice, and ultimately demonstrate entry-level competency in the skills delineated in the Internship Clinical Skills Lists for VT89.
  • Consistently exhibit a strong work ethic and demonstrate the ability to adapt to to various methodologies and practice philosophies and successfully integrate into the veterinary workplace.
Description -
Off-campus practical clinical work experience in veterinary facilities supervised by licensed veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians. Integration into a veterinary health care team and exposure to varied methodologies and practice philosophies in a variety of clinical settings. Practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the first year program course work: clinical application of anatomy and physiology; medical terminology and medical math; chemistry and microbiology; interpersonal skills and office practices. Supervised hands-on training in basic medical and surgical nursing. Opportunity to practice and attain entry level competency in essential clinical skills. 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. integrate into a veterinary heath care team
  2. properly perform office and hospital procedures
  3. demonstrate correct examination and treatment room procedures
  4. demonstrate basic animal nursing
  5. properly perform basic surgical preparation and surgical suite hygiene
  6. demonstrate correct assistance with radiology and ultrasound imaging
  7. properly follow hospital maintenance and workplace safety guidelines
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Off-campus, licensed, veterinary or biomedical facility. Stethoscope, proper clinical attire, name tag.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Integrate into a veterinary heath care team
    1. actively participate in and document 115 hours of practical work experience in a veterinary medical clinical setting.
    2. Documentation, timetable and deadlines
    3. Demonstrate professional behaviors
  2. Office and Hospital Procedures and Client Relations
    1. medical record keeping
    2. SOAP charting
    3. Client education
  3. Examination and Treatment Room Procedures
    1. physical examination of dogs, cats, and other animals
    2. safe restraint and handling
  4. Basic animal nursing
    1. nursing assessment
    2. nursing care plans
    3. follow doctor's orders
  5. Surgical Preparation and Assisting
    1. assist RVT in hospital setting
    2. surgery suite protocols
  6. Basic assistance with radiology and ultrasound imaging
    1. safety
    2. assist RVT in hospital setting
  7. Hospital maintenance and workplace safety
    1. Universal precautions
    2. Illness and Injury Prevention Plan (IIPP)
    3. MSDS
    4. Principles of aspepsis
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Midterm and end of quarter evaluation by supervising RVT or DVM
  2. End of quarter self evaluation
  3. Written journal of experience
  4. May have up to 3 written health assessments on patients
  5. ETUDES assignments may be required
  6. Documentation of hours in weekly log
Representative Text(s) -
Jack, Candyce M. and Watson, Patricia M, Veterinary Technician's Daily Reference Guide. Ames, Iowa: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
Method of Instruction -
Clinical performance and demonstration of clinical skills.
Lab Content -
Clinical Internship. Practical training in the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities List of Essential Skills Expected of Graduate Veterinary Technicians using a set of Standard criteria as a guideline for the accomplishment of performance objectives. Emphasis is on skills development and practical work experience in all required areas.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Students may be required to perform up to 3 simple health assessments on dogs and/or cats.