Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
10 hours clinic.3 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 120 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: Lab Hours: 10 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/13/10; 10/23/14

1. 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.
Prerequisites: V T 55 and 56.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. 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
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Off-campus, licensed, veterinary or biomedical facility. Stethoscope, proper clinical attire, name tag.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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
7. Representative Text(s) -
Jack, Candyce M. and Watson, Patricia M, Veterinary Technician's Daily Reference Guide. Ames, Iowa: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

8. Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
Clinical performance and demonstration of clinical skills.
10. 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.
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 -
Students may be required to perform up to 3 simple health assessments on dogs and/or cats.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. The AVMA requires a minimum total of 240 hours clinical internship for each student in the program. This class is the first in a series of four, progressively more advanced internship experiences.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-11 14:15:45

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines