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Effective: Summer 2015
V T 91CLINICAL INTERNSHIP II3 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: V T 89.
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 outlined in Internship Clinical Skills Lists for VT91.
  • 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 veterinary technicians. Students begin to follow directions from doctors and staff with increasing independence and exhibit good judgment and critical thinking skills. Second quarter interns are typically enrolled in pharmacology, clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging. The studetn must start to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills from these areas of learning into their practice at the internship site. This course documents the 115 hours of practical work experience in a veterinary medical clinical setting required for the students.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. integrate into a veterinary medical team with increasing ease.
  2. contribute to the nursing care of a variety of veterinary patients.
  3. differentiate between normal and abnormal in assessment of patients
  4. participate in anesthetic procedures at a basic level
  5. assist in diagnostic imaging
  6. demonstrate knowledge of proper wound care
  7. evaluate a diagnostic ECG tracing
  8. acquire basic venipuncture skills
  9. Apply what is learned in pharmacology to clinical practice
  10. Apply what is learned in clinical pathology to clinical patients
  11. Apply nursing skills
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Stethoscope, proper clinical attire, name tag.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. integrate into a veterinary medical team with increasing ease.
    1. demonstrate professionalism
    2. work as a team member
  2. contribute to the nursing care of a variety of veterinary patients.
    1. understand and follow doctor's orders for patient care.
    2. prepare and administer medications by all routes when safe and appropriate
  3. differentiate between normal and abnormal in assessment of patients
    1. describe difference between normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds
    2. demonstrates proper documentation/medical record keeping
  4. participate in anesthetic procedures at a basic level
    1. set up and pressure check anesthetic machines
    2. understand and apply knowledge about different circuits
    3. administer supplemental oxygen
  5. assist in diagnostic imaging
    1. observe radiation safety practices
    2. begin to apply principles of exposrue, positioning and troubleshooting
    3. assist more experienced staff in taking radiographs
  6. demonstrate knowledge of proper wound care
    1. demonstrate ability to clip, clean, flush, dress wounds
    2. assist in applying simple bandages
  7. evaluate a diagnostic ECG tracing
  8. acquire basic venipuncture skills
    1. place iv catheters in non-critical patients
    2. acquire basic blood collection skills in multiple sizes of patients
  9. Apply what is learned in pharmacology to clinical practice
    1. make drug labels and fill prescriptions accurately if allowed by the practice
    2. begin to understand indications, contraindications and therapeutic effects of medications
  10. Apply what is learned in clinical pathology to clinical patients
    1. perform cytology prep procedures
    2. perform dermatology procedures
    3. begin to practice basic skills in blood testing
    4. begin to practice basic skills in urine testing
  11. Apply nursing skills
    1. perform ophthalmology procedures
    2. express anal sacs
    3. perform enema with supervision
    4. anticipate needs of patient and staff
    5. teach clients basic skills as directed by doctor
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation may include but are not limited to:
  1. self-evaluations.
  2. Mid-quarter and final evaluations by employer (licensed DVM or RVT) Internship coordinator will document progress in clinical competencies as required by AVMA.
  3. Two clinical case studies.
  4. clinical pathology assignment from a patient seen at internship site
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 -
  1. integrate into a veterinary medical team with increasing ease.
  2. contribute to the nursing care of a variety of veterinary patients.
  3. differentiate between normal and abnormal in assessment of patients
  4. participate in anesthetic procedures at a basic level
  5. assist in diagnostic imaging
  6. demonstrate knowledge of proper wound care
  7. evaluate a diagnostic ECG tracing
  8. acquire basic venipuncture skills
  9. Apply what is learned in pharmacology to clinical practice
  10. Apply what is learned in clinical pathology to clinical patients
  11. Apply nursing skills
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
may include but are limited to:
  1. Utilizing the textbook to apply to real cases seen in clinic
  2. ETUDES site will have additional information and assignments
  3. clinical pathology assignment from a patient seen at internship site