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Effective: Summer 2015
V T 92CLINICAL INTERNSHIP III3 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: V T 91.
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 VT92.
  • 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. Students must assume more responsibility; act independently with more confidence and proficiency; apply principles of critical thinking to clinical practice and troubleshoot with confidence and good judgment. Practical application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the concurrent second year program course work. The student assumes more responsibility for radiology and clinical pathology, medical nursing and common clinical procedures. Emphasis on developing competencies around anesthesiology, surgical nursing, and animal diseases. This course meets 115 hours of practical work experience in a veterinary medical clinical setting required. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.

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 more critical patients.
  3. differentiate between normal and abnormal in assessment of patients
  4. apply what is learned in anesthesiology to clinical practice
  5. assist in diagnostic imaging
  6. demonstrate skill in handling difficult or medically fragile patients
  7. demonstrate competency in basic venipuncture skills
  8. demonstrate proficiency in clinical pathology procedures
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Stethoscope, proper clinical attire, name tag; additional equipment as required by individual sites.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. integrate into a veterinary medical team with increasing ease
    1. perform quality assurance and maintenance care for clinical equipment
    2. provides education to clients with some support from doctor or staff
    3. practices effective communication skills staff and clients
  2. contribute to the nursing care of more critical patients
    1. refines patient assessment skills
    2. develops triage skills
    3. cares for patients with moderately severe illnesses
    4. gives medications competently, monitors therapeutic effects
  3. differentiate between normal and abnormal in assessment of patients
    1. understanding of pathophysiology in admitted patients
  4. apply what is learned in anesthesiology to clinical practice
    1. assess patient's anesthetic risk
    2. demonstrate entry level ability to induce, intubate, monitor, and recover patients
    3. ability to evaluate cardiopulmonary status of anesthetized patient
  5. assist in diagnostic imaging
    1. able to troubleshoot radiography exposure
    2. able to troubleshoot positioning errors
  6. demonstrate skill in handling difficult or medically fragile patients
    1. demonstrates excellent medical record keeping
  7. demonstrate competency in basic venipuncture skills
    1. administers medication intravenously
  8. demonstrate proficiency in clinical pathology procedures
    1. perform laboratory tests
    2. demonstrates proficiency in interpretation of tests
Methods of Evaluation -
May include but are not limited to:
  1. Progression in Essential Skills Checklist
  2. Written midterm and final performance evaluations by a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician.
  3. One final self evaluation
  4. Periodic conference with faculty Intern Coordinator.
  5. 2 case studies, one based on an anesthetic case, the other based on an animal disease
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 -
Internship
 
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 skill development and hands-on experience in the following areas:
  1. integrate into a veterinary medical team with increasing ease
  2. contribute to the nursing care of more critical patients.
  3. differentiate between normal and abnormal in assessment of patients
  4. apply what is learned in anesthesiology to clinical practice
  5. assist in diagnostic imaging
  6. demonstrate skill in handling difficult or medically fragile patients
  7. demonstrate competency in basic venipuncture skills
  8. demonstrate proficiency in clinical pathology procedures
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
May include but are not limited to:
  1. Utilizing the textbook to apply to real cases seen in clinic
  2. ETUDES site will have additional information and assignments
  3. Anesthesiology assignment from a patient seen at internship site