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Effective: Summer 2015
V T 93CLINICAL INTERNSHIP IV3 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: V T 84.
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 set forth in the Internship Clinical Skills Lists for VT93.
  • 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 experiences in veterinary facilities supervised by licensed veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians. High-level practical application of knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in the concurrent second year program course work. In addition to competently performing all essential clinical skills and duties delegated to the veterinary technician, the student will begin to take responsibility for client education, development of patient care plans, providing nursing care to critical care and emergency patients, performing advanced sampling techniques, conducting special diagnostic studies and performing more complex therapeutics. This course meets 115 hours of practical work experience in a veterinary medical clinical setting required. Intended for students in the last quarter of the veterinary technology program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. act as a fully contributing member of a veterinary medical team.(lab)
  2. contribute to the nursing care of all of veterinary patients.(lab)
  3. demonstrate competency in anesthesiology (lab)
  4. responds to emergency situations (lab)
  5. performs complete dental prophylaxis on veterinary patients (lab)
  6. participates in advanced radiography procedures (lab)
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Stethoscope, proper clinical attire, name tag.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. act as a fully contributing member of a veterinary medical team.(lab)
    1. demonstrate ability to function effectively under the direct and indirect supervision of the veterinarian or registered veterinary technician
    2. demonstrates leadership skills and contributes positively to the team
    3. provides guidance to first year interns where possible
  2. contribute to the nursing care of all of veterinary patients.(lab)
    1. assess patients.
    2. implements plans for diagnostic work up
    3. implements plans for treatment
    4. monitors and documents therapeutic effects of plan on patient
    5. achieves competency in IV skills
  3. demonstrate competency in anesthesiology (lab)
    1. administer narcotics and anesthetics responsibly with appropriate supervision
    2. calculates drug dosages accurately
    3. monitors and recovers anesthetized patients diligently (surgical nursing)
    4. troubleshoots anesthetized patient, demonstrating good clinical judgment
    5. assists in surgery when appropriate
    6. demonstrates competency in sterile technique
  4. responds to emergency situations (lab)
    1. demonstrates ability to triage patients
    2. demonstrates ability to care for critical patients
  5. performs complete dental prophylaxis on veterinary patients (lab)
    1. able to take dental radiographs
  6. participates in advanced radiography procedures (lab)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completion of an Essential Skills Checklist as required by the AVMA
written midterm and final performance evaluations by a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician.
  • Self evaluation at the end of the quarter
  • Periodic written and verbal evaluations by faculty Intern Coordinator.
  • up to 2 ETUDES assignments: one on leadership and one on professional plans
  • Capstone study
  • 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 -
    The student will actively participate in and document 115 hours of practical work experience in a veterinary medical clinical setting by participating in the following:
    1. act as a fully contributing member of a veterinary medical team.(lab)
      1. demonstrate ability to function effectively under the direct and indirect supervision of the veterinarian or registered veterinary technician
      2. demonstrates leadership skills and contributes positively to the team
      3. provides guidance to first year interns where possible
    2. contribute to the nursing care of all of veterinary patients.(lab)
      1. assess patients.
      2. implements plans for diagnostic work up
      3. implements plans for treatment
      4. monitors and documents therapeutic effects of plan on patient
      5. achieves competency in IV skills
    3. demonstrate competency in anesthesiology (lab)
      1. administer narcotics and anesthetics responsibly with appropriate supervision
      2. calculates drug dosages accurately
      3. monitors and recovers anesthetized patients diligently (surgical nursing)
      4. troubleshoots anesthetized patient, demonstrating good clinical judgment
      5. assists in surgery when appropriate
      6. demonstrates competency in sterile technique
    4. responds to emergency situations (lab)
      1. demonstrates ability to triage patients
      2. demonstrates ability to care for critical patients
    5. performs complete dental prophylaxis on veterinary patients (lab)
      1. able to take dental radiographs
    6. participates in advanced radiography procedures (lab)
     
    Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    1. Student is expected to read topics in text book that tie into cases seen in clinic.
    2. A writing assignment may be required based on a specific case that student was involved in.