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Effective: Summer 2015
V T 95LVETERINARY TECHNICIAN PROFICIENCY LABORATORY1 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.
Corequisites: Corequisite: V T 95.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Complete all VT Program Competency Checklists.
  • Reflect on their own clinical skills strengths and weaknesses and review, practice, and demonstrate entry-level competency in needed skills required of a graduate Veterinary Technician.
Description -
Provides opportunity for practicing essential clinical skills and demonstrating the technical proficiency required of the graduate veterinary technician. Emphasis is on skill development and hands-on experience in all required areas. 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. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.

Course Objectives -
The student will:
  1. critically examine and identify their clinical knowledge and practical skills strengths and weaknesses.
  2. develop an exam review study plan
  3. collect, evaluate, prepare, and organize exam study materials on relevant topics.
  4. collaborate with classmates in preparing focused and relevant topic reviews.
  5. demonstrate competency in the performance of routine veterinary clinical skills.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with multimedia projection and playback capabilities. Fully equipped and stocked veterinary technology clinical training laboratory and teaching animal colony.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Self-Assessment
    1. Survey of personal veterinary technology knowledge base.
    2. Small group discussion and compilation of individual Strength/Weakness charts
  2. Exam Review Study Plan Development
    1. Group collaboration to develop a topic list for the quarter.
    2. Group collaboration to assign topics to individuals.
    3. Identification and compilation of study resources and materials.
  3. Review of Clinical Competency Checklist
    1. identification of Clinical Skills remaining to be accomplished.
    2. Group collaboration to develop a skills list for the quarter.
  4. Focused Review Topic Presentations
    1. Faculty
    2. Students
  5. Focused Clinical Skills Labs
    1. Practice Sessions
    2. Competency Assessment
    3. Remediation

The exact content and progression of the course is variable, and is determined by the review needs and desires of the individual students enrolled. Proficiency standards to be met are those as determined by the California Veterinary Technician Examination Committee and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The scope of the course content may include but is not limited to any or all of the required Essential Skills.
Methods of Evaluation -
Observation and assessment of the practical application of anesthetic management, surgical assistance, and patient care skills in the laboratory setting. The laboratory performance grade will be based on demonstration of technical competence, preparedness, "consciousness", and completion of essential skills. Completion of a required Essential Skill Competency Checklist based on evaluation by Standard Criteria.
Representative Text(s) -
Tighe, Monica M. and Marg Brown. Mosby's Comprehensive Review for Veterinary Technicians. 3rd ed., Mosby, 2007.
Colville, Thomas P. Review Questions and Answers for Veterinary Technicians. 4th ed., Mosby, 2009.
Bassert, Joanna M. and Dennis M. McCurnin. Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians., 7th ed., W. B. Saunders Co., 2009.

Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
 
Method of Instruction -
Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
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.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 25 to 50 pages per week.