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Effective: Summer 2015
V T 52BVETERINARY ASSISTING II5 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
5 hours lecture. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Describe the role of the Veterinary Assistant in all aspects of practical veterinary nursing. Articulate and distinguish the scope of allowable tasks and responsibilities compared to those of the Licensed Veterinary Technician.
  • Identify and explain the specific tasks, actions, and behaviors required when assisting the licensed veterinary technician or veterinarian with common clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures.
Description -
Second in a two-course series in the theory and practice of veterinary assisting focusing on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for competent paraprofessional support to the veterinarian (DVM) and to the registered veterinary technician (RVT). Prepare for an exciting career as a Veterinary Assistant by learning the essential knowledge and hands-on skills. Emphasis is on the practical aspects of front office management, working as part of the veterinary health care team, basic animal care, and fundamentals of patient management under direct supervision. Entirely on-line and may be taken as a stand-alone class or may be combined with V T 52A and VT 88A to earn a Veterinary Assisting Program Certificate of Completion.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Explain how to restrain dogs and cats for common veterinary procedures.
  2. Interpret dog and cat behavior
  3. Describe the steps taken to "room" a patient
  4. Describe the steps taken to set up common laboratory procedures in the veterinary clinic
  5. Summarize safety precautions required in a veterinary radiography setting.
  6. List routes by which common veterinary medicines are administered.
  7. Describe techniques used in general nursing care of dogs and cats.
  8. Explain the principles of wound care and bandaging.
  9. Summarize principles of aseptic technique in surgical nursing.
  10. Give examples of methods used to disinfect and sterilize surgical instruments and supplies.
  11. Describe procedures for preparing the surgical site and surgical team.
  12. Understand veterinary medical terminology and be able to apply it to different organ systems and clinical procedures.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Multimedia capable computer and access to the Internet.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Animal restraint
    1. Manual restraint techniques
      1. Dog
      2. Cat
    2. Manual restraint for common clinical procedures
      1. General examination
      2. Blood Collection
      3. Urine Collection
      4. Medicating by all routes
    3. Restraint devices
      1. Collars and leashes
      2. Muzzles
      3. Restraint Bags
      4. Towel restraint
      5. Gloves
      6. Capture net
      7. Capture pole
  2. Interpret dog and cat behavior
    1. Assess temperament by reading visual cues
    2. Describe how to apply psychological restraint
  3. Describe the steps taken to "room" a patient
    1. Collect data from client (pet owner)
    2. Collect data from patient (dog or cat)
    3. Interpret normal and abnormal findings
  4. Describe the steps taken to set up common laboratory procedures in the veterinary clinic
    1. List supplies needed for testing blood, urine, feces.
    2. Describe how to prepare an ear swab
    3. Discuss safety protocols in the veterinary laboratory
  5. Summarize safety precautions required in a veterinary radiography setting.
    1. explain how an x-ray machine works
    2. identify all personal protective equipment necessary in taking radiographs
    3. list steps taken in cleaning equipment
  6. List routes by which common veterinary medicines are administered.
    1. safety
    2. enteral vs parenteral
      1. subcutaneous injections
      2. intramuscular injections
      3. giving oral medications
    3. different topical routes (ophthalmic, aural, skin, rectally)
    4. documentation
  7. Describe techniques used in general nursing care of dogs and cats
    1. provide for the physical needs of hospitalized dogs and cats
    2. provide for the psychological needs of hospitalized dogs and cats
    3. monitor level of consciousness, weight, body temperature,pulse, respiration and urine production of hospitalized cats and dogs.
    4. recognize the signs of pain in dogs and cats
    5. documentation/recording of patient care
  8. Explain the principles of wound care and bandaging
    1. List the steps in immediate wound care.
    2. beneficial effects of bandaging.
    3. specific types of bandages and layers.
    4. discharge instructions for bandaging.
  9. Surgical nursing
    1. rules of aseptic technique
      1. consequences of contamination
    2. operating room conduct
      1. roles of surgical team members
      2. sterile zone
  10. Give examples of methods used to disinfect and sterilize surgical instruments and supplies.
    1. Surgical instrument identification
    2. Rules and types of sterilization
      1. autoclave
      2. gas sterilization
      3. high level disinfection
    3. Surgical packs
    4. cleaning the surgical suite
    5. cleaning and preparing surgical linens
  11. Describe procedures for preparing the surgical site and surgical team.
    1. Hair removal and skin prep
    2. assist surgical team in gowning and gloving
    3. legal parameters surrounding anesthesia in a veterinary hospital
L.Understand veterinary medical terminology and be able to apply it to different organ systems and clinical procedures.
  1. cardiovascular system terminology
  2. respiratory system
  3. gastrointestinal system
  4. genitourinary system
  5. special senses
  6. immune system
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods may include but are not limited to:
Written quizzes and examinations; written assignments and projects; participation in class discussion forums.
Representative Text(s) -
Pattengale, Paula Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant. 2nd ed., Wiley, John and Sons, Inc. 2014.
Mc Bride, Douglass F. Learning Veterinary Terminology. 2nd ed., Mosby, 2001.

Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
 
Method of Instruction -
Methods may include but are not limited to:
Lecture, Self-paced, Electronic discussions/chat, Online Course Modules.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Weekly reading assignments from online modules, text, Internet resources, and other outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week. Written assignments, participation in online forum discussions.