|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Relate their personal practical clinical experience with the associated knowledge from the related didactic portion of the course.
- Acquire experience and demonstrate entry-level competence in essential tasks commonly delegated to the Veterinary Assistant. Complete a checklist of Essential Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant.
|Description - |
|Formal, structured off-campus clinical experience in licensed veterinary facilities, which serve as a means of instructing the student in practical, hands-on, clinical skills in all aspects of veterinary assisting. The student is under the direct supervision of one or more licensed veterinarians and/or credentialed veterinary technicians. The site of the preceptorship is approved by the veterinary technology program in consultation with the student and the veterinary professionals Opportunity for learning and practical application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a veterinary assistant. Exposure to varied methodologies and practice philosophies in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is on the role of the veterinary assistant in the veterinary health care team.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
demonstrate entry level competency in performing the Essential Tasks for Veterinary Assistants as specified by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.
- describe the role of the Veterinary Assistant in the veterinary health care team.
- demonstrate all aspects of a good work ethic.
- recognize and describe appropriate standards of practice in a veterinary facility.
- keep written records of skills performance and create written progress reports.
- demonstrate effective verbal and written communication using proper medical vocabulary.
- integrate effectively into the veterinary health care team.
- apply theory and principle to the practical clinical setting.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Proper clinical attire, name tag; additional as required by individual sites. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
|The student will receive structured clinical skills instruction by licensed veterinarians and/or credentialed veterinary technicians in a private veterinary practice or research site. The preceptor site supervisor is provided with the Essential Tasks for Veterinary Assistants as specified by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators Committee and program-specific competency checklists as guidelines for the accomplishment of clinical skills performance objectives. Emphasis will be on skill development and hands-on experience in the following areas: |
- Office and Hospital Procedures and Client Relations
- Pharmacy and Pharmacology
- Examination and Treatment Room Procedures
- Surgical Preparation and Assisting
- Animal Medical and Surgical Nursing
- Clinical Laboratory Procedures
- Assisting in Radiology and Ultrasound Imaging
- Laboratory Animal Procedures, Avian and Exotic Animal Procedures (where available)
- Hospital Maintenance
- Workplace Safety
|Methods of Evaluation - |
|Completion of a set of Clinical Skills Competency Checklists and written evaluation by a licensed veterinarian or veterinary technician. |
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Pattengale, Paula Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant. 2nd ed., Wiley, John and Sons, Inc. 2009. |
Mc Bride, Douglass F. Learning Veterinary Terminology. 2nd ed., Mosby, 2001.
|Disciplines - |
|Veterinary Technology |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lab Content - |
|Clinical Preceptorship in a veterinary facility under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian or veterinary technician. Practice clinical skills under direct supervision and complete a set of Clinical Skills Competency Checklists and projects. Verbal and written evaluations by the clinical supervisor. |
|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. |