Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
V T 66EXOTIC ANIMAL CARESummer 2015
2 hours lecture.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 2/25/09;4/26/10;10/27/14

1. Description -
Basic understanding of the care, husbandry, clinical procedures, and medical concerns of rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, small rodents, birds, snakes, lizards, turtles. Emphasis on clinically relevant materials and activities. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.
Prerequisites: V T 54B.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26 or equivalent.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Understand and explain the husbandry needs of the exotic species.
  2. Understand and demonstrate the proper handling and restraint techniques for these species.
  3. Understand the basic medical concerns (diseases and disorders) of the exotic species.
  4. Understand and demonstrate the proper grooming, sample collection techniques and nursing care for the exotic species.
  5. Understand behavior for these exotic species
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Lecture room and laboratory with high-quality overhead projector, instructor's computer with internet access, video microscope, visualizer, microscopes, cytologic microscope slides, anatomy and physiology models, appropriate medical equipment (needles, syringes, blood collection tubes, swabs, radiographic equipment),nail trimmers, dremmel, quick stop, various size towels.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Understand and explain the husbandry needs of the exotic species.
    1. Psittacines and passerines
    2. Reptiles
    3. Chelonians
    4. Mammals
  2. Understand and demonstrate the proper handling and restraint techniques for these species.
    1. Psittacines and passerines
    2. Reptiles
    3. Chelonians
    4. Mammals
  3. Understand the basic medical concerns (diseases and disorders) of the exotic species.
    1. Psittacines and passerines
    2. Reptiles
    3. Chelonians
    4. Mammals
  4. Understand and demonstrate the proper grooming, sample collection techniques and nursing care for the exotic species.
    1. Psittacines and passerines
    2. Reptiles
    3. Chelonians
    4. Mammals
  5. Understand behavior for these exotic species
    1. Psittacines and passerines
    2. Reptiles
    3. Chelonians
    4. Mammals
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
May include but are not limited to:
  1. Written midterm exam
  2. Written final exam
  3. Practical exams
  4. Written term paper on proper husbandry, cage set up and temperature for assigned animals.
  5. Written short answer essay questions.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Ballard, Bonnie, and Cheek, Ryan, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, Iowa: Blackwell Publishers, 2010.

8. Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Demonstration, Guest Speakers, interaction with live animals.
 
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading assignments in the text and supplemental materials/articles.
  2. Research into proper husbandry for each species group covered.
  3. Research into proper nutritional needs for various species.
  4. Preparation of a client education document for select species.
13. Need/Justification -
Second year course in exotic animal husbandry and nursing. Meets the need for specific education and training related to avian and exotic species as part of the Veterinary Technology AS Degree Program.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:44:47


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines