Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
V T 66EXOTIC ANIMAL CARESummer 2014
2 hours lecture-laboratory.1 Unit


Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: InactiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

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

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. Designed for senior students in the Veterinary Technology Program.
Prerequisites: CHEM 30A, BIOL 41; V T 53A, 53B, 53C, 54B, 55, 56 & 60.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: ENGL 1A, 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 sample collection techniques for the 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).

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction
    1. Review of common exotc species
    2. Handling concerns with exotics
    3. Legal concerns with exotics
  2. Rabbits
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  3. Ferrets
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  4. Chinchillas
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  5. Guinea Pigs
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  6. Small rodents (Rat, mouse, gerbil)
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  7. Birds
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  8. Snakes
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  9. Lizards
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
  10. Turtles
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic life facts
    3. Relevant anatomy and physiology
      1. Integument
      2. Skeleton
      3. Digestive
      4. Respiratory
      5. Cardiovascular
      6. Urinary
      7. Reproduction
        1. Male
        2. Female
        3. Young
    4. Husbandry
      1. Housing
      2. Feeding
      3. Behavior
    5. Veterinary Care
      1. Restraint
      2. Physical exam
      3. Preventive care
      4. Clinical techniques
        1. Oral medication
        2. Injectable medications
        3. Venipuncture
        4. IV catheters
        5. Fluid therapy
        6. Common medications
        7. Anesthesia and surgery
    6. Zoonotic disease
    7. Common diseases and disorders
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written midterm exam
  2. Written final exam
  3. Practical exams
  4. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
  5. Five-page written term paper on an exotic animal topic of their choice.
  6. Written short answer essay questions.
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.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Ballard, Bonnie, and Cheek, Ryan, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, Iowa:Blackwell Publishers, 2003.

8. Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
10. Lab Content -
Laboratory activities will include demonstrations and practice with restraint and anatomy. Demonstrations will include blood draws, injections, fluid administration, and radiographic techniques.
 
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
  2. Additional readings assigned as needed to supplement course material.
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.
13. Need/Justification -
Second year elective course in exotic animal husbandry and nursing for those students working with those species. Meets the need for specific education and training related to avian and exotic species not included in the core Veterinary Technology AS Degree Program.


Course status: Inactive
Last updated: 2014-02-27 10:09:28


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines