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Effective: Summer 2015
V T 66EXOTIC ANIMAL CARE2 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: V T 54B.
Advisory: Advisory: One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26 or equivalent.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the husbandry, medical care, routine clinical procedures of rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, small rodents, birds, snakes, lizards, turtles.
  • Correctly identify the identifying characteristics and breeds of rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, small rodents, birds, snakes, lizards, turtles.
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.

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
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.

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
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.
Representative Text(s) -
Ballard, Bonnie, and Cheek, Ryan, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, Iowa: Blackwell Publishers, 2010.

Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Demonstration, Guest Speakers, interaction with live animals.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
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.