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Veterinary (VET)

VET 1020  Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4)                                                spring
Covered in this course are the anatomy and physiology of organs and organ systems in animals. There is emphasis on basic physiology common to domestic animals; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO 2320 [Course fee: $20]

VET 1030  Animal Care and Restraint (3)                                                                  fall
This course teaches the principles of animal management which are fundamental to animal health. The student is introduced to the basics of animal behavior; handling; and restraint; feeding; housing; and disease prevention. Laboratories stress hands-on experience with the handling, restraint, physical exam, and administration of medications to common domestic species and to laboratory animals. Proficiency in performance of laboratory tasks is evaluated; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

VET 1040  Animal Diseases (4)                                                                            spring
Bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases are discussed with a review of disease prevention practices. Laboratories concentrate on diagnostic techniques including microbiology; fungal cultures and evaluations; parasitological specimen collection and processing; necropsy procedures; specimen handling; and shipping specimens to other laboratories; 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: VET 1030, BIO 2320

VET 1051  Animal Care I (1)                                                                                        fall
This course is designed to give students hands-on experience in the daily care and maintenance of farm, laboratory, and pet animals. Students are assigned times to care for the colony dogs, cats, laboratory animals, birds, sheep, horses, and dairy animals under supervision. This course is repeatable for credit; selected hours throughout the term; graded Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: None

VET 1052  Animal Care II (1)                                                                                spring
This course is designed to give students hands-on experience in the daily care and maintenance of farm, laboratory, and pet animals. Students are assigned times to care for the colony dogs, cats, laboratory animals, birds, sheep, horses, and dairy animals under supervision. This course is repeatable for credit; scheduled hours throughout the term; graded Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: VET 1051 or instructor permission

VET 1060  Laboratory Techniques (4)                                                                spring
Students learn to perform venipunctures, complete blood counts, urinalyses, serum chemistries, and supplemental hematologic evaluations on all species studied in VET 1030. Proficiency in performing tasks in the laboratories is emphasized; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: VET 1030, BIO 2320

VET 2011  Veterinary Clinical Techniques I (4)                                                        fall
Students learn the stages of anesthesia and how to induce and monitor anesthesia under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. Surgical nursing skills associated with aseptic technique and proper protocols in the surgery suite are covered. Pre- and post-op monitoring, record keeping, and client education skills are practiced. Students perform blood work, urinalysis, and fecal examination on animals that are scheduled to be anesthetized as medically indicated. Some preparatory work and patient monitoring is required outside of scheduled lab time; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: VET 1030, 1020, 1040, and 1060

VET 2012  Veterinary Clinical Techniques II (3)                                                 spring
This course provides instruction in radiography of both large and small animals. The laboratories review anesthesia while the students learn to position animals for radiographs and develop, handle, and store the films. Ancillary techniques such as dentistry procedures are also covered. Students perform blood work, urinalysis, and fecal examination on animals that are scheduled to be anesthetized as medically indicated and perform post-anesthesia monitoring. Some preparatory work and patient monitoring is required outside of scheduled lab time; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: VET 2011, 2050, and 2070

VET 2030  Animal Nutrition (2)                                                                                   fall
This course familiarizes the student with various nutrients and their metabolism. Diet formulation for common domestic and laboratory animals is covered, including species variation in nutritional requirements. The use of prescription diets for small animals is discussed. Practical information regarding client education for feeding both large and small animals is presented. Nutritional-related diseases are also discussed; 2 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHE 1020, BIO 2320, and VET 1020

VET 2040  Reproduction and Genetics (3)                                                          spring
This course provides instruction in genetics and comparative reproductive physiology of domesticated animals. Reproductive management is covered, including heat detection; determination of pregnancy; management of pregnant animals and parturition; and reproductive failure. Students gain information on how to assist veterinarians with reproductive and obstetrical procedures; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: BIO 2320 and VET 1020 and  2070

VET 2050  Applied Laboratory Methods (4)                                                              fall
Students learn medical nursing skills including bandaging, responding to medical emergencies, performing CPR, handling trauma cases, preparing animals for certain diagnostic procedures, obtaining an EKG, completing blood transfusions, and offering fluid therapy. Cytological specimens are collected and evaluated; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: VET 1020, 1040, and 1060

VET 2060  Veterinary Office Procedures (3)                                                      spring
Students review material on professionalism and interactions with clients that they have been introduced to in other courses. This course then provides additional information on interpersonal communication, professional correspondence, legal issues regarding medical records, organizing an office, financial record keeping, and OSHA compliance. Practical information on evaluating a potential job position and getting and keeping a job is presented; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing in VET program or instructor permission

VET 2070  Pharmacology and Toxicology (3)                                                         fall
Calculation of drug doses, dispensing, and administration of medications are reviewed. The metabolism of commonly-used veterinary medications and their beneficial and potential harmful effects on the body are covered. Students become familiar with common poisonous substances and plants and gain information on assisting the veterinarian in treating toxicity cases; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: VET 1020, 1040, and 1060 and CHE 1020

VET 2080  Animal Behavior (2)                                                                            spring
This course is designed to give veterinary technology students grounding in the natural behaviors of the common domestic species. Included are the neural, genetic, and endocrine bases for these behaviors. In addition, many aspects of clinical behavioral medicine also are covered. Included are patient history-taking; reviews of common behavioral problems of dogs and cats; patient evaluation; behavior modification; and drug therapy; 2 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing in VET program or instructor permission

VET 2090  Veterinary Technician National Exam Seminar (1)                         spring
This course is a comprehensive review of the core curriculum material presented in the first three semesters of the veterinary technician program. The purpose is to prepare students for standardized professional examinations, such as the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE); 2 hour of seminar each week; graded Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: VET 2030, 2050, 2070, and 2011. 

VET 2720  Veterinary Supervisor (1)                                                             fall/spring
This supervisory course is required for all veterinary technology students. This course is repeatable for credit; graded Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and two semesters of animal care

VET 2801/2802  Summer Externship/Externship Review (0/1)              summer/fall
Students are enrolled in the externship after successful completion of the first-year core curriculum. The externship consists of a summer practicum of a minimum of 300 hours. Students may attend one or more sites in order to gain the appropriate experiences. Successful completion of the externship is required for graduation. After successful completion of the summer externship, students are enrolled in the externship review seminar in the subsequent and fall term. The review is a letter-graded one credit course. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing [Course fee: $250]


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