Introduction to Veterinary Technology
This course is an introductory study of various aspects of the world of veterinary medicine and the role of the veterinary technician within that world. Emphasis is placed on learning the basics of veterinary terminology, animal identification and behavior, physical exams, animal husbandry and grooming, veterinary office economics and paperwork, and the concepts of ethics and professionalism in the workplace.
Basic Concepts of Physiology and Pharmacology
This course begins the study of physiology through the exploration of cellular structure and metabolism, tissue structure and function, and the various microscopic regulatory mechanisms of the body. An introduction to pharmacokinetics is made within this context. Also covered are the functions of the various blood and immune cells, the body’s response to inflammation, and regulatory and safety aspects associated with pharmaceuticals and biologics.
Lab Animals, Exotics and Pocket Pets
This course is a study of non-traditional pets, birds and animal species commonly used in research. Students learn methods of restraint, sample collection and medication administration. Common disease processes are also studied, as well as proper nutrition and husbandry. Zoonotic disease potential is also discussed.
Small Animal Nutrition and Nursing
In this course, students learn and practice various aspects of small animal husbandry, including kennel management and sanitation, small animal nutritional requirements in health and disease, reproductive cycles and management, recognition of and response to emergency situations, preventative medicine and nursing care.
This course examines husbandry, nutrition, medicine and surgery as they relate to horses and production animals. Students develop skills in restraint, sample collection and medication administration for various large animal species. Herd-health management, preventative medicine and drug withdrawal times are areas of emphasis. The constraints of the ambulatory practice setting are also examined, particularly in the areas of surgery, emergencies and euthanasia.