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 Course Title:   Introduction to Veterinary Technology

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO/VETERINARY TECHNOL

 Department:    VETA

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013


 Course Description  

Introduction to the veterinary assistant profession. Learn about the history of veterinary technology, career opportunities, education requirements and the role and responsibilities of the veterinary assistant as part of the veterinary health team. WA State laws, regulations and medical ethics that govern veterinary operations and their employees will be discussed. Overview of husbandry terms for selected species including breed identification.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 11

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Start developing a basic knowledge of veterinary medical terminology.
  2. Have a brief overview of physical requirements and risks involved in restraint and handling animals.
  3. Explore the role of the Veterinary Assistant as a member of the veterinary health team.
  4. Identify and differentiate between levels of responsibility and tasks performed of the veterinary team.
  5. Understand the level of supervision required to perform various tasks.
  6. Explore animal welfare and rights groups, and wildlife rehab and welfare.
  7. Discuss the assistantís responsibility to animals, veterinarians, clients, staff, and colleagues.
  8. Identify tasks legally performed by assistants, technicians, and veterinarians.
  9. Explore education requirements for licensure and specializations.
  10. Gain an understanding of veterinary medical ethics.
  11. Explore employment opportunities, salary and benefits.
  12. Apply principles of professional attitude and image to the veterinary climate.
  13. Explore employability skills.
  14. Identify selected veterinary species and breeds.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.2 Identify the strengths and limitations of different fields of study.

Course Contents

  1. Basic knowledge of veterinary medical terminology.
  2. Physical requirements and risks involved in restraint and handling animals.
  3. Role of the Veterinary Assistant as a member of the veterinary health team.
  4. Levels of responsibility and tasks performed of the veterinary team.
  5. Level of supervision required to perform various tasks.
  6. Animal welfare and rights groups, and wildlife rehab and welfare.
  7. Assistantís responsibility to animals, veterinarians, clients, staff, and colleagues.
  8. Tasks legally performed by assistants, technicians, and veterinarians.
  9. Education requirements for licensure and specializations.
  10. Veterinary medical ethics.
  11. Employment opportunities, salary and benefits.
  12. Principles of professional attitude and image to the veterinary climate.
  13. Employability skills.
  14. Selected veterinary species and breeds.