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 Course Title:   Veterinary Assistant Practicum II

 Title Abbreviation:   VET ASST PRACTICUM II

 Department:    VETA

 Course #:    113

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Continuation of VETA 110. Focuses on normal canine, feline, equine and avian behavior. Apply principles of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement methods for animal training. Topics include causes of behavioral problems in companion animals, stages of development in young animals, socialization methods, crate training, and elimination training methods for dogs and cats.


Prerequisite: VETA 110

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  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the history of animal training.
  2. Interpret normal canine, feline, equine, and avian behavior.
  3. Recognize signs of stress, fear, and pain in animals.
  4. Describe the importance of environmental enrichment for companion, farm, laboratory and zoo animals.
  5. Compare and contrast training methods for selected species.
  6. Define operant conditioning and apply its principles to animal training.
  7. Describe the stages of development for dogs, cats, and horses.
  8. Select and use training equipment and supplies.
  9. Describe appropriate correction methods for selected species.
  10. Describe socialization methods for young animals.
  11. Describe and demonstrate crate-training methods for dogs.
  12. Describe elimination-training methods for dogs and cats.
  13. Describe common behavioral problems in selected species.
  14. Identify careers in the animal behavior field.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.

Course Contents

  1. History of animal training.
  2. Normal animal behaviors.
  3. Signs of stress, fear and pain.
  4. Environmental enrichment.
  5. Animal training methods.
  6. Stages of development.
  7. Socialization methods.
  8. Crate training.
  9. Elimination training.
  10. Common behavioral problems.
  11. Animal behavior careers.