Veterinary Technology Course Descriptions

VETT 1113 Introduction to Veterinary Technology - 2hrs
This course will introduce the student to the field of Veterinary Technology.  The history of veterinary medicine, the origin of veterinary technology, advancements in the field, and laws and ethics will be discussed.  During the second portion of this course, the student will learn the groups of dogs, the common breeds of dogs and cats, behaviors, genetic predispositions to diseases, and choosing a pet.  Designed for the beginning veterinary technology student as a required course, but is also open for any student interested in the field of Veterinary Technology.  Fall Semester.  Open to all students.  

VETT 1115 Clinical Techniques - 3hrs

Students in the Veterinary Technology Program will be introduced to the basic restraint and handling techniques of dogs and cats.  Students will learn about animal behavior and the human-animal bond; as well as animal and human communication.  Introductory techniques will be taught and performed, as well as providing the students with hands-on instruction with program animals.  Nutrition, basic grooming, hospital design, and practice management will also be addressed.  Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week.  Fall Semester.  PR:  Admission to the VT Program.

VETT 1116 Clinical Procedures - 5hrs
The students will study and apply radiographic procedures, basic bandaging and external fixation techniques, surgical nursing, instrument and equipment care, and application of veterinary anesthesiology. The pharmacology of veterinary pre-anesthetics and anesthetics will be covered. Necropsy and tissue sampling techniques will be discussed. Three hours lecture and two two-hour labs each week. Spring Semester.  PR: VETT- 1115, 1130, ALLH 1100, BIO or VETT 1170. 

VETT 1122 Veterinary Pharmacology - 3hrs
Drug laws and regulations are reviewed. The principles, simplified chemistry, and basic concepts of pharmacology are covered. The more common drugs and their variations among species are presented. A survey of the biochemistry of metabolism and the role of nutrition in disease treatment is covered. Three hours lecture per week. Spring Semester.  PR: VETT-  1115, ALLH 1100, VETT or BIO 1170. 

VETT 1130 Animal Parasitology - 3hrs
The life cycle, pathologies and management control techniques of the parasites of the common domestic animals will be studied. External as well as internal parasites will be presented.  The laboratory techniques for diagnosing these parasites will be practiced. Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week.  Fall Semester.  VT Majors only. 

VETT 1170 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology - 4hrs
This course is designed to familiarize students enrolled in Veterinary Technology with the architecture of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems in the functional animal body. Using the canine, equine, and bovine species as models, students will study, in detail, the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, excretory, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems with emphasis on comparative structures and clinical significance of each body system. This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Veterinary Technology Program. It will not count toward any degree in Biology. Three house lecture and one-two hour lab per week. PR: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program or Instructor permission.

VETT 1181 Pleasure Horse Management - 2hrs

This course will cover all aspects of pleasure horse care and handling.  Students will form an appreciation of the complexities of horse ownership, and the respoinsibilities of maintaining a healthy animal.  Topics will include an overview of common breeds, nutrition, transport, health and care issues, and breeding.  Spring Semester.  Open to all students.

VETT 1182 Small Animal Nutrition - 2hrs

Introductory course providing identification and function of nutrients, understanding pet food labels, and applications for wellness, life stage and therapeutic (prescription foods) for dogs and cats.  The couse will be a synchronous, interactice internet course with simultaneous audio in the classroom.  PR:  BIO or VETT 1170
VETT 2210 Laboratory Animal Techniques - 3hrs
The students will study the care, handling and restraint of common laboratory animals. The taxonomy of vertebrate animals is reviewed. Exotics, birds, reptiles, and wildlife will also be covered.  Successful completion will prepare the student to take the ALAT certification examination by he AALAS. Two- hour lecture and two-hours of lab per week. Spring Semester.  Open to all students.

VETT 2212 Health Management of Farm Animals - 4hrs
The students will study the care, handling and disease prevention of farm animals. They will practice restraint and medication techniques. Interstate regulations and shipping documents will be reviewed. The common domestic breeds of the cow, horse, pig, sheep, and goat will be studied. Several field trips will be included. One-hour lecture and two, two-hour labs per week. Fall Semester.  PR: VETT 2271

VETT 2217 Clinical Laboratory Procedures - 4hrs
The students will study the theory and practice the laboratory techniques for complete blood analysis and urinalysis as related to clinical veterinary medicine.  Vaginal cytology, biopsies, tissue handling, and histology also covered.  Two hours lecture and four hours of lab per week.  Fall Semester.  PR: VETT 2271.

VETT 2222 Diseases of Domestic Animals - 4hrs
The body's normal defense systems and their responses to pathology will be presented. Infectious, hormonal, traumatic, and toxicological diseases of domestic animals will be covered. Four hours lecture per week.  Fall Semester  PR: VETT 2271.

VETT 2271 Veterinary Preceptorship I - 4hrs
The student spends 160 hours working with a veterinarian for one summer term. The student will have the opportunity to function as a member of the veterinary staff. The student will be able to apply techniques learned in the classroom. PR: VT Majors.

VETT 2272 Veterinary Preceptorship II -12hrs
The student spends 300 hours in the spring semester working with a veterinarian. The student is expected of function as a full member of the veterinary staff. The student is expected to be able to learn and/or develop variations in techniques learned in the classroom. PR:  VT Majors. 

VETT 2299 Special Topics - 1-12 hrs                                                                                               
This course will provide an opportunity for students to further their study of priciples and concepts in the field and to apply their knowledge in a variety of applications both in the traditional classroom setting and in work/job related experiences.  The class will be an individualized, arranged course, with learning outcomes determined by the instructor.  PR:  VT Majors.

VETT 2295 - Seminar for Veterinary Technicians - 2hrs                                                                       
This course is concurrent and interrelated with VETT 2272.  It is designed to correlate the academic and applied techniques learned by the technician student.  Variations in techniques will be compared; advanced techniques may be presented.  Each student will be required to prepare a resume, and write and present a scientific research paper to complete the course requirements.  PR:  VT Majors.  Capstone Course.

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