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VETS

VETS 115 MEDICAL MATHEMATICS FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS

This course is designed to present the broad spectrum of information commonly referred to as posology, which is defined as the study of dosage in the field of applied pharmacology. This broad spectrum ranges from basic mathematics, elementary algebra, measurements, drug orders, and dose calculations to other calculations. The goal of this course is that each student be confident and capable of calculating correct drug doses regardless of the physical form of the medication.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Veterinary Science program

(1: 1, 0)

VETS 120 INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY SCIENCE

Students are introduced to the terminology and basic scientific concepts necessary for subsequent courses in the Veterinary Science program. Topics include the behavior, biology, and use of certain animal species in veterinary and laboratory animal sciences; pharmacology; diseases in animals; sanitation and contamination control; and the role of the technician in various types of professional practices.

Prerequisite: None

(3: 3, 0) Fall

VETS 130 INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL CARE

This is a required basic course for all students in the Veterinary Science Technology program and is designed to give students "hands-on" experience prior to beginning the Veterinary Science Internship requirement (VETS 200). The laboratories emphasize the techniques and equipment which may be used for animal care and restraint and allow students to become comfortable handling various species. An introduction to veterinary nursing procedures which may be applied in a veterinary practice are also presented. Additional morning and afternoon hours are scheduled outside of class to provide required care of companion and farm animals housed at the College facilities. Lectures introduce students to faculty, staff, facilities, kennel and farm procedures, e-mail, library information systems, posology, nutrition, OSHA and radiation safety standards, study skills, and other topics as deemed necessary.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Veterinary Science program or permission of the instructor

(2: 1, 3)

VETS 140 ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

This course provides students in the Veterinary Science Technology program with a basic knowledge of the structural and functional characteristics of the animal body. Instruction is provided through a lecture and laboratory systemic study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Lectures and laboratory exercises emphasize an understanding of and appreciation for the organized body and the relationship of its various parts including cells, tissues, organs, and body systems. Microscopic examination of histological slides and use of computer software are employed for the study of tissues and organs. Examination of skeletons, models, prosected canine and feline cadavers, and other preserved specimens is used to study gross anatomical structures. Comparative aspects of other species, including an introduction to avian and reptilian anatomy and physiology, are included. Lecture and laboratory discussions begin the development of and require an understanding and use of anatomical and medical terminology. Lectures and laboratories include discussion and utilization of relevant clinical topics and materials. This course provides the basis and foundation upon which all of the subsequent technical courses are built.

Prerequisite: High school biology and chemistry and enrollment in the Veterinary Science program

(4: 3, 3)

VETS 160 INTRODUCTORY RESEARCH ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY

The principles relating to the breeding and use of research animals are introduced. Humane care, ethics, and husbandry practices are also covered. Techniques involving clinical observation and biomethodology along with an introduction to asepsis and surgical technique are practiced in the laboratory.

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130 (may also be taken concurrently), VETS 140, and enrollment in the Veterinary Science program or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 130 (if not taken as a prerequisite)

(4: 3, 3) Spring

VETS 171 PARASITOLOGY

This lecture, recitation, and laboratory course introduces students to the study of parasitology. The course covers life cycles, pathogenesis, identification, and control of the common parasites of domestic animals. Prerequisites: VETS 120 and VETS 140 or permission of the instructor. (3: 2, 3)

VETS 180 CLINICAL PHYSIOLOGY

This lecture course expands upon the basic principles of physiology presented in Animal Anatomy and Physiology (VETS 140) and acts as a bridge to subsequent courses. Selected clinical problems and diseases are presented to stimulate the student technician's understanding and application of physiological concepts. Prerequisites: VETS 120, VETS 130 (may also be taken concurrently), and VETS 140 or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 130 (if not taken as a prerequisite)

(2: 2, 0)

VETS 196 EQUINE CARE AND MANAGEMENT

This is an elective course designed to further describe multiple aspects of Equine Science. The emphasis shall be on the technician's role as it relates in either a mixed animal practice or an exclusively equine practice.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Science program and permission of the instructor

(2: 1, 2)

VETS 200 INTERNSHIP AND APPLIED SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE

The internship portion of this course exposes students to the daily activities which may be encountered in a veterinary practice, animal research facility, or other allied animal health facility. A minimum of 120 hours of participation in a position relating to the veterinary technology field in a faculty-approved facility is required.

Required attendance at at least 8 hours of Continuing Education and participation in "public service" activities are included to emphasize the importance of these events to maintain technical skills and promote the role of veterinary technicians in the veterinary medical field. These activities also encourage students to communicate in a professional setting with graduate technicians, potential employers, and the public.

The applied supervisory experience gives students practice acting in the role of a "supervisor," assisting students in the Introduction to Animal Care course with required care of the animals housed in the dog and cat wards of Farnsworth Hall and performing any required treatments prescribed by the attending veterinarian. Students evaluate the daily animal health, use records from the dog and cat wards, and transcribe pertinent clinical information to computerized files using a management software program.

Prerequisites: VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 160, VETS 171, VETS 180, and 2nd-year status in the Veterinary Science program or permission of the instructor

(1: 0, 30)

VETS 205 CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (LECTURE)

This course deals with the examination of blood, urine, feces, exudates, and cells for diagnostic and prognostic purposes in veterinary practice. Lectures cover the theories on which the tests are based and the relevance of laboratory results to the evaluation of animal health.

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 171, VETS 180, BIOL 230, and CHEM 120 or CHEM 180 or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 210 or permission of the instructor

(3: 3, 0)

VETS 210 CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (LABORATORY)

This course deals with the skills necessary to provide veterinarians and researchers with accurate information on clinical laboratory specimens. These specimens include blood, plasma, cells, urine, and feces.

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 171, VETS 180, BIOL 230, and CHEM 120 or CHEM 180 or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 205 or permission of the instructor

(2: 0, 4)

VETS 211 HUMANE SOCIETY-PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE AND NURSING SKILLS

This is an elective practical experience course providing an additional opportunity to develop skills in the areas of preventative medicine and nursing, including safety, restraint, specimen collection, and laboratory and nursing procedures. The course is offered in cooperation with the Humane Society of Central Delaware County. Students must provide their own transportation. Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations are highly recommended.

Prerequisites: Completion of VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 171, VETS 180 and VETS 210 with a grade of C+ or higher and/or permission of the instructor

(1: 0, 3)

VETS 220 APPLIED RESEARCH ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY

This is an elective lecture/laboratory course in advanced research animal techniques. Gnotobiotic methods, SPF facility operations, quality control procedures, experimental design, personnel and colony management, practical application of experimental methodology, computerized data analysis, and technical document preparation are among the topics presented.

Prerequisites: VETS 160 with a grade of C+ or higher, VETS 180, VETS 205, and VETS 210 or permission of the instructor (latter two courses may be taken concurrently)

Corequisites: VETS 205 and VETS 210 (if not taken as prerequisites)

(4: 3, 4) Fall

VETS 221 BREEDING COLONY MANAGEMENT

This course incorporates the concepts of genetics, breeding regimes, and husbandry covered in Introductory Research Animals Technology. Through a "hands-on" approach, students participate in a project to fill the needs of the Veterinary Science program for rats and guinea pigs. The class provides for students to learn the newest techniques in barrier husbandry, microchip identification, aseptic preparation of materials along with computerized records and tracking systems. Problem solving, forecasting needs, and planning for goals in raising and maintaining animals in the Specific Pathogen-Free Hygienic State are practiced.

Prerequisites: VETS 160 with a grade of C+ or higher and permission of the instructor

(4: 3, 3) Spring

VETS 230 FARM ANIMAL NURSING (LECTURE)

This lecture course familiarizes students with the practical aspects of veterinary nursing as they apply to farm animal species.

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 171, VETS 180, and BIOL 230 or permission of the instructor.

Corequisite: VETS 235 or permission of the instructor

(3: 3, 0)

VETS 235 FARM ANIMAL NURSING (LABORATORY)

This course familiarizes students with proper handling and medication of farm animal species. (Fee)

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 171, VETS 180, and BIOL 230 or permission of the instructor
Corequisite: VETS 230 or permission of the instructor

(1: 0, 3)

VETS 238 SURGICAL NURSING AND ANESTHESIA (LECTURE)

This lecture course presents the components and monitoring of general anesthesia, use of anesthetic agents and monitoring devices, anesthetic drug calculations, fluid therapy, aseptic technique, surgical assisting, common small animal surgical procedures, and care of the small animal surgical patient in and around the anesthetic period.

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 160, VETS 171, VETS 180, and BIOL 230 or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 239

(3: 3, 0)

VETS 239 SURGICAL NURSING AND ANESTHESIA (LABORATORY)

This laboratory course presents components and monitoring of general anesthesia, use of anesthetic agents and monitoring devices, anesthetic drug calculations, components and delivery of fluid therapy, use of aseptic technique, surgical assisting, and care of the small animal surgical patient. The dog and cat are utilized in the laboratory to gain experience in the administration and monitoring of general anesthesia, venipuncture skills, intravenous catheterization, dentistry techniques, and aseptic surgery.

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 160, VETS 171, VETS 180, and BIOL 230 or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 238

(1: 0, 3)

VETS 241 ADVANCED SURGICAL NURSING TECHNIQUES

This elective course is designed to afford students the opportunity to enhance the skills and techniques learned in Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia.

Prerequisite: A grade of C+ or higher in VETS 238 and VETS 239 or permission of the instructor

(1: 0, 3)

VETS 242 COMPANION ANIMAL DENTISTRY

This hands-on laboratory course is designed to enhance the student's knowledge and skills in veterinary dentistry acquired in the Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia course. Also, the student will gain experience in dealing with clientele, through the use of outside animals. Common dental abnormalities will be discussed as they are encountered in the animals examined and treated in each laboratory session.

Prerequisites: VETS 238 and VETS 239 or permission of the instructor

(1: 0, 3)

VETS 245 RADIOGRAPHY

Radiographic evaluation of veterinary patients is an indispensable component in the diagnosis, monitoring, and prognosis of numerous animal diseases and injuries including various fractures of bones. Radiography is the recording on a special film of an image consisting of shadows formed by structures and objects in the path of the x-ray beam. This lecture and laboratory course prepares students to position animals for x-ray exposures of various parts of the body, process the exposed film in the dark room, and evaluate the results. The primary goal is to produce radiographs of diagnostic quality on the first attempt. The end product of these efforts, the radiograph, can be considered a piece of artwork in which the technician can take pride.

Topics covered in both lecture and laboratory include the physics of x-ray photon production, film response and processing, radiation safety, positioning and exposure of animals, radiographic technique evaluation, and use of contrast media.

The use of diagnostic ultrasonography in veterinary medicine has become widespread; many primary care veterinary practices are now equipped to perform this diagnostic procedure. The use of ultrasonography in conjunction with radiography provides excellent diagnostic imaging. Students in this course will learn the principles of ultrasonography and gains hands-on experience with the equipment involved.

Prerequisites: VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, and VETS 180 or permission of the instructor

(2: 1, 3)

VETS 250 VETERINARY CLINICAL MANAGEMENT

This is a business management course for Veterinary Science Technology students. It includes such topics as record keeping, time and stress management, receptionist duties and dealing with difficult clients, both clinical and personal finance, the human-animal bond, death and dying, career goals, résumé writing, and interviews. State and federal laws are also discussed regarding the veterinary profession, sexual harassment, Right to Know, O.S.H.A., prescription and O.T.C. drugs, and various other legal forms and paperwork necessary in dealing with employees, employers, and clients.

Prerequisites: VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, and VETS 200 (may also be taken concurrently) or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 200 (if not taken as a prerequisite)

(3: 2; 2) Spring

VETS 255 VETERINARY MEDICAL NURSING

This lecture course covers pharmacology, vaccination protocols, and common disease processes affecting companion animals.

Prerequisites: VETS 115, VETS 120, VETS 130, VETS 140, VETS 160, VETS 171, VETS 180, VETS 200 (may also be taken concurrently), BIOL 230, and CHEM 120 or CHEM 180 or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 200 (if not taken as a prerequisite)

(3: 3, 0) Spring

VETS 270 APPLIED CLINICAL NUTRITION

This is an elective course designed to introduce students to applied clinical nutrition. The course covers basic nutrition for both ruminant and simple stomach animals. Students learn how nutrition affects the animal patient and causes or impacts animal conditions. The laboratories and recitation periods are used to instruct students how to calculate animal nutrient requirements and feeding programs. Guest speakers from pet food companies and other nutritional professionals will be invited to address students.

Prerequisite: VETS 140

(3: 2, 2) Fall

VETS 280 APPLIED PRIMATOLOGY

This elective course provides an introduction to the biology, husbandry, and health care of non-human primates used in biomedical research. Students receive hands-on experience in catching and restraining monkeys, administering drugs and compounds, and collecting samples from them. The necessary skills in handling Old World monkeys in a laboratory setting are reviewed.

Prerequisites: Lab Animal option, VETS 130, VETS 160, and/or permission of the instructor

(2: 1.5, 2)

VETS 281 PRIMATOLOGY II

This elective course assumes that students have skills and knowledge gained from Applied Primatology and wish to build upon them by continuing to work with the monkeys in the Farnsworth Hall colony. Much of the time is spent in the colony working in the areas of husbandry, health care, environmental enrichment, promotion of psychological well being, and bio-methodology with lab monkeys in single-caging, pair-caging, and gang-caging situations. Record keeping, behavioral observations, literature reviews, and report writing are involved in this course.

Prerequisites: Lab Animal option, VETS 280 (may also be taken concurrently), and/or permission of the instructor

Corequisite: VETS 280 (if not taken as prerequisite)

(2: 1, 2)

VETS 290 SPECIAL PROBLEMS

Students learn through completion of a selected project. This elective course includes individualized study in veterinary science under supervision of a faculty member.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

(1-3: 1-3, 0)

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