Programs of Study

Veterinary Technology


Course No. Course Title Credits
     
VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology/ Clinical Management 1
     
This course focuses on the duties and responsibilities of veterinary technicians as well as job opportunities in the field of veterinary technology.  The human-animal bond and ethical issues are introduced to the student.  This course provides students with the basic understanding of operations in a clinical setting in addition to office and managerial duties of technicians such as scheduling, ordering, inventory control, teamwork dynamics, and compassion fatigue.  Students are required to attend an OSHA training in order to complete clinical assignments (a certificate will be granted upon completion).  Students may be required to participate in activities of the Johnson College Animal Care Center to gain hands on experience to enhance the course material.
VET 102 Clinical Applications for Large Animals 2
This course introduces students to large animals (horses, cows, goats, sheep, and pigs).  Students will learn about restraint and handling of large animals with an emphasis on safety.  Material covered will include basic nursing care (medicating, physical exams, sample collection, as well as other routine procedures).  Students will familiarize themselves with the large animal setting (farms/barns) in addition to various tools and techniques found in large animal medicine.
Kennel rotations are associated with this course requiring weekend animal rotations.
VET 102L Clinical Applications for Large Animals Lab 2
This lab class provides students with hands-on experience with various large animal species. Animals will vary with availability. Tetanus and rabies inoculation are required and documentation must be provided.
Kennel rotations are associated with this course requiring weekend animal rotations.
VET 103 Clinical Applications for Small Animals 2
This course provides information on skills needed to work in a clinical setting.  Emphasis will be on safety, handling and restraint techniques, general patient care and assessment, and medicating small animals.  The course will also concentrate on rabbits, rats, mice and guinea pigs. Lab animal rotations are associated with this course requiring weekend animal rotations.
     
VET 103L Clinical Applications for Small Animals Lab 1
This lab class provides students with hands-on experience with canine, feline, and various lab animal species (rabbits, mice, rats, and guinea pigs). Animals will vary with availability. Tetanus and rabies inoculation are required and documentation must be provided.  Lab animal rotations are associated with this course requiring weekend animal rotations.
     
VET 104 Animal Anatomy and Physiology I 3
This course places an emphasis on cellular anatomy and morphology, principles of histology, and microscopic anatomy of tissues. Genetics, cellular reproduction, anatomy & physiology of blood, skeletal and muscle systems will be included in this course noting specific differences between species and emphasizing clinical use. Proper terminology is utilized to describe the major organs of each system, their location and functions.
     
VET 104L Animal Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
This lab course emphasizes the proper use of microscopes as well as safety in the lab.  Topics will include cell morphology and histology.  The skeletal system will also be covered.
VET 105 Animal Anatomy and Physiology II 3
This course is a study of the anatomical and physiological systems of animals that may be encountered by the veterinary technician.  It provides exposure to major anatomical and physiological systems, noting specific differences between species and emphasizing clinical use.  Proper terminology is utilized to describe the major organs of each system, as well as their locations, and functions.  The course will cover the following systems:  nervous, integument, special senses, cardiac, respiratory, immune, alimentary, endocrine, urinary, and reproduction as well as basic avian anatomy and physiology.   Prerequisites: VET 101, VET 104
VET 105L Animal Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
This lab course emphasizes anatomical study through the dissection of the cat.  To help the student understand species variation, other organs will be used in the lab. Prerequisites: VET 104L
     
VET 106 Animal Husbandry/Breeds/Nutrition 2
This course introduces students to the basic care and management of common companion and farm animals as well as breeding. Various breeds of each species are highlighted as well as basic nutritional requirements.  Reptile and avian species, husbandry and reproduction are covered as well.  Students may be required to participate in activities of the wellness center to gain hands-on experience to enhance the course material.  Prerequisite:  VET 101
VET 201 Pharmacology & Anesthesia 3
This course is the study of the theory and application of pharmacology.  Classifications of drugs and their usage, with specific information on mechanism of action, side effects, and dosing will be discussed.  Students will be exposed to drug calculations and be expected to prepare and administer medications.  This course covers dispensing medication and client instruction on how to give medications as well as educate clients on adverse reactions to medications. Prerequisites: VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L, VET 104, VET 104L, VET 105, VET 105L
VET 202 Clinical Pathology 2
This course is designed to familiarize the student with diagnostic laboratory procedures commonly performed in the veterinary field.  Discussion includes clinical chemistry, veterinary hematology, urology and cytology.  In addition, sample collection and handling is covered along with instrumentation and equipment maintenance.  Prerequisites:  VET 101, VET 104, VET 104L, VET 105, VET 105L, CHE 101
     
VET 202L Clinical Pathology Lab 1
This lab is designed to enhance and reinforce lecture and/or demonstrations by allowing students the opportunity to practice a variety of laboratory tests common to veterinary medicine.  Students will perform hematological analyses, clinical chemistries, and urinalysis in addition to ear and skin cytology.  Prerequisites: VET 101, VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L,VET 105, VET 105L, CHE 101
     
VET 203 Parasitology 2
This course is the study of common internal and external parasites found in domestic and food animals.  The characteristics, methods of transmission, life cycle and clinical signs commonly seen in animals will be studied including a review of safety concerns when dealing with these samples.  Prerequisites: VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L, VET 105, VET 105L, VET 106
     
VET 203L Parasitology Lab 1
This course allows students to practice sample collection, preparation and evaluation of samples for parasitologic examination.  Laboratory sessions will include techniques for identifying intestinal, blood and external parasites.  Prerequisite: VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L, VET 105, VET 105L, VET 106
     
VET 204 Clinical Rotation I 1
Each student will be assigned to specific areas within the Johnson College Animal Care Center.  Areas will include radiology, lab, kennel, reception, pharmacy, and examination rooms, as well as other areas within the facility.  Students will work alongside a licensed technician to hone skills learned in lecture and in labs.  Prerequisite:  Students must have successfully completed all first year courses before clinical rotations can be taken.  Students must have successfully completed all first year courses before clinical rotations may be taken.
VET 205 Surgical Nursing I and Lab 2
This course focuses on anesthesia principles and practices and standard surgical procedures.  This course covers the role of a surgical technician in regards to preoperative procedures, prepping, scrubbing, assisting, and post-operative procedures, as well as client education/communication.  This course includes 15 hours of laboratory time.  Prerequisites: VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L, VET 105, VET 105L, VET 106
VET 206 Microbiology & Immunology                       2
This course is a study of the history, classification and nomenclature of bacteria, fungi and viruses.  The course will include discussions on sample collection and handling in addition to laboratory procedures in bacteriology, mycology virology and immunology.  Prerequisites: VET 104, VET 104L, VET 105, VET 105L, CHE 101
VET 206L Microbiology & Immunology Lab 1
This course involves identifying bacteria common to veterinary medicine.  Students perform biochemical and other tests involved in identifying microorganisms. Sample collection, handling and preparation are stressed as well as the precautions taken when working with samples.  Students perform common laboratory tests used to identify viral and fungal diseases. Prerequisites: VET 104, VET 104L, VET 105, VET 105L, CHE 101
VET 207 Surgical Nursing II and Lab 2
Dental procedures will be a focus of this course.  Additionally, this course focuses on surgical procedures (spays and neuters as well as other common surgeries of both small and large animals) as well as ECG application and interpretation for patient monitoring. The course places special emphasis on pain management, wound management, physical therapy and other nursing care duties and responsibilities of technicians.  This course includes 30 hours of lecture and 15 hours of lab.
Prerequisite:  VET 205
VET 208 Clinical Rotation II 1
Each student will be assigned to specific areas within the Animal Care Center.  Areas will include treatment, lab, kennel, and surgery, as well as other areas within the facility.  Students will work alongside a licensed technician to hone skills learned in lecture and in labs. Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed all first year courses before clinical rotations can be taken.
VET 209 Veterinary Radiology 1
This course is a study of radiological procedures for domestic animals common to veterinary medicine.  It includes an overview of radiographic properties and equipment, restraint and positioning techniques, as well as exposing, developing and assessing radiographs.  Record keeping and safety issues are discussed in addition to specialized radiographic studies. Students are provided hands-on opportunity to practice the techniques learned in class. Prerequisites: VET 101, VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L, VET 105, VET 105L
     
VET 210 Intensive Care Applications 3
This course is a study of the technician’s role in emergency and intensive care.  Students will study fluid therapy, blood transfusion, CPR and other procedures associated with emergency and critical care protocols.  This course also includes 8 hours of exposure to emergencies in an emergency facility. Prerequisites:  VET 101, VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L, VET 105, VET 105L
     
VET 211 Diseases and Zoonoses  3
This course is the study of diseases affecting domestic animals. Etiology, clinical signs, diagnoses, prevention, treatments and public health issues are stressed. A study of vaccine protocols for each species is also included.  Prerequisites:  VET 101, VET 102, VET 102L, VET 103, VET 103L, VET 105, VET 105L, VET 106, VET 201, VET 206, VET 206L
     
VET 212 Internship 4
This work experience is designed to expose the student to an industrial, commercial, or clinical environment. Students are placed into a contracted facility after completing 50 credit hours, having a 2.00 GPA, and meeting all other program prerequisites and academic requirements prior to their final spring semester.  Students are expected to adhere to all policies and regulations associated with the facility.  Students will work on projects selected to expose the student to “live” work situations, while building upon the student’s knowledge, skill and attitude as an entry-level technician and will be used to grade the student’s performance for the course. (No compensation)
VET 213 Cooperative Educational Experience 4
This work experience is designed to expose the student to an industrial, commercial, or clinical environment. Students are placed into a contracted facility after completing 50 credit hours, having a 2.00 GPA, and meeting all other program prerequisites and academic requirements prior to their final spring semester.  Students are expected to adhere to all policies and regulations associated with the facility.  Students will work on projects selected to expose the student to “live” work situations, while building upon the student’s knowledge, skill and attitude as an entry-level technician and will be used to grade the student’s performance for the course. (Compensation)