Veterinary Technology

VET 1100 Introduction to Animal Careers

An introduction to a variety of employment opportunities available to those wishing to work with animals. The course will cover such topics as veterinary medicine, work with food and fiber animals, wildlife, zoo and exotic animals, animal retail and services, and research and laboratory animals.
1 Credit Hour

VET 1120 Introduction to Large Animal Sciences: Handling & Husbandry

Introduction to Large Animal Sciences will provide the student with knowledge and practical experience of safe handling practices and husbandry management for a variety of farm animal species. Specifically, students will learn about animal contributions to our society, production systems, animal breeding, nutrition, and contemporary issues surrounding agriculture today.
3 Credit Hours

VET 1200 Introduction to Veterinary Technology

History, development and responsibilities of a veterinary technologist. Introduce such topics such as comparative anatomy, laboratory techniques, animal husbandry, common diseases and surgical techniques; while focusing on the basics of safe animal restraint, behavioral cues of animals, common vaccines and medications, and expectations for employment. Introduces surgical technique and the application and monitoring anesthesia, safe radiologic practices, laboratory techniques, care and monitoring of small animals, exotics, and large animals.
3 Credit Hours

VET 2100 Veterinary Technology I

Develops an understanding for the role diagnostic testing plays in the treatment of animals. Discusses the techniques employed to retrieve, handle, and evaluate laboratory samples. Develops the student's understanding of sterile technique, surgical technique and assistance, and anesthesia application and monitoring. Identifies and discusses the use of radiology, pharmacology, and records management in veterinary medicine. This is a lecture course with some hands -on applications. Eight classroom hours per week.
8 Credit Hours

VET 2101 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Husbandry and Disease

Discussion of anatomy and physiology of multiple species. Proper use of medical and common terminology when discussing animal anatomy. Development and understanding of different physiologies on disease development, diagnoses, and treatment of animals Discusses the care and keeping of companion animals, farm animals, equines, exotic animals, and laboratory animals.
6 Credit Hours

VET 2105 Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, Diagnostic Laboratory & Radiology

Develops an understanding for the role diagnostic testing plays in the treatment of animals. Discusses the techniques employed to retrieve, handle, and evaluate laboratory samples. Develops the student's understanding of sterile technique, surgical technique and assistance, and anesthesia application and monitoring. Identifies and discusses the use of radiology, pharmacology, and records management in veterinary medicine. This is a lecture course with some hands-on applications.
5 Credit Hours

VET 2107 Technical Practicum I

Practicum course in which the student is paired with a screened veterinary practice in order to develop beginning practical skills within a hospital setting. Fourteen practicum hours per week in a Veterinary Practice.
2 Credit Hours

VET 2111 Large Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Techniques

This course will cover the basics of the care and husbandry of large animal species, as well as specific techniques that the students are required to learn in the care of these animals. The class will be conducted both in lecture as well as lab format, with multiple field trips off-campus for live-animal simulations. All students will be required to develop the essential psychomotor skills required for passage of the course as well as the program. This is a 2 hour course taught in B-Term of the Fall semester that students are considered to be in the cohort. Four hours of classroom and/or laboratory time per week.
2 Credit Hours

VET 2200 Veterinary Technology III

Continues to help develop an understanding of the need for diagnostic testing to determine the best way to treat large and exotic animals. Discussion of techniques employed to retrieve, handle, and evaluate samples. Continued discussion of the use of radiology, pharmacology, and records management in Veterinary Medicine. Advances the student's understanding of sterile technique, surgical technique and assistance, and anesthesia application, monitoring, and recovery in animals.
8 Credit Hours

VET 2205 Veterinary Dentistry, Advanced Radiology & Diagnostic Laboratory

This course will offer a brief review of venipuncture and the collection of different samples (blood, urine, feces, skin).It will also review surgical assisting procedures such as gowning, gloving, and passing instruments. This course will provide continuous hands on practice of laboratory tests like manual blood counts, differentials, and centrifugation fecal floatation. Several labs which will include radiology, surgical suturing, and intravenous and urinary catheter placement will be held. Dental care of companion animals will be introduced and practiced within laboratory and clinical settings. This is a 4 credit-hour course that will be offered in A-Term of the Spring semester and is limited to Veterinary Technology Cohort students.
4 Credit Hours

VET 2207 Technical Practicum II

Practicum course in which the student is paired with a screened veterinary practice in order to advance practical skills within a hospital setting. Included are observational experiences to large, laboratory, and exotic animal facilities to advance experience with a wide variety of animals. Fourteen practicum hours per week in a veterinary practice.
2 Credit Hours

VET 2211 Veterinary Case Studies

Using examples of real-life veterinary cases, the student will formulate technical assessments, calculate appropriate doses of medications, develop treatment plans, and integrate previously learned knowledge from different courses into cases of animals with systemic and/or multiple diagnoses.
1 Credit Hour

VET 2220 Principles of Large Animal Reproduction

The course will provide students with in-depth information on the physiological mechanisms controlling the reproductive processes in production animals. Students will understand comparative differences in the anatomy, function, and regulation of male and female reproductive systems. Students will also learn key concepts in reproduction as it applies to animal management systems.
3 Credit Hours

VET 2225 Principles of Large Animal Nutrition

The course will discuss the fundamentals of animal nutrition and feedstuffs dealing with principles of digestion, absorption, assimilation and utilization of nutrients, balancing of rations, and feeding of livestock.
3 Credit Hours

VET 2250 Veterinary Pharmacology

Veterinary Pharmacology, the development, uses, and administration of specific classes of drugs used within veterinary medicine. This will include (but not be limited to) discussions on antibiotics, antiseptics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, and medications used for the treatment of systemic diseases.
4 Credit Hours

VET 2297 Special Topics

Varied content offering of special interest to the discipline but not covered within existing courses; may be scheduled in a classroom/seminar setting or in nontraditional format.
0.5 - 9 Credit Hours

VET 2300 Preceptorship

During this 8-week period, each student will be partnered with an affiliate veterinary hospital. Within each practice, students will uphold proper professional attire and attitude and perform duties as set to them by the practice. This will be an unpaid preceptorship with twenty-five hours expected per week within the hospitals, the additional three hours a week to be used for research and preparation in order to present a senior capstone project. The student will meet weekly with the instructor to discuss progress and concerns.
2 Credit Hours