VETS 4103 - Laboratory Animal and Exotics, 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): VETS 1214 with D or better and VETS 1203 with C or better

Level: Lower

This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge and understanding of research facilities and their function. Students will be instructed in the care and handling of small animals used in the research laboratory. Emphasis will be placed on species differences, housing requirements, nutrition, reproduction, health, sanitation, and laboratory techniques applied in animal research and pharmaceutical facilities. Animal handling, observation and management time will be provided during the laboratory as well as during assigned vivarium duty. In addition, an exotic animal section has been added to familiarize students with the care and identification of common exotic species. (Exotics in this case will not include dogs or cats or species commonly found on farms.)