This course is designed to prepare the second year Veterinary Technology student to become the individual who can induce, maintain and recover small animal surgical patients. The student will also prepare the animals for surgery and assist in the surgical procedures. Upon course completion, the student will possess an understanding of all procedures done in vet practice with anesthesia and surgical nursing.
Anatomy and Physiology of small animals is a continuation of the study of anatomy and physiology which began using the organ system in VETS 1214 Large Animal Anatomy and Physiology. This course uses both companion and laboratory animals as the models on which we complete the discussion of the normal anatomy and physiologic function of animals. The course provides a functional integration of basic science and clinical information as it relates to the healthy animal in an integrated lecture and laboratory approach.
Pathophysiology of Animal Disease is a course which provides the student with the understanding of basic science and clinical information as it relates to health and the process of disease in companion animals. It will utilize the body systems approach.
The course introduces the student to the terminology and specialization of the Veterinary Technology Curriculum. The nature of professional and ethical practices will be explored. Breeds and strains of domesticated animals will be studied and the student will be introduced to the basic concepts of animal behavior. The nature and form of medicines and the calculation of dose and dosages will be studied. The small animal handling laboratories will be held on site using animals from the local SPCA and Humane Society. A kennel assignment will be performed as a required part of the class.