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VAST 105 VETERINARY ASSISTING

Spring, 1 credit hour

This course provides students with an understanding of the roles of all members of the veterinary health care team and the knowledge and skills necessary to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the practice of their professions. It instructs students in proper basic care and husbandry of animals as well as the monitoring of general animal health indicators. It emphasizes the proper handling and restraint of animals for examinations and medical procedures. Care of veterinary supplies, equipment and facilities will also be covered, with an emphasis on meticulous disinfection, sterilization and infection control measures. Students are required to participate in kennel duty as part of this course. Three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: enrollment in the Health Science Career Studies Certificate and successful completion of Medical Terminology of Disease (HLTH 200) or permission of instructor.

VSCT 100 HUMAN ANIMAL BOND

Fall, 1 credit hour

The Human Companion Animal Bond course is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human-animal relationships. Topics include mechanisms of attachment, social and psychological aspects of human-animal interactions, pet loss and bereavement, physical and mental health benefits of animals, and animal assistance therapy programs. Major focus will be on developing the student's interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding animals in society. Two hours laboratory per week.

VSCT 101 FUNDAMENTAL VETERINARY NURSING SKILLS I

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course introduces students to the Veterinary Technology profession and fundamental animal care nursing skills. Students learn how to properly restrain cats and dogs, administer parenteral injections on models, take a patient history, complete medical records, conduct a physical examination, and perform clinical procedures related to primary patient care. Students also learn to identify cat and dog breeds and surgical instruments. Competencies related to basic nursing care are conducted at the end of the course. Course is limited to freshman students in the Veterinary Science Technology curriculum. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory per week. This course is a prerequisite to all other required VSCT courses.

Prerequisites/corequisites: College Biology I (BIOL 150), College Chemistry I (CHEM 150), Introduction to Animal Agriculture (VSCT 103), or permission of instructor.

VSCT 102 COMPANION ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course is designed to help veterinary technicians gain insight and understanding into normal canine and feline behavior. The first unit of the course explores canine behavior, discussing such topics as domestication, social behavior, communication, and principles of learning. The second unit investigates feline behavior, and includes such topics as feline domestication, social behavior and communication. Students learn how to take a behavioral history, analyze problem behavior, perform appropriate behavior modification techniques, and educate clients on common pet behavior problems. Two lecture hours per week. Limited to veterinary science students.

VSCT 103 INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

Fall, 2 credit hours

An introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the use of animals to produce food, fiber, or profit. Beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats, and other animals will be discussed. The intent of this course is to provide the student with insight as to the functions and needs of the animal owner/producer. Common production schemes, terminology, and animal breeds will be addressed. Two hours lecture per week.

VSCT 104 VETERINARY OFFICE PRACTICES

Spring, 1 credit hour

This course introduces basic veterinary office practices that would be expected of a graduate veterinary technician. The course covers business and professional skills such as: record keeping, scheduling appointments, professionalism and client communication. This course also provides hands-on experience with current veterinary practice software. Two hours laboratory per week.

VSCT 112 VETERINARY CLINICAL PATHOLOGY I

Spring, 3 credit hours

An introduction to Veterinary Clinical Pathology as it relates to normal and abnormal physiology of animal species. Emphasis will be placed on techniques and sample handling rather than diagnosis. This course includes instruction in general laboratory equipment and the proper preparation of biological samples. Students will learn basic diagnostic techniques that include complete blood count, urinalysis, and examination of feces for internal parasites. Enrollment limited to Veterinary Science Technology students. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: VSCT 101 or permission of instructor.

VSCT 114 ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Spring, 3 credit hours

An introduction to the fundamental understanding of animal structure and function. Emphasis placed on the practical aspects of anatomy and physiology of different species. Discussion will include tissues, organs, and body systems which make up the living mammalian organism. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite:Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101) and College Biology I (BIOL 105) or permission of instructor.

VSCT 115 FUNDAMENTAL VETERINARY NURSING SKILLS II

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course is a continuation of material and information covered in Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I. Students will review and perform handling and restraint techniques on dogs and cats, and will recognize, handle, and discuss husbandry of birds, small mammals, and selected exotic species. Students will discuss instrumentation and restraint techniques for horses and livestock. Students will perform nursing procedures including diagnostic techniques, wound care and management, more advanced therapeutic procedures and injection techniques. Management and communication skills as well as client education will be further developed. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101) or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to Veterinary Science students.

VSCT 202 VETERINARY CLINICAL PATHOLOGY II

Fall, 3 credit hours

A course of continued study (Veterinary Clinical Pathology I) dealing with diagnostic laboratory procedures and their correlation with pathological conditions. Laboratory practice in hematology, chemistry, parasitology, urinalysis, etc. of all the domestic species of animals. Limited to Veterinary Science Technology students who have satisfactorily completed the course Veterinary Clinical Pathology I (VSCT 112). Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

VSCT 203 SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE AND THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to many of the common procedures performed by Licensed Veterinary Technicians in a small animal clinic situation. The student will be instructed on many of the common canine and feline diseases and will become familiar with the signs, therapeutic treatments, and methods of prevention. Small animal zoonotic diseases will be discussed to familiarize the student with topics that veterinary practices are frequently called upon to answer. The student will demonstrate how to perform multiple techniques such as intravenous catheter placement, cystocentesis, the care and wrapping of surgical instruments, and stomach tube placement. Enrollment limited to Veterinary Science Technology students. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101), Veterinary Clinical Pathology I (VSCT 112), and Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills II (VSCT 115), or permission of instructor.

VSCT 204 LARGE ANIMAL MEDICINE AND THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES

Fall, 2 credit hours

A course designed to prepare the Veterinary Science student for a role in a large animal veterinary practice. The course includes records and legal forms commonly associated with large animal practice. Students will learn and practice skills associated with assisting the large animal practitioner. Presented material will focus upon areas of technician responsibility in the facility operations and management and methods for relieving the doctor of the more routine duties in favor of professional functions. Enrollment limited to Veterinary Science Technology students. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101), Veterinary Clinical Pathology I (VSCT 112), and Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills II (VSCT 115), or permission of instructor.

VSCT 205 RADIOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course is designed as an introduction to radiological techniques. Students will be required to position patients, calculate exposure values, expose radiographic film, and process films both manually and automatically. Students will examine radiographs taken by their groups and critique them for their diagnostic quality. Students will be instructed on radiation hazards and how to avoid them. Enrollment is limited to second year Veterinary Science Technology students. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101), Animal Anatomy and Physiology (VSCT 114), and Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills II (VSCT 115), or permission of instructor.

VSCT 206 ANESTHETIC PRINCIPLES

Fall, 3 credit hours

An introduction to anesthetic principles as they relate to animal medical and surgical care. The student will be presented with information on basic preanesthetic agents, anesthetic agents, and anesthetic monitoring devices. The students will have hands-on experience with preanesthetic, anesthesia, and postanesthetic evaluation/monitoring techniques and devices. Students will be presented with the potential human and animal hazards associated with anesthetic drugs. CPR and the recognition and treatment of emergency situations will be addressed. In the laboratory, the student will medicate patients with many of the commonly used anesthetic drugs and compare/contrast their effects. Enrollment limited to Veterinary Science Technology students. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101), Veterinary Clinical Pathology I (VSCT 112), and Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills II (VSCT 115), or permission of instructor.

VSCT 207 HEALTH AND DISEASES OF FARM ANIMALS

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course will acquaint students with the causes, development, control, eradication, and prevention of diseases of economic importance to the farm animal owner. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: College-level biology or permission of instructor.

VSCT 210 VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY

Spring, 3 credit hours

The focus of this course is the isolation and identification of pathogenic organisms encountered in animals and the diseases that they cause. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Microbiology (BIOL 209), Veterinary Clinical Pathology I (VSCT 112) and Veterinary Clinical Pathology II (VSCT 202), or permission of instructor.

VSCT 211 ANIMAL HOSPITAL PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is considered the capstone course for the Veterinary Science Technology curriculum and is only open to students in their last semester of the program. This class creates an environment similar to that of a working veterinary practice and allows students to practice and further enhance the skills necessary for a licensed veterinary technician. During each class meeting, students are required to write graded assignments. They will also complete longer reflective papers as part of the semester assignment. Students are also required to research a case study and prepare a written reference paper and deliver an oral presentation using PowerPoint. During the laboratory, In small group settings, students perform standard duties of a veterinary technician in simulated conditions of a working veterinary practice. Skills reinforced include: surgical assisting, anesthesiology and patient monitoring, radiology, office procedures and client relationships, record keeping and laboratory testing. Students enrolling in this class are expected to perform at least two weeks of kennel duty. Enrollment is limited to Veterinary Technology students who have successfully completed all prior veterinary science courses that are required in the AAS program. Students must successfully complete this writing intensive class to comply with the residency requirement. Two hours lecture, two hours of laboratory per week.

VSCT 212 RESEARCH ANIMAL TECHNIQUES

Spring, 1 credit hour

This course is a foundation course in developing skills necessary for employment in an animal research facility. Husbandry and clinical techniques specific to laboratory animals will be discussed. Emphasis will be on providing quality animal care, monitoring the health and well-being of laboratory animals, and understanding ethical issues surrounding animal research. Enrollment limited to Veterinary Science Technology students. Two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101) or permission of instructor.

VSCT 213 PRACTICAL NUTRITION

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course is designed for Veterinary Science Technology majors. It will cover the feeding of animals in health and disease during various stages of the life cycle. Of primary concern will be the dietary management of specific diseases that affect small animals. Two hours lecture per week. This course is only open to fourth semester Veterinary Science Technology students who have successfully completed all prior Veterinary Science courses.

Prerequisite: Animal Anatomy (VSCT 114) and Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills II (VSCT 115) or permission of instructor.

VSCT 214 VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course is designed for Veterinary Science Technology students as an introduction to Pharmacology. The various classes of drugs used in Veterinary medicine will be discussed in regard to use, side effects, contraindications, method of administration, etc. Upon completion of this course, a student should have a working knowledge of the commonly used drugs in a veterinary hospital. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory per week. This course is only open to fourth semester Veterinary Science Technology students who have successfully completed all prior Veterinary Science courses.

Prerequisites: Veterinary Clinical Pathology II (VSCT 202), Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutic Techniques (VSCT 203), and Anesthetic Principles (VSCT 206), or permission of instructor.

VSCT 301 VETERINARY HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT I

Spring, 3 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with current information in veterinary practice management. Students apply concepts, principles and skills they have learned in previous coursework to situations specific to veterinary practice management. Topics include: veterinary hospital human resource management, management of reception and front desk procedures, veterinary hospital revenue and financial control, management of veterinary medical records, veterinary inventory control, and marketing a veterinary practice.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in or completion of a degree in Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Science Technology, Business Management, or Accounting and at least 45 credits earned, or permission of instructor.

VSCT 302 VETERINARY HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT II

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course is a continuation of Veterinary Hospital Management I (VSCT 301). . It addresses additional topics relevant to practice management such as veterinary hospital design; veterinary equipment acquisition, training, and maintenance; insurance and tax compliance for the veterinary facility; and finance and investment of practice profits and employee retirement contributions. The course also addresses the management of specific types of animal care facilities and institutions and how this may differ from that of the conventional companion animal practice. Facilities and organizations such as mobile clinics, large animal practices, feline and exotic animal practices, emergency and specialty clinics, research animal facilities, animal shelters, zoos, and diagnostic facilities are considered. This course has three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: At least 20 credits earned in Business, Accounting, and/or Veterinary Technology, or permission of instructor

VSCT 303 ADVANCED VETERINARY NURSING

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course aids students who have already completed fundamental courses in veterinary technology in developing their knowledge and skills. Emphasis on specific concepts of patient assessment, critical care nursing, advanced fluid therapy, transfusion medicine, respiratory therapy and mechanical ventilation, rehabilitation, advanced imaging, clinical nutrition, and emergency medicine. Use of advanced electronic equipment in veterinary practice is discussed.

Prerequisite: VSCT 202, VSCT 203, VSCT 205, VSCT 206, and at least 45 credits earned, or permission of instructor.

VSCT 308 VETERINARY SERVICES MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION

Spring, 1 credit hour

This course prepares students for the Internship for Veterinary Services Management, helps each student secure an appropriate internship location and establishes a contract between SUNY Canton, the internship site, and the student. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Senior status in the Veterinary Services Management program or permission of instructor.

VSCT 401 ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES IN VETERINARY MEDICINE

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course allows the student to explore legal, ethical, and ecological issues as they pertain to veterinary medicine and animal industries. Students are required to thoroughly research topics and present their own thoughts and conclusions. Student research, debate, case studies, and other modalities are used.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of a degree in Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Science Technology, Business, Management, or Accounting and at least 45 credits earned overall, or permission of instructor.

VSCT 408 INTERNSHIP FOR VETERINARY SERVICES MANAGEMENT

Spring, 12 credit hours

This course is intended to be a culminating experience for the student, building upon and reinforcing material of previous course work. Working in conjunction with a field supervisor, the student will perform delegated duties associated with those of a veterinary facility manager or administrator. The internship will be individualized according to the career interests of the student and the needs of the supervising organization. Internship assignments may include information gathering, analysis, planning, implementation, evaluation, and other responsibilities. The student must complete 40 hours of internship experience to receive one credit hour of course work (for a total of 12 credits/480 hours).

Prerequisite: completion of other program requirements or permission of the Program Director or Dean. Corequisite: Senior Seminar (HSMB 410).