Animal Science Technology (ATE)
This course introduces legal and ethical standards, career opportunities, current issues, environmental safety, zoonotic disease risks, and professional conduct in veterinary medicine and veterinary technology.
This course covers the fundamentals of anatomy with emphasis on locating and identifying anatomical regions and landmarks. It includes an introduction to descriptive and topographical terms and basic histology. Canine and feline anatomy will be emphasized. Ruminant and equine digestive and skeletal system differences will also be examined.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with physiology of domestic animals. Emphasis is placed on the functions of organ systems relevant to veterinary technology. Aspects of physiology relating to the pathogenesis of certain diseases will be discussed.
This course introduces nutrition of animals including life energy requirements, nutritional factors contributing to disease, and treatment of nutritional diseases and deficiencies. Common grains, forages, and feeds, and nutritional supplements will be introduced. Toxic reactions to supplements, additives, poisonous plants, and other ingested supplements will be discussed. Hospital nutrition protocols based on case analysis will be developed.
This course acquaints the student with the fundamentals of large animal breed identification, restraint, reproduction, lactation, physiology, and nutrition. The technician's role in veterinary care will be emphasized.
This course will familiarize the student with veterinary medical terminology, nomenclature, and documentation. Students will understand, formulate, articulate, document, and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients using the language of the veterinary medical professional.
This course introduces basic pharmacology principles, calculations, and treatments for small animal infectious diseases. Preventative medicine and vaccinations will be emphasized. Common disease states and treatments of ophthalmic, aural, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems will be introduced.
This course covers dermatology, neurology, cardiology, respiratory medicine, reproduction/theriogenology, pediatrics, behavior medicine, transfusion medicine, and geriatrics. Pharmacological agents used to treat patients in each of the above areas will be covered. The student will understand common disease states in each system and their etiologies, pathogenesis, detection, treatment, and prevention.
This course will provide information on basic animal nursing skills, principles of aseptic technique, anesthesia, pain management, surgical instrumentation, and basic principles of patient preparation and anesthetic monitoring. Technical skills needed for medicating animals and surgical instrumentation preparation and handling will also be discussed. Radiographic principles including patient positioning for extremity films, and radiographic safety, chemistry and equipment use and care will be emphasized.
This course is designed to introduce the student to clinical pathology concepts in parasitology, hematology, and urinalysis. Common endo- and ectoparasites, their life cycles, treatment, and diagnosis will be discussed. Hematology and the kinetics of the hematopoietic and coagulation systems with emphasis on normal animal blood smears and common changes seen during disease states are emphasized. Urinalysis is discussed with emphasis on specific gravity, chemistry, and microscopic analysis.
This course covers selected topics in immunology, serology, hormonal analysis, and serum chemistry. Laboratory testing of the renal, hepatic, pancreatic, digestive, and endocrine systems are discussed as well as normal and abnormal exfoliative cytology.
The course is a continuation of previous surgical nursing courses. More advanced principles of surgical assisting and anesthesia are presented with a focus on veterinary dentistry, dental radiography, radiographic safety, and radiographic technique charts.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of preventive medicine and common diseases in large animal species. Aspects of equine, bovine, ovine, caprine, and porcine diseases, disease prevention and treatment will be emphasized.
This course acquaints the student with fundamentals of emergency veterinary medicine including office and record systems, veterinary emergency first aid, toxicology, and specialized radiological, medical, and surgical assisting. This is a capstone course and will build on concepts from previous courses.
Topics of special interest to students in the Veterinary Nursing AS degree program. A portion of the course hours may be eligible for community service if the topic is deemed appropriate. This course may be repeated for maximum credits of 3.
This is a course consisting of supervised clinical experiences in a workplace approved by the instructor. Experiences may include exotic laboratory animal or specialty practice experience. This is a continuation of ATE 1944 Veterinary Work Experience 2.
This is a capstone course consisting of supervised clinical experiences in a workplace approved by the instructor. Emphasis placed on emergency medical and surgical technical assisting and clinical pathology techniques. This course is a continuation of ATE 2945 Veterinary Work Experience 3.
This course will guide the student in the study of the financial and economic concepts necessary to run a small business with an emphasis on managing cash flow and planning.
This course explores legal issues, business concepts, and administration of various compensation and benefits plans in the field of veterinary medicine. This course examines recruitment, selection, staffing, and training methods. Students will explore and analyze various positions in veterinary practice and recruiting, interviewing, orientation, and training of qualified applicants
This course explores the various laws and ethics of a veterinary practice. It will examine regulatory agencies with veterinary medicine including state and federal regulations.
This course is a survey of various contemporary marketing practices that have evolved in conjunction with changes in consumer behavior and buying practices. This course explores Market research, planning, strategy, and tactics. Ethical considerations and entrepreneurship are considered within the five “Ps” of marketing: product, place, price, people, and promotion.
This course is a survey of various principles of management. The course will introduce the student to the basic principles needed for management of a clinical veterinary setting.
This course integrates and applies knowledge, skills, and abilities learned throughout the Veterinary Practice Management Program through the completion of a comprehensive capstone project. This capstone course must be taken in the last semester of the program.