VETA101W Introduction to Veterinary Assisting
(2 Credits)
Introduces the student to the structure of veterinary medical terminology and basic recognition of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, and identification of animal breeds. Trains student in safe animal restraint and handling.  Introduces the student to basic veterinary care procedures performed in the exam room and in the treatment area.  Provides experience in several common clinical procedures including assessment of vital signs, recording of patient history, nail trimming, basic medication administration, and vaccine preparation.

VETA103W Veterinary Assistant Small Animal Nursing I
(3 Credits)
Designed to give students knowledge and skills required to perform basic small animal nursing in the veterinary setting.  Record keeping, safety concerns, monitoring of hospitalized animals, and basic animal care skills will be gained.  Students will gain an understanding of euthanasia procedures and post mortem care as well as an understanding of basic pharmacy skills, legal issues involving all drugs in the workplace, and medication and therapeutic diet inventory and delivery methods. Emphasis is on assisting the veterinarian and/or veterinary technician with these procedures. (Co-Requisite: VETA101W)

VETA105W Veterinary Assistant Office Procedures and Practice Management
(2 Credits)
Presents commonly encountered clinical procedures with the emphasis on the role of the veterinary technician in the management of veterinary patients and records. Client communications and professional conduct will be emphasized. The course also includes introduction to veterinary management software and on-line veterinary services. (Co-Requisite: VETA101W)

VETA107W Veterinary Assistant Small Animal Nursing Il
(3 Credits)
Introduces surgical assisting of the veterinarian or the veterinary technician, including basic knowledge of surgical instruments and surgery room hygiene.  Also covers selected skills such as bandaging, basic grooming, maintenance of nursing and surgical equipment, preparing surgical patients, and monitoring of post surgical patients. Emphasis is on assisting the veterinarian and/or veterinary technician with these procedures. (Prerequisite: VETA101W, 103W, 105W with a grade of “C” or better)

VETA109W Veterinary Assistant Laboratory and Diagnostic Skills
(3 Credits)
Provides students with skills needed to assist in the veterinary laboratory and laboratory record keeping.  Students will learn basics assisting with of radiology and ultrasound imaging and in the care and maintenance of diagnostic equipment. Recognition and management of common diseases and isolation procedures will be covered.  Students will learn how to assist in the laboratory with lab sample collection and handling, necropsy procedures, identification of external parasites, and laboratory inventory and reports. (Prerequisite: VETA101W, 103W, 105W with a grade of “C” or better)

VETA111W Veterinary Assistant Clinical
(3 Credits)
Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at a veterinary hospital and with the direct guidance of the instructor. This clinical experience provides students with practical day to day experience in handling and restraint of animals, assisting with office procedures, clinical laboratory techniques, and surgical preparation. (Prerequisite: VETA101W, 103W, 105W, 107W and 109W with a grade of “C” or better; Co-requisite:  VETA113W)

VETA113W Veterinary Assistant Clinical Seminar
(3 Credits)This course will support the student as they complete their clinical requirements.  They will be guided in the completion of the essential skills as required and in tracking and recording those skill completions as required by the clinical portion of the program.  Weekly reviews of progress towards completion of skills will ensure clinical skills are being successfully mastered. (Prerequisite: VETA101W, 103W, 105W, 107W and 109W with a grade of “C” or better; Co-requisite:  VETA111W)



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