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					           DELAWARE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Campus: Owens

Department: Veterinary Technology

Course Number and Title: VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology

Instructor Name: Lisa Garrison, LVT        Telephone: 302-855-5918            E-mail: n/a

Pre-Requisites: Acceptance into Veterinary Technology Program
                RDG 051, ENG051

Co-Requisites: None

Course Hours and Credits: 2-0-2

Course Description:

An orientation and survey course introducing the beginning student to basic practices and principles
underlying the field of veterinary technology. Career opportunities, professional ethics, client
relations, and regulatory organizations will be discussed. Students will study those aspects of
medical terminology that are commonly used by the veterinary profession.

Text:    Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, McCurnin
         An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology, Romich

Method of Instruction: Campus classroom


A.   Core Course Performance Objectives

The student will be able to:

1.   Describe the role of the veterinary technician within the context of the animal health delivery
     team. (CCC4, PGC10)
2.   Identify the professional and regulatory agencies associated with veterinary technology. (CCC4,
     PGC9)
3.   Explain how public health and veterinary medicine are associated. (CCC4, CCC5, PGC9)
4.   Use veterinary medical terminology properly in conversation and records. (CCC1, PGC3)

B. Measurable Performance Objectives

The student will be able to:


1.   Describe the role of the veterinary technician within the context of the animal health delivery
     team. (CCC4, PGC10)

1.1 Illustrate and explain the “hierarchy” of the veterinary medical team.
1.2 Describe the types of facilities employing veterinary technicians and the various roles of the
    technician in each.
1.3 Identify the four “cardinal sins” of veterinary technology.
1.4 Compare and contrast the skills and duties of a veterinary technician, assistant, and
    veterinarian.

2.    Identify the professional and regulatory agencies associated with veterinary technology. (CCC4,
      PGC9)

2.1   Define the terms licensed, registered, and certified technician.
2.2   Explain the significance of the veterinary practice act and the rules and regulations.
2.3   Identify specialty areas where technicians can obtain certification.
2.4   Describe the legal application associated with veterinary medicine.
2.5   Apply knowledge of federal, state, and local animal welfare regulations.
2.6   Apply knowledge of OSHA and USDA standards as they apply to veterinary medicine.


3.    Explain how public health and veterinary medicine are associated. (CCC4, CCC5, PGC9)

3.1 Describe the role of the veterinary technician in the education of the public.
3.2 Define the term “public health” and give examples of public health issues involving veterinary
    medicine.
3.3 Define the term “zoonosis” and give examples.
3.4 Educate elementary students on how to prevent animal bites.


4.    Use veterinary medical terminology properly in conversation and records. (CCC1, PGC 3)

4.1 Recognize the major prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms that form the basis of medical
    terminology.
4.2 Pronounce properly terms used in veterinary medicine.
4.3 Analyze and use basic medical terms in written and oral communication.


C. Evaluation Criteria:

Students will demonstrate proficiency on all measurable performance objectives at least to the 75%
level.

Grades will be computed using the following grading scale:

          A = 92-100
          B = 83-91
          C = 75-82
          R = below 75

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on Academic Standing Policy,
Academic Honesty Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities and other policies relevant to their
academic progress.

Homework assignments may be given for each unit and must be completed to obtain a proficient
grade. A quiz will be given on each unit. The results of these quizzes will constitute at least eighty
(80%) percent of the final evaluation.

Students will be required to research a zoonotic disease and present the topic orally and in writing.
Reports will be penalized 5 points for each day late. This will constitute 20% of the final evaluation.

The weekly class sessions will be used for lecture, quizzes, question and answer time for homework
assignments, and presentations.
Grade Determination:

The measurable objectives for each unit must be mastered to achieve proficiency.

As indicated, your grade is largely determined by how you do on your unit quizzes and research
paper. The oral presentation AND the written paper must be performed/submitted in order to
receive a “C” grade. Failure to take a quiz will result in a recycle for that unit. Quizzes must be
taken at the time scheduled unless excused by the instructor.

Each instructor has six office hours set aside for giving individual help to any student. Students are
urged to avail themselves for their help. In addition, appointments with your instructor can be made
for other times, and other individual tutoring help is available at your request. Make use of this help
when you need it.

Attendance

Attendance is strongly recommended for all classes unless otherwise excused by the instructor.

Withdrawal from Course:

If students have a schedule conflict or another legitimate reason for a schedule change, a Drop-Add
form may by obtained from the faculty advisor or counselor. Only after the completed form has
been signed by the instructor and submitted to the Office of Registrar will the change become
effective. Students may obtain information regarding withdrawal policies and dates from the Course
Schedule booklets.

				
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