2014-2015 VETERINARY ASSISTANT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE FIRST 12 COURSES FOR A TOTAL OF 25 CREDITS TO EARN THE “VETERINARY FUNDAMENTALS CERTICATE” FROM SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE VETA 101 – Introduction to Veterinary Technology (2 credits)
Introduction to the veterinary assistant profession. Learn about the history of veterinary technology, career opportunities, education requirements and the role and responsibilities of the veterinary assistant as part of the veterinary health team. WA State laws, regulations and medical ethics that govern veterinary operations and their employees will be discussed. Overview of husbandry terms for selected species including breed identification.
VETA 103 - Veterinary Medical Terminology (2 credits)
Overview of veterinary-related medical terminology covering terms of anatomical topography, organ systems and disease, nursing records, pharmaceuticals, emergency and surgical procedures, and common patient descriptions.
VETA 105 - Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I (2 credits)
Basic overview of cross species anatomy and physiology as it relates to veterinary science. Covers terminology as it relates to the anatomical topography and function of the basic cell structure of animals, including an overview of skeletal anatomy and physiology. Introduction to all the major animal body systems including the integument and muscular systems, the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, the hemolymphatic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, urinary and nervous systems.
VETA 107 - Veterinary Nursing/Patient Management I (3 credits)
Learn how to safely and effectively obtain patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Introduction to animal restraint, record charting, interview a client, pharmacology, and physical examination. Students will complete a Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
VETA 108 - Veterinary Nursing/Patient Management II (2 credits)
Continuation of VETA 107. Continue to practice accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Introduction to pharmacology, anesthesiology, surgical patient management, including pre-operative techniques, aseptic technique, resuscitation, and physical examination. Students will complete a 7-hour HIV-AIDS certification and work individually and in small groups to develop skills associated with using medical instruments and conducting surgical procedures.
VETA 109 - Veterinary Math (2 credits)
Covers the necessary concepts involved in mathematics used in veterinary medicine. Includes dosage calculations, metric conversions, percentages, ratios, medical terminology, medication categories and medical abbreviations. Review the registration for “Veterinary Medical Clerk” requirements.
VETA 110 - Veterinary Assistant Practicum I (2 credits)
Through field trips, visit various veterinary work settings to explore typical work assignments, analyze work climates, expand and observe possible future work opportunities. In the classroom and laboratory, further develop skills and knowledge through hands-on practice of patient management strategies, surgical techniques, and laboratory procedures. Practicum will continue in VETA 113.
VETA 112 - Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits)
Continuation of VETA 105. Students will continue studying animal anatomy and physiology as it relates to selected species including diseases that affect the integument and muscular systems, the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, the hemolymphatic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, urinary and nervous systems. Canine, feline, equine and avian anatomy and physiology will be reviewed. Prerequisite: VETA 105.
VETA 113 - Veterinary Assistant Practicum II (2 credits)
Continuation of VETA 110. Introduction to the handling and care of horses. Focuses on performing basic handling, restraint and nursing skills with an emphasis on equine behavior. Apply principles learned about equine health care. Students will participate in a two-day, off site, workshop led by local equine industry experts. Prerequisite: VETA 110.
VETA 114 - Veterinary Business Essentials (2 credits)
Learn the business aspects of the veterinary practice as it relates to the role of Veterinary Assistants in the clinic environment. Leadership skills, communication skills, business etiquette, and stress management will be discussed. Covers medical records management, scheduling clients, pet insurance, taking inventory and the basics of financial accounting as it relates to client billing. Prerequisite: VETA 101 and 103.
VETA 115 - Veterinary Assistant Practicum III (2 credits)
Continuation of VETA 113. Focuses on normal canine, feline, equine and avian behavior. Apply principles of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement methods for animal training. Topics include causes of behavioral problems in companion animals, stages of development in young animals, socialization methods, crate training, and elimination training methods for dogs and cats. Prerequisite: VETA 113.
SOSC 113 – Job Search (1 credit)
Through lecture, small group discussion, and homework assignments, students will develop skills in job search techniques such as identifying common job information sources, conducting effective interviews for information and for hire, completing applications and developing resumes. Students will learn that job search is really an information search and involves the use of investigation, strategizing, and problem-solving skills. Due to the requirements and intended benefits of this course, it is strongly recommended that it be taken toward the end of one’s certificate or degree program. Consult with your program advisor if your circumstances warrant taking it early in your training.
SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE STUDENTS AND INTERESTED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL TAKE 14 OR 15 COURSES FOR A TOTAL OF 32 CREDITS TO EARN THE “VETERINARY ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE”. THE ADDITIONAL COURSES INCLUDE:
Introduction to veterinary clinical procedures related to parasitology, hematology, urinalysis, and diagnostic imaging. Covers laboratory safety, zoonosis, the role of veterinary assistants in the veterinary clinical laboratory, proper use and care of microscopes, and working individually and in small groups to develop laboratory skills. Prerequisite: VETA 103 and 105.
SVC Students are required to take ONE of the following Office Technology Courses (through SVC, not the NCTA):
OFTEC 162 – Microsoft Office Basics (3 credits)
Introduction to the Microsoft Office suite of software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Provides familiarity with the programs; for more training see OFTEC 122, 132, and 134. Offered as pass/fail only. Basic computer skills and the ability to type by touch are strongly recommended.
OFTEC 122 – MS WORD I (3 credits)
Use Microsoft Word to create and edit documents; apply a variety of font, paragraph, and page formats; create tables; add graphical enhancements; and perform a basic mail merge. Basic computer skills and the ability to type by touch are strongly recommended.