Emphasis is placed on hematology and urinalysis. Learners will practice sample collection and perform venipuncture on common domestic species. Labs will consist of learners practicing diagnostic procedures such as CBCs, blood chemistry and urinalysis.
Demonstrate basic laboratory procedures including: storage, cleaning and the principles of microscopy. Learners will study parasites of common domestic species, including prevention, lifecycle, treatment, and impact on animal health. Labs will concentrate on diagnostic parasitology. This course is only offered in spring semester.
Prepares learners with a solid background in producing quality milk and utilizing good herd health management practices. Learners will be introduced to milking systems and components, milk procedures, sanitation, diseases, udder anatomy and milk secretion. Learners will collect milk samples and analyze milk culture reports as they relate to quality milk and animal health. Learners will be exposed to milk quality practices globally.
Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to heifers. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this second lab, the focus will be on heifer care; six months through calving age. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in heifer feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.
Study animal behavior, restraint, basic medical procedures, nutrition, and husbandry as they relate to common domestic species. Learners will also examine the Animal Welfare act regarding the care and housing of animals.
Examine the body systems of warm and cold-blooded vertebrates, learning activities include animal dissections. Specific body systems covered throughout this course are nervous, endocrine, immune, hematopoietic, sensory, urinary, and reproductive. Anatomy and physiology of exotic species will also be explored. This course is part of a two-course series that establishes the essential framework required for becoming a veterinary technician.
Introduces the basics of animal nursing including patient history, restraint for medical procedures, and preventative medicine on both large and small animal patients. Topics covered Include venipuncture, wound management, client education, diagnostic imaging, and small animal nutrition. This course is only offered in spring and summer semesters.
Introduces learners to various drugs and other substances used in veterinary medicine. Learners will analyze drug classification, effects, side effects, and client education related to a wide variety of medication use in the field of animal medicine. Learners will apply principles of measurement, administration and safe storage of drugs used in veterinary medicine. This course is part of a two-course series. This course is only offered in spring and summer semesters.
Introduces the key concepts that a businessperson needs to understand. Learners explore three primary financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement. Application of accounting processes: cash and accrual methods, recording business transactions, making a trial balance, creating financial statements and keeping records. Examination of various benchmarks utilizing financial statements.
Participate in surgical procedures including dog and cat sterilization surgeries. Other surgical procedures may occasionally be performed as needed. Learners will participate as anesthetists, sterile surgical assistants, and non-sterile assistants throughout the course.
Develop an understanding of terms and abbreviations used in the practice of veterinary medicine. Through reading, writing, and speech, learners will master combining forms as they relate to bodily structures, and word parts for the understanding and definition of medical procedures, treatments, and conditions.
Examine the body systems of warm-blooded vertebrates, through both microscopic and macroscopy anatomy and physiology, learning activities include animal dissection. Specific topics covered throughout this course are cell structures, mitosis & meiosis, body tissues, integumentary system, skeletomuscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and digestive system. Avian anatomy and physiology will also be explored. This course is part of a two-course series that establishes the essential framework required for becoming a veterinary technician.
Learner is highly recommended to have completed two semesters of high school chemistry and biology or one semester of college chemistry and biology with a "C" or better.
Explores basic entrepreneurial concepts, identifying resources that may assist the agriculture business and family in meeting their goals. Applies theory in the development of a business plan: managing risk, budgeting, financial resource acquisition and business structure. Learners explore various techniques and alternatives used in operating an agriculture business.
Explores infectious and non-infectious disease processes of livestock. Emphasis will be placed on bovine diseases, however certain diseases of sheep, goats, camelids, cervids, and swine may also be covered. Disease etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control will be covered. Population dynamics and the financial impact on herds will be evaluated. Proper reporting requirements of federally regulated diseases will be discussed. Zoonotic diseases that are of concern for people working with livestock species will be accentuated.
Introduces professional characteristics and qualities expected of an agriculture sales professional. Learners will develop a complete marketing plan including a market analysis. Further, learners will develop a sales proposal and create news articles, advertisements and merchandizing displays.
Expands learner’s ability to manage a dairy herd with concentration on breed identification, reproduction, genetics including linear appraisal and selection indexes, calving management and record keeping systems.
Examines milking technologies available for use on modern dairy farms. Learners investigate both milking parlor systems and robotic milking facilities. Students complete 12 hours of additional hands on training at the NTC Agricultural Center of Excellence.
Introduces the commodity futures markets, with information on contract specifications, exchanges, basic trading information and fundamental and technical market information. Furthermore, time will be spent on the basic phases of grain marketing from the farm to the elevator, including fundamental market information, elevator storage policies, shrinkage, blending, moisture discounts, price spreads, opportunity cost and developing an enterprise marketing plan.
Covers physical exams and evaluation of the general health of equine patients. Learners will learn diagnostic sampling techniques, parenteral and enteral medication administration, venipuncture, wound management techniques, and common restraint techniques for medical procedures. Other topics of study include nutrition, radiology, toxicities and disease management.
Introduces learners in the veterinary technician program to common livestock diseases, the body’s response to disease, diagnosis, control and prevention. Types of diseases examined include infectious, non-infectious, zoonotic and reportable. Methods of livestock husbandry, handling, restraint, physical examination, diagnostic sampling and treatment will also be examined in this course. This course is only offered in spring semester.
Explore career opportunities in the veterinary medical field. Course discussion will cover requirements for licensing, the scope of practice for veterinary technicians, professional organizations and career challenges.
Introduces personal and professional characteristics and qualities expected of a veterinary technician. This course covers appropriate client and staff relations, telephone etiquette, scheduling, managing records, client services and education. Laws and ethics regarding the practice of veterinary medicine, legal requirements for record keeping and veterinary practice management software will also be covered.