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.
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.
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.
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.
Examines both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking, including: introduction to the OSI and TCP/IP models; gain familiarity with the various network devices and network addressing schemes; and discover the types of media used to carry data across the network. By the end of this course, the learner will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches and implement IP addressing schemes.