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The Veterinary Science Associate Degree is a 65 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

ORIENTATION TO AGRICULTURAL STUDIES (10091101)

1.00

Familiarizes learners with the Agriculture Center of Excellence and standard operating procedures. Learners will begin to develop a strategic college plan. Learners will be exposed to the various opportunities available throughout their program of study. This course will acquaint students with basic husbandry practices for dairy animals to prepare them for future courses; learners will work directly with the dairy animals throughout the program.

FOUNDATIONAL ANIMAL BIOLOGY (10091122)

2.00

Exposes students to biology and other life sciences. Through a variety of practical learning activities, learners will investigate basic biological principles emphasizing cell biology, fundamental processes of life, introductory genetics, and biodiversity. Learners will use the scientific method to complete basic research. Animal Science is diverse and the program offers flexibility for students to explore both basic and applied aspects of animal biology.

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VERTEBRATE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 1 (10091124)

2.00

Learners will examine anatomical structures with an emphasis on identification, correct terminology, and the relationship between organ systems. Through lecture and dissection labs, learners will establish a foundational knowledge of anatomy to allow further study in physiology and pathology of diseases in common domestic species.

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VETERINARY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (10091172)

1.00

Develop an understanding of acceptable veterinary medical terminology for common clinically recognizable diseases, operations, systems and procedures. Further, learners will distinguish common medical signs, abbreviations and colloquial vocabulary. Medical terms and language is covered as it relates to the animal’s body as a whole.

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VETERINARY OFFICE PROCEDURES (10091174)

2.00

Introduces personal and professional characteristics and qualities expected of a veterinary assistant. This course covers the development of appropriate public, client and staff relations, telephone etiquette, making appointments, managing records, client services and education, and personal grooming and attire. Laws and ethics regarding the practice of veterinary medicine, legal requirements for record keeping and veterinary practice management software will also be covered.

ANIMAL MANAGEMENT (10091200)

3.00

Learners will study behavior of common domestic animals and factors that can influence or change that behavior. Handling and husbandry of animals commonly seen in veterinary practice including nutrition, restraint, basic procedures and housing requirements. Learners will also explore the laws and regulations pertaining to animal care and housing.

COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY (10091108)

3.00

Introduces learners to various drugs and other substances used in veterinary medicine. Learners will analyze drug classification, effects, side effects, uses and client education related to a wide variety of uses in the field of animal medicine. Learners will apply principles of client education, measurement, administration and safe storage of drugs used in veterinary medicine.

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COMPANION ANIMAL & EQUINE DISEASES (10091126)

3.00

Applies medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and directional terminology as it relates to disease processes. This course will focus on disease etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, prevention, and control as it relates to companion animal and equine diseases. Learners will examine the impact of various diseases to properly handle diagnostic samples. Toxic plants and other substances, as well as, reporting and monitoring of federally regulated diseases will be explored.

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ANIMAL NURSING 1 (10091193)

3.00

Introduces the basics of animal nursing including patient history, restraint for medical procedures, and preventative medicine on both large and small animal patients. Includes preparation and administration of medications and vaccinations, care of hospitalized patients, wound management, client education, diagnostic imaging, and small animal nutrition.

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VERTEBRATE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 2 (10091201)

2.00

Builds on learning from Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology 1 to further investigate how body systems function in health, and how disfunction causes disease.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

DAIRY NUTRITION (10091107)

3.00

Analyzes the nutritional needs of dairy cattle during each stage of their life. Topics covered in this course include: roles of digestive nutrients, nutritional requirements at various growth stages, relationship between forage quality and nutrition, ration balancing through calculation of feed and dry matter intake. Learners explore various methods of feeding dairy animals, including grazing system principles. Learners evaluate the use of dairy nutrition feed technologies.

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LIVESTOCK DISEASES (10091123)

2.00

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.

AGRICULTURAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (10091175)

2.00

Provides learners with hands-on use and application of dairy management software used in industry. Specific topic areas covered on the use of dairy management software application are: animals, tools, design, data entry, reports, inventory and veterinary herd check.

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CLINICAL SKILLS - VET 2 (10091198)

3.00

Builds high-level clinical skills in animal handling, medical nursing and disease processes. Learners will perform IV catheter placement, lab tests, calculate medication doses, and simulate CPR and animal emergency response. Additional skills in constructing a sterile surgical field, instrumentation identification, and surgical wraps are performed.

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ECONOMICS (10809195)

3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

BOVINE REPRODUCTION (10091103)

3.00

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. Learners apply artificial insemination concepts through hands-on application.

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MILK QUALITY & PRODUCTION (10091109)

3.00

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.

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AGRICULTURAL INTERNSHIP (10091117)

3.00

Expands on learner’s ability to demonstrate skills learned throughout the program. This course will help students prepare for career related employment as they gain on-the-job experience. During the internship, the learner, instructor and internship site representative will be communicating on the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the learner. Internship experiences for this course may be farm or a variety of agriculture career fields.

PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO PREPARATION (10091119)

1.00

Demonstrates learner’s understanding of concepts learned throughout their program. Learners compile a best management practices document through the development of a professional portfolio. Students will be required to supply previous work or current in-progress work for critique, adjustments and final output.

ANIMAL RESEARCH METHODS - AALAS (10091199)

2.00

Applies research mandates, occupational health issues, alternatives, humane standards, housing, exercise requirements, detecting pain and distress. Additionally, learners will explore analgesics, sedatives and anesthetics used in the research setting. Learners will examine supportive care and animal monitoring. This course is offered in an online format.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

3.00

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relationships in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and religion are explored.

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INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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