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Agricultural Education
AG00015
Small Animal and Vet Assisting
120.00
This one-unit course focuses on animals kept as service, companion, and laboratory animals, including dogs and cats. Content includes species and importance of small animals, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and feeding, disease and health management, reproduction, facilities, and well-being. Content areas related to veterinary assisting include asepsis, animal restraint and safety, animal positions and terminology, vital signs, equipment, laboratory testing, and administration of medications. FFA and supervised experience will be included as appropriate.
Kurt Murray
kmurr@okcareertech.org
(405) 743-5489
Introduction to Agriscience



Unit
VET1: Nature and importance of small animal care and veterinary assisting (10
hours)



Benchmark
VET1-1: Students will discuss the meaning of small animals, list important
species, describe uses of the species, and match common and scientific names.



Benchmark
VET1-2: Students will explain the meaning and importance of veterinary
assisting.



Benchmark
VET1-3: Students will describe the scope and importance of small animals and
veterinary assisting in the local community, Oklahoma, and the United States.



Benchmark
VET1-4: Students will explain the importance and practice of animal well-being
and ethics with small animals .



Unit
VET2: Career entry and advancement in the small animal industry and veterinary
assisting (8 hours)



Benchmark
VET2-1: Students will identify occupations in the small animal industry and
list the competencies needed for occupational entry.



Benchmark
VET2-2: Students will identify and assess entrepreneurship opportunities in the
small animal industry.



Benchmark
VET2-3: Students will explain the nature of work in veterinary assisting and
where job opportunities are found.



Benchmark
VET2-4: Students will name and describe important personal skills for success
in small animal care and veterinary assisting careers.



Unit
VET3: Personal and occupational safety with small animals and veterinary
assisting (10 hours)



Benchmark
VET3-1: Students will assess personal and occupational safety requirements in
small animal and veterinary assisting work and choose appropriate safety
practices .



Benchmark
VET3-2: Students will properly select, use, and maintain personal protective
equipment when working with small animals and in veterinary assisting.



Benchmark
VET3-3: Students will relate behavioral characteristics of small animal species
in using safe handling practices.



Benchmark
VET3-4: Students will define zoonosis, relate examples, and identify
appropriate safety practices with small animals and veterinary assisting.



Unit
VET4: Dogs (34 hours)



Benchmark
VET4-1: Students will identify external anatomical features of dogs.



Benchmark
VET4-2: Students will describe the major classes of dogs and identify breeds
within each class.



Benchmark
VET4-3: Students will name and describe functions of the major body systems of
dogs, including integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, excretory,
urinary, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and endocrine systems.



Benchmark
VET4-4: Students will discuss the importance of genetics and heredity with
dogs, including the role of pedigrees in animal selection.



Benchmark
VET4-5: Students will identify major parts of male and female reproductive
systems, describe mating behavior, and the role of the estrous cycle in female
dogs.



Benchmark
VET4-6: Students will explain phases of reproductive development in dogs,
including puberty, fertilization, gestation, parturition, and lactation.



Benchmark
VET4-7: Students will describe the appropriate care of pregnant female dog,
including feeding, exercise, housing, and whelping.



Benchmark
VET4-8: Students will describe proper care of new-born puppies and developing
young dog.



Benchmark
VET4-9: Students will explain the nutrient needs of dogs, choose appropriate
rations, and demonstrate methods of feeding.



Benchmark
VET4-10: Students will list common diseases and parasites of dogs and identify
health management practices related to nutrition, sanitation, vaccination, and
the environment .



Benchmark
VET4-11: Students will demonstrate the administration of medications used with
dogs.



Benchmark
VET4-12: Students will describe facilities and equipment needed with dogs.



Benchmark
VET4-13: Students will demonstrate training and grooming with dogs.



Benchmark
VET 4-14: Students will demonstrate knowledge of identification methods and
regulations in dog industry .



Unit
5: Cats (24 hours)



Benchmark
VET5-1: Students will identify external anatomical features of cats.



Benchmark
VET5-2: Students will describe the classes of cats and identify breeds.



Benchmark
VET5-3: Students will name and describe functions of the major body systems of
cats, including integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, excretory,
urinary, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and endocrine systems.



Benchmark
VET5-4: Students will discuss the importance of genetics and heredity with
cats, including the role of pedigrees in animal selection.



Benchmark
VET5-5: Students will identify major parts and functions of male and female cat
reproductive systems .



Benchmark
VET5-6: Students will describe mating behavior and the role of the estrous
cycle in female cats.



Benchmark
VET5-7: Students will describe the appropriate care of a pregnant female cat,
including feeding, exercise, housing, and kittening.



Benchmark
VET5-8: Students will describe proper care of new-born kittens and developing
young cat.



Benchmark
VET5-9: Students will explain the nutrient needs of cats based on species, age,
life stage, and activity and select an appropriate ration and feeding method.



Benchmark
VET5-10: Students will list common diseases and parasites of cats, identify
health management practices, and demonstrate the administration of medications
.



Benchmark
VET5-11: Students will describe facilities and equipment needed with cats.



Benchmark
VET5-12: Students will demonstrate training and grooming with cats.



Unit
VET6: Birds, rabbits, and other small animals (20 hours)



Benchmark
VET6-1: Students will identify companion bird species and describe
reproduction, nutrition and feeding, health, and facility management of
companion birds .



Benchmark
VET6-2: Students will identify weight categories and breeds of domestic rabbits
and describe reproduction, nutrition, feeding, health, and facility management
of domestic rabbits.



Benchmark
VET6-3: Students will name and identify the kinds of rodents and demonstrate
proper feeding, health and reproductive care, and facilities needed with
rodents.



Benchmark
VET6-4: Students will demonstrate proper care and management of ferrets,
hedgehogs, and chinchillas.



Benchmark
VET6-5: Students will demonstrate proper care and management of amphibians and
reptiles used as companion animals.



Benchmark
VET6-6: Students will identify species of ornamental fish and demonstrate
proper feeding and management of aquatic environments for freshwater and
saltwater species.



Unit
VET7: Veterinary assisting in medical practice (26 hours)



Benchmark
VET7-1: Students will describe the nature and operation of a veterinary medical
facility.



Benchmark
VET7-2: Students will identify and demonstrate proper use of instruments and
equipment used by veterinary assistants.



Benchmark
VET7-3: Students describe general procedures in the examination and care of
animals.



Benchmark
VET7-4: Students will use appropriate veterinary medical terms in oral and
written communication.



Benchmark
VET7-5: Students will explain animal positions and direction, including
ventral, dorsal, caudal, cranial, superficial, deep, distal, and peripheral.



Unit
VET8: Routine veterinary medical practices (38 hours)



Benchmark
VET8-1: Students will check and record the vital signs of an animal, including
temperature, respiration rate, and heart rate.



Benchmark
VET8-2: Students will use a stethoscope to listen to internal sounds and assess
the health of an animal.



Benchmark
VET8-3: Students will assist in collecting fluid or tissue samples for testing
and perform simple tests.



Benchmark
VET8-4: Students will assist in administering medications, including oral,
topical, and injected medications.



Benchmark
VET8-5: Students will properly restrain and lift an animal based on its species
and size.



Benchmark
VET8-6: Students will practice aseptic techniques, including cleaning, washing,
and using sterilization equipment and practices.



Unit
VET9: Agricultural education (10 hours)



Benchmark
VET9-1: Students will manage an appropriate supervised experience in small
animal care and veterinary assisting .



Benchmark VET9-2: Students will
identify opportunities for participation and advancement in the FFA related to
small animal care and veterinary assisting.







Veterinary Assistant - CTTC
http://www.okcareertech.org/testing/Skills_Standards/Health_Career_Cluster.htm



Veterinary Technician - AAVSB

http://www.proexam.org/html/pes_examination_profession.html#Veterinary

Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

American Association of Veterinary State Boards

Small and Specialty Animal Care - CEV Multimedia

Small Animal Anatomy and Physiology - CEV Multimedia

Animal Laws and Regulations - CEV Multimedia

http://www.cevmultimedia.com/agpathwaylist.php





Dog Learning Laboratory Kit - Ohio State University, Curriculum Materials Service.
http://www.AgEdCenter.com


Veterinary Science Curriculum Package - Collection, Cornell Educational Resource Program through Ohio State University, Curriculum Materials Service.
http://www.AgEdCenter.com


Veterinary Science Instructional Manual and Teacher Edition CD-ROM. 2007-2008 The Core, National FFA Organization.


http://www.ffaunlimited.org


Small Animal Care and Management, Warren. 2002. Delmar-Thomson Learning.
http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com


Introduction to Veterinary Science, Baker and Lawhead. 2009. Delmar-Thomson Learning.
http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com


An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology; Janet Romich; 2009. Delmar-Thomson Learning.

http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com


Veterinary Clinical Procedures in large Animal Practice; Jody Rockett, DVM; 2007. Delmar-Thomson Learning.

http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com

Veterinary Office Practices, Robert Kehn; 2004. Delmar-Thomson Learning.

http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com



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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Animal Science Animal Science