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Health Careers Education
Introduction to Veterinary Science
Introduction to Veterinary Science is a course designed to prepare students who wish to work in a Veterinary Laboratory or Technician setting. The course will cover proper animal handling, surgical preparation, nutrition, and treatments.
Jared Bates
Meridian Technology Center

1. Describe the indications of animal restraint based off of animal behavior in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, dogs, cats.
2. Describe how to properly capture and restrain cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, dogs, cats.
3. Describe animal behavior counseling and the role of a veterinary research technician in behavioral counseling.
4. Describe the human-companion animal bond and behavior problems.
5. Describe the role of basic learning theory in animals including positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, extinction, counter-conditioning and systematic desensitization.
6. Describe common behavior problems in the dog and cat including aggression, separation anxiety, and house-soiling.
7. Define how history and physical examination of an animal, including past medical and surgical history, environmental history, medication history, dietary history, and anatomical system assessment,
8. Describe the different parasites found in cats and dogs including ascarids, intestinal threadworms, whipworms, tapeworms, heartworms, giardia, coccidia, fleas, bot flies, heel flies, lice, mites, and ticks.
9. Describe the parasites found in horses including ascarids, pinworm, small and large strongyles, intestinal threadworm, tapeworms, fleas, bot flies, heel flies, lice, mites, and ticks.
10. Describe the parasites found in ruminants including strongyles, lungworms, tapeworms, liver flukes, coccidian, fleas, bot flies, heel flies, lice, mites, and ticks.
11. Describe the parasites found in swine including stomach worms, ascarids, strongloides, whipworms, lungworms, kidney worms, fleas, bot flies, heel flies, lice, mites, and ticks.
12. Describe the tests involved in diagnosing parasites found in domestic animals.
13. Describe the different Zoonoses related to public health including bacterial zoonoses, mycotic zoonoses, and parasitic diseases.
14. Describe the variety of diagnostic sampling and treatment techniques performing in small animals and large animals including blood sample collection, urine sample collection, and fecal collection.
15. Describe the types of administration of medicine including intravenous administration, subcutaneous administration, intramuscular administration, intradermal administration, intranasal administration, intratracheal administration, intraosseous administration, renal administration, and oral administration.
16. Describe the different types of preventive health programs for dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, and swine.
17. Describe the role of anesthesia and the types of pharmacological agents used in anesthetics.
18. Describe the common instruments used in general surgery.
19. Describe the common surgeries performed in small animal surgery including castration, caesarian section, tail docking, and dewclaw removal.
20. Describe the common surgeries performed in large animal surgery including castration, caesarian section, ultrasound, and dehorning.
21. Define the principles relating to drug action, routes of administration, dosage forms, and the types of drugs used.
22. Describe the nutritional requirements of companion animals and livestock.
23. Describe what euthanasia is, client bereavement and the grief process in losing an animal.
24. Describe the basic necropsy procedures and techniques for small and large animals.
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Health Science Biotechnology Research and Development Veterinary Research Technician