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2015 - 2016 Catalog
Course Descriptions for Veterinary Technology


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VTHT 1105 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Veterinary Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to word parts, directional terminology, and analysis of common veterinary terms. The student will define, apply, and analyze common veterinary terms. (1 Lec.)


VTHT 1217 (2 Credit Hours) New course added May 7, 2015
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Office Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Program Acceptance.
Course Description: Practical experience in management of the veterinary practice. Emphasis on client relations, record keeping, inventory, employment skills, and computer skills in the veterinary environment. The student will employ client and veterinary team communication; apply basic business principles such as the maintenance of medical records and computer skills; and demonstrate employment skills including interviewing, resume writing, and appropriate interview attire. (2 Lec.)


VTHT 1301 (3 Credit Hours) New course added May 7, 2015
Offered at CVC

Introduction to Veterinary Technology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Program Acceptance.
Course Description: Survey of the profession of veterinary technology with emphasis on basic techniques, handling and care of animals, and ethical and professional requirements. The student will demonstrate basic restraint, medication, and treatment techniques for domestic animals; identify breeds of animals; and define the responsibilities of a veterinary assistant or technician in a veterinary practice including physical exams, basic care, feeding, sanitation, public and/or client relations; and identify ethical and legal issues. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 1317 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Veterinary Office Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Veterinary Technology degree program.
Course Description: Practical experience in management of the veterinary hospital. Emphasis on client relations, record keeping, inventory, employment skills, and computer skills in the veterinary environment. The student will demonstrate effective client relation, communication, and computer skills; apply basic business principles such as the proper maintenance of medical records; and display employment skills including interviewing, resume writing, and proper dress. (3 Lec.)


VTHT 1321 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Equine Reproduction
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401, and VTHT 2205 with a minimum grade of "C" and have instructor approval.
Course Description: Introduction to common reproductive management techniques of equine reproduction including natural and artificial insemination. Emphasis on practical reproductive techniques in laboratory settings. The student will describe mare and stallion reproductive anatomy and physiology; perform handling techniques for and management of brood mares and stallions; and implement artificial insemination and natural breeding programs. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


VTHT 1341 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Anesthesia and Surgical Assistance
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 2331 and all courses listed in Semester I and Semester II of the Veterinary Technology AAS degree plan with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: In-depth application of surgical, obstetrical, and anesthesia techniques including identification and use of instruments and equipment. The student will identify instruments used in veterinary surgery; demonstrate operating room etiquette and the use of sterile technique; perform pre-anesthesia evaluation, administer and monitor anesthesia, and provide post-anesthesia care; recognize and respond appropriately to anesthetic emergencies; and assist with routine surgical and obstetrical procedures. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 1345 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Radiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed VTHT 1341 with a minimum grade of "C."
Course Description: Presentation of theory and principles and practical application of radiology within the field of veterinary medicine. The student will implement and follow recommended safety procedures; prepare and use technique charts; take and process diagnostic radiographs using stationary and portable X-ray machines; properly care for radiographic equipment; and label, file, and store radiographs. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


VTHT 1349 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Pharmacology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401, and VTHT 1413 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Fundamentals of pharmacology including recognition, calculation, labeling, packaging, and administration of common veterinary drugs, biologics, and therapeutic agents. Discussion of normal and abnormal responses to these agents. The student will identify general types and groups of drugs; prepare, label, package, and dispense pharmaceuticals in an ethical/legal manner; calculate dosages using proper weights, units, and measures; explain and use appropriate routes and methods of drug administration; and differentiate between normal and abnormal responses to medication. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


VTHT 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Introduction to Veterinary Technology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Program Acceptance.
Course Description: Survey of the profession of veterinary technology with emphasis on basic techniques, handling and care of domestic animals, and ethical and professional requirements. The student will demonstrate basic restraint, medication, and treatment techniques for domestic animals; identify breeds of domestic animals; and specify the distinct job responsibilities of a veterinary technician in a modern veterinary practice including physical exams, basic care, feeding, sanitation, public and/or client relations, and ethical and legal issues. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


VTHT 1413 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Program Acceptance.
Course Description: Gross anatomy of domestic animals including physiological explanations of how each organ system functions. The student will describe the major anatomical systems of domestic animals and integrate basic physiological processes with anatomical structures of domestic animals. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 1441 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Anesthesia and Surgical Assistance
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: In-depth application of surgical, obstetrical, and anesthesia techniques including identification and use of instruments and equipment. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 2201 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Canine and Feline Clinical Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Survey of feeding, common management practices, and care of canines and felines in a clinical setting. Review of common diseases of canines and felines encountered in the practice of veterinary medicine. The student will apply sanitation and disease prevention techniques; utilize medication procedures; implement nutrition, reproduction, and behavior concepts of canines and felines in a clinical setting; and differentiate between common disease pathophysiology. (2 Lec., 1 Lab.)


VTHT 2205 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Equine Clinical Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Survey of feeding, common management practices, and care of equines in a clinical setting. Review of common diseases of equines encountered in the practice of veterinary medicine. The student will demonstrate sanitation and disease prevention techniques; perform medication procedures; and implement nutritional, behavioral, and reproductive concepts in an equine clinical setting. (2 Lec., 1 Lab.)


VTHT 2209 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Food Animal Clinical Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Survey of feeding, common management practices, and care of food producing animals in a clinical setting. Review of common diseases of food producing animals encountered in the practice of veterinary medicine. The student will demonstrate sanitation and disease prevention techniques; utilize medication procedures; implement principles of nutrition, reproduction, and behavior of food producing animals in a clinical setting; and differentiate between common disease pathophysiologies. (2 Lec., 1 Lab.)


VTHT 2213 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Lab Animal Clinical Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Survey of feeding, management practices, and care of laboratory animals in a clinical setting. Review of common diseases of laboratory animals encountered in the practice of veterinary medicine. The student will apply appropriate sanitation and disease prevention techniques; utilize appropriate medication procedures; implement knowledge of nutrition, reproduction, and behavior of laboratory animals in a clinical setting; and recognize common disease pathophysiology. (2 Lec., 1 Lab.)


VTHT 2217 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Exotic Animal Clinical Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401, and VTHT 2201 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Survey of feeding, common management practices, and care of exotic animals in a clinical or zoological setting. Review of common diseases of exotic animals encountered in the practice of veterinary medicine. The student will implement appropriate sanitation and disease prevention techniques; utilize appropriate medication procedures; apply knowledge of nutrition, reproduction, and behavior of exotic animals in a clinical setting; and recognize common disease pathophysiology. (2 Lec., 1 Lab.)


VTHT 2223 (2 Credit Hours) New course added May 7, 2015
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Clinical Pathology I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: In-depth study of hematology and blood chemistries with emphasis on lab procedures. Perform complete blood counts (CBC's); differentiate normal from abnormal blood components; perform blood chemistries; and utilize diagnostic equipment. (1 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 2321 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Parasitology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Program acceptance.
Course Description: Study of parasites common to domestic animals including zoonotic diseases. The student will identify internal and external parasites and parasites of public health importance; and apply knowledge of basic life cycles to the study of parasites. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


VTHT 2323 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Veterinary Clinical Pathology I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed VTHT 1413 or BIOL 1406 with a minimum grade of "C."
Course Description: In-depth study of hematology and related chemistries with emphasis on lab procedures. The student will perform complete blood counts (CBC's); recognize abnormal blood conditions; perform common blood chemistries; demonstrate appropriate use of diagnostic equipment; and perform pre-anesthesia evaluation. (2 Lec.,4 Lab.)


VTHT 2325 (3 Credit Hours) New course added May 7, 2015
Offered at CVC

Large Animal Assisting Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1413 and VTHT 1349 with a minimum grade of "C" or have completed VTHT 2205 and VTHT 2209 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Study of restraint and proper management, treatment, and medication techniques for farm animals. The student will perform restraint of farm animals; demonstrate proper treatment and medication techniques; and identify common diseases and management techniques for farm animals. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Clinical Pathology II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed VTHT 1301 or VTHT 1401, and VTHT 1413 with a minimum grade of “C".
Course Description: In-depth study of urinalysis and cytology. Survey of microbiological techniques. Emphasis on laboratory procedures. The student will perform urinalysis, cytological, and basic microbiological techniques; and utilize diagnostic equipment. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 2380 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Cooperative Education - Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1341 and VTHT 2325 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization are offered through a cooperative agreement between the college, employer, and student. Under supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. As outlined in the learning plan, the student will master the theory, concepts, and skills involving the tools, materials, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, and legal systems associated with the particular occupation and the business/industry; demonstrate ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, communicating in the applicable technical language of the occupation and the business or industry. (1 Lec., 15 Ext.)


VTHT 2425 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Large Animal Assisting Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1401, VTHT 1349, and VTHT 2435 with a minimum grade of "C."
Course Description: Study of basic restraint and proper management, treatment, and medication techniques for farm animals. The student will perform basic restraint of farm animals; demonstrate proper treatment and medication techniques; and identify common diseases of and management techniques for farm animals. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


VTHT 2439 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at CVC

Veterinary Nursing Care
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed VTHT 1341 and VTHT 2325 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Capstone course requiring integration of course work in the field of veterinary technology. The student will apply surgical and anesthesia principles with emphasis on pharmacological care; and demonstrate competencies expected of an entry-level credentialed veterinary technician. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.


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