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Students will learn what it means to be a veterinary technician. This course will cover the New York State licensing law, scope of practice, the law and ethics of veterinary practice, controlled substances, veterinary-specific medical terminology, medical record systems and use legally defensible medical records, the human-animal bond, client and staff interactions, humane euthanasia and grief, OSHA safety, and inventory management basics.
The complex nutritional requirements of companion animals ranging from exotic pets to large farm animals are presented in this course. This course covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of animal feeding through classroom lectures and student projects. Diseases related to nutrition deficiencies and fluid therapy are studied.
This course presents a brief comparative study of the various classes of microorganisms pathogenic to companion animals and livestock. A majority of the course material covers pathogenic parasites. In the lecture portion, life cycles, diagnosis and identification, and prevention, control and treatment strategies are studied. In the laboratory portion, aseptic technique, preparation and care of surgical materials, and preparation and identification of specimens and pathogens are studied. 3 hr. lect; 3 hr. lab. Prerequisite: BIO 100, VTS 111 and VTS 149.
The normal structure and function of the animal body through detailed studies of selected organ systems is studied in this course. In the lecture portion, students study the relationship between structure and function of animal bodies of exotics, carnivores, and herbivores through a detailed analysis of selected organ systems. Laboratory work emphasizes hands-on experiences using models, specimens and dissections of representative species. 3 hr. lect.; 3 hr. lab. Prerequisites: BIO 100, VTS 111 and VTS 149.
Students will study the physiology, clinical presentations and treatments of common metabolic disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the laboratory analysis of bodily fluids, which include blood, urine, effusions, and cytological samples and using the diagnostic tools of chemistry, hematology and microbiology to diagnose disease. 3 hr. lect; 3 hr. lab.
Prerequisite: BIO 100, VTS 111 and VTS 149. Pre and/or Co-requisite: VTS 151, VTS 152.
Students will study restraint and handling techniques used for both large and small animals. This course will cover selection of the correct restraint techniques for the patient and application of the minimum amount of restraint necessary to complete the procedure. 3 hrs. lab.
Normal behavior of several domestic species of animals will be studied. Students will also study preventative behavioral medicine and will learn the tools needed for obtaining a thorough history as required for the diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems commonly encountered in the clinical setting. 2 hr. lect.
This course studies all facets of anesthesia including the pre-anesthetic period through recovery. Injectable drugs and inhalation anesthetics are covered along with analgesic medications and other drugs affecting most major body systems. Drug kinetics, adverse reactions, labeling, dispensing, recording and proper handling of various drugs are also studied. 3 hrs. lect; 280 hrs. clinical skills practicum at a veterinary hospital. Prerequisites: VTS 148, VTS 150, VTS 151, VTS 152, VTS 155, and by advisement only. Corequisite: VTS 256.
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging will cover multiple diagnostic modalities utilized in veterinary medicine such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT scan), Radiography, Contrast Studies, Ultrasonography, Nuclear Medicine, and Fluoroscopy. Emphasis on patient positioning, exposure settings, film processing, and radiation safety will be covered. Students will work with a digital dental x-ray machine, digital tabletop x-ray machine and ultrasound machines during the lab period. 1 hr. lect; 2 hr. lab. Pre req: VTS 152
Students will understand how to assess normal and abnormal small animal vital functions, vaccine protocols, proper administration and use of medications, recognize common disease and provide care for healthy and hospitalized patients. The importance of surgical nursing and the skills that are required to assess a patient’s medical status as well as performing and maintaining aseptic technique in the surgical suite and in the preparation of patients for surgery. In addition, veterinary dentistry, which includes, cleaning, extractions, repair of a patient’s teeth and other diseases of the oral cavity will be covered. 3 hr. lect
Prerequisite: BIO 100, VTS 111, VTS 148, VTS 149, VTS 151, VTS 152, VTS 155, and VTS 159
This course will cover the basic medicine, anatomy, physiology and husbandry of exotic pet species for the licensed veterinary technician. Students will be expected to identify normal healthy behaviors, as well as abnormal clinical signs. This course will cover recognition of the more common diseases, species differences, husbandry, as well as a variety of nursing skills for both healthy and unhealthy exotic animals. Species discussed: birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, amphibians and other small mammals. 1 hour lecture, no prerequisites
This is the laboratory course to accompany VTS 257. It will provide students with hands on experience to master the AVMA required Farm Animal Clinical skills. This laboratory experience includes an online component from Delhi that students will participate in throughout the spring semester. The laboratory experience takes place at SUNY Delhi during the first summer session. 6 day laboratory experience.
Prerequisites: VTS 111, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 155, 159 and by advisement only.
This is the laboratory course to accompany VTS 258. It will provide students with hands on experience to master the AVMA required Laboratory Animal Clinical skills. This laboratory experience includes an online component from Delhi that students will participate in throughout the spring semester. The laboratory takes place at SUNY Delhi during the summer session. Prerequisite VTS 111, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 155, 159 and by advisement only.
This course is designed to prepare students to take the Veterinary Technology National Exam which is required for licensure. Students who complete this course have an 85-95% pass rate on the VTNE. The course material is online but students will meet with an on-campus SUNY Ulster instructor once a week to ask questions and discuss their progress in the course. Prerequisites and co-requisites: Minimum completion of 40 credits of VTS courses with a C or better.
Students are placed in a veterinary hospital to complete the AVMA required small animal surgical/anesthesia clinical skills. Emphasis is placed on all facets of facets of anesthesia including the pre-anesthetic period through recovery. Injectable drugs as well as inhalation anesthetics are covered along with analgesic medications and other drugs affecting most major body systems. Drug kinetics, adverse reactions, labeling, dispensing, recording, and proper handling of various drugs is also included.
Students will have hands on experience during their clinical rotation performing all required skills found in Assessing Essential Skills of Veterinary Technology Students in the categories of Pharmacology and Anesthesia.
Prerequisites: VTS 150, VTS 151, VTS 152, VTS 155
Corerequisites: VTS 253, VTS 256, VTS 263
Students are assigned to a SUNY Ulster Veterinary Technology Program approved veterinary hospital to complete AVMA required skills in surgical nursing, emergency medicine, dentistry and small animal care. The students will learn how to assess normal and abnormal small animal vital functions, understand vaccine protocols, proper administration and use of medications, recognize common disease and provide care for healthy and hospitalized patients. Prophylactic dental care will also be performed. Students will have hands on experience during their clinical rotation performing all required skills found in Assessing Essential Skills of Veterinary Technology Students in the category of Medical and Surgical Nursing.
Preceptorship: 280 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 100, VTS 148, VTS 149, VTS 151, VTS 152, VTS 155, and VTS 159
Corequisite: VTS 253, VTS 256, and VTS 262.