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This course presents a study of basic veterinary medical terminology. The primary purpose is for the students to be able to analyze a word, to determine its meaning and to use it properly, therefore preparing the student for future classes in veterinary science.
Students will learn what it means to be a veterinary technician. This course will cover the New York State licensing law, the law and ethics of veterinary practice, controlled substances, veterinary-specific medical terminology, medical record systems, the human-animal bond, client and staff interactions, 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.
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 is aimed to teach 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 and treatment of common diseases (including zoonotic diseases), species differences, husbandry, as well as a variety of nursing skills (diagonostics, restraint and handling, venipuncture, anesthesia, and more) for both healthy and unhealthy exotic animals. Species to be discussed are species of birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, amphibians, and other small mammals. 2 hrs lecture
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.