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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 incorporate multiple diagnostic modalities utilized in Veterinary medicine. Students will discover and learn how important the following modalities are best utilized in diagnosing disease. Proper patient positioning, exposure settings, film processing, and safety, will also be covered. The following modalities will be included in this class: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT scan), Radiography, Specialized Contrast Studies, Ultrasonography, Nuclear Medicine, and Fluoroscopy. The laboratory portion will include hands-on experience with a digital x-ray machine and ultrasound machine on campus. 1 hr. lect; 2 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: VTS 152.
Students will study how to assess normal and abnormal small animal vital functions, understand vaccine protocols, properly use fluids and medications, recognize common diseases, and provide care for healthy and hospitalized patients. They will learn a wide variety of nursing skills including prophylactic dental care. 3 hrs. lect; 240 hrs. clinical skills practicum at a veterinary hospital. Prerequisites: VTS 148, VTS 150, VTS 151, VTS 152, and by advisement only. Corequisite: VTS 253.
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.
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 study how to assess normal and abnormal small animal vital functions, understand vaccine protocols, propoer administration and use of medications, recognize common disease and provide care for healthy and hospitalized patients. Prophylactic dental care and dental disease 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 categories of Medical Nursing, Surgical Nursing and Assisting.
Prerequisites: BIO 100, VTS 111, VTS 148, VTS 149, VTS 151, VTS 152, VTS 155, VTS 159
Corequisites: VTS 253, VTS 256, VTS 262
Students will be engaged in practical work experience within the field of veterinary technology. Observation and hands on experience in small animal and/or large animal facilities will allow students to apply their classroom knowledge in a clinical setting. The parameters of the internship will be established between the student and the hosting organization under the department's supervision. A contract specifying hours and a method of evaluation will be signed by the parties with sufficient hours for the credits earned. This opportunity will be open to second year students, with the approval of the student's academic advisor and the department chairperson.