Veterinary Technology

Code Course Description
VTEC 1101

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is designed to provide a foundation for veterinary medical language and basic anatomy and physiology. Positional, directional and planes of body and body cavity terminology are also discussed. From the cellular to the tissue level to the gross anatomical level, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of both small (canine, feline), avian and large (bovine, equine, ovine, caprine, porcine) animals are covered.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 1102

Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 1

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary background to perform basic veterinary clinical or laboratory procedures. The methodology for care and maintenance of veterinary laboratory equipment is covered, in addition to the materials and methods used to perform common diagnostic tests, sample preparation and submission, and accurate record keeping. Diagnostic testing for, and identification of common small and
large animal parasites are practiced. Students will also be introduced to basic clinical pathology including hematology and complete blood counts.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 1103

Veterinary Nursing 1

In this course students are introduced to safe animal handling and restraint and the components of the physical exam. Students will learn how to obtain the basic medical history and vital signs of a patient and how to record these data in veterinary medical records. Aspects of breed recognition, animal behaviour, safe restraint, nursing care and husbandry of healthy, sick and hospitalized patients are covered. Basic technical skills including grooming, medication administration, injections and blood collection are included.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 1112

Veterinary Administrative Procedures

This course is designed to introduce the student to the administrative duties and procedures required in a veterinary setting. Topics covered will include: reception and public relations skills, appointment scheduling, telephone techniques, interpersonal skills, time and stress management, inventory control, filing and records management procedures, and veterinary medical ethics. The computer applications will provide a practical, working knowledge of word processing and veterinary software. Health and safety, including WHMIS certification, will be covered. Job search skills will be included.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 1201

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 2

This course includes further development of veterinary terminology skills. The anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, hematologic, lymphatic and immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, reproductive and sensory systems of both small (canine, feline), avian and large (bovine, equine, ovine, caprine, porcine) animals are covered. This course completes the detailed review of small and large animal anatomical and physiological systems. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 1202

Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 2

This course will further develop veterinary clinical and laboratory skills, including transfusion medicine, serum chemistry testing, urinalysis, immunology and serology. Cytological techniques and microbiology are reviewed for all domestic veterinary species, with the emphasis on pathogens relevant to companion (small) animals. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 1203

Veterinary Nursing 2

This course builds on the animal handling and technical skills learned in Veterinary Nursing 1 and provides a basic introduction to the fields of veterinary anesthesia, emergency medicine and fluid therapy. Additional skills covered include intravenous catheter placement, urinary procedures and wound care and bandaging.

VTEC 1204

Veterinary Pharmacology

This course provides a foundation in the basic principles of pharmacology. Pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and general pharmacological principles, definitions and a review of drugs that affect each body system are included. Practical applications of concepts for a variety of species are reviewed.

VTEC 1205

Veterinary Diseases

This course introduces students to the cause of diseases and provides an overview of the transmission, clinical signs, treatment and prevention of common diseases in both small and large animals. Specific modes of disease transmission and prevention (including both large and small animal vaccine schedules) are detailed. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2106

Veterinary Dentistry

This course will review the basics of companion animal oral anatomy and health, with emphasis on prevention and detection of periodontal disease and oral pathology. Students will learn and practice techniques in routine dental cleaning and oral hygiene, dental charting, dental radiography, client education and home care.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2107

Large Animal Clinics

This course covers many aspects of large animal veterinary technology. Topics include handling and restraint, husbandry, comparative anatomy, medical procedures, surgical procedures and preventative medicine of equines, ruminants, porcines and South American camelids.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2108

Veterinary Anesthesia

This course combines both the theoretical and practical aspects of veterinary anesthesia for both small and large animals. Topics include the calculation of drug doses, pre-anesthetic patient preparation, administration of local anesthetics, sedatives, induction drugs and inhalant anesthetics, monitoring patients under general anesthesia, detection and management of anesthetic complications, as well as post-operative patient care and pain prevention. Inhalant anesthetic machines and monitoring equipment will also be covered.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2109

Veterinary Radiography

This course will detail all aspects of veterinary radiography. Topics include the theoretical aspects of radiography, radiation safety, patient handling techniques, taking, processing and evaluation of radiographs to ensure diagnostic quality.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2110

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

This course includes both the practical and theoretical study of relevant normal and problem behaviours of companion animals. Client communication and education are emphasized. Discussions of ethical and welfare issues in both small and large animals and in the safe nursing practice of aggressive and injured animals are also included in this course.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2111

Animal Nutrition

This course will examine the dietary requirements of companion and food animals and how nutrition affects animal health. Students will also be provided with the knowledge required to counsel small animal clients on life stage, preventative and therapeutic nutrition as well as available supplements and nutraceuticals.

Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2303

Veterinary Nursing 3

In this course students will learn and practice advanced veterinary nursing skills. Skills acquired in Veterinary Nursing 1 and 2 will be reviewed and further developed. Advanced drug dosing, fluid administration, constant rate infusion (CRI) and transfusion calculations will be practiced. Students will gain experience in client and workplace communication. Emergency and critical care nursing will be emphasized along with the medical record keeping needed for these disciplines. Ward and hospital management will be discussed from a veterinary technologist's perspective. Palliative care, oncology and toxicology will be reviewed.

VTEC 2304

Veterinary Surgical Assistance

This course will detail aseptic technique, upkeep of surgical areas, packs and equipment, preparation of the patient for surgery, anticipation of surgeon’s needs and post-operative care of surgical patients. Each student will scrub into and assist during live animal surgery. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2305

Veterinary Genetics and Reproduction

This course will introduce genetics and the basics of genetic disease. Strategies to decrease the frequency of genetic disease will be discussed. Normal and abnormal reproductive anatomy and physiology of the common domestic species will be reviewed. Discussion will include the reproductive cycle of each species and signs and symptoms associated with normal parturition and dystocia. The veterinary team's role in assisting with the reproductive process will be emphasized. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2307

Lab Animal and Exotics Clinics

This course will introduce avian, exotic pet and laboratory animal clinical skills. Students will gain knowledge and experience in handling, restraint and treatment and will be exposed to laboratory animal guidelines and procedures. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

VTEC 2309

Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

The student will receive further practice in radiography with emphasis on problem solving. Contrast media in radiography and advanced diagnostic imaging including ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, nuclear scintigraphy and infrared thermography are discussed. Patient preparation for both basic and advanced techniques is included. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.