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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Animal Diseases
Course: VET223

First Term: 2018 Spring
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   5.0 Period(s)   4.4 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Study of common infectious, parasitic, metabolic, immunologic, and degenerative diseases of domestic animals. Infectious disease transmission, mechanisms of disease, the host-parasite relationship, and host responses to disease agents. Clinical signs and management of common diseases. Life cycles of common parasites. Principles of disease prevention, environmental management, vaccination, and zoonosis. Diagnostic techniques including gross and microscopic identification of common animal pathogens.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe mechanisms of pathophysiology and the classification of diseases. (I)
2. Identify and discuss the elements of animal host defenses against disease and the processes of immune response and vaccination. (II)
3. Identify major groups of infectious disease agents, sources of infection, and modes of transmission in animals. (III)
4. Describe the common diseases of animals in terms of their etiology, modes of transmission, natural history or life cycle, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostic procedures, clinical management, and prevention. (IV,V,VI,VII,VIII,IX,X,XI,XII, XIII)
5. Identify and describe important infectious diseases caused by microorganisms in dogs and cats. (IV,V)
6. Identify and describe the life cycles and control of important internal and external parasites of dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, swine, poultry, and selected laboratory animals. (VI)
7. Identify and describe non-infectious diseases of dogs and cats by the body systems effected. (VII)
8. Identify and describe important diseases of horses. (VIII)
9. Identify and describe important diseases of ruminants. (IX)
10. Identify and describe important diseases of swine. (X)
11. Identify and describe important diseases of poultry. (XI)
12. Identify and describe important diseases of selected laboratory animals. (XII)
13. Identify and describe important diseases of selected exotic animals. (XIII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Mechanisms and Classification of Diseases
   A. Mechanisms of pathophysiology
      1. Homeostasis
      2. Cell injury and cell death
      3. Inflammation
      4. Signs of disease
   B. Role of the host: resistance vs. susceptibility
      1. Species-specific factors
      2. Age factors
      3. Nutrition
      4. Passive and acquired immunity
   C. Role of the agent: pathogenic properties
   D. Role of the environment
      1. Environmental stress
      2. Sanitation and environmental management
   E. Classification of diseases
II. Host Defenses Against Disease
   A. Non-specific defense mechanisms
   B. Specific defense mechanisms: the immune system
      1. Elements of the cellular immune system
      2. Elements of the humoral immune system
      3. The immune response and active immunity
      4. Principles of vaccination
      5. Non-adaptive immune responses
III. Veterinary Clinical Microbiology of Infectious Disease
   A. Groups of infectious microorganisms
      1. Viruses
      2. Bacteria
      3. Fungi and yeast
   B. Sources of infection
      1. Animal sources
      2. The environment and fomites
   C. Modes of transmission
      1. Direct
      2. Indirect
      3. Portals of entry
   D. Zoonosis
IV. Infectious Diseases of Dogs
   A. Viral
   B. Bacterial
   C. Fungal
V. Infectious Diseases of Cats
   A. Viral
   B. Bacterial
   C. Fungal
VI. Veterinary Clinical Parasitology
   A. External parasites affecting
      1. Dogs
      2. Cats
      3. Horses
      4. Ruminants
      5. Swine
      6. Poultry
      7. Laboratory animals
   B. Internal parasites
      1. Dogs
      2. Cats
      3. Horses
      4. Ruminants
      5. Swine
      6. Poultry
      7. Laboratory animals
VII. Non-infectious Diseases of Dogs and Cats
   A. Cardiovascular/respiratory diseases
   B. Gastrointestinal diseases
   C. Hematological/immunological diseases
   D. Urinary system diseases
   E. Endocrine and metabolic diseases
   F. Neoplasia
VIII. Diseases of Horses
   A. Infectious
   B. Dental
   C. Lameness
   D. Other non-infectious
IX. Diseases of Ruminants
   A. Infectious
   B. Digestive and metabolic
   C. Other non-infectious
X. Diseases of Swine
   A. Infectious
   B. Non-infectious
XI. Diseases of Poultry
   A. Infectious
   B. Non-infectious
XII. Diseases of Laboratory Animals
   A. Infectious
   B. Non-infectious
XIII. Diseases of Exotic Animals
   A. Infectious
   B. Non-infectious
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 23, 2017

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