Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3015
First Term: 2009 Spring      
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 78
CIP Code: 51.0808

Occupational Area: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Instructional Council: Agriculture/Equine Science (02)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code:

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health program prepares students for careers in veterinary technology which require knowledge and skills involving basic medical sciences, animal care and management, veterinary medical care, and client communications and service. Veterinary technicians function as the paraprofessional assistants to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, other scientists, and animal control and humane organizations. Instruction includes practical clinical internship experience in veterinary emergency, large animal, small animal, and specialty practices, as well as in zoos, laboratories, humane societies, and other facilities.

Required Courses
AGB132 Agribusiness Accounting and Office Management 3
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations 3
+ ANH200 Veterinary Clinical Pathology Methods 3
+ ANH205 Clinical Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 3
+ ANH210 Animal Nursing 2
+ ANH220 Animal Pharmacology 3
+ ANH230 Veterinary Radiography and Imaging 3
+ ANH240 Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, and Emergency Nursing 3
+ ANH250AA Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
+ ANH250AB Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
+ ANH250AC Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
+ ANH250AD Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
+ ANS112 Animal Science and Health Practices 2
+ ANS222 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 3
+ ANS222LL Animal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 1
+ ANS223AA Animal Diseases 3
+ BIO205 Microbiology 4
EQS105 Principles of Equine Science 3
+ EQS298AA Special Projects 1
HCC145AA Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers I 1
Credits: 43

Program Competencies

1. Participate in business and facility management by creating, maintaining, and filing appointment schedules, patient/client records, financial records, logs and inventory records, and by demonstrating effective client communication skills. (AGB132, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
2. Utilize computers and computer software programs to facilitate creation, storage, and retrieval of date files. (AGB139, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
3. Prepare and perform clinical laboratory specimen analysis, including hematology, urinalysis, blood chemistry, hemostasis, serology, cytology, parasitology, and necropsy. (ANH112, ANH200, BIO205, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
4. Describe and explain the anatomy and physiology of common domestic animals, and apply that knowledge to performing common clinical procedures and treatments. (ANS222, ANS222LL, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
5. Explain and perform proper techniques of basic husbandry, restraint and handling, physical examination and assessment, medication administration, clinical specimen collection, and medical treatment in a variety of animal species. (ANS112, EQS105, EQS298AA, ANH210, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
6. Explain the life-stage nutritional requirements for well animals, identify common feeds and feeding practices, and explain the special nutritional requirements and feeding of diseases animals. (ANS112, EQS105, ANH210, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
7. Demonstrate proper use and maintenance of veterinary diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic equipment. (ANS112, ANH200, ANH210, BIO205, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
8. Identify therapeutic drugs, vaccines, and supplements used in veterinary medicine, and describe their mechanisms, common uses, side effects, and regulatory considerations. (ANS112, ANH220, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
9. Perform pharmacologic calculations, interpret and follow pharmacy orders, prepare and dispense drug prescriptions, and explain drug information the client. (ANS112, ANH220, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
10. Explain the principles of operation and maintenance of diagnostic imaging equipment, and safely produce a variety of diagnostic images of animals. (ANH210, ANH230, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
11. Describe common veterinary anesthetic, surgical, and emergency procedures, and perform surgical patient preparation, anesthetic maintenance and monitoring, and surgical assistance. (ANH240, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
12. Identify common diseases of domestic animals, their agents, and principles of disease prevention and treatment. (EQS105, BIO205, ANS223AA, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
13. Explain and apply medical terminology in verbal and written communications. (HCC145AA, ANS112, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 12-13-05

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