Academics

    VET

    VET 101  Animal Breeds and Husbandry  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    This course is a study of the various species and breeds of domestic animals commonly encountered in veterinary medicine. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of each breed as well as important terminology, physiological data, and behavior of each species of animal.

    VET 103  Veterinary Medical Terminology  (2-0-2)
    Offered  Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  Placement into ENG 101 and MAT 120
    This course introduces the fundamental principles of veterinary medical terminology.  This system's approach to building the medical vocabulary is designed to complement anatomy, physiology, pathology, and related areas of veterinary medicine.

    VET 104  Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  VET 103
    This course provides a general survey of the functional anatomy and physiology of the domestic animals commonly encountered in veterinary medicine. Dissection of representative cadavers is performed in the laboratory.

    VET 105  Orientation to Veterinary Technology (1-0-1)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    This course is a study of the different job opportunities for a veterinary technician. In addition, the course exposes the student to key characteristics of people who are successful in the field.

    VET 106  Small Animal Behavior/Kennel Management  (4-0-4)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semester
    Prerequisites:  Placement into ENG 165 and MAT 032
    This course is the study of the concepts, development, characteristics, and modification of animal behavior as related to domestic animals.  Animal behavior history and restraint are covered. Different breeds and species, proper terminology, nutrition, vaccines, and diseases will also be covered.

    VET 107  Small Animal Care and Welfare I  (4-0-4)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  Placement into ENG 165 and MAT 032
    Co-requisite:  VET 133 (required)
    This course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to work in the animal care industry. Topics include breed identification, canine anatomy, terminology, common disease symptoms, first aid, and proper handling skills.

    VET 108  Small Animal Care and Welfare II  (4-0-4)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 107, VET 133
    Co-requisites:  VET 134, VET 172 (required)
    This course is a continuation of knowledge and skills necessary for working in the animal care industry.  Topics include diseases, care, appearance, handling, topical skin treatment, selection of equipment, and animal handling and control.

    VET 111  Introduction to Veterinary Medical Terminology  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  Placement into ENG 165 and MAT 032
    Co-requisite:  VET 151 (required)
    This course is an introduction of veterinary medical terms, including roots, prefixes and suffixes with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation as used by veterinary assistants.

    VET 114  Pharmacy Skills  (3-3-4)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 111, VET 151, placement into MAT 155
    This course is the study of the usage of small animal health care products, including dispensing and utilization of common veterinary drugs and products.  Additional topics include safe handling, storage, legal documentation, and regulation.

    VET 116  Radiology and Parasitology  (1-6-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    This course is a study of the radiologic techniques for all domestic animals in veterinary medicine, including taking, developing, and assessing for technical errors of large and small animal radiographs. This course also includes a survey and laboratory study of domestic animal parasitology.

    VET 117  Animal Nutrition  (2-0-2)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters      
    Prerequisites:  Placement into ENG 165 and MAT 032
    This course is a study of the different nutrients and their functions.  Evaluating foodstuffs and exploring the role of dietary management and the use of prescription diets in small animals are covered.

    VET 133  Basic Pet Grooming  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Co-requisite:  VET 107 (required)
    This course is a study of skills necessary for entry level employment. Bone structure and recognition of various cat and dog breeds, basic disease symptoms, and learning various pieces of equipment needed to groom will be covered. Basic grooming skills and various grooming products will also be covered.

    VET 134  Intermediate Pet Grooming  (0-9-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 107, VET 133
    Co-requisites:  VET 108, VET 172 (required)
    This course is a study of grooming to learn proper bathing, shampooing, flea dipping, blow drying, and brushing out techniques. Simple procedures such as nail clipping and ear cleaning will be covered. Employment and self-employment opportunities will be discussed.

    VET 135  Advanced Pet Grooming  (4-0-4)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 107, VET 108, VET 133, VET 134, VET 172
    Co-requisites:  VET 162, VET 165 (required)
    This course is a study of basic clips on common breeds followed by hand scissor work and close work on face and paws. Specific show cuts for poodles and other show breeds will be covered in detail. Salon management procedures will be discussed in-depth. Creative grooming, grooming history, the groomer’s code of ethics, and guest speakers from various animal-related industry careers will also be included.

    VET 140  Veterinary Pharmacology  (2-0-2)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  VET 150
    This course is the study of the principles of pharmacology and the pharmaceutical products used in veterinary medicine.

    VET 150  Clinical Techniques I  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  VET 105
    This course includes a survey of the technical skills required by the veterinary technician in dealing with all domestic animals. The course includes techniques in restraint, handling, administration of medications, and collection of bodily specimens.

    VET 151 Veterinary Assisting I  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  Placement into ENG 165 and MAT 032
    Co-requisite:  VET 111 (required)
    This course is the study of the basic skills required of a veterinary assistant, including restraint techniques, laboratory procedures, aseptic techniques, post-surgical recovery, emergency medicine, basic radiology, and surgical preparation and assistance.

    VET 152  Clinical Pathology  (2-6-4)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  VET 150
    This course provides a study of veterinary hematology, urology, and clinical chemistry followed by application of standard laboratory procedures and regulatory testing in each of these disciplines.

    VET 162  Clinical Techniques of Pet Grooming  (0-9-3)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 107, VET 108, VET 133, VET 134, VET 172
    Co-requisites:  VET 135, VET 165 (required)
    This course is a study of the technical skills required to deal with domesticated pets, grooming techniques, breed identification, customer relations, and the proper use of industry recognized tools.

    VET 165  SCWE in Animal Care  (0-8-2)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 107, VET 108, VET 133, VET 134, VET 172
    Co-requisites:  VET 135, VET 162 (required)
    This course provides students with hands-on clinical experience in the animal care field while under the supervision of a professional animal care provider. Experience will include observation of and practice in animal care and handling techniques.

    VET 166  SCWE in Veterinary Practice  (0-8-2)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 106, VET 111, VET 151
    Co-requisites:  VET 114, VET 117, VET 242 (required)
    This course provides hands-on clinical experience in the veterinary field while under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian in a veterinary facility.

    VET 172  Portfolio and Related Topics  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 107, VET 133
    Co-requisites:  VET 108, VET 134 (required)
    This course is a study of grooming experiences. Students will complete a portfolio, produce a videotaped presentation of one or more grooms, and prepare a detailed outline for setting up their own business.

    VET 242  Veterinary Law, Ethics, and Client Relations  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  Placement into ENG 165 and MAT 032
    This course is the study of the moral and ethical principles pertaining to veterinarians and staff, groomers, breeders, and kennel operators.  Laws governing the animal industry, as well as telephone and client courtesy skills, are covered.

    VET 251  Veterinary Assisting II  (1-3-2)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  VET 111, VET 106, VET 151
    Co-requisites:  VET 114, VET 117, VET 166, VET 242 (required)
    This course is the advanced study of the skills required of a veterinary assistant. The student will gain additional hands-on experience in lab procedures, aseptic techniques, post-surgical recovery, emergency medicine, radiology, and surgical preparation as utilized in veterinary clinical settings.