Veterinary Assistant (VETA)

VETA 1100 - Clinical Experience I (1 Credit Hour)

This clinical class parallels the course material in VETA 1102, 1103, and 1104 in both clinical and lab settings in order to assist students in completing essential tasks. 75 hours are required to be completed between an approved veterinary facility, scheduled on-campus labs, and scheduled off-campus labs for large animal experience. School orientation material will be covered in this class.

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1101, VETA 1102, VETA 1103, VETA 1104, VETA 1202

(0/1/1)

VETA 1101 - Intro to Veterinary Technology (1 Credit Hour)

An on-line course that will give the student information on the history of veterinary medicine and various employment opportunities available in the animal health care field, with emphasis on the duties and responsibilities of veterinary technicians. Various job opportunities for veterinary technicians will also be discussed. Additional topics include licensing, registration, and professional organizations.

Prerequisite(s): None

(1/0/1)

VETA 1102 - Vet Office&Hospital Procedures (2 Credit Hours)

This on-line course teaches understanding of veterinary clinical and hospital operations including office and managerial duties such as client communication, admitting and discharging patients, scheduling, ordering, and inventory control. This course will also focus on teamwork dynamics and compassion fatigue in regards to the veterinary profession as well as general cleaning and maintenance protocols found in various clinical settings.

Prerequisite(s): None

(2/0/2)

VETA 1103 - Animal Care & Handling (2 Credit Hours)

An on-line course that introduces students to the basic care and management of common companion and farm animals, including breed identification, basic nutritional requirements, reproduction, and neonatal care. Animal behavior and restraint will also be covered. Hands-on practice of the lessons will be done within the VETA 1100 class during scheduled lab sessions.

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1100

(2/0/2)

VETA 1104 - Veterinary Medical Terminology (2 Credit Hours)

An on-line course that introduces students to veterinary medical terminology as it relates to the basic comparative anatomy of domestic animals including integument, musculoskeletal, nervous, digestive, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. Proper terminology is utilized to describe the major organs of each system, their location, and functions, as well as pharmacology terms.

Prerequisite(s): None

(2/0/2)

VETA 1107 - Understand Animal Care&Handlng (3 Credit Hours)

This course gives the student a foundation of practical knowledge about the natures of dogs and cats and how to properly and safely handle and care for these species. The course will also provide an overview of basic husbandry and nursing skills for dogs and cats.

Prerequisite(s): None

(3/0/3)

VETA 1108 - Equine Behavior/Handling/Care (3 Credit Hours)

This course gives the student a foundation of practical knowledge about the nature of horses and how to properly and safely handle and care for this species. The course will also provide an overview of basic husbandry and nursing skills for horses.

Prerequisite(s): None

(3/0/3)

VETA 1200 - Clinical Experience II (1 Credit Hour)

Parallels the course material in VETA 1201, 1202, 1203, and 1204 in both clinical and lab settings in order to assist students in completing essential tasks. 75 hours are required to be completed between an approved veterinary facility, scheduled on-campus labs, and scheduled off-campus labs for large animal experience.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1100

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1201, VETA 1203, VETA 1204, VETA 1207, VETA 1209

(0/1/1)

VETA 1201 - Intro To Clinical Procedures (3 Credit Hours)

An on-line class that introduces students to basic knowledge and skills needed to work in a clinical setting. Topics to be covered include pharmacy and pharmacology, radiology, surgical nursing and anesthesia, and laboratory and clinical pathology procedures.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1100

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1200

(3/0/3)

VETA 1202 - Human Animal Bond (1 Credit Hour)

This is on-line course that focuses on the use of the human animal bond to enrich the life of humans and the role of the veterinary health care team in protecting and promoting the human animal bond. Grief management and the practice of euthanasia will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): None

(1/0/1)

VETA 1203 - Avian & Exotic Medicine (2 Credit Hours)

Online class that covers avian, reptile, amphibian, small mammals, fish and other miscellaneous exotic animals kept as pets. Safe and effective handling and care of these animals will be taught. Common diseases and zoonosis will also be covered. This class will require attendance to on-campus and/or off-campus labs for hands-on experience.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1100

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1200

(2/0/2)

VETA 1204 - Animal Nursing I (3 Credit Hours)

This on-line course provides information on animal nursing skills required in a clinical setting including patient assessment, grooming, and nursing therapeutics such as administration of medication and fluids, dentistry, and emergency care. This course also provides introduction to common diseases and zoonosis.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1100

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1200

(3/0/3)

VETA 1207 - Parasitology for Vet Techs (2 Credit Hours)

An on-line course that studies common internal and external parasites found in domestic and food animals, including characteristics, methods of transmission, life cycles, and clinical signs. Sample collection safety and blood parasites will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1100

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1200, VETA 1209

(2/0/2)

VETA 1209 - Parasitology Lab for Vet Techs (1 Credit Hour)

An on-line course that studies common internal and external parasites found in domestic and food animals, including characteristics, methods of transmission, life cycles, and clinical signs. Sample collection safety and blood parasites will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1100

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1200, VETA 1207

(0/1/1)

VETA 1300 - Externship I (2 Credit Hours)

This clinical experience is designed to expound upon the student’s knowledge, skill, and attitude. The tasks and duties to be performed will parallel each of the classes already successfully completed in the first year of the program. This course also assists students in making immediate and future decisions concerning job choices and educational growth by compiling résumés, evaluating job offers, and outlining information essential to finding, applying for, and terminating a job. 200 hours are required to be completed at an approved veterinary facility, and in class and/or of campus labs.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1200

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1302

(0/2/2)

VETA 1302 - Lab Animal Medicine (2 Credit Hours)

Online course that covers lab animal procedures by teaching safe and effective handling and care of Lab animals (rats, mice, and rabbits, as well as non-human primates). Common diseases and zoonosis of lab animals will be covered. Lab animal regulatory agencies will be discussed. Wildlife and Zoo medicine will also be included in this class. This class will require attendance to on-campus and/or off-campus labs for hands, on experience.

Prerequisite(s): VETA 1200

Co-requisite(s): VETA 1300

(2/0/2)