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Fall 2021

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VET245 - Small Animal Pathology&Nursing

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Overview of common small animal diseases and the techniques used in the diagnostic process, treatment and care of these patients. The student will become familiar with common infectious and non-infectious diseases with regard to epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostic testing procedures, therapeutic treatments, measures of prevention, zoonotic potential, and prognosis. Prerequisite: VET201 with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or higher. Corequisites: VET 202, VET 234, VET LB4, VET LB5, VET 246, VET LB6 and VET 280.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Identify common infectious and non-infectious diseases with regard to epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostic testing procedures, therapeutic treatments, measures of prevention, zoonotic potential, or prognosis.
2. Assess the health status of a patient accurately.
3. Document medical information on a patient record accurately.
4. Demonstrate effective and appropriate restraint techniques for dogs and cats.
5. Demonstrate the ability to administer medications to patients by appropriate routes.
6. Collect blood, urine, and cytological samples for diagnostic testing using appropriate techniques.
7. Place intravenous catheters using aseptic technique.
8. Describe intravenous catheter maintenance and care.
9. Demonstrate the ability to perform common dog and cat hygiene procedures.
10. Perform bandage and wound care.
11. Perform diagnostic procedures common to small animal practice.
12. Describe simple rehabilitation therapy exercises in dogs and cats.
13. Discuss established emergency protocols with regard to triage and stabilization of patients in emergency situations.
14. Perform appropriate sanitation procedures for animal holding and housing areas.
15. Identify the indications for a blood transfusion.
16. Describe the procedure for collecting blood, cross matching the blood, and giving a transfusion.
17. Describe methods of permanent identification of animals.
18. Describe reproductive techniques of dogs and cats.
19. Discuss proper care of orphan animals or newborns, as appropriate for the species.
20. Describe care of the recumbent patient.


Effective Term: Fall 2019