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Anatomy & Physiology 1 (AP 1)

This course provides students with a foundation in animal anatomy and physiology. Focus is placed on understanding the structures of the cell, body tissues, organs and systems and how they work together to form the animal body. Students examine each of the body systems, focusing on structure and function as well as learn about medical conditions associated with the different body systems. Students continue to build on their newly developed veterinary medical terminology vocabulary.

Anatomy & Physiology 2 (AP 2)

This course provides students with a foundation in animal anatomy and physiology. Students will learn anatomy and function of the nervous, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems. Students examine each of the body systems, focusing on structure and function as well as learn about the medical conditions associated with the different body systems. Students continue to build on their newly developed veterinary medical terminology vocabulary.

Anatomy & Physiology 3 (AP 3)

This course provides students with a foundation in animal anatomy and physiology. Focus is placed on understanding the anatomy and function of the cardiovascular, endocrine/lymphatic and reproductive systems. Students examine each of the body systems, focusing on structure and function as well as learn about medical conditions associated with the different body systems. Students continue to build on their newly developed veterinary medical terminology vocabulary.

Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including Microsoft Office; word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets

Clinical Procedures (CP)

This course provides students with an understanding of various commonly performed clinical diagnostic procedures and laboratory techniques. Focus is placed on building an exam room and laboratory vocabulary, understanding the equipment used in various procedures and techniques performed in assessing various aspects of an animal’s health Students gain experience executing the procedures and techniques for laboratory testing, restraint for injections and exam, vital signs, administrating oral and ophthalmic medications, trim toe nails, examining and cleaning ears, bandaging, first aid and emergency kit supplies and applications.

Diagnostic Imaging -18 (DI-18)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of various veterinary diagnostic imaging including x-rays, CT Scans, MRIs, Ultrasound and endoscopy. Students will learn the different restraint and positioning techniques for common imaging procedures.

Dog & Cat Breed Identification (BI 100-24)

In this course students will be familiarized with the various popular dog and cat breeds. Students will learn how the Canadian & American Kennel Clubs and Cat Fanciers’ Association classify dog and cat breeds. Students will explore common canine and feline behaviors and medical conditions associated with the specific breeds.

Employability Skills 3000-9 (ES 3000-9)

Each term faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs such as industry overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses, or special or advanced skills.

Fundamentals of Dental Procedures 2000-18  (DNP 2000-18)

Computing Security Architecture examines the conceptual issues of security within a computing context. Logical designs and architecture are emphasized, putting conceptual design for security ahead of implementation. Security in areas such as physical design, access controls, and network infrastructure are discussed.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Pharmacology 3000-27 (PHA 3000-27)

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of veterinary pharmacology. Students learn common terms and definitions associated with pharmacology. Students are introduced to various commonly prescribed veterinary pharmaceuticals and examine their use(s) in the veterinary hospital.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Procedures 2000-18 (SGP 2000-18)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of veterinary surgery. Students learn about the commonly performed surgeries. They learn the most commonly used surgical instruments and the proper cleaning and pack preparation for surgery. They are introduced to the sterilization process of instruments as well as surgical preparation of the patient.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Toxicology 3000-21 (TOX 3111-21)

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of veterinary toxicology. Students learn common terms and definitions associated with toxicology. Students will learn about common household toxins and poisons and how they can be treated and prevented. Students will also be able to identify signs and symptoms of poisoning.

Livestock & Exotics 1000-33 (LE 1000-33)

In this course, students will learn to identify various livestock animals common to farms and ranches as well as disease and medical conditions associated with specific species of livestock. They will learn the terminology used in regards to livestock anatomy, housing, birthing, and gaits. They will also learn to identify various rodents, rabbits, and birds that are common as domestic pets as well as disease and medical conditions associated with the different species.

Immunology & Vaccinations 2000-24 (IV 2000-24)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of infectious diseases and vaccinations in small animals. Students begin building an comprehension of diseases, including modes of transmission, signs & symptoms, common treatments and preventive methods. Students will be able to identify both dog and cat vaccinations as well as the vaccine protocols.

Parasitology 2000-39 (PAR 2000-39)

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of common internal and external parasites found in small animals. Students become familiar with the various parasites common to dogs and cats, including modes of transmission, signs & symptoms, microscopic identification, common treatments, prevention methods and zoonotic diseases transmitted by parasites. Students are taught to identify common clinical symptoms. This course also provides students with an understanding of popular parasite products sold through the veterinary hospital. Students learn the difference between competing parasite products, developing the ability to counsel clients on the appropriate product(s) for their pets.

Pet First Aid Workshop 2000-10 (PFAW 2000-10)

This workshop will certify the students in pet first aid. This will involve learning about or dealing with basic prevention of animal or human injury, CPR techniques, airway obstruction, poisoning, diseases and handling emergency situations in a clinical or domestic setting. Students will receive a certification upon successful completion and receive a first aid manual.

Pet Insurance 3000-9 (PI 3000-9)

This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of pet insurance, pet insurance companies and the policies that are offered.

Practical Experience & Role Play Simulations  (PERPS 3000-30)

This course will provide students the practical, hands on experience they need so that they may demonstrate their competency and knowledge retention in a wide range of areas. These areas would consist of, amongst others, front office procedures, restraint techniques, first aid, injections, surgical or dental procedures.

Professional Development Program 1 (PD 1)

PDP 100 is the foundational class in the Professional Development Program series. It is designed to assist students to develop self-awareness by critically examining different aspects of their personalities. They will also be prompted to question their beliefs and behaviors in order to develop a clear sense of the influence they have on their own lives. Students will develop a vision for their future based on the insights they gain from the exercises in this class.

Professional Development Program 2 (PD 2)

PDP 200 builds on the topic of self-awareness to focus on effective interpersonal skills. Students will examine their styles of communicating and they will be given an opportunity to build communication skills in a variety of class exercises. Students will also explore methods for dealing with conflict, setting boundaries, as well as giving and receiving feedback.

Professional Development Program 3 (PD 3)

In this course students will explore the importance of branding and corporate culture. The final project in this class is a panel interview where students will have a chance to apply their professional skills. The interview is filmed so that students can critique their performance and develop strategies for improvement.

Small Animal Nutrition 2000-33 (SAN 2000-33)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of canine and feline nutrition. Focus is placed on the nutritional and dietary requirements of dogs and cats and understanding and evaluating pet food labels. Students learn how to advise clients on feeding pets for various life stages and body conditions. Students begin to form a framework for assessing the quality of a diet and understanding the benefits of feeding a high quality food. Alternative pet diets are examined and discussed. The importance of educating clients on good pet nutrition is stressed.

Veterinary Medical Terminology 1000-33  (MT 1000-33)

This course provides students with a foundation in veterinary medical terminology

Veterinary Office Procedures & Client Communications 1000-57 (OPCC 1000-57)

This course provides students with the fundamentals of reception tasks performed in the veterinary hospital. It will also cover the subjects of euthanasia, difficult clients and billing clients. The course will prepare students for the wide range of duties performed in the front reception area of a standard veterinary hospital. Students learn how to break down medical terms into their constituent parts and how to extract word meaning. This course also provides students with the fundamentals of veterinary software.

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