Academic Catalog

Veterinary Technology (VET)

VET 095  Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine  (0 Credit)  

This zero credit S/U course ensures all students in the Veterinary Technology program receive their prophylactic rabies vaccination series prior to entry into prerequisite courses. Rabies is a fatal viral neurologic disease, which can infect any mammal including humans. Courses in the Veterinary Technology Program will expose students to animals both on and off the Medaille Campus. Although these are controlled learning experiences, there is still the possibility that students could be exposed to an animal carrying the rabies virus. Due to this possibility, the prophylactic series of rabies immunizations is required for Veterinary Technology Students. The cost of the rabies vaccination series is included in the lab fee for 095. The rabies vaccinations will be administered to VET 095 students during the semester on campus when possible by a travel medicine and immunization services provider. Proof of completion of the prophylactic rabies vaccination series will be required to receive a “satisfactory” in VET 095. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 173X.  
Co-Requisites: SCI 131X  
Fees: 1290  
VET 099  Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine  (0 Credit)  

This zero credit S/U course ensures all students in the Veterinary Technology program receive their prophylactic rabies vaccination series prior to entry into VET 202 Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition, VET 222 Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition, VET 224 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology, and VET 277 Preceptorship II. Rabies is a fatal viral neurologic disease, which can infect any mammal including humans. Courses in the Veterinary Technology Program will expose students to animals both on and off the Medaille Campus. Although these are controlled learning experiences, there is still the possibility that students could be exposed to an animal carrying the rabies virus. Due to this possibility, the prophylactic series of rabies immunizations is required for Veterinary Technology Students. VET 099 will be taken concurrently with VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science. The cost of the rabies vaccination series is included in the lab fee for VET 120. The rabies vaccinations will be administered to VET 099 students during the semester on campus by a travel medicine and immunization services provider. Proof of completion of the prophylactic rabies vaccination series will be required to receive a “satisfactory” in VET 099. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 120  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: 1495  
VET 100  Introduction to Veterinary Technology  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the Veterinary Technology Profession, medical terminology and basic scientific concepts. Discussions are generated on career opportunities, the role of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. The different classifications and breeds of companion and farm animals are studied. General principles of animal behavior, care, equipment and management are presented. Legal regulations on the county, state and federal levels are examined. There will be a preliminary investigation of the concepts of health and disease, including dentistry and immunity. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 10  
VET 101E  Introduction to Veterinary Technology  (3 Credits)  

This course will introduce the expectations of the Veterinary Technology Program, medical terminology and basic scientific and medical concepts. Emphasis will also be placed on definitions, abbreviations, and word elements used in the profession. Discussions are generated on career opportunities the role of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine, and the human-animal bond. The different classifications and breeds of companion and farm animals are studied. General principles of animal behavior, care, equipment, and management are presented. Legal regulations on the country, state, and federal levels are examined. Student safety will be addressed from a regulatory standpoint. Introduction to the concepts of euthanasia and necropsy. There will be a preliminary investigation of the concepts of health and disease. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the Veterinary Tech AAS Online program.  
Fees: None  
VET 101X  Intro to Veterinary Technology  (4 Credits)  

This course will introduce the expectations of the Veterinary Technology Program, medical terminology and basic scientific and medical concepts. Emphasis will also be placed on definitions, abbreviations, and word elements used in the profession. Discussions are generated on career opportunities the role of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine, and the human-animal bond. The different classifications and breeds of companion and farm animals are studied. General principles of animal behavior, care, equipment, and management are presented. Legal regulations on the country, state, and federal levels are examined. Student safety will be addressed from a regulatory standpoint. Introduction to the concepts of euthanasia and necropsy. There will be a preliminary investigation of the concepts of health and disease. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Students in the Veterinary Technology AAS Roch program may not enroll.  
Fees: 65  
VET 102X  Veterinary Technology: Principles and Practice  (4 Credits)  

This course will introduce the expectations of the Veterinary Technology Program, medical terminology and basic scientific and medical concepts. Emphasis will also be placed on definitions, abbreviations, and word elements used in the profession. Discussions are generated on career opportunities, the role of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine, and the human-animal bond. The different classifications and breeds of companion and farm animals are studied. General principles of animal behavior, care, equipment and management are presented. Legal regulations on the county, state and federal levels are examined. Student safety will be addressed from a regulatory standpoint. Introduction to the concepts of euthanasia and necropsy. There will be a preliminary investigation of the concepts of health and disease. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 120  Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the Veterinary Technology Profession, medical terminology and basic scientific concepts. Discussions are generated on career opportunities, the role of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. The different classifications and breeds of companion and farm animals are studied. General principles of animal behavior, care, equipment and management are presented. Legal regulations on the county, state and federal levels are examined. There will be a preliminary investigation of the concepts of health and disease, including dentistry and immunity. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 120L  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 75  
VET 120A  Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science - Animal Care  (0 Credit)  

Animal Care is a vital part of the clinical learning experience for VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science and cannot be taught in a classroom or laboratory setting. The foundation of this portion of VET 120 is the care of animals used in the laboratory, with emphasis on husbandry, including nutrition and sanitation, preventative medical procedures, and communication. Recognition of health and disease, development of professionalism and teamwork skills, and contribution to the welfare of the animals are essential components. Note: Animal Care will require additional time outside of scheduled class and laboratory hours for completion of student responsibilities. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Scientific Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 120L  
Fees: None  
VET 120L  Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 126  Animal Parasitology  (2 Credits)  

This course focuses on the common ectoparasites and endoparasites of pets and large animals and laboratory animals. Parasite identification, life history and pathogenesis are studied. Public health aspects are noted, and methods of prevention and treatment are discussed. Diagnostic procedures and identification are performed in the laboratory. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100, BIO 170 and 170L.  
Co-Requisites: VET 126L  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 30  
VET 126L  Animal Parasitology Laboratory  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 130  Basic Introduction to Horses  (1-3 Credits)  

The student is introduced to methods of handling and restraint of the horse: basic equine terminology including basic anatomy, breed identification, color and color patterns and equipment, and different disciplines of horseback riding. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 177  Preceptorship I  (1 Credit)  

This course serves as a general introduction to the personnel and function of a veterinary facility. Thirty hours will be spent in a veterinary facility observing animal nursing care and treatment, appointments, surgery, diagnostics including imaging and laboratory techniques, and daily facility operations. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Veterinary Technology.Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 180E  Care and Management of Exotic Animals  (4 Credits)  

A general overview of exotic and laboratory animals is provided. Humane care, handling, management, technical procedures, and use of these animals are emphasized. Taxonomic classification and comparative anatomic and physiologic characteristics of common exotic and laboratory animals are presented. Laws, regulations, standards and organizations associated with laboratory animal science and the possession and management of exotic animals are discussed. Safety and ethical issues are addressed. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E, GEN 131E and VET 101E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 180X  Care of Exotic Lab Animals  (4 Credits)  

A general overview of exotic and laboratory animals is provided. Humane care, handling, management, technical procedures, and use of these animals are emphasized. Taxonomic classification and comparative anatomic and physiologic characteristics of common exotic and laboratory animals are presented. Laws, regulations, standards and organizations associated with laboratory animal science and the possession and management of exotic animals are discussed. Safety and ethical issues are addressed. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: GEN 131X, BIO 172X and VET 101X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 50  
VET 182X  Introduction to Research and Exotic Animals  (4 Credits)  

A general overview of exotic and laboratory animals is provided. Humane care, handling, management, technical procedures, and use of these animals are emphasized. Taxonomic classification and comparative anatomic and physiologic characteristics of common exotic and laboratory animals are presented. Laws, regulations, standards and organizations associated with laboratory animal science and the possession and management of exotic animals are discussed. Safety and ethical issues are addressed. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Scientific Reasoning and Technological Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 102X and BIO 174X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 50  
VET 199  VET Elective  (3 Credits)  
Department: None  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 202  Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition  (3 Credits)  

Emphasis is placed on the dog and cat regarding proper restraint and care. Physical as well as chemical methods of restraint are presented. Common disease processes experienced by the dog and cat are outlined and nutrition is examined as it relates to both the healthy and ill pet. Infectious, hormonal, traumatic, toxicological and nutritional problems include some of the disease processes covered. Raising orphan puppies and kittens and proper vaccination procedures are taught. Additional student time and assignments may be required outside of scheduled class and laboratory hours. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100, 120, BIO 171, 171L and VET 099.  
Co-Requisites: VET 202L  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Veterinary Technology.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 150  
VET 202A  Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition - Animal Care  (0 Credit)  

Animal Care is a vital part of the clinical learning experience for VET 202 Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition and cannot be taught in a classroom or laboratory setting. The foundation of this portion of VET 202 is the care of animals used in the laboratory, with emphasis on husbandry, including nutrition and sanitation, preventative medical procedures, and communication. Recognition of health and disease, development of professionalism and teamwork skills, and contribution to the welfare of the animals are essential components. Note: Animal Care will require additional time outside of scheduled class and laboratory hours for completion of student responsibilities. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100, 120 and BIO 171.  
Co-Requisites: VET 202  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 202L  Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition - Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 202  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 203E  Small Animal Diseases & Nutr  (4 Credits)  

Emphasis is placed on the dog and cat regarding proper restraint and care. Physical as well as chemical methods of restraint are presented. Common disease processes experienced by the dog and cat are outlined and nutrition is examined as it relates to both the healthy and ill pet. Infectious, hormonal, traumatic, toxicological and nutritional problems include some of the disease processes covered. Raising orphan puppies and kittens and proper vaccination procedures are taught. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E, VET 101E, 180E and 207E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 204  Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques  (3 Credits)  

This course examines blood, urine and feces for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Lectures will focus on the physiologic responses to disease and the effects of disease on measurable substances produced by the body. The collection, storage and handling of laboratory specimens and general laboratory management procedures including safety and quality control will be discussed. Laboratory sessions emphasize the performance of analytical procedures commonly used in veterinary medicine. Less routine procedures will be demonstrated and/or discussed. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 171 and 171L.  
Co-Requisites: VET 204L  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 30  
VET 204L  Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 204  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 205X  Vet Clinical Lab Techniques  (4 Credits)  

This course examines blood, urine and feces for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Lectures will focus on the physiologic responses to disease and the effects of disease on measurable substances produced by the body. The collection, storage and handling of laboratory specimens and general laboratory management procedures including safety and quality control will be discussed. Laboratory sessions emphasize the performance of analytical procedures commonly used in veterinary medicine. Less routine procedures will be demonstrated and/or discussed. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Scientific Reasoning and Technological Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 182X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 50  
VET 206  Handling and Care of Exotics  (2 Credits)  

This course is specifically designed to acquaint the student with the most common exotic pets. Handling, husbandry and diseases are studied. Techniques of immobilization and obtaining laboratory samples are demonstrated. Experiences may occur at various locations with birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Travel time to and from off-campus activities is required. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100, BIO 171 and 171L.  
Co-Requisites: VET 206L  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 75  
VET 206L  Handling and Care Exotics Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 206  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 75  
VET 207E  Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques  (4 Credits)  

This course examines blood, urine, feces and cells for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Lectures will focus on the physiologic responses to disease and the effects of disease on measurable substances produced by the body. The collection, storage and handling of laboratory specimens and general laboratory management procedures, including safety and quality control, will be discussed. The common ectoparasites and endoparasites of pet, exotic and large animals are identified, and their life history and pathogenesis are studied. Public health aspects are noted, and methods of prevention and treatment are discussed. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E, GEN 131E and VET 101E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 208  Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging  (2 Credits)  

Topics include the theory of x-ray production and the x-ray machine as well as the practical aspects of producing diagnostic radiographs. Emphasis will be placed on the production of high-quality diagnostic images by correcting common problems of technique and positioning. Students will have experience exposing, processing, and handling of radiographic films while practicing NYS Radiation Safety regulations. The students will also gain experience with contrast media and special techniques, the production and interpretation of electrocardiograms (ECG), and the role of ultrasonography in veterinary medicine. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100, BIO 171 and 171L.  
Co-Requisites: VET 208L  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 25  
VET 208L  Diagnostic Imaging Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 208  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 209E  Diagnostic Imaging  (3 Credits)  

Topics include the theory of x-ray production as well as the practical aspects of taking radiographs. Emphasis is on the diagnostic quality of radiographs and how to correct common problems. Students will have experience in radiographic exposure, development and handling. Proper positioning and restraint for various anatomical views are shown. Use of contrast media and special techniques is mentioned. Safety precautions and New York State regulations are emphasized. The role of the electrocardiogram (ECG) in veterinary medicine is discussed. Proper patient positioning and methods of restraint are taught. The normal ECG tracing and common disease variations are studied. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E and VET 203E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 221E  Pharmacy & Pharmacology  (3 Credits)  

This course familiarizes the student with the major pharmaceuticals used in veterinary medicine. Pharmacology is intended to acquaint the student with fundamental knowledge of the mechanism of action, dosage, routes of administration and toxic effects of various groups of veterinary-related drugs. Conversion of weights, volumes and the calculation of drug doses are practiced. Emphasis is placed on the role the Veterinary Technician plays in educating the client in the use of prescribed drugs in pets and production animals. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E, GEN 131E, MAT 117E, VET 101E and 207E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 222  Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition  (3 Credits)  

This course is comprised of both a lecture and laboratory portion. In the lecture, the states of wellness and disease of large animals will be presented in regard to nutrition, anatomy and physiology, treatment, and prevention and control. The course will explore reproductive physiology and management, herd management, and the husbandry of equine, bovine, porcine and small ruminants. Common procedures and vaccination protocols of large animals will be presented in class and practiced in lab. Additional student time and assignments will be required outside of scheduled class and laboratory hours. **Note: Registration for both the lecture VET 222 and the lab VET 222L is required. Prerequisites and/or Special Considerations: VET 100 with minimum of C-, BIO 171 with minimum of C-, BIO 171L with minimum grade of C-; restricted to VET majors. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100, BIO 171 and 171L.  
Co-Requisites: VET 222L  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 75  
VET 222L  Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 222  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 223E  Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition  (4 Credits)  

Physical and chemical restraint is demonstrated on the bovine, equine, caprine and ovine. Common diseases and the significant role of nutrition in the farm animal are presented. Miscellaneous procedures such as the physical exam, dentistry and diagnostic nerve blocks are shown. Porcine assisting techniques are mentioned. Regulatory medicine, vaccination protocols and methods of administering medications are taught. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E, VET 101E, 207E, 209E and 221E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 224  Surgical Nursing and Anethesiology  (3-4 Credits)  

This course introduces surgical theory and techniques. Topics include pre-operative theory and post-operative patient care, aseptic technique, and materials and instruments used in various surgical procedures. Different types of sterilization processes and the care of surgical instruments are practiced. Anesthesiology includes the actions and uses of pre-anesthetic drugs, as well as that of intravenous, intramuscular, and inhalation anesthetics. Special emphasis is placed on monitoring the patient while under any type of anesthesia. Additional student time and assignments will be required outside of scheduled class and laboratory hours. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 202, 204, 230 and 208.  
Co-Requisites: VET 224L  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 75  
VET 224A  Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology - Animal Care  (0 Credit)  

Animal Care is a vital part of the clinical learning experience for VET 224 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology and cannot be taught in a classroom or laboratory setting. The foundation of this portion of VET 224 is the care of animals used in the laboratory, with emphasis on husbandry, including nutrition and sanitation, preventative medical procedures, and communication. Recognition of health and disease, development of professionalism and teamwork skills, and contribution to the welfare of the animals are essential components. Note: Animal Care will require additional time outside of scheduled class and laboratory hours for completion of student responsibilities. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 202, 204 and 230.  
Co-Requisites: VET 224L  
Fees: None  
VET 224L  Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 224A  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 225E  Pain Management in Animals  (3 Credits)  

The issues and fundamentals of pain management are presented through the use of lecture, discussion and laboratory. An integrated approach is utilized, with emphasis on the ethics of pain management in animals. The physiology and biochemistry of pain and pain control will be explored. The role of the technician in detecting, assessing, reporting and managing pain is stressed. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E, VET 180E and 221E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 226  Veterinary Practice Management  (1 Credit)  

The veterinary hospital is seen as both a medical and business facility. Emphasis is on the pivotal role, which the veterinary technician can perform. Topics include human relations both with clients and other staff, basic business principles, medical records, financial transactions, ordering and inventory, supervising, and hospitalized animal health care. Computerization and its use in the veterinary office are investigated. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Ethical Reasoning, Information Literacy, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Scientific Reasoning and Technological Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 202.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 227E  Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology  (4 Credits)  

The student becomes familiar with surgical theory and techniques. Topics include pre-operative theory and post-operative patient care, aseptic technique and materials and instruments used in various surgical procedures. Different types of sterilization processes and the care of surgical instruments are practiced. Anesthesiology includes the actions and uses of pre-anesthetic drugs as well as that of intravenous, intramuscular and inhalation anesthetics. Special emphasis is placed on monitoring the patient while under any type of anesthesia. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 203E, 207E and 221E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 228  Gross and Clinical Pathology  (1 Credit)  

The examination of cells, tissues, organs, and cadavers are important tools in veterinary medicine. The role of necropsy as a learning experience is explained and proper techniques for the necropsy of small animals and avian species are demonstrated. Reproductive and diagnostic cytology and histology will be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Topics of toxicology and epidemiology are also explored. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 204.  
Co-Requisites: VET 228L  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 25  
VET 228L  Gross and Clinical Pathology Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: VET 228  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 230  Pharmacy and Pharmacology  (1-3 Credits)  

This class introduces the use of drugs in veterinary medicine. Pharmacy covers maintenance, dispensing, and inventory. Pharmacology covers the fundamentals of drug mechanisms of actions, dosages, routes of administration, and toxic effects of major groups of veterinary-related drugs. Conversion of weights and calculation of various drug doses are practiced. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 171, 171L, CHE 145 and MAT 112.  
Co-Requisites: VET 230L  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 230L  Pharmacy and Pharmacology Lab  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 230R  Pharmacy & Pharmacology(Recit)  (0 Credit)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 232  Horse and Stable Management  (3 Credits)  

This course emphasizes how to effectively build various types of equine businesses from the ground up. This will include horse care, legal documentation, and necessary buildings. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how each aspect of the business will be managed including labor, cost of materials, equine emergencies, equine feeding and housing, legal forms, and other required documentation. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 130.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 235  Animal Learning  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the foundations of Animal Learning Theory and the fundamentals of positive reinforcement training techniques. Understanding humane and effective training methods is a valuable skill for those interested in a career working with animals. The primary application of skills will be focused on canines, however other species will also be addressed. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 237  Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians  (2 Credits)  

This course is a study of the practical aspects of veterinary dentistry techniques for technicians. It stresses the importance of a thorough working knowledge of dental and paradental anatomy in the recognition and treatment of dental problems seen in practice. Clinical applications of anatomic information are utilized to reinforce important concepts in dental pathology, radiology, extractions, and periodontal disease as they pertain to the responsibilities expected of a veterinary technician. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Ethical Reasoning, Information Literacy, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Scientific Reasoning and Technological Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 202.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 239E  Veterinary Dentistry  (3 Credits)  

The fundamentals of Veterinary Dentistry are presented through the use of lecture and laboratory hands-on instruction. Emphasis is on the role of the Veterinary Technician in a small animal practice in providing dental services and client education. In-depth study of the oral cavity is combined with practical and clinical applications to present-day treatments and radiography. Understanding of common dental disease and the role of the Veterinary Technician in its treatment and prevention is stressed. Techniques for patent positioning and radiographic exposure will be covered. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 101E, 209E, 221E and 227E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 240  Foundations of Animal Management and Welfare  (3 Credits)  

This course will examine the management and welfare of animals during their interactions with people. The primary emphasis will be on the appropriate housing, nutrition, maintenance of health and wellness, and proper handling of animals. Ethical issues associated with human use of animals will be explored. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100 and (BIO 101, 160 or 170).  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 243E  Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care  (3 Credits)  

An overview approach in examining the physiology, treatment and care of emergency and critical care cases seen in practice. Physical findings, appropriate diagnostic testing, initial treatment, appropriate monitoring and follow-up are emphasized. All body systems are covered. Hematologic, toxicologic and thermal emergencies are also explored, as well as shock, anesthetic emergencies and allergic reactions, which are pansystemic. Clinical cases will be utilized in the course of study. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 203E, 207E, 221E, 223E and 227E.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 245  Companion Animal First Aid and Disaster Preparedness  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the practice of first aid and disaster preparedness for companion animals, including dogs, cats, exotics , and horses. The Veterinary Technician is a source of information for owners on how to know when veterinary care is needed and how to care for their animals before they arrive at the clinic. Methods to instruct clients on how to identify illness or injury, how to handles and assess the animal's condition, and how to provide basic care at home and during transport to the veterinary clinic will be discussed. The role of the Veterinary professional in disaster and abuse situations will be examined. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100 and (BIO 170 or 101).  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 248X  Clinical Experience I  (2 Credits)  

A minimum of 280 hours observing and performing tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations over three clinical experience courses. 94 clinical hours will be completed over the duration of this course. The primary objective is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. Familiarization with and appreciation for the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 180X and 205X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 249X  Clinical Experience II  (2 Credits)  

This is the second course in a series of three clinical experiences where observation and performing the tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations are continued. 94 clinical hours will be completed over the duration of this course. The primary objective is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. Familiarization with and appreciation for the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 252X, 253X and 248X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 250X  Clinical Experience III  (2 Credits)  

This is the third and final course in a series of three clinical experiences where observation and performing the tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations are continued. 94 clinical hours will be completed over the duration of this course. The primary objective is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. Familiarization with and appreciation for the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 255X, 256X and 249X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 251X  Clinical Case Study 1: Wellness and Preventative Medicine  (4 Credits)  

This is the first course in a series of 6 clinical case applications that build on previous knowledge. Health and wellness will be discussed from the perspective of preventative medicine. The importance of medical history, physical examination and accurate medical record keeping will be stressed. Wellness programs for dogs, cats, horses, and ruminants will be described, including vaccination protocols, parasite prevention and control, grooming, dentistry, routine diagnostic procedures and surgeries, and behavior training. The importance of nutrition in maintaining health will be discussed. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 205X and 248X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 40  
VET 252X  Clinical Case Study 2: Integument, Wound Healing, and the Musculoskeletal System  (4 Credits)  

This is the second course in a series of 6 clinical case applications that build on previous knowledge. This course covers the veterinary technician’s role in managing acute and chronic integument and musculoskeletal system abnormalities including wound care and healing in large and small animals. Case studies will incorporate the techniques and skills required for the Veterinary Technician to perform relevant procedures as determined by the Veterinarian. Basic principles of radiology will be explored emphasizing radiology of the skeletal system. The physiology and management of pain will be introduced including local anesthetic techniques. Appropriate pharmacologic agents and alternative medicine treatment modalities for the musculoskeletal system integument will be covered. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 251X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 50  
VET 253X  Clinical Case Study 3: Gastrointestinal System  (4 Credits)  

This is the third course in a series of 6 clinical case applications that build on previous knowledge. This course will cover diseases, therapies, and diagnostics of the gastrointestinal system of common domestic species. Particular attention will be placed on the role of the Veterinary Technician in the procedures for the diagnosis and treatments for gastrointestinal disorders. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 252X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 40  
VET 254X  Clinical Case Study 4: Cardiology, Respiration, Hematology  (4 Credits)  

This is the fourth course in a series of 6 clinical case applications that build on previous knowledge. This course specifically encompasses the Cardiac, Respiratory and Hematology areas of importance to veterinary Medicine and the role of the Veterinary Technician. Case studies will incorporate the techniques and skills required for the Veterinary Technician to perform relevant procedures as determined by the Veterinarian. An understanding of the common cardiac, respiratory and hematologic diseases will be augmented by an understanding of the medications and protocols necessary for appropriate treatment. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 253X and 249X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 255X  Clinical Case Study 5: Reproduction, Urogenital, Urinary, and Endocrinology  (4 Credits)  

This is the fifth course in a series of 6 clinical case applications that build on previous knowledge. This course will cover the normal and abnormal reproduction of companion and large animals and diagnostics of the reproductive systems. Normal and abnormal urogenital conditions, endocrine diseases and their diagnostics are examined. Particular attention will be placed on the role of the Veterinary Technician in the diagnosis and treatments of the reproductive, urologic and endocrine systems. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 254X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 50  
VET 256X  Clinical Case Study 6: Neurology, Special Senses, and Immunology  (4 Credits)  

This course is a continuation of the clinical case series of courses. This course surveys the anatomy and physiology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems, Special Senses and the Immune System. Common diseases are covered along with the physical examination, relevant diagnostic procedures and common treatments for diseased affecting the Nervous System, Special Sense Organs and the immune system. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Scientific Reasoning and Technological Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 255X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 50  
VET 260E  Clinical Experience I  (1 Credit)  

The Clinical Experiences require a minimum of 360 hours observing and performing the tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations. This course is the first of four and will require a minimum of 60 hours with a concentration on procedures associated with management, small animal husbandry, therapeutics and laboratory procedures. The primary objective of the course is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. This course will familiarize students with the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere. Pre-exposure rabies vaccination and current tetanus vaccination are required to begin Clinical Experience I in a veterinary facility. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Scientific Reasoning and Written Communication  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: BIO 172E and GEN 131E.  
Co-Requisites: VET 101E  
Fees: 125  
VET 261E  Clinical Experience II  (2 Credits)  

The Clinical Experiences require a minimum of 360 hours observing and performing the tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations. This course is the second of four and will require a minimum of 120 hours focusing on small animal procedures and diagnostic imaging, laboratory animals and exotics are also included. The primary objective is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. This course will familiarize student with the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Scientific Reasoning, and Written Communication  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 207E, 180E and 260E.  
Co-Requisites: VET 209E  
Fees: 125  
VET 262E  Clinical Experience III  (1 Credit)  

The Clinical Experience require a minimum of 360 hours observing and performing the tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations. This course is the third of four and will require a minimum of 60 hours focused on procedures associated with large animals. The primary objective is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. This course will familiarize students with the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Scientific Reasoning, and Written Communication  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 260E.  
Co-Requisites: VET 223E  
Fees: 125  
VET 263E  Clinical Experience IV  (2 Credits)  

The Clinical Experiences require a minimum of 360 hours observing and performing the tasks of a Veterinary Technician at an animal facility in such areas as surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general facility operations. This course is the fourth of four and will require a minimum of 120 hours focusing on small animal laboratory procedures, anesthesia and surgical duties, dentistry and emergency medicine. The primary objective is to introduce the concepts of veterinary medicine and the duties and responsibilities of a Veterinary Technician by seeing and participating in actual cases. This course will familiarize students with the role of the Veterinary Technician in a practical, applied atmosphere. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Scientific Reasoning, and Written Communication  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 207E, 227E and 261E.  
Co-Requisites: VET 243E  
Fees: 125  
VET 270E  Veterinary Technology Capstone  (4 Credits)  

This is the Capstone Course in the VET sequence of courses. The focus is on the incorporation of students’ hands-on clinical experiences with prior clinical case coursework. Case studies are selected from actual medical situations encountered during their 350-hour clinical rotations. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge, role, and responsibilities of a licensed Veterinary Technician. Any species suggested by students and approved by the Instructor can be included as a basis for examination and study. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 270X  Veterinary Technology Capstone  (4 Credits)  

This is the Capstone Course in the VET sequence of courses. The focus is on the incorporation of students’ hands-on clinical experiences with prior clinical case coursework. Case studies are selected from actual medical situations encountered during their 350-hour clinical rotations. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge, role, and responsibilities of a licensed Veterinary Technician. Any species suggested by students and approved by the Instructor can be included as a basis for examination and study. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 150  
VET 271X  Capstone Review: A Didactic Knowledge / Psychomotor Skills  (4 Credits)  

This course is a cumulative review of the program. The focus is on the incorporation of hands-on-clinical experiences with prior clinical case coursework. This course provides the opportunity review actual medical situations encountered during their clinical rotations. Proficiency of skills and knowledge will be assessed with practical application of tasks learned in the previous courses and clinical experiences. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge, role and responsibilities of a licensed Veterinary Technician. This course will review boarding exam (VTNE) domaines and the final assessment will be a cumulative exam designed to simulate the VTNE. Prerequisites: VET 254

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical thinking, Ethical reasoning, Quantitative literacy, Scientific reasoning technology  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 254X.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 150  
VET 276  Small Animal Nursing Skills Preceptorship  (1 Credit)  

This course focuses on the veterinary nursing skills taught in VET 202 Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition and provides the student the opportunity to improve and enhance their ability to successfully complete the American Veterinary Medical Association Essential Skills and Tasks. The course consists of 45 hours of hands-on experience in a small animal veterinary practice. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 177 and 099.  
Co-Requisites: VET 202  
Restrictions: Students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs may not enroll.  
Fees: None  
VET 277  Preceptorship II  (3-4 Credits)  

Each student spends 120 hours in a small animal, mixed (small and large) animal or other veterinary practice or facility to gain practical experience in the areas of surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general veterinary facility operations. The primary objective is to reinforce and expand upon concepts learned by participating in actual cases. Students will be exposed to the role of Veterinary Medicine and its impact on Society as expressed in the Veterinary Technician Oath (Vet. Tech. Student Handbook). Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 099.  
Co-Requisites: VET 224  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 298  Special Topic in Veterinary Technology  (0.5-3 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 299  Independent Study in Veterinary Technology  (1-3 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 300  Veterinary Dentistry: Principles and Practices  (3 Credits)  

The fundamentals of veterinary dentistry are presented through the use of lecture and hands-on instruction. Emphasis is on the role of the veterinary technician in a small animal practice in providing dental services and client education. In-depth study of the oral cavity is combined with practical and clinical applications to present-day treatments. Understanding of common dental disease and the role of the veterinary technician in its treatment and prevention is stressed. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 224.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 301  Dental Radiography  (3 Credits)  

A detailed examination of the oral cavity will be presented through the use of dental radiography. Specialized radiographic equipment and supplies will be utilized. Techniques for patient positioning and radiographic exposure will be demonstrated and practiced by students during laboratory sessions. Common disease processes seen in veterinary practice will be highlighted. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 300.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 25  
VET 305  Advanced Animal Management Welfare  (3 Credits)  

This course will focus on the management and welfare of animals during their interactions with people. The primary emphasis will be on the real world application of principles of appropriate housing, nutrition, maintenance of health and wellness, and proper handling of animals. Ethical issues associated with the use of animals by humans will be explored. Analysis and evaluation of existing animal management and welfare situations and the creation of proposals to improve these scenarios will be central to this course. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 240.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a classification of Junior, Sophomore or Senior.  
Fees: None  
VET 310  Case Studies in SA Vet Med  (3 Credits)  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 315  Applied Human - Animal Bond  (3 Credits)  

This course views the human-animal bond from the perspective of the animal, and emphasizes the practical application of this bond to our relationships with animals in a variety of situations. The role of companion, exotic, production, and non-domesticated animals in therapy, service, and support of humans will be defined and examined. Methods of assessing animal suitability and monitoring the health and welfare of animals during human-animal interactions will be discussed and practiced. The role of the Veterinary Technician in client education, life stage requirements, and changing needs of animals, as well as end of life processes, will be explored. Assessment of and participation in selected organizations based on human-animal relationships are an essential part of this course. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 320  Advanced Laboratory Animal Science  (3 Credits)  

An in-depth exploration of the principles and practices of advanced laboratory animal science is presented through a research-based course. Students will collaborate in development of animal protocols and will be responsible for all aspects of the research plan, including experimental design, completion of necessary documentation, and implementation of the protocol and communication of the results. Specialized techniques will be examined, including immunology, molecular biology, genetic engineering and gnotobiology. Management issues, such as principles of supervision, cost analysis, facility security, government regulations and occupational health and safety, will be emphasized. Ethical issues related to animal research will be evaluated. ** Note: Animal care will require additional time besides scheduled class and laboratory hours. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 120.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: 25  
VET 326  Equine Nutrition & Physiology  (3 Credits)  

Basic anatomy and physiology of the equine digestive system and its relation to nutrition and disease states will be covered. Application of ration formulas will be applied to calculate nutritional requirements for different life stages. Evaluation of different feed sources and supplements will be addressed. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 222.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 335  Introduction to Equine Behavior and Handling  (3 Credits)  

Equine communication will be covered relative to basic handling, training, and restraint. The behaviors used by horses to communicate will be explored and applied to improve equine/human communication. This study will encompass hands-on work with horses in which students will be required to apply the skills they have acquired in the classroom. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 340  Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part I  (3 Credits)  

This is a practical course geared to the veterinary professional who wishes to specialize in small animal behavior. A systematic approach is adopted, beginning with the study of normal behavior and followed by an investigation into canine and feline aggressive behavior. Components of a proper behavioral history and their relationship to approaching behavioral problems are stressed. Case studies will be integrated into classroom and clinical experiences. A survey of behavior problems in farm animals will be included. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100 and 230.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 345  Introduction to Animal Rehabilitation  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on an introduction to the newly evolving field of animal rehabilitation. Topics will include common orthopedic and neurological conditions and their appropriate modalities. Laws, certification standards and organizations promoting rehabilitation will be discussed, as well as the role of medications, nutraceuticals and nutrition. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a classification of Junior, Sophomore or Senior.Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 350  Shelter Medicine  (3 Credits)  

The discipline of shelter medicine is centered on the health and wellbeing of animals that are homeless or living in temporary homes in shelters or other facilities, and the continuing care of these animals when placed in their permanent homes. Animal shelters, humane societies, and rescues all participate in the care of community animals. Understanding each organization’s role and opportunities for collaboration and cooperation is essential to ensure best practices for each animal group and individual animal. Shelter medicine professionals are involved in management of welfare, behavior, and disease control issues of sheltered and free-roaming companion animals, forensics and animal cruelty, population control, and communication with and education of the public and pet owners. Offered as needed.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 355  Pain Management in Animals  (3 Credits)  

The issues and fundamentals of pain management are presented through the use of lecture, discussion and laboratory. An integrated approach is utilized, with emphasis on the ethics of pain management in animals. The physiology and biochemistry of pain and pain control will be explored. The role of the technician in detecting, assessing, reporting and managing pain is stressed. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 120 and 230.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 360  Patient Management and Therapeutics in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care  (3 Credits)  

This course is geared to the veterinary professional interested in emergency and critical care work. Requirements for specialization in the field will be discussed. The basic principles of emergency medicine including triage, all aspects of intravenous support, placement and care of monitoring devices as well as pain management will be covered. Basic nursing care of critical patients and interaction with clients of these patients will be included. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 224.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 365  Feline Medicine  (3 Credits)  

Emphasis is placed on common diseases and conditions of the cat. Infectious, parasitic, hormonal, allergic, traumatic, toxicological, congenital and acquired problems will be covered. Diagnostic tests and treatments will be discussed, as well as specialized nursing care. Preventative strategies will be discussed. Importance of client education and concerns about zoonotic potential of diseases will be stressed. Additional student time and assignments will be required outside of scheduled class hours. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 202 and 230.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 377  Specialty Preceptorship  (3 Credits)  

This preceptorship course will provide the upper-level student with the opportunity to explore an advanced topic in veterinary practice and medicine within the hospital or clinic setting. The course will be individually tailored and is based on the specialty or topic select by the student. The course consists of 90 hours of experience working with a mentor within the selected veterinary practice. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 277.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 380  Zoonotic Diseases  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the basic concepts of zoonotic disease. Emphasis will be placed on the role of veterinary professionals in regard to epidemiology and control and the implications of zoonotic diseases to the One Health concept. The course emphasizes the major viral, rickettsial, bacterial, protozoal, parasitic, and fungal infections transmitted from wild and domesticated animals to humans. The history of major endemic and epidemic diseases is examined. The role of zoonotic diseases in bioterrorism and biosecurity will be investigated. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning and Scientific Reasoning  
Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 100.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the AS Veterinary Technology or BS Veterinary Technology programs.  
Fees: None  
VET 398  Special Topic in Veterinary Technology  (1-3 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 400  Advanced Dental Techniques  (3 Credits)  

Periodontal treatment as part of the basic dental prophylaxis is highlighted and practiced in hands-on demonstrations. Other advanced techniques for situations commonly encountered in small animal veterinary practice are studied. Emphasis is placed on the veterinary technicians’ understanding of dental lesions and pathology and their relationship to periodontics and exodontics. The enlarging role of the veterinary technician in providing these therapies is given prominence. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 301.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 401  Specialization in Veterinary Dentistry  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the specialized areas of veterinary dentistry that are applicable to small animal species. Those interested in pursuing specialty certification or in employment with a veterinary dental specialist will find the presented material to be informative, useful and necessary. Topics covered will include endodontics, restorative dentistry, orthodontics and prosthodontics. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 400.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 410  Small Animal Nutrition in Health and Disease  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide veterinary technicians with advanced knowledge of nutritional management in small animals. Topics covered include neonatal, pediatric and geriatric nutrition in both health and disease states. Enteral and parenteral forms of nutrition will be explored. Students will be awarded the title of Veterinary Nutritional Advocate through Hill’s Pet Nutrition after completion of the course. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 202.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
VET 440  Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part II  (3 Credits)  

A continuation of the specialized study into the common behavioral problems of dogs and cats. Treatments are presented that utilize principles of behavior modification and current behavioral pharmacology. Learning to “choose the right pet” is one example of the prevention recommendations that will be discussed. Case studies will be integrated into classroom and clinical experiences. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 340.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 450  Anesthesia for Canine and Feline High-Risk Patients  (3 Credits)  

An in-depth coverage of anesthetizing the problematic and medically challenging small animal patient. Pre-anesthesia planning, treating complicated physical conditions and choosing appropriate anesthetic protocols will be integrated. The role of analgesia during the four components of general anesthesia will be emphasized. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 224.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 460  Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I  (3 Credits)  

A body system approach is used in examining in depth the physiology, treatment and care of emergency and critical care cases seen in practice. Physical findings, appropriate diagnostic testing, initial treatment, appropriate monitoring and follow-up are emphasized. The cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic and urinary systems are covered. Hematologic, toxicologic and thermal emergencies are also explored, as well as shock, anesthetic emergencies and allergic reactions, which are pansystemic. Clinical cases will be utilized in the course of study. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 202, 204, 208 and 360.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 461  Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II  (3 Credits)  

This course is a continuation of the study of presentations in emergency and critical care by body system. Cases in the gastrointestinal tract, male and female reproductive systems, ocular, otic and dermatologic system will be examined. Emergencies involving the endocrine system and metabolic emergencies will be covered in detail. An overview of the approach to treating musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries will be included. Case studies will again be utilized. Offered as needed

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: VET 460.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 498  Independent Study in Veterinary Technology  (1-6 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Veterinary Technology  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
VET 499  Upper Level Vet Elective  (3 Credits)  
Department: None  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None