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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 12 lecture per quarter (12 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Advanced Veterinary Assisting Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


Provides enrichment of the core curriculum to the advanced veterinary assisting apprentice. Presenters will include veterinarians, veterinary technicians, business professionals, and educators. Lectures, lecture-demonstrations, multimedia presentations, live demonstrations, or hands-on workshops presented by the instructor or professionals in veterinary medicine. Content consists of relevant topics related to the workplace and concurrent coursework in the program curriculum, with an emphasis on clinical pharmacology and client education topics.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Collect information and experience a variety of pertinent topics not covered elsewhere in the Advanced Veterinary Assisting Apprenticeship that directly relate to the fundamentals in the program.
B. Interpret presentations on various topics and write reflections based on application of topics to fundamentals from courses (continuing education model).
C. Recognize, appraise, and evaluate the various career opportunities available to them in the veterinary field.
D. Practice communication skills in talking with clients about their pets, during triage, intake, and release.
E. Implement the "five rights" in interpreting, filling, and explaining prescriptions to clients.

Course Content

A. Fundamentals of veterinary technology (topics relevant to some of the following)
1. Anatomy and physiology
2. Behavior
3. Nursing techniques
4. Diagnostic skills
5. Pharmacology
6. Interprofessional communication
B. Continuing education in veterinary technology (topics relevant to some of the following)
1. Medical nursing
2. Surgical nursing
3. Topics in infectious disease
4. Shelter medicine
5. Client communication and triage
C. Various career opportunities in the veterinary field
1. Veterinary technician specialties
2. Management
D. Client communication
1. History
2. Medical discharge
3. Surgical discharge
E. Pharmacology
1. Five rights of pharmacology
2. Interpreting drug labels
3. Filling drug labels
4. Client education and pet medications
a. Following directions
b. Side effects
c. Tips for success
d. Owner compliance

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Classroom equipped with multimedia presentation and projection capabilities. Computers with Internet access.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods may include but are not limited to:
A. Two-page reflection paper for each topic presented
B. Active participation in planned activities
C. Group projects
D. Tests

Method(s) of Instruction

During periods of instruction the student will be in:
A. Interactive lecture/presentations
B. Small group discussions and activities
C. Hands-on experiences as appropriate for individual topics

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Bassert, Joanna M. Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians. 9th ed. W. B. Saunders Co., 2017.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading assignments may include:

1. Weekly reading assignments from text

2. Supplemental reading from web source relevant to content material

3. Supplemental reading from handouts provided by speaker

B. Writing assignments may include:

1. Weekly reflection paper

2. Analysis



Registered Veterinary Technician