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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 24 lecture per quarter (24 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Advanced Veterinary Assisting Apprenticeship Program.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in V T 51.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


Introduction to the profession of veterinary technology. Orientation to the program requirements and curriculum. Overview of program structure and student services. Review and practice of library skills. Survey of the role of the veterinary assistant and registered veterinary technician in the workplace. Survey of employment opportunities and areas of specialization. Ethics and professionalism pertaining to veterinary medicine. Laws and regulations governing veterinary technicians. Introduction to basic animal care skills and clinical procedures.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Explain the program structure and policy guidelines.
B. Discuss the scope of veterinary medical practice.
C. Define program accreditation, licensure and regulations.
D. Describe the roles of the various members of the veterinary team.
E. Describe the basic elements of patient care in a veterinary clinic.
F. Explain the appropriate methods of restraint and handling of companion animals.
G. Explain the basic concepts of preventive medicine for companion animals.
H. Apply introductory concepts in medical terminology.
I. Read and evaluate examples of the professional periodical literature.
J. Discuss professional behavior and ethics as it relates to the role of the veterinary technician.
K. List the basic principles of safety in the veterinary workplace.

Course Content

A. Orientation to the Foothill Veterinary Technology Program
1. Prerequisites
2. Application process
3. Course requirements
4. Expectations for student performance
a. Qualities of a good student
b. Effective study habits
B. Overview of the scope of veterinary medical practice
1. Types of practice and career ladder
2. Variety of employment opportunities and fields of study
3. Opportunities for professional development and career advancement
C. Laws and regulations
1. Veterinary Medical Board
2. CA RVT Examining Committee
3. The California Veterinary Practice Act and specific regulations governing veterinary technicians
4. VTNE: veterinary technician national examination
5. Program accreditation and essential skills
a. Responsibility of student
D. The Veterinary Medical Team
1. Role and responsibilities of the Veterinary Assistant
2. Role and responsibilities of the Veterinary Technician
3. Role and responsibilities of the Veterinarian
4. Interrelationships and delegation of tasks
E. The animal patient and client
1. The responsibilities of the Veterinary Medical Team
2. Needs and expectations of the client and the practice
3. Clinical history taking
a. Purpose and format
b. Medical record keeping
4. Physical examination
a. Basic technique
b. Medical record keeping
F. Restraint and handling
1. Dog
2. Cat
G. Preventive medicine
1. Basic immunology and principles of immunization
a. Vaccination principles
b. Vaccination types and schedules
2. Parasite control
3. Regular examination
H. Basic medical terminology
1. Word roots
2. Combining forms
3. Terms of position and direction
I. Orientation to the professional periodical literature
1. Tour of library (when course is offered on campus)
2. Use of reference materials and databases
3. Introduction to computer search techniques
J. Professional ethics
1. Professional appearance
2. Professional conduct
3. Professional communication
4. Professional ethics, laws and regulations
K. Hospital safety
2. Workplace hazards
3. Hazardous chemicals
4. Medical and animal related hazards

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Housing and handling facilities for live animals. Classroom with projection, internet and audiovisual capabilities.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Evaluation methods may include but are not limited to:
A. Field work assignment.
B. Class participation; for example, group presentations.
C. Written midterm and written final exam.
D. Written periodical review assignment.
E. Research paper or project.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion
B. Reflection activities
C. Role playing
D. Group presentations of major topic areas
E. Review games

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. Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources of 30 to 60 pages per week.

B. Written multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.

C. One or both of the following assignments may be required: written periodical review paper, written research project.



Registered Veterinary Technician