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Veterinary Technology (VET)
Program Course Descriptions


ANS102 Canine and Feline Behavior
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of dog and cat behavior, from puppy and kittenhood through their adult lives. Areas to be discussed include dog and cat body language, canine and feline communication, social structure, and stages of puppy and kittenhood. Students will also learn pet owner personalities and how to properly converse with different owners. Solutions to behavior problems will also be explored.
ANS104 Breed ID
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to familiarize the pet care professional student with the various breeds of dogs and cats. Specific breed characteristics and temperaments will be discussed and students will become familiar with many breed standards. (2 hours of lecture per week)
ANS107 Medical Terminology for Animal Science 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This section of the two part course is designed to give the animal care worker a vocabulary that will allow and enhance their communication with the veterinary medical professions and improve their ability to utilize veterinary related literature in the course of their work. (1 hour of lecture per week)
BUS101 Math for Business and Finance
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Utilizes mathematical operations to solve practical business problems. The topics include solving equations, percents with applications, cash and trade discounts, markups and markdowns, simple interest, compound interest, present value, annuities and sinking funds, installment buying and revolving credit cards, statistics, and reading and analyzing financial statements. Other topics may be covered. Fulfills open elective.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
VET102 Veterinary Parasitology
Pre: Communications & Mathematics Proficiencies
This course will introduce freshman students to the variety of internal and external parasites that affect domestic animals. Students will learn Latin names and classifications, diagnostic techniques, life cycles, treatment and prevention strategies for a wide range of parasites that are commonly encountered in veterinary practice. (2 hours of lecture per week)
VET104 Veterinary Hospital Procedures
Pre: Communications Proficiency, MAT091 w/'C' or successful completion of MM08
This course has both a laboratory and lecture portion. Students will learn skills utilized in routine medical procedures in a small animal practice. This will include: immunizations, ear cleaning, physical exams, nail trimming as well as other activities. As part of this course students will handle animals brought to the school clinic for these routine procedures. (1 hour of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week)
ANS108 Medical Terminology for Animal Science 2
Pre: ANS107
This course is a continuation of ANS107. In it students will continue to explore medical terms needed to communicate adequately with veterinary professionals. Areas of specific interest will be terminology dealing with body cavities, surgical procedures, and specific body systems. (1 hour of lecture per week)
ANS112 Ethics and Law for Pet Care Professionals
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to educate the student about the laws and ethical issues relevant to caring for pets in the state of Massachusetts. Areas to be covered include Mass General Laws Chapters 140 and 272, property laws, labor laws, contract law, release forms, liability and bonding, and OSHA regulations for related industries. Ethical issues involving animal welfare and humane practices, breeding, workplace issues, business issues, competition, and client interests will be discussed. (2 hours of lecture per week)
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
VET106 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia 1
VET107 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia 2
VET108 Basic Clinical Laboratory Procedures
Pre: VET102
This course has been designed to introduce students to the more common procedures performed in the veterinary hospital clinical laboratory. Areas covered: correct sample collection procedures, anticoagulants, specimen handling, manual and semi-automated procedures in hematology and chemistry, and urinalysis. Emphasis is placed upon accuracy and reproducibility of test results while performing the common diagnostic procedures. A 'C' or better grade is required for graduation. (1 hour of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week)
VET219 Theriogenology
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Theriogenology is the study of animal reproduction and genetics. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of reproductive systems, cycles, reproductive organs and hormones, estrus cycles, mating habits and birthing of dogs and cats. The student will learn how to handle the breeding, delivery, prenatal and postnatal care of both a bitch and her puppies and a queen and her kittens. Management of the stud dog and cat will also be covered. Students will also develop a basic knowledge of the science of genetics, with an emphasis on the genetics of dogs. Areas to be discussed include: basic genetics vocabulary, Mendelian genetics, modern genetic theories, polygenic inheritance, desirable and undesirable traits and breeding systems.
VET120 Veterinary Technology Summer Work Experience
Pre: Math Proficiency; VET104, 106 108
Students in the Veterinary Technology program are required to participate in 240 hours of clinical field experience. Students are expected to involve themselves in a small animal clinical setting in order to fulfill this requirement. (240 hours of work experience)
ANS110 Canine and Feline Nutrition
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the pet care professional student with the many aspects of canine and feline nutrition. Areas to be discussed include the canine and feline digestive system, the nutrients and their functions involved with pet nutrition, analyzing the 4 types of pet foods, feeding a raw, natural diet and feeding dogs and cats at different stages of their life. (2 hours of lecture per week)
BIO207 Anatomy & Physiologyof Domestic Animals 1
BIO214 Microbiology
VET203 Animal Disease 1
Pre: VET106
These sequential courses are designed to introduce the veterinary technician to the nature of disease as encountered in veterinary practice. A systems approach is used and students are encouraged to bring questions from the work experience to class. Within each system, congenital, infectious, traumatic, and other disease processes are explored as are the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches appropriate to each system. A 'C' or better grade is required for graduation.
VET212 Veterinary Office Management
Pre: VET120
This course is designed to teach students the fundamental skill involved in running a veterinary office. Client communication skills, legalities, and computer skills will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to inventory and ordering protocols. (2 hours of lecture per week)
VET222 Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician
Pre: Math and Communication competencies
This course is designed to introduce the veterinary technology stuent to less common species of animals that they may encounter in their work lives. The biology, husbandry, anatomical and medical issues specific to birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals are the primary foci.
BIO208 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals 2
VET204 Animal Disease 2
Pre: VET203
This course is a continuation of VET203. In it students will continue their exploration of commonly occuring disease processes in small domestic animals. A systems approach is utilized. Students are expected to be familiar with symptoms, diagnostics, and treatment protocols for varied diseases upon completion of this two part course.
VET216 Veterinary Pharmacology
Pre: CHE101 with a C or better
This is an introduction to the science of pharmacology as applied in veterinary medicine. Basic principles of pharmacology are covered as are commonly used pharmaceuticals, their uses and side effects. In addition, the role of the veterinary technician is explored in terms of dosing and treatment protocols in the veterinary setting. A 'C' or better grade is required for graduation.
VET220 Large Animal and Equine Science
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Students are provided with an introduction to the care and management of large domestic animals. Herd health as applied to dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, and swine will be discussed as well as the common diseases that affect these animals. Nutrition and feeding is included as it applies to the rearing of healthy animals. (1 hour of lecture, 4 hours of lab per week)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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