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Veterinary Technology

Course Descriptions


VTT 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 2-0-2
History of profession, scope of practice, professional organizations, medical terminology, ethics and legal issues, mental health as it pertains to veterinary medicine, communication and small animal breed identification.

VTT 101 Clinical Mathematics for Veterinary Technician 1-0-1
Metric and apothecary conversions. Drug and dosage calculations. Preparation of solutions based on percents and ratios. Infusion flow rates and constant rate infusions.

VTT 102 Small Animal Veterinary Nursing I 2-2-3
Small animal behavior, handling and restraint. Proper sanitation procedures. Physical exam and TPR. Obtaining a patient history. Grooming, administering medications and obtaining blood and urine specimens. Dental and dermatology procedures.

VTT 103 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 3-4-5
External anatomy, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, renal and reproductive systems, sensory organs and gastrointestinal tract of the dog and cat. Physiology as it relates to anatomy and pathology involving the body systems.

VTT 110 Small Animal Veterinary Nursing II 2-2-3
Small animal nutrition and toxicology. Preventative medicine and euthanasia. Veterinary nursing techniques such as venipuncture, optic and ophthalmic procedures, bandaging and wound care, indwelling catheters, urine collection, fluid therapy and ECGs.

VTT 111 Clinical Pathology I 1-2-2
Selection and maintenance of laboratory equipment. Sample handling and preparation. Routine laboratory tests including CBCs, blood chemistries, urinalysis and fecal examinations. Necropsy techniques.

VTT 112 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 3-0-3
Terminology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, side effects and therapeutic applications. Procedures necessary to dispense/administer drugs under the supervision of a veterinarian. Classifications of controlled substances.

VTT 113 Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia 1-2-2
Anesthesia for dogs and cats: intubation, monitory, anesthetic machine use including ventilators, anesthetic drugs and pain management. Gas anesthesia, nonrebreathing systems and partial rebreathing systems. Maintenance of equipment.

VTT 114 Veterinary Hospital Management 1-0-1
Team leadership, conflict management, marketing, inventory management, communication skills, medical records, zoonotic diseases, public health, security and appointment management.

VTT 200 Veterinary Technology Clinical Practicum 0-35-5
Work experience in a veterinary practice. Practicum site to be arranged by the student in consultation with the program director.

VTT 210 Clinical Rotations I 0-20-4
Clinical rotations at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center. Includes review and redemonstrations of technical skills, exposure to specialty medicine.

VTT 211 Veterinary Surgical Nursing 2-2-3
Surgery pack preparation, instrument identification, sterilization procedures, aseptic techniques, surgical preps, surgical procedures, suture materials, surgical assisting, emergency procedures, surgical drugs, fluids, blood transfusions and post-operative care including physical rehabilitation and pain management.

VTT 212 Laboratory and Exotic Animal Medicine 2-2-3
Restraint, handling and proper nutrition of laboratory animals and birds. Blood collection, identification, medicating, anesthesia and specimen collection. Proper sanitation and facility procedures. Common diseases and treatment.

VTT 213 Clinical Pathology II 1-2-2
Continued skill development in abnormal hematology, cytology and serology. Parasitology. Coagulation tests.

VTT 220 Clinical Rotations II 0-20-4
Clinical rotations at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center. Includes review and redemonstrations of technical skills, exposure to specialty medicine.

VTT 221 Diagnostic Imaging 2-2-3
Radiation safety and equipment, proper film identification, production of x-rays, positioning for common views, techniques for obtaining high quality images, film processing, contrast agents, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.

VTT 222 Production Animal Nursing 2-2-3
Bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine medicine and management including restraint, specimen collection, medicating and nursing techniques. Common diseases and treatment.

VTT 223 Equine Nursing 2-2-3
Breed identification. Horse behavior, restraints, fitting, conditioning, parasitology, nutrition, preventative healthcare, breeding, foaling, hoof care, common diseases and treatment.

VTT 224 Veterinary Technology Capstone 1-0-1
Preparation for VTNE. Resume preparation, interviewing skills, professional development and scope of practice.