Course Content and Outcome Guide for VT 100
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- Course Number:
- VT 100
- Course Title:
- Veterinary Medical Terminology
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Course DescriptionCovers medical word parts, abbreviations and basic terms along with a basic knowledge of word construction are taught. Program admission or instructor permission required.
Addendum to Course DescriptionThis course is an introductory course designed to acquaint the student with veterinary medical terminology and thus be able to better understand their instructor, their reading assignments, and perform more efficiently as a technician in a veterinary hospital. Veterinary medical terminology differs significantly from human medical terminology that a course of this nature is necessary.
This is designed for first year veterinary technology students. It is a graduation requirement for the Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology. Credits in this course are not transferable to a four-year school towards a baccalaureate degree.
Course Activities and DesignThis course is designed to be a lecture course. It is a two-credit-hour course that meets for two-lecture hours per week.
The student will be introduced to the historical aspects of veterinary medicine and the technician. Other areas covered will be occupational safety, the duties of the technician, ethics, infectious diseases, commonly used vaccines, breeds of animals, first aid and nursing care, and job opportunities.
Outcome Assessment StrategiesGrades will be based on the student’s understanding of the course content as demonstrated by periodic examinations, a comprehensive final exam, and by attendance. To receive a passing grade, the student must have attended a minimum of 80 percent of the lecture classes.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Upon successful completion of the course, the short term outcome will be that the student will have satisfactorily accomplished the goals and objectives of this course content guide and confirmed as provided in the assessment above. The long term outcome desired is for the student to gain sufficient knowledge of certain important aspects of veterinary technology successfully pass the National Veterinary Technician Board Examination and effectively utilize the knowledge gained in their Cooperative Education Experience and as a practicing veterinary technician upon graduation. The course content guides are developed by college-wide subject area faculty and approved by the administration.
1.0 THE USE OF THE NOUN VS. THE ADJECTIVE
The goal is to distinguish between words that are nouns, those that are adjectives, and when they can be either.
1.1 Define the noun and the adjective, and give examples of each.
1.2 List the noun and the adjective forms for each of the common species.
1.3 Practice drills:
a. Practice will be provided in the use of both the noun and the adjective in its proper context.
2.0 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL WORD PARTS
The goal is to understand the use of basic word parts to change the meaning or construct new medical words that are of more useful terminology in the veterinary medical field.
2.1 Define the meanings of the terms: prefixes, root words, suffixes, compound words, and combining forms.
2.2 Understand the uses of the above terms as a basis in forming new words.
2.3 Practice Drills:
a. Using the above concepts, be able o form and define some new medical words.
3.0 DIRECTIONAL, POSITIONAL, AND NUMERICAL TERMS
The goal is to gain knowledge and skills in the proper method of describing movement, body position, bodily direction, and numerical terms used in the field of veterinary medicine. This is contrasted with human terms so as to aid understanding and eliminate possible confusion.
3.1 Memorize the directional, positional, and numerical terms.
a. Observe the drawings and apply the above definitions to the pictures.
3.2 Memorize the prefixes and learn their application as applied to direction, position, movement, and numbers.
3.3 Practice Drills:
a. These drills will provide practice in the practical application of both describing the above terms and understanding them.
b. Practice in the use of the prefixes and definitions of the newly formed words will be provided.
4.0 ROOT WORDS AND COMBINING FORMS FOR ASSOCIATED BODY PARTS
The goal is to learn the root word and its combining form associated with each body part for all animals and birds.
4.1 Memorize the root words associated with each body part.
4.2 Use the root words, and demonstrate when and when not to add the letter “o”, to form the proper combining form.
4.3 Practice Drills:
a. By repetition, using suffixes and prefixes with the combining forms, learn to form new medical words, which can be defines by the action of the prefix or suffix on the root word of the body part.
The goal is to learn the meaning of the various suffixes in veterinary medicine and how to use them with the combining forms to make words with new meanings.
5.1 Memorize the meanings of the suffixes used in the following topics: surgical procedures, diseases or conditions, medical specialties, medical instruments and machines, plural endings, and other miscellaneous topics.
5.2 State the rules for using these suffixes with the combining forms of root words.
5.3 Learn the definitions of the new words formed by the use of the above suffixes.
5.4 Practice Drills:
a. These drills will provide practice in the use of the suffixes and enable the student to learn the definitions.
The goal is to learn the meaning of the various prefixes used in veterinary medicine and how to combine them with other words to make words with new meanings.
6.1 Memorize the meaning of the common medical prefixes.
6.2 Learn the rules on how to combine them with other words and the various applicable combining forms of root words.
6.3 Learn the definition of the new words formed.
6.4 Practice Drills:
a. These drills will provide practice in the use of these prefixes and enable the student to learn the definitions of the new words formed.
7.0 MEDICAL SPECIALISTS AND MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS
The goal is to develop knowledge of the various disciplines within the medical world and the basics of medical and surgical instruments.
7.1 State the names and abbreviations for the various doctors.
7.2 List the names and meanings of the various specialty fields within both human and veterinary medicine.
7.3 Understand the names and the uses of the various medical and surgical instruments used in veterinary medicine.
7.4 Practice Drills:
a. These drills will provide practice for the student in learning to be able to name specialists and specialty fields.
b. Both pictorial and actual display of medical and surgical instruments will be provided.
8.0 VETERINARY MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS
The goal is to develop skills with the numerous common abbreviations that are used in veterinary medicine and practice.
8.1 Memorize the common abbreviations used in veterinary medicine and practice.
8.2 Memorize the common abbreviations used for pharmacology and prescription writing.
8.3 Demonstrate how to read and write a prescription.
8.4 Practice Drills:
a. These drills will provide practice for the student in learning the abbreviations and prescription writing and reading.
9.0 IMPORTANT VETERINARY MEDICAL WORDS
The goal is to develop knowledge of the tremendous number of words in both human and veterinary medicine that have no rule, or are not the contraction of two words, and therefore their definitions must be memorized.
OBJECTIVES:9.1 Memorize the definitions of the provided list of important veterinary medical words.