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Course Content and Outcome Guide for VT 112

Course Number:
VT 112
Course Title:
Clinical Laboratory Procedures
Credit Hours:
5
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
100
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$30.00

Course Description

Teaches the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the various types of tests that are usually done in the clinical laboratory of a veterinary hospital. Includes learning to perform serum chemistries on various types of machines, knowledge of special commercial test procedures, and examination of cytology specimens. Prerequisites: VT 105, 106, 111; (BI 101 or BI 101B), BI 102; CH 100.

Addendum to Course Description

The student also will get a review and a chance to develop a greater level of proficiency in performing complete blood counts and urinalyses in the laboratory part of this course.  This is designed for first year veterinary technology students and 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.   The text required for this course is Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, Pratt, 1997 ISBN 0-8151-7326-1   

Intended Outcomes for the course

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Course Activities and Design

This course is designed to be a lecture-laboratory course.  It is a five-credit-hour course that meets for eighteen -lecture-laboratory hours per week for 6 weeks.   Although the course is a lecture-lab course, nine hours per week are devoted to lecture and nine hours per week to lab. The topics this course will include are the complete blood count, urinalysis, clinical chemistries, and special tests performed in-house in veterinary hospitals.   

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be based on the student€™s understanding of the course content as demonstrated by periodic lecture examinations, laboratory proficiency examinations, and one comprehensive final exam, and by attendance. The student must be able to demonstrate proficiency sufficient to be within 10% of the results obtained on a sample evaluated by the instructor and an experienced technician. in order to receive a passing grade.  Also in order to receive a passing grade, the student must have attended a minimum of 80 percent of each of the lecture and laboratory 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 and outcome guide and confirmed as provided in the assessment above.  The long term outcome desired is for the student to gain sufficient knowledge of Clinical Laboratory Procedures to 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 and outcome guides are developed by college-wide subject area faculty and approved by management.      
1.0 Introduction to laboratory procedures
    Instructional goal: 
    The goal is for the student to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the following as they relate to the collection and handling of blood.
2.0 Enzymology and the use of cry chemistry and allied machines
    Instructional goal: 
    The goal is for the student to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the application of enzymology as it relates to the use of dry
    chemistry machines.    
3.0 Evaluation of normal and abnormalbody system functions
    Instructional goal: 
    The goal is for the student to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the pathophysiology and clinical pathology of the following
    systems.
4.0 Cytology
    Instructional goal: 
    The goal is for the student to develop a comprehensive knowledge of cytology as it relates to common veterinary applications.  
5.0 Testing procedures for specific disease conditions
    Instructional goal: 
    The goal is for the student to develop a comprehensive knowledge of testing based on immunological principles.   
6.0 Laboratory competancies
    Instructional goal:
    The goal is for the student to develop competency and proficiency in performing laboratory procedures in veterinary practice.