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Course Number:
VT 280A
Course Title:
Cooperative Education: Clinic I
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Course Description

Provides an opportunity to work in a veterinary hospital or clinic. Focuses on office/receptionist skills, animal nursing and restraint, and laboratory procedures. Department permission required.

Addendum to Course Description


This course is designed to give the student hands on experience by working on actual animal cases in a clinical veterinary setting.   Students will be able to gain confidence in their abilities and develop increased proficiency in these clinical rotations.

VT280A 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.

There is no specific text required for this course.  

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • communicate with clients and veterinary staff in a professional manner.
  • consistently present a professional appearance and perform duties in a timely, accurate, and hygienic manner.
  • identify areas for improvement in hands-on skills or knowledge base.
  • perform basic clinical skills in a realistic and potentially stressful medical environment.

Course Activities and Design

This is a four-credit-hour course that meets for sixteen-lab hours per week. Students are matched to a veterinary hospital or clinic for the course practicum. The match is determined by the Department Chair or the Cooperative Education Specialist in the event of the Department Chair’s absence. Each student is expected to attend 160 total hours at the clinical site and complete a term paper.  

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student shall be evaluated on their attendance, term paper, punctuality, ability to function on-the-job, completion of the Task Accomplishment Sheet, and by the written evaluation of their performance from their clinical supervisor. Based on the satisfactory completion of the above items, a pass or no pass grade will be issued by the Cooperative Education Specialist.  

1.0   Term Paper

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The goal is for the student to assess their own level of development during their cooperative education experience and assess the quality of training they received based on the hospital and personnel who have supervised them.


1.1       The student will use a computer and a word processing program to answer the questions on their evaluation.   The paper shall be formatted double- spaced, 1” margins all around, and 12 point print.