NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
VET 121 - CLINICAL PRACTICES I (4 CR.)

COURSE INFORMATION

Presents clinical techniques commonly performed by veterinary technicians in veterinary practices. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To introduce the student to many of the aspects of veterinary surgical nursing and radiology.

ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Enrollment is limited to those students program placed in the veterinary technology program or those students with special approval from the program head.

COURSE OBJECTIVE/EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME

To understand and apply operating room etiquette.
To understand the concepts of veterinary radiology as they apply to veterinary technicians in the veterinary clinic.

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED

a. Preparation of surgical sites; aseptic techniques.
b. Cleaning surgical instruments.

c. Preparation of sterile surgical packs.

d. Preparation and use of gowns, masks, gloves, and drapes.

e. Steam, gas and cold sterilization of instruments and supplies.

f. Instrument identification and use.

g. Operation and maintenance of autoclaves.

h. Operating room sanitation and care.

i. Common suture materials, types, identification, and usage.

j. Patient positioning.

k. Lighting.

l. Maintenance.

m. Theory of surgical assisting.

n. Knowledge of common surgical procedures in large and small animals.

o. Injection techniques.

p. IV catheter placement and fluid therapy.

q. Concepts in veterinary radiology.

r. Taking and processing diagnostic radiographs.

s. Maintain equipment, supplies, and radiographic records.

Revised 6/95

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