NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
VET 217 - INTRODUCTION TO LABORATORY, ZOO AND WILDLIFE MEDICINE (2 CR.)

COURSE INFORMATION

Focuses on the identification, captive management, restraint and diseases of fish, reptiles, birds, rodents, rabbits, ferrets, primates, wild carnivores, and wild herbivores. Presents the fields of laboratory research and zoological medicine. Lecture 2 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To acquaint the student with a general knowledge of laboratory, zoo and wild animals. This will include, but not be limited to, basic husbandry, behavior, restraint and common disease conditions; orphan care will also be presented.

ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Registration for all VET courses is limited to those students who have been admitted to the veterinary technology program.

COURSE OBJECTIVE/EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME

a. Students will learn to identify, restrain, and collect samples from common laboratory and exotic animals.

b. The student will understand behavioral characteristics of the common laboratory and exotic animals.

c. The student will learn the special nutritional requirements and common diseases of laboratory and exotic animals.

d. The student will be able to design a care and feeding program for an orphaned animal.

e. The student will be presented a basic understanding of the care and common problems in aquarium fishes.

f. The students will be presented information so that they can contact organizations with expertise in handling, rearing and rehabilitating exotic and wild animal species.

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED a. Common breeds of laboratory and exotic animals (including the ape).

b. Restraint, handling and specimen collection from laboratory and exotic animals.

c. Special nutritional requirements of laboratory and exotic animals.

d. Common diseases of laboratory and exotic animals.

e. Raising orphaned laboratory, exotic, and wild animals (including organizations that can be contacted for further help).

Revised 6/95

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