NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
VET 133 - CLINICAL PATHOLOGY III (3 CR.)

COURSE INFORMATION

Introduces various techniques in microbiology, cytology and necropsy. Studies the common internal and external parasites of various species of domestic animals. Emphasizes their life cycles, pathology, treatment, and prevention. Vet 131-132 Clinical Pathology I-II are prerequisites for this course. Lecture 2 hours. Lab 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To acquaint the veterinary technology student with the basic concepts and various techniques in microbiology, cytology, and necropsy. Students will also become acquainted with the basic information concerning parasites of importance in domestic animals. This will include study of life cycles, pathology and treatment of common internal and external parasites of livestock and small animals. Laboratory diagnostic methods will be included.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Registration for all VET courses is limited to those students who have been admitted to the veterinary technology program. VET 131 CLINICAL PATHOLOGY I and VET 132 CLINICAL PATHOLOGY II are prerequisites for this course.

MAJOR TOPICS/TECHNIQUES TO BE COVERED

a. Practical techniques in microbiology, cytology and necropsy.

b. Preliminary bacterial identification using cultural and biochemical techniques will be introduced.

c. Mycology and virology.

d. Preliminary cytological identification of aspirates and impressions will also be made.

e. Identification, life cycle, pathology, and treatment of the common internal and external parasites of domestic animals.

f. Public health potential of the parasites of animals.

h. Communicating with clients regarding parasitism of pets.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Prepare and sterilize bacterial instruments and media.

2. Understand the safety measures required in the microbiology and necropsy laboratory.

3. Collect microbiological, cytological and necropsy specimens.

4. Isolate and identify, using various media and biochemical techniques, common bacteria.

5. Perform and interpret antibody sensitivity tests.

6. Collect and plate fungal cultures on various media.

7. Prepare and stain a wet mount to identify common fungi.

8. Understand the principles of virology including sampling and testing.

9. Understand handling and sampling techniques in veterinary cytology. Emphasis will be on tissue aspirates and fluids, airway washings, joint fluids, bone marrow, vaginal smears, and semen evaluation.

10. Make basic identification of normal and abnormal cells in the above samples (#9).

11. Perform basic laboratory testing on those samples (i.e. SpGr, total protein, cell counts, viscosity, and mucin tests, etc.).

12. Perform a complete necropsy including sampling collection, storage and shipment as well as handling of rabies suspects.

13. Understand the role of the veterinary technician concerning clinical parasitology.

14. Identify the ova and adult of the common parasites of domestic animals.

15. Describe life cycles, pathology, treatment, and public health significance of the common parasites of domestic animals.

Revised 6/95

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