VT 101 : Intro to Veterinary Technician

Transcript title

Intro to Veterinary Technician



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours



BI 101 or BI 211; CH 104 or CH 221; MTH 095, or MTH 111 (or higher) or minimum placement Math Level 18; WR 121; and COMM 218; instructor approval based on admission into the veterinary technician program.


VT 102, VT 103, VT 117.


Introduces the role of the veterinary technician within the veterinary health care team, career opportunities for veterinary technicians, the history of veterinary medicine, ethics, common small animal breeds and effective communication techniques within the veterinary teams and with clientele.

Learning outcomes

1. Summarize the role of the veterinary technician within the veterinary health care team.
2. Explain the history, legal issues and ethics of veterinary medicine.
3. Identify career opportunities within the broad field of the veterinary technician profession.
4. Demonstrate effective communication techniques with veterinary team members and with clients.
5. Explain common safety issues and protocols in veterinary medicine.
6. Provide examples of professional conduct in the workplace.
7. Identify common small animal breeds and common health problems associated with individual breeds.
8. Explain how to apply crisis intervention/grief management skills with clients.

Content outline

I. Veterinary Technicians as Vital Team Members
II. Understanding the Education and Credentialing Requirements for CVT’s
III. Lifelong Learning and Professional Organizations
IV. Veterinary Team Members
V. Practice Design/Veterinary Facilities
VI. Laws and Ethics
VII. Safety in the Veterinary Practice
VIII. Zoonotic Diseases
IX. Canines
X. Felines
XI. Team Leadership
XII. Geriatric and Hospice Care
XIII. Human Animal Bond
XIV. Bereavement and Euthanasia
XV. Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Required materials

Required textbook.

Grading methods

Assessment will include homework, exams, quizzes and final exam; may include discussion, short essays, and in-class presentation.

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