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VET 112IN - Veterinary Nursing Procedures

5 Credits, 9 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 6 lab periods

Introduction to veterinary nursing techniques. Includes physical examination, history taking, injections, venipuncture, catherization, fluid therapy, CPR, wound management, first aid,  preventative health care, basic nutrition, and animal restraint. Also includes husbandry techniques, kennel management, and sanitation of kennel facilities for dogs and cats.

Prerequisite(s): Within the last two years: VET 100  
Corequisite(s): VET 115IN  
Information: Admission to the Veterinary Technology program is required before enrolling in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate proficiency and understanding of all elements of a physical exam, handling and restraint.
  2. Utilize standards in patient identification based on systems for various species.
  3. Proficiency in performing venipuncture and placement of intravenous venous catheters.
  4. Execute the protocols to intervene in emergency situations including bandaging and wound care.
  5. Discuss the aspects of care for hospitalized and recumbent patients, including fluid therapy.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Determine and know normal values of temperature, pulse, and respiration for dogs and cats.
  2. Restrain animal patients.
  3. Perform auscultation of the heart and lungs using a stethoscope.
  4. Administer parenteral injections.
  5. Administer oral medications.
  6. Perform therapeutic bathing, basic grooming, and dipping of small animals.
  7. Provide routine record keeping, care, and observation of hospitalized patients.
  8. Implement patient and personnel safety measures.
  9. Prepare feed and prescription diets.
  10. Clean and disinfect cages and kennels.
  11. Trim nail on dogs and cats.
  12. Express canine anal sacs.
  13. Clean and medicate ears of dogs and cats.
  14. Administer Enemas.
  15. Provide care and maintenance of equipment.
  16. Apply topical medication to eye.
  17. Perform fluorescein staining and Schirmer tear test.
  18. Discuss permanent identification methods.
  19. Explain principles of orphan animal care.
  20. Perform venipuncture for treatment or blood sampling.
  21. Place intravenous catheters.
  22. Maintain fluid therapy.
  23. Apply and remove bandages and splints.
  24. Collect urine samples.
  25. Apply established emergency protocols.
  26. Explain care of recumbent patient.
  27. Clean and prep wounds or abscesses.

  1. Perform Physical Examination for Dogs and Cats
    1. Temperature
    2. Pulse
    3. Respiration
    4. Auscultate heart and lungs using a stethoscope
  2. Restrain Animal Patients
    1. Place in and remove small animals from cages
    2. Apply dog safety muzzle
    3. Apply Elizabethan collar
    4. Apply restraint pole
    5. Place and restrain small animals on tables
  3. Administer Parenteral Injections for Dogs and Cats
    1. Subcutaneous
    2. Intramuscular
  4. Medicate Dogs and Cats Orally
    1. Gastric intubation
    2. Hand pilling
  5. Perform Basic Small Animal Care
    1. Therapeutic bathing
    2. Basic grooming
    3. Dipping
    4. Trim nails
    5. Express canine anal sacs
    6. Clean and medicate ears
    7. Administer enemas
    8. Apply topical medication to eye
    9. Perform fluorescein staining and Schirmer tear test
    10. Provide care and observation of hospitalized patients
    11. Explain principles of orphan animal care
    12. Prepare feed and prescription diets
  6. Perform Office and Hospital Procedures
    1. Provide routine record-keeping
    2. Implement patient and personnel safety measures
    3. Clean and disinfect cages and kennels
    4. Provide care and maintenance of equipment
  7. Explain Permanent Identification Methods
    1. Tattoos
    2. Microchips
    3. Ear notching
  8. Perform Venipuncture of Dogs and Cats
    1. Cephalic
    2. Jugular
    3. Saphenous
  9. Place Intravenous Catheters
    1. Cephalic vein (dog and cat)
    2. Saphenous vein (dog)
    3. Jugular vein (dog)
  10. Perform Fluid Therapy
    1. Maintain catheter placement
    2. Determine and maintain correct rate
  11. Apply and Remove Bandages and Splints
    1. Dogs
    2. Cats
  12. Collect Urine Samples
    1. Catheterize male and female dogs
    2. Collect voided urine samples of dogs and cats
    3. Perform cystocentesis of cats
  13. Apply Established Emergency Protocols
    1. Maintain emergency medical supplies
    2. Perform first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    3. Use ambu-bag
    4. Apply emergency splints and bandages
  14. Explain Care of Recumbent Patient
  15. Clean and Prep Wounds or Abscesses