BIOL 1500 This course surveys the basic principles of biology. Content topics include fundamental concepts of chemistry, cellular structure and metabolism, inheritance, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. The lab component includes design and execution of experiments with an emphasis on observation, the scientific method, and analysis and presentation of results. This course provides a foundation for students pursuing health-related careers as well as those in non-science majors.
Meets MnTC Goal 3
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning.
Meets MnTC Goal 1. Prerequisites: recommended placement assessment score.
HEAL 1502 This course is an introduction to building medical terms and learning the meanings. Students will learn combining forms, word roots, prefixes and suffixes, and how these word parts apply to building medical terms. Students will also learn common medical abbreviations and symbols.
SPEE 1020 This course is intended to increase student's awareness of the processes, models, and theories of interpersonal communication relative to relationships that impact people's personal and professional lives. Through self-analysis and reflection, case studies, practical application, and critical thinking, students will examine the influence of communicative behaviors on themselves, their personal relationships, groups, and society. Concepts include self-esteem, self-fulfilling prophecies, perception, ethics, emotion, conflict, cultural awareness, language, nonverbal communication, social media, and listening. Meets Goal 7. Meets MNTC Goal 1 Fall 2016 and after.
PHIL 1350 This course introduces students to basic issues in medical ethics. Emphasis will be placed on the process of considering ethical theory, ethical principles, and laws in the analysis of specific cases. This course will be of special interest to students in health-related programs though students in any program will find the study of medical ethics worthwhile. Suggested Accuplacer reading cut score over 78 and completion of ENGL 1150: Composition I. Meets MnTC Goal 6 and Goal 9.
VTEC 1100 This course is an introductory study of various aspects of the world of veterinary medicine and the role of the veterinary technician within that world. Emphasis is placed on learning the basics of animal identification, husbandry, grooming, animal behavior, and physical examinations. Students learn veterinary office economics and paperwork, medical records management, reminders, financial matters, components to popular veterinary software and the concepts of ethics and professionalism in the work place.
VTEC 1110 A general introduction to the veterinary clinical sciences, this course acquaints students with laboratory safety, OSHA regulations, medical asepsis, infection control, zoonotic diseases, glassware, specimen collection, laboratory calculations, and microscopy. This course includes hands-on practice of basic laboratory techniques, veterinary parasitology, an introduction to hematology and urinalysis, and basic calculations required in the veterinary medical laboratory.
VTEC - 1120: Calculations for Veterinary Professionals
VTEC 1120 This course instructs the student in the various mathematical calculations and equations used on a daily basis in the medical field. Students will learn calculations involving percentages, fractions, decimals, and ratios, how to convert between different measurement systems, how to calculate patient medication and fluid dosages, and how to apply these methods to real world scenarios.
VTEC 1200 This course explores the body systems of small animals using the cat cadaver as a model. A systems approach is used to study basic anatomy and physiology of dogs and cats. Comparative reference will be made to a few important differences in anatomical structures of various large animal and exotic pet species.
VTEC 1210 This course introduces the student to the development and regulation of drugs and vaccines and their use in veterinary medicine. Commonly used drugs are studied using a body systems approach. Calculation of drug dosages is emphasized and techniques for medication administration to canine and feline patients are also covered.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1310, HEAL 1502
VTEC 1220 Radiation safety and imaging techniques commonly used in veterinary medicine are covered in this course. Students develop radiographic technique charts and practice radiography using live animals. They also learn about other imaging techniques used in the medical field.
VTEC 1230 As an in-depth study of clinical laboratory procedures, students practice sample collection and handling for hematology, parasitology, blood chemistries, urinalysis, microbiology, cytology and serology. Emphasis is placed on the usefulness of these diagnostic techniques in the context of the animal's overall veterinary care. This course includes discussion of various diseases and disorders evaluated by laboratory testing. Zoonotic disease prevention and biosecurity-safety measures are also covered.
VTEC 1240 This course presents the fields of laboratory animal research and zoological medicine, as well as the care and management of exotic pets. Discussion will include husbandry, animal behavior, nutrition identification, restraint, common clinical conditions, nursing procedures, and preventive health care. Mice, rats, rabbits, and other exotic and laboratory animals are utilized to allow bands-on experience.
VTEC 1250 In this course students learn and practice various aspects of small animal husbandry including kennel management and sanitation, reproductive cycles and management, recognition of and response to emergency situations, preventative medicine, and nursing care. Discussion and practice of specialty physical exams will take place. This course will introduce concepts of first aid, care for critically ill patients, emergency nursing, oncology, cardiology, and neurology. There will be opportunities to perform specific nursing skills on small animals.
VTEC 2100 This course introduces students to the signs, diagnostic methods, and treatments of diseases in domestic animals. Prevention, zoonosis, and client education regarding common diseases will be covered. Animal nutrition, and the use of therapeutic nutrition and dietary management of disease will also be discussed. Diseases of each body system, as well as systemic and oncology cases will be presented. An understanding of animal behavior will be introduced.
VTEC 2110 This course introduces the livestock and equine industry and the various species of large animal livestock. This includes livestock terminology, breeds, production systems, basic management practices, preventive medicine, lameness examinations and conditions, necropsy procedures and animal products and by-products. Techniques covered will include restraint, behavior, and medical and surgical nursing procedures of large animals and equine. This course includes field trips.
VTEC 2120 The course will cover basic anesthetic principles and monitoring. The course applies basic utilization of anesthetic agents, the use and operation of allied machines, monitoring and care of the anesthetized animal patient, and the pre-operative considerations and duties for anesthesia. Other topics include understanding of veterinary dental techniques, emergency procedures, and control of post-surgical pain.
VTEC 2131 Students will learn the basics of routine veterinary surgical assisting. This course will cover instrumentation, aseptic technique, proficiency in the proper preparation of the operating room and general nursing care. This course will also cover pre-surgery preparation and post-surgical care of small animals, principles of surgery, aseptic technique, fluid therapy, and surgical assisting through practical experience. Other topics include performance of routine veterinary dental prophylactic techniques, emergency procedures, and control of post-surgical pain.
VTEC 2970 Students participate as Veterinary Technician intern in an off-campus learning experiences in business, industry, and/or the public sector. The student is involved in the day-to-day work of the facility, including restraint and handling of animals, office procedures, clinical laboratory techniques, radiography, pharmacology, and surgical preparation and monitoring.
Prerequisites: Completion with a C or better of all previous VTEC coursework and approval of the program director
VTEC 2980 This course facilitates the transition of the student to the CVT role and to the workplace. Concepts related to career development options that enhance career mobility are reviewed. Preparation and registration for certification by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is covered.
Prerequisites: Completion with a C or better of all previous VTEC coursework