Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 2

Science & Technology
Veterinary Technology
Course Code
VTEC 1202
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course will further develop veterinary clinical and laboratory skills. Topics include transfusion medicine, serum chemistry testing, urinalysis, immunology and serology. Cytological techniques and microbiology are reviewed for all domestic veterinary species, with an emphasis on pathogens relevant to companion (small) animals.
Course Content


  1. Transfusion medicine
    - canine and feline blood types
    - blood typing techniques
    - cross matching of blood for transfusion
  2. Components of the urinalysis
    -  sample collection techniques
    -  gross evaluation, urine specific gravity, biochemical analysis, sediment preparation and analysis
  3. Immunological and serological testing
    -  ELISA, serum agglutination and precipitation tests
    -  serum protein electrophoresis
    -  antibody titers
    -  in-clinic test kits for heartworm and FeLV/FIV
  4. Whole blood and serum chemistry
    -  sample collection and handling
    -  record keeping and lab requisition forms
    -  testing procedures
    -  quality control
    -  manual testing
  5. Endocrine and major organ testing
    -  thyroid gland function
    -  adrenocortical gland function
    -  glucose homeostasis
    -  hepatic function
    -  renal function
  6. Cytology and histopathology
    -  tissue sampling, collection and preservation techniques
    -  preparation and staining
    -  gross and microscopic tissue and fluid analysis
  7. Microbiology
    -  pathogen (bacterial, viral, fungal) growth patterns, morphology, testing techniques and control methods
    -  sample collection, including use of culture media
    -  gross colony and microscopic organism evaluation including staining techniques
    -  biochemical analysis
    -  laboratory safety and quality control
    -  basics of antimicrobial sensitivity testing
Learning Activities

This course may include demonstrations, case studies, group work, classroom presentations, flipped classroom, simulations and/or online quizzes.

Means of Assessment

Evaluations will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. A final minimum cumulative grade of “C” or 60% is required, in both lecture and lab components, in order to progress in the Veterinary Technology program.

Evaluation will be based on the following:

Quizzes (lab and lecture)                    15-45% (no quiz worth >15%)           

Assignments (lab and lecture)             20-50% (no assignment worth >25%)

Lab Midterm                                       10-20%

Final Examinations (lab and lecture)     15-40%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  1. Describe veterinary blood types and perform blood typing and cross matching.
  2. Handle and prepare a urine sample, then perform a complete urinalysis.
  3. Perform serum chemistry profiles and recognize abnormalities.
  4. Describe common serological and immunological veterinary testing procedures.
  5. Collect, handle and prepare tissue and fluid samples for analysis.
  6. Apply staining techniques, use microbiological culture media and perform additional tests to identify microscopic organisms.
Textbook Materials

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VTEC 1101 and VTEC 1102 and VTEC 1103 and VTEC 1112 and MATH 1183

Students in the Veterinary Technology program are required to maintain a minimum grade of (C) in all courses in order to progress in the program.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for VTEC 1202
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023