Veterinary Nursing 2

Science & Technology
Veterinary Technology
Course Code
VTEC 1203
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course builds on the animal handling and technical skills learned in Veterinary Nursing 1 and provides a basic introduction to the fields of veterinary anesthesia, emergency medicine and fluid therapy. Additional skills covered include intravenous catheter placement, urinary procedures, wound care and bandaging. A one week practicum is included in the course.
Course Content
  1. Intravenous catheterization

    -  types of IV catheters, placement and nursing care

  2. Urinary collection

    - methods of urine collection

    - types of urinary catheters

    - catheterization of male and female dogs and male cats

    - nursing care of indwelling urinary catheters

  3. Intravenous fluid therapy

    - IV fluids including colloids and crystalloids

    - fluid therapy calculations

    - physiology of fluid compartmentalization

    - dehydration and shock (various types)

  4. Emergency Medicine

    - triage and assessment of the emergency patient

    - basics of CPR, emergency care and contents of the crash cart

    - common toxins, effects and treatment

  5. Wound Management

    - phases and types of healing

    - wound contamination and infection

    - first aid, assessment and management of wounds

    - bandages, including splints, and home care

  6. Anesthesia

    - anesthesia safety

    - planes of anesthesia

    - anesthetic monitoring and record keeping

    - monitoring equipment including pulse oximeter, direct and indirect blood pressure, capnograph, ECG

  7. Radiography suite orientation

    - personal protective equipment and dosimeters

    - radiography equipment and dark room

  8. Pocket pets, rabbits, reptiles and birds

    - handling and restraint

    - breed and species recognition

Learning Activities

This course includes a 1 week practicum. Instructional activities may include open book online quizzes, in class presentations, pre-lab videos and video evaluations, in-person instructor evaluations, workshop and live animal labs as well as off-campus experiential learning opportunities. Off-campus duties for large animal practical skills are also required.

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:

Assignments                    15-40%

Quizzes & Term tests        10-30%

Practical Evaluations         15-40%

Final Lecture Exam           10-30%

Final Lab Exam                 10-20%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss intravenous and subcutaneous fluid therapy and calculate appropriate fluid volumes for hospitalized patients.

  2. Place an intravenous catheter in a peripheral vein and discuss nursing care of intravenous catheters.

  3. Collect urine specimens from dogs and cats using appropriate methods.

  4. Place urinary catheters and discuss the nursing care required for them.

  5. Discuss assessment of the emergency patient, provision of CPR and treatment of common toxins.

  6. Discuss wound care and perform basic bandaging techniques for dogs and cats.

  7. Discuss the basics of anesthesia including safety, anesthetic monitoring and blood pressure measurement.

  8. Identify differences in handling and restraint of pocket pets, rabbits, reptiles and birds.

  9. Discuss the health and safety precautions required for working in the radiography suite and describe equipment used to take radiographs.

Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials.



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 1203
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023