Veterinary Diseases

Science & Technology
Veterinary Technology
Course Code
VTEC 1205
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course introduces students to the cause of veterinary diseases and provides an overview of the transmission, clinical signs, treatment and prevention of common diseases in both small and large animals. Specific modes of disease transmission and prevention (including both large and small animal vaccine schedules) are detailed.
Course Content
  1. Causes of disease
    -  pathogens: parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa
    -  factors predisposing to disease
    -  oncology: tumor formation and classification
    -  degenerative, developmental, autoimmune, metabolic, idiopathic, iatrogenic, traumatic, toxic and immune-mediated diseases
  2. Vaccine programs for small and large animals
    -  core vaccines
    -  recommended vaccine protocols
    -  common small and large animal infectious diseases prevented through vaccination
  3. Common diseases and disorders of the following small and large animal body systems
    -  gastrointestinal
    -  endocrine
    -  cardiopulmonary
    -  nervous
    -  musculoskeletal
    -  urogenital
    -  integumentary
    -  sensory
Learning Activities

Instructional methods may include online video lectures, online quizzes, written assignments, discussion board and interactive classroom activities such as case studies, student presentations, and group work.

Means of Assessment

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

Evaluation will be based on:

Quizzes, assignments and projects          30-60% (No single evaluation worth more than 25%)

Midterm or term tests                            20-40% (No single evaluation worth more than 20%)

Final exam                                            20-40%





Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Describe common causes of disease.
  2. Describe common infectious veterinary diseases prevented through vaccination.
  3. Identify types of vaccines, and describe basic small and large animal vaccine protocols and schedules.
  4. Describe the process of tumor formation, classification, and resistance.
  5. Describe common diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems, the cardio-pulmonary systems, the neuro-musculo-skeletal systems, the urogenital systems and the skin and sensory systems.
  6. List federally reportable diseases and methods of control.
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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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for VTEC 1205
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023