Lab Animal and Exotics Clinics

Science & Technology
Veterinary Technology
Course Code
VTEC 2307
Semester Length
15 weeks + Practicum
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course will introduce avian, exotic pet and laboratory animal clinical skills. Students will gain knowledge and experience in handling, restraint and treatment and will be exposed to laboratory animal guidelines and procedures. Enrollment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.
Course Content

The major topics in this course include the following:

  1. Handling, restraint and husbandry
  2. Comparative anatomy and physiology and relevance to clinical procedures, anesthesia and research purposes
  3. Laboratory Animal Medicine
    - CCAC User training program
    - Guidelines, legislation and regulations
    - Ethics in animal experimentation
  4. Clinical Procedures
    - nutritional support
    - sample collection and other diagnostic procedures
    - fluid therapy
    - drug protocols
    - euthanasia
Learning Activities

This course includes four hours of classroom and laboratory instruction per week with additional practicum placements

Means of Assessment

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 pass this course. Evaluation will be based on quizzes and assignments, practical evaluations including a final practical examination, at least one midterm and a final written examination.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Safely handle and restrain avian, exotic and lab animal species.
  2. Discuss husbandry principles to maintain the health and well-being of avian, exotic and lab animal species.
  3. Review the basic anatomy and physiology of the above species, with emphasis on the relevant practical aspects.
  4. Discuss common diagnostics and therapeutic procedures in avian, exotic and lab animal species.
  5. Explain the role of the CCAC and the regulations surrounding the use of animals in laboratories.
  6. Write grant proposals and research protocols.
Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.



Successful completion of Year 1 of the Veterinary/Animal Health Technology Program





Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for VTEC 2307
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2023