This course includes four hours of classroom and laboratory instruction per week with additional practicum placements
The major topics in this course include the following:
- Handling, restraint and husbandry
- Comparative anatomy and physiology and relevance to clinical procedures, anesthesia and research purposes
- Laboratory Animal Medicine
- CCAC User training program
- Guidelines, legislation and regulations
- Ethics in animal experimentation
- Clinical Procedures
- nutritional support
- sample collection and other diagnostic procedures
- fluid therapy
- drug protocols
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Safely handle and restrain avian, exotic and lab animal species.
- Discuss husbandry principles to maintain the health and well-being of avian, exotic and lab animal species.
- Review the basic anatomy and physiology of the above species, with emphasis on the relevant practical aspects.
- Discuss common diagnostics and therapeutic procedures in avian, exotic and lab animal species.
- Explain the role of the CCAC and the regulations surrounding the use of animals in laboratories.
- Write grant proposals and research protocols.
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.
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