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Veterinary Care III

Course Code: AHTT 2303
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will give students practice in advanced veterinary nursing skills. Specialized procedures for a variety of species (large animal, small animal, & exotics) will be covered building upon skills acquired in AHTT 1103, 1203, & 2107. Students will gain experience in data gathering, procedures, & nursing care, in addition to relevant animal behavior and handling practice. This course will include kennel and/or relevant volunteer duty. Professional ethics and workplace issues will be discussed. Enrollment is limited to students in the Animal Health Technology Program.

Course Content

Clinical pathology

  • bacteriology, hematology, urinalysis, cytology review
  • advanced sampling techniques
  • sampling from a variety of species safely; maintenance of samples and processing for the laboratory; utilizing a variety of laboratory equipment in a clinical setting
  • postmortem techniques
  • tour of provincial veterinary and private veterinary laboratories

Advanced Nursing Care and Diagnostic Techniques

  • diagnostic procedures including thoracocentesis and abdominocentesis
  • usage and maintenance of advanced blood analysis equipment
  • review and practice of advanced monitoring and procedures such as ECG, jugular catheters, blood transfusions, etc…

Emergency Medicine

  • visits to specialty practices and from Veterinary specialists with emphasis on gaining technical skills commonly used in emergency situations (CPR, radiology, clinical sample collection, transfusions, and treatment modalities)
  • decision making and grief counseling in emergency situations
  • post emergency nursing (with concentration on early stabilization phase)
  • hit by car, “big dog little dog”, FLUTD, toxin ingestion and other common emergencies – review of protocols and practice in needed skills as possible
  • Ambu-dog and practice resuscitation

Large Animal Care

  • large animal anesthesia and surgical assistance
  • provision of adequate analgesia/anesthesia and humane treatment to ensure patient comfort
  • recognition of injection sites, administration of injectables, and venipuncture
  • aspects of aseptic technique, preparation of surgery, personnel and patient pre-operatively
  • practical wound healing and management, bandaging techniques and patient care post-operatively

Exotic & Lab Animal

  • practice in restraint, handling and treatment, and advanced procedures

Workplace communications:

  • observation and interpretation of interactions between veterinary team members as well as clients, building upon the skills learned in CMNS 1111
  • workplace safety and a review of WHMIS.

Methods of Instruction

This course includes 3-7 hours of classroom instruction per week.  It also includes 2-8 hour visits to various animal and veterinary related facilities around the Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley area as part of a 6 week rotation of Workplace Laboratory Instruction, as well as group field trips during the semester for a total average instructional time of 7 hours per week.  (note:  students will require their own transportation to these WLI locations)

Means of Assessment

Quizzes                                                                     15-25%

Practical Skill Demonstrations/Clinical Reports                20-25%

Assignments                                                             10-20%

Professionalism & Rotation Evaluation                          10-20%

Final Exam                                                                20-30%


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. utilize advanced techniques used by the AHT in both small animal, large animal, and exotic practice. These include advanced procedures in clinical pathology, emergency medicine, anesthesia, and nursing care.
  2. demonstrate record keeping, ward hygiene and infection control. 
  3. understand ethical and workplace issues facing the AHT  
  4. demonstrate the basic skills of veterinary nursing.   

course prerequisites

AHTT 2107 Veterinary Clinics I

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.