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Mathematics for Veterinary Technology

Course Code: MATH 1183
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Mathematics
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

This is a one semester course for students in Veterinary Technology. Topics covered include: calculations involving fractions, decimals and percentages, scientific notation, ratio and proportion, dimensional analysis, clinical applications, measurement systems, dosage calculations for oral and parenteral medication, calculations for creating solutions such as intravenous fluids, constant rate infusions and dilutions with applications in anaesthesia, radiology and nutrition.

Course Content

  1. Fractions, decimals, percentages and scientific notation.
  2. Ratio and proportion – dimensional analysis.
  3. Measurement systems.
  4. Dosage applications and creation of solutions.
  5. Intravenous fluid calculations
  6. Clinical applications using dilutions
  7. Anaesthesia, radiology and nutrition applications.

Methods of Instruction


Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  Evaluation will be based upon some of the following:

Weekly tests 0-40%
Term tests 20-70%
Assignments 0-5%
Attendance 0-5%
Class participation 0-5%
Final examination 30%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the successful student will have reviewed and strengthened their arithmetic and mathematical skills and have a level of mathematical proficiency which will allow them to continue to take courses in the VTEC degree program.

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

  • perform calculations involving fractions, decimals and percentages
  • convert between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • perform  calculations involving the use of scientific notation
  • work with ratios and proportions
  • use conversion factors and dimensional analysis
  • convert values within the metric system
  • convert values from other measurement systems to the metric system
  • perform dosage calculations for oral and parenteral medications
  • work with percent calculations to create proper medication solutions based upon concentration of drug and  animal weight
  • perform the calculations required to create single-ingredient solutions, mixed solutions and weaker solutions from stock solutions
  • solve clinical problems involving calculations of solutions
  • calculate rates of fluid administration for intravenous administration
  • determine how to calculate flow and drip rates for intravenous solutions and understand the mathematics required to operate fluid administration sets and intravenous pumps
  • define constant rate infusion and be able to determine rates of drug infusion as well as the amount of drug to add to fluids
  • determine the final concentration in a dilution
  • perform the calculations required for both dilution series and serial dilutions
  • calculate anaesthesia gas flow rates
  • calculate nutritional requirements
  • perform calculations required for radiology

course prerequisites

Admission to program

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.