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Large Animal Clinics

Course Code: VTEC 2107
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Veterinary Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

This course covers many aspects of large animal veterinary technology. Topics include handling and restraint, husbandry, comparative anatomy, medical procedures, surgical procedures and preventative medicine of equines, ruminants, porcines and South American camelids. Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

Course Content

The major topics in this course include the following:

1. Large animal handling and restraint

  • normal and abnormal behaviour
  • physical examination and monitoring of vital signs
  • evaluation of overall body condition with regard to disease states

2. Large animal husbandry

  • care of the neonate and neonatal diseases
  • good husbandry practice including housing, nutrition and preventative health programs 
  • practical aspects of hoof care and trimming and grooming techniques

3. Large animal anatomy and physiology

  • review the use of directional, positional and common anatomical terms
  • review of major body systems, major organs, and the general function of each organ inorder to recognize significant clinical signs

4. Large animal anesthesia and surgical assistance

  • provision of adequate analgesia-aneshtesia and humane treatment to ensure patient comfort
  • preparation of the large animals prior to surgery
  • special considerations unique to performing large animal surgery
  • recognition of injection sites, administration of injectables, and venipuncture

5. Large animal preventative medicine

  • aspects of individual and herd health
  • the veterinary technician's role in preventative medicine including blood testing and common laboratory techniques
  • creation of vaccination protocols and administration of vaccines, dewormers and other medications
  • prevention of respiratory syndromes, lameness, colic, peri-parturient diseases and other common conditions

Methods of Instruction

This course includes 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab based instruction per week.  The 2 hours of lab based instruction include off-site instruction at farms and large animal veterinary facilities.

Students are required to rotate through weekend duties at local farms.

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 equines and ruminants.
  2. Discuss husbandry principles, health maintenance and welfare of equines, ruminants, porcines and SA camelids.
  3. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the above species, emphasizing relevant practical aspects.
  4. Discuss wound care as it applies to large animal species.  Perform appropriate bandaging techniques. 
  5. Discuss appropriate analgesia and common anesthetic techniques used in the large animal species. 
  6. Develop programs to promote preventative medicine in both equines and food animals.

course prerequisites

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