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Lab Animal and Exotics Clinics

Course Code: VTEC 2307
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Veterinary Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks + Practicum
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Practicum
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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.

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.