The coursework is separated into three categories: prerequisites, general education and advanced classes. Prior to being permitted to enroll in advanced level classes, students must complete all prerequisites and submit an application to the Program Director. Students must earn at least a “C” in all categories of classes. The coursework in the advanced course section can be completed in two years, (including summer sessions).
Prerequisite college-level courses for application to the Registered Veterinary Technology Program are:
|ENGL M01A||English Composition||4|
|or ENGL M01AH||Honors: English Composition|
|MATH M03||Intermediate Algebra (or higher)||5|
|BIOL M01||Introduction to Biology||4|
|CHEM M01A||General Chemistry I||5|
|MICR M01||General Microbiology||5|
Directs student exploration of veterinary medicine as a career choice, including education, job tasks, and employment options. Includes discussions of Moorpark College's veterinary science program and the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program. Introduces the study of veterinary medical terminology.
Surveys the principles of animal science and the interrelationships of animals and mankind. Introduces basic principles of animal biology, including genetics, anatomy, reproduction, nutrition, animal health and disease, veterinary care, animal rights, animal welfare, animal behavior, breeds, feeding, and management strategies. Discusses broad perspective of livestock management and develops the critical thinking skills required to make humane, fact-based decisions in livestock production. Compares and contrasts various species of livestock, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses, poultry, llamas, rabbits and ostriches.
Provides registered veterinary science students both theoretical and hands-on learning in the care of domestic animals. Emphasizes sanitation, housing, nutrition, restraint, and environmental enrichment for livestock, lab, exotic and companion animals.
Provides hands-on clinical experience under the supervision of an on-site veterinary professional for students enrolled in the Registered Veterinary Technology program. Includes training to complete a tier-based set of skills in a diversified animal veterinary experience.
Introduces the concepts in the veterinary nursing of small animals. Highlights the representative diseases for each body system with an emphasis on the Registered Veterinary Technician's (RVT's) role in caring for patients with these diseases. Addresses the wellness protocols for dogs and cats with an emphasis on vaccine programs.
Introduces students to specific skills involved with small animal nursing and provides opportunities to practice these skills under direct supervision in a veterinary care setting. Includes the techniques of administering vaccinations, performing injections, carrying out diagnostic tests, and obtaining laboratory samples.
Expands on the concepts of veterinary nursing care of small animals to explore the topics of triage, veterinary care for emergency and critical animal patients. Focuses on the common disease conditions of companion exotic animals of birds and reptiles, the pharmacological agents used in their care and therapeutic regimens.
Expands upon the skills developed in the basic veterinary nursing care of small animals. Provides hands-on learning experience to develop skills in emergency medicine, pharmacological and therapeutic management of critically ill small companion domestic and exotic animals.
Prepares veterinary technology students for practice in a small animal hospital by focusing on the areas of physical examination, medical record keeping, medication dose and fluid volume/rate calculations. Introduces the processes involved in administering and monitoring general anesthesia. Examines concepts of sterility for sterile procedures and the techniques and materials utilized for various suturing patterns to close surgical incisions.
Provides the application of theoretical knowledge in the performance of physical examinations, record keeping, and the administration of medications and fluids. Includes the operation of general anesthetic and monitoring equipment, and basic operating room procedures and surgical assisting.
Prepares the advanced veterinary technology student for practice in a small animal veterinary hospital, with particular focus on the areas of anesthesiology and surgery. Discusses the pharmacology of anesthetic agents, troubleshooting during general anesthesia, and actions taken in emergency situations. Investigates the veterinary technician's role as a member of the surgical team. Explores in-depth assessment of pain, and its pharmacological and non-pharmacological management.
Provides practical experience in surgical preparation, anesthesia, and assisting with surgical procedures on animals. Focuses on the surgical procedures performed on dogs and cats.
Introduces students to modern and practical methods in veterinary clinical laboratory analysis. Emphasizes the examination of blood, urine, feces and skin scrapings of companion, livestock, and exotic animals.
Provides application opportunities for performing various clinical examinations and procedures on animals in a veterinary setting. Focuses on the examination of blood, urine, feces, and skin scraping of animals to determine pathology.
Provides the veterinary technology student with entry-level information to begin clinical practice with diagnostic x-rays in a veterinary setting. Emphasizes radiation protection, equipment manipulation, animal positioning, and safety.
Provides students with a hands-on learning experience in safely taking quality diagnostic x-rays of animals. Emphasizes the proper positioning techniques of animals for various radiographic images, animal comfort, radiation safety, and equipment manipulation.
Presents a practical system-by-system approach to the basic structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of domestic and exotic animals. Combines the study of anatomy and physiology which allows students to effectively integrate the study of structure with functioning of the system. For transfer, the laboratory course (EATM M120L) must be completed concurrently.
Provides practical experience discovering principles and structures associated with the anatomy and physiology of animals. Includes microscope work and dissection of the cat. Covers basic suturing techniques to close incisions.
Provides students with hands-on practical experience in performing procedures and husbandry practices common to large animal species. Includes extensive practice in handling and restraint of animals to perform physical examinations and veterinary nursing procedures.
Introduces laboratory animal care and husbandry. Includes the care and safe restraint techniques for primates, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents and other small laboratory animals. Addresses laboratory regulations, the role of the veterinary technician in biomedical research, and career opportunities in animal laboratory settings.
Provides hands-on learning experience with laboratory animal care and husbandry. Includes the care and restraint of primates, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents and other small lab animals. Emphasizes the compliance with laboratory regulations while participating in an animal laboratory setting.
Provides students the opportunity to integrate extensive class work and outside clinical work in a veterinary setting. Explores non-technical topics such as grief counseling, career development, practice management, and the human - animal bond. Focuses particularly on expanding student acquisition of medical terminology. Allows students to participate in a variety of clinical experiences encompassing multiple aspects of veterinary technology.
Introduces the physiology of animals and the relationship to animal health. Emphasizes common animal diseases, their causes, prevention and control. Includes the treatment of wounds and the relation of sanitation to disease prevention. Course Credit Limitation: Completion of EATM M180 will meet the subject requirement for EATM M18. However, EATM M18 will not meet the subject requirement of EATM M180. Maximum credit: 3 units if completed both EATM M18 and EATM M180.
Introduces concepts relative to nutritional requirements of animals in captivity and in the wild. Emphasizes techniques in safely feeding domestic and non-domestic animals in captivity. Focuses on the constituents of feed (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and water), and their utilization by the animal body. Discusses the digestive system, the process of digestion and assimilation of the various feed constituents, identification of feed-stuffs, feeding standards, computation of simple rations for livestock, and economy in feeding and purchasing feeds by nutritive values. Course Credit Limitation: Completion of EATM M190 will meet the subject requirement for EATM M19. However, EATM M19 will not meet the subject requirement of M190. Maximum credit: 3 units if completed both EATM M19 and EATM M190.