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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT Courses)

RVT 300 Introduction to Veterinary Technology

2.0 units.
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass
This course introduces students to the field of veterinary technology. It will provide an overview of the various roles and responsibilities of the veterinary team. Topics will include animal care, patient handling, examination skills, surgical nursing, diagnostic procedures, and hospital safety.

RVT 301 Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology

3.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Acceptance to RVT Program
Prerequisite: BIOL 100 - Introductory Biology ; and CHEM 120 - Introductory Chemistry
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course introduces the biology of animals, the chemistry of life and medical terminology used in veterinary medicine. It includes the study of basic normal anatomy and physiology (in both large and small animals) in a body systems format, along with related vocabulary and spelling. Commonly used veterinary acronyms and abbreviations are woven throughout the course where relevant.

RVT 302 Veterinary Office Procedures

2.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Acceptance to RVT program.
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course covers the various roles of the veterinary health care team including veterinary hospital record management, client and interpersonal communication, medical terminology, and legal, ethical, and safety issues.

RVT 303 Veterinary Pharmacology

2.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Acceptance to the RVT program.
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course covers basic concepts in veterinary pharmacology, including the chemistry of pharmaceuticals and biologics commonly used in the maintenance of animal health. It also includes generic terminology, abbreviations for prescriptions, labeling requirements, state and federal laws, classification of materials, weights and measures, drug dosage flow rates, pharmacological mathematics and the metric system, side effects and drug interactions, and the safe handling of biohazardous material.

RVT 304 Clinical Pathology & Microbiology

3.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Acceptance to the RVT program.
Prerequisite: BIOL 100 - Introductory Biology
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course introduces students to the expansive field of clinical pathology and microbiology. Topics include bacteriology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, cytology, hematology, internal and external parasites, immunology, and serology.

RVT 305 Medical Nursing & Animal Care

4.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Acceptance to the RVT program.
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in; RVT 301 - Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course covers diseases and animal nursing including animal examination, handling, and restraint of various species used in an animal hospital setting; including sanitation, administration of medicine, emergency treatment and critical care, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, venipuncture, electrocardiology, application of casts, splints and other appliances. It includes zoonotic diseases, their causes and effects, and immunology of animals.

RVT 306 Surgical Nursing & Dentistry

4.0 units.
Limitations on Enrollment: Acceptance to the RVT program.
Prerequisite: RVT 301 - Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course covers surgical nursing, assisting and instrumentation, surgical preparation, suturing techniques, post-operative care, anesthesia instrumentation, induction and monitoring, dental prophylaxis and extractions, IV catheter placement, sterilization of equipment and the maintenance of an aseptic environment.

RVT 307 Veterinary Radiology and Radiation Safety

2.0 units.
Prerequisite: Eligibility for; READ 310 - Reading Skills and Strategies
Acceptable for credit: D - Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method: Letter Grade Only
This course provides an introduction to the study of radiology, diagnostic imaging and equipment used in veterinary practices, radiation safety, and the safe operation of radiographic equipment. It includes image capture and processing, and patient positioning.