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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

San Juan College
Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program (VTDLP)
Required Clinical Tasks

This document contains a list of the clinical tasks required in each of the VETT courses. Once a student enrolls in one of the courses, they will receive a document with detailed step-by-step instructions for each task. (Note: The tasks and instructions are subject to change based on updates made by the CVTEA and VTDLP.)

The San Juan College Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program (VTDLP) is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education & Activities (AVMA-CVTEA), which is the accrediting body for all veterinary technology programs. The AVMA website states:

Accreditation by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

Within veterinary medicine, the AVMA – CVTEA develops standards and reviews programs in veterinary technology. An institution or program is considered fully accredited when it is found to meet these standards (see the CVTEA accreditation process and Accreditation Policies and Procedures for more information).

Graduation from an AVMA-CVTEA-accredited institution is a prerequisite for licensure or certification for professional practice through the majority of state licensing boards and credentialing agencies in order to meet the educational prerequisites. (AVMA 2018)*

The AVMA-CVTEA mandates that all students graduating from accredited programs be able to perform certain clinical tasks. (See CVTEA’s Essential and Recommended Skills List) To meet these requirements, several courses in the VTDLP have Course Task Checklists (CTCs) that contain these clinical tasks. While the didactic information for these procedures are covered in the courses, students must perform the tasks in the CTCs in their approved OCCI clinical sites and be evaluated by their preceptors.

Near the end of the program, students must then film themselves performing these same small animal procedures (dogs & cats) and be evaluated by VTDLP Instructors in the Video Portfolio Courses.

• VETT 220 Small Animal Nursing
• VETT 221 Anesthesia & Surgical Assisting
• VETT 222 Clinical Pathology

To satisfy the program requirements for the large animal (horses/cattle) and laboratory & exotic animal tasks (mice, rats, rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Avian species), students may either submit a video or attend the Fast Track Lab (FTL) offered in Waco Texas each semester. For the FTL option, no large animal/lab animal video is required, making FTL the most popular option with students. (FTL-General Information and Overview). The clinical tasks for these species are covered in:

• VETT 233 Large Animal Clinical Assisting
• VETT 235 Laboratory Animal & Small Exotic Clinical Procedures

*AVMA. (2018, July 01). AVMA Center for Veterinary Education Accreditation. Retrieved from AVMA Our Passion. Our Profession.: https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Pages/default.aspx

 

VETT 130: Veterinary Nursing Care II

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Restraint: Sternal Recumbency
  2. Restraint: Lateral Recumbency
  3. Restraint: Cephalic Venipuncture
  4. Restraint: Saphenous Venipuncture
  5. Restraint: Jugular Venipuncture
  6. Apply a Gauze Muzzle to a Dog
  7. Apply a Nylon or Leather Muzzle to a Dog
  8. Use Restraint Pole *
  9. Apply Elizabethan Collar
  10. Hand Pilling
  11. Administer Topical Medications: Eye Drops or Ointment
  12. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Injection
  13. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Fluids
  14. Administer Medications: Intramuscular Injection
  15. Administer Medications: Intravenous Injection
  16. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Dog
  17. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Cat
  18. Venipuncture: Jugular – Dog
  19. Venipuncture: Jugular – Cat
  20. Venipuncture: Saphenous – Dog
  21. Place Intravenous Catheter: Cephalic Vein
  22. Patient History
  23. Physical Exam
  24. Trim Nails
  25. ECG
  26. Express Canine Anal Sacs
  27. Administer Enema *
  28. Collect Voided Urine Sample
  29. Cystocentesis: Female Dog  *
  30. Urinary Catheter: Male Dog  *
  31. Urinary Catheter: Male Cat  *

* Simulations available

VETT 131: Veterinary Business Procedures II

There are no clinical requirements for this course. All assignments will be instructor graded.

VETT 132: Small Animal Diseases & Medical Care II

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Restraint: Sternal Recumbency
  2. Restraint: Lateral Recumbency
  3. Remove Small Dog from a Cage
  4. Remove Large Dog from a Cage
  5. Place Large Dog in a Cage
  6. Remove Cat from a Cage or Carrier
  7. Place a Cat in a Cage or Carrier
  8. Restraint: Cephalic Venipuncture
  9. Restraint: Saphenous Venipuncture
  10. Restraint: Jugular Venipuncture
  11. Apply a Gauze Muzzle to a Dog
  12. Apply a Nylon or Leather Muzzle to a Dog
  13. Restraint: Eye or Ear Medication
  14. Restraint: IM Injections or Nail Trim
  15. Apply Elizabethan Collar
  16. Patient History
  17. Physical Exam
  18. Express Canine Anal Sacs
  19. Trim Nails – Dog & Cat
  20. Clean and Medicate Ears
  21. Hand Pilling – Dog & Cat
  22. Administer Topical Medications: Eye Drops or Ointment
  23. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Injection
  24. Administer Medications: Intramuscular Injection
  25. Administer Medications: Intravenous Injection

VETT 133: Pharmacology & Medical Therapeutics II

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Medication Labeling
  2. Fill an Oral Solid Medication
  3. Fill a Liquid Medication
  4. Reconstitute a Medication for Dispensing
  5. Reconstitute a Vaccine
  6. Dispense Medication to a Client
  7. Controlled Substance Protocols and Handling
  8. Inventory Procedures

VETT 134: Veterinary Anesthesia & Surgical Assisting II

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Prepare Anesthesia Machine
  2. Prepare a Surgical Gown for Sterile Personnel
  3. Set Up Sterile Surgical Gloves
  4. Prepare Gowns, Masks, Gloves, and Drapes: Wrap a Surgical Gown
  5. Perform Post-Surgical Clean-Up: Clean Surgical Instruments
  6. Assemble and Wrap a Major Surgical Pack
  7. Sterilize Instruments and Supplies Using Appropriate Methods
  8. Keep Operative Records

VETT 135: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging II

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Clinical Tasks: Course Task Checklist
  2. Radiation Safety Training Presentation
  3. Labeling and Identification of Radiographic Film
  4. Patient Safety and Caliper Use
  5. Radiographic Patient Positioning: Forelimb
  6. Radiographic Patient Positioning: Hindlimb
  7. Radiographic Patient Positioning: Skull and Spine
  8. Radiographic Patient Positioning: Thorax and Abdomen
  9. Radiology Log

VETT 136: Veterinary Clinical Pathology II

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Microscope Operating Procedures
  2. Centrifuge
  3. Refractometer
  4. Hematology Analyzer
  5. Packed Cell Volume & Hemoglobin
  6. Total Protein
  7. Prepare Blood Film & Stain
  8. Evaluate Erythrocyte Morphology
  9. Calculate Hematologic Indices
  10. Perform Manual Leukocyte Differential
  11. Calculate Absolute Values
  12. Correct WBC Counts for Nucleated Cells
  13. Estimate Platelet Numbers
  14. Coagulation Tests: Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time
  15. Prepare Serum & Plasma
  16. Blood Chemistry & Electrolyte Panel: BUN, Glucose, Common Enzymes
  17. Serologic Test: ELISA
  18. Identify Blood Parasites: Dirofilaria sp / Acanthocheilonema
  19. Identify Blood Parasites: Hemotropic Mycoplasma
  20. Heartworms: Antigen Kit Method
  21. Heartworm Microfilaria Detection: Direct Smear
  22. Modified Knott’s Test: Heartworm Microfilaria
  23. Fecal: Flotation
  24. Fecal: Sedimentation
  25. Fecal: Direct Smears
  26. Fecal: Centrifugation
  27. Identify Internal Parasites: Nematodes, Trematodes, Cestodes, Protozoa
  28. Identify External Parasites: Mites, Lice, Ticks, Fleas, Flies

VETT 210: Veterinary Nursing Care III

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Patient History
  2. Physical Examination
  3. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Dog
  4. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Cat
  5. Venipuncture: Saphenous – Dog
  6. Venipuncture: Saphenous – Cat
  7. Venipuncture: Jugular  – Dog
  8. Venipuncture: Jugular – Cat
  9. Cystocentesis: Female Dog
  10. Urinary Catheter: Male Dog  *
  11. Urinary Catheter: Male Cat  *
  12. Clean and Medicate Ears
  13. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Injection – Dog & Cat
  14. Administer Medications: Intramuscular Injection
  15. Administer Medications: Intravenous Injection – Cephalic Vein
  16. Administer Medications: Intravenous Injection – Saphenous Vein
  17. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Fluids
  18. Place Intravenous Catheter: Cephalic Vein – Dog & Cat
  19. Schirmer Tear Test
  20. Administer Eye Medications
  21. Fluorescein Stain Test
  22. Tonometry
  23. Modified Robert Jones Bandage
  24. Dental Prophylaxis

* Simulations available

VETT 211: Veterinary Business Procedures III

There are no clinical requirements for this course. All assignments will be instructor graded.

VETT 212: Small Animal Diseases & Medical Care III

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Patient History
  2. Physical Examination
  3. ECG
  4. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Dog
  5. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Cat
  6. Venipuncture: Saphenous
  7. Venipuncture: Jugular  – Dog
  8. Venipuncture: Jugular – Cat
  9. Cystocentesis: Female Dog
  10. Urinary Catheter: Male Dog  *
  11. Urinary Catheter: Male Cat  *
  12. Express Anal Sacs
  13. Trim Nails: Dog & Cat
  14. Administer Oral Tablet or Capsule: Dog & Cat
  15. Administer Oral Liquid: Dog & Cat
  16. Administer Medications: Eye Drops or Ointment – Dog & Cat
  17. Orogastric Intubation – Dog *
  18. Enema *
  19. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Injection
  20. Administer Medications: Intramuscular Injection
  21. Administer Medications: Intravenous Injection – Cephalic Vein
  22. Administer Medications: Intravenous Injection – Saphenous Vein
  23. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Fluids
  24. Place an IV Catheter – Cephalic Vein

* Simulations available

VETT 213: Pharmacology & Medical Therapeutics III

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Medication Labeling
  2. Fill an Oral Solid Medication
  3. Fill a Liquid Medication
  4. Reconstitute a Medication for Dispensing
  5. Reconstitute a Vaccine
  6. Dispense Medication to a Client
  7. Controlled Substance Protocols and Handling
  8. Inventory Procedures
  9. Storage and Handling of Biologicals and Hazardous Medications

VETT 214: Veterinary Anesthesia & Surgical Assisting III

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Demonstrate and Operate Anesthetic Delivery and Monitoring Equipment: Preanesthetic Preparation
  2. Equipment and Supply Preparation Prior to Anesthetic Induction
  3. Administer Anesthetic-Related Drugs by Injection, Mask, Induction Chamber or Endotracheal Tube: Rapid Sequence Induction Technique
  4. Utilize Clinical Signs and Appropriate Equipment to Monitor Patient Status in All Stages of Anesthetic Procedures: Inhalant Anesthesia
  5. Monitor Anesthesia Using an Anesthetic Chart
  6. Prepare Surgical Site Using Aseptic Techniques
  7. Position Patient for Common Procedures
  8. Surgical Scrubbing
  9. Surgical Gowning
  10. Perform Closed Gloving
  11. Set Up Sterile Surgical Pack and Provide Sterile Surgical Assistance
  12. Provide Post-Operative Care: Suture or Surgical Staple Removal

VETT 215: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging III

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist & Capstone Project

Course Task Checklist

  1. Use of Calipers
  2. Use of PPE
  3. Utilize Radiographic Equipment to Properly Radiograph Live Animals
  4. Label, File, and Store Images
  5. Complete Radiographic Logs, Reports, Files, and Records
  6. Radiographic Technique Charts
  7. Perform One Radiographic Contrast Study
  8. Radiographic Techniques: Screening for Canine Hip Dysplasia
  9. Dental Radiographs
  10. Position Animals to Create Diagnostic Images

Capstone Project: Radiographic Positioning and Image Production

This project requires students to submit videos of themselves properly positioning patients and taking radiographs then submitting the images for evaluation.

  1. Radiographic Positioning & Image Production (This project requires students to submit videos of themselves properly positioning patients and taking radiographs then submitting the images for evaluation)
  2. Radiographic Views of Forelimb (1)
  3. Radiographic Views of Hindlimb (1)
  4. Radiographic Views of Thoracic Cavity (1)
  5. Radiographic Views of Abdominal Cavity (1)
  6. Radiographic Views of the Spine (1)
  7. Radiographic Views of the Hip (1)
  8. Dental Radiographs (2)
  9. Specialty Radiographs

VETT 216: Veterinary Clinical Pathology III

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

  1. Packed Cell Volume
  2. Total Protein
  3. CBC
  4. Prepare Blood Film & Stain
  5. Perform Manual Leukocyte Differential
  6. Calculate Absolute Values – WBCs
  7. Evaluate Erythrocyte Morphology
  8. Correct WBC Counts for Nucleated Cells
  9. Estimate Platelet Numbers
  10. Prepare Serum & Plasma
  11. Blood Chemistry & Electrolyte Panel: BUN, Glucose, Common Enzymes
  12. Serologic Test: ELISA
  13. Slide Card / Agglutination
  14. Perform Manual Cross Matching
  15. Culture & Identify: Common Dermatophytes
  16. Skin Scrapings
  17. Ear Cytology
  18. Fine Needle Aspiration
  19. Canine Vaginal Smears
  20. Perform a Complete Urinalysis
  21. Collect a Urine Sample for Culture: Inoculate Slant
  22. Collect Samples for Bacterial Culture / Biochemical Testing: Streak an Agar Plate
  23. Culture & Sensitivity Tests: Streak Agar Plate to Obtain a Pure Culture
  24. Perform Kirby-Bauer Disc Sensitivity Test
  25. Staining Procedures on a Bacterial Sample
  26. Necropsy: Postmortem Examination or Dissection on Non-preserved Animal
  27. Necropsy: Collect, Store, ship Samples According to Laboratory Protocols

VETT 220: Video Portfolio: Small Animal Nursing

Clinical Tasks:  Video

  1. Place Large Dog into a Cage
  2. Remove Large Dog from a Cage
  3. Place a Cat in a Cage or Carrier
  4. Remove Cat from a Cage or Carrier
  5. Restraint: Sternal Recumbency
  6. Restraint: Lateral Recumbency
  7. Restraint: Eye or Ear Medication
  8. Restraint: Cephalic Venipuncture
  9. Restraint: Saphenous Venipuncture
  10. Restraint: Jugular Venipuncture
  11. Apply a Gauze Muzzle to a Dog
  12. Apply a Nylon or Leather Muzzle to a Dog
  13. Apply Elizabethan Collar
  14. Use Restraint Pole
  15. Physical Exam – Dog
  16. TPR & Auscultation – Cat
  17. Perform an ECG
  18. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Dog
  19. Venipuncture: Cephalic – Cat
  20. Venipuncture: Jugular  – Dog
  21. Venipuncture: Jugular – Cat
  22. Venipuncture: Lateral Saphenous – Dog
  23. Venipuncture: Medial or Lateral Saphenous – Cat
  24. Cystocentesis: Female Dog
  25. Urinary Catheter: Male Dog
  26. Urinary Catheter: Male Cat
  27. Express Canine Anal Sacs
  28. Trim Nails – Dog
  29. Trim Nails – Cat
  30. Clean and Medicate Ears – Dog
  31. Clean and Medicate Ears – Cat
  32. Hand Pilling – Dog
  33. Hand Pilling – Cat
  34. Clinical Tasks: Video
  35. Gastric Intubation – Dog
  36. Administer an Enema
  37. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Injection – Dog
  38. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Injection – Cat
  39. Administer Medications: Intramuscular Injection – Dog
  40. Administer Medications: Intramuscular Injection – Cat
  41. Administer Medications: IV Injection – Saphenous or Cephalic Vein – Dog
  42. Administer Medications: IV Injection – Saphenous or Cephalic Vein – Cat
  43. Administer Medications: Subcutaneous Fluids
  44. Intravenous Catheter: Cephalic
  45. Intravenous Catheter: Saphenous
  46. Schirmer Tear Test
  47. Administer Topical Medications: Eye Drops
  48. Fluorescein Stain Test – Dog
  49. Tonometry (Tonopen or TonoVet)
  50. Apply a Modified Robert Jones Bandage
  51. Dental Prophylaxis / Examination – Dog

VETT 221: Video Portfolio – Anesthesia & Surgical Assisting

Clinical Tasks:  Video

  1. Prepare Anesthesia Machine
  2. Demonstrate and Operate Anesthetic Delivery and Monitoring Equipment: Preanesthetic Preparation
  3. Equipment and Supply Preparation Prior to Anesthetic Induction
  4. Administer Anesthetic-Related Drugs by Injection, Mask, Induction Chamber or Endotracheal Tube: Rapid Sequence Induction Technique
  5. Utilize Clinical Signs and Appropriate Equipment to Monitor Patient Status in All Stages of Anesthetic Procedures: Inhalant Anesthesia
  6. Monitor Anesthesia Using an Anesthetic Chart
  7. Prepare Surgical Site Using Aseptic Techniques
  8. Position Patient for Common Procedures
  9. Surgical Scrubbing
  10. Surgical Gowning
  11. Perform Closed Gloving
  12. Set Up Sterile Surgical Pack
  13. Prepare a Surgical Gown for Sterile Personnel
  14. Set Up Sterile Surgical Gloves
  15. Prepare Gowns, Masks, Gloves, and Drapes: Wrap a Surgical Gown
  16. Perform Post-Surgical Clean-Up: Clean Surgical Instruments
  17. Assemble and Wrap a Major Surgical Pack
  18. Sterilize Instruments and Supplies Using Appropriate Methods
  19. Keep Operative Records
  20. Provide Post-Operative Care: Suture or Surgical Staple Removal

VETT 222: Video Portfolio – Clinical Pathology

Clinical Tasks:  Video

  1. Prepare the Serum and Plasma
  2. Packed Cell Volume & Total Protein
  3. Prepare Blood Film and Stain
  4. Leukocyte Differential
  5. Culture & Identify: Common Dermatophytes
  6. Heartworm Microfilaria Detection: Direct Smear Method
  7. Heartworms: Antigen Kit Method
  8. Heartworms: Modified Knott’s Test
  9. Perform Activated Clotting Time Test
  10. Blood Chemistry & Electrolyte Panel: In-house and External Laboratory
  11. Serologic Test: Elisa
  12. Ear Cytology
  13. Canine Vaginal Smears
  14. Skin Scrapings
  15. Fecal: Centrifugation with Flotation
  16. Fecal: Direct Smears
  17. Fecal: Sedimentation
  18. Perform Bacterial Culture & Sensitivity
  19. Perform Manual Cross Match
  20. Perform Complete Urinalysis
  21. Necropsy: Postmortem Examination or Dissection on Non-preserved Animal

VETT 233: Large Animal Clinical Assisting

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

** See note on Fast Track Labs in the Important Information tab.

  1. Restrain Using a Squeeze Chute – Bovine
  2. Place a Halter – Bovine
  3. Apply Tail Restraint – Bovine
  4. Perform a Complete Physical Examination – Bovine
  5. Administer Liquid Medication – Bovine
  6. Administer a Bolus – Bovine
  7. Administer an Intramuscular Injection – Bovine
  8. Administer a Subcutaneous Injection – Bovine
  9. Perform Jugular Venipuncture – Bovine
  10. Perform Coccygeal Venipuncture – Bovine
  11. Place a Halter and Lead – Equine
  12. Attach and Use a Chain Lead with the Halter Already in Place – Equine
  13. Use Equine Stanchion – Equine
  14. Attach a Chain or Rope Nose Twitch – Equine
  15. Perform a Complete Physical Exam – Equine
  16. Perform a Subcutaneous Injection – Equine
  17. Perform an Intramuscular Injection – Equine
  18. Collect Blood From the Jugular Vein – Equine
  19. Insert an Indwelling Jugular Catheter – Equine
  20. Perform a Tail Wrap – Equine
  21. Perform a Lower Leg Wrap – Equine
  22. Perform Routine Grooming – Equine
  23. Utilize Radiographic Equipment to Expose X-Ray Film Using a Portable Radiographic Unit
  24. Perform Radiograph Study of the Lateromedial Projection of the Metacarpophalangeal Joint
  25. Perform Radiograph Study of the Dorsopalmar Projection of the Metacarpophalangeal or Dorsoplantar Projection of the Metacarpophalangeal Joint

VETT 235: Laboratory Animal & Small Exotic Clinical Procedures

Clinical Tasks:  Course Task Checklist

** See note on Fast Track Labs in the Important Information tab.

  1. Laboratory Animal Care & Husbandry
  2. Handling and Transport
  3. Restraint for Examinations and Injections
  4. Perform a Physical Exam
  5. Proper Restraint for Sex Determination
  6. Administer Oral Drug or Medication
  7. Administer Subcutaneous Drug / Medication
  8. Administer Intramuscular Drug / Medication
  9. Administer Intravenous Drug / Medication to Rodent
  10. Collect Blood Using the Tail Vein
  11. Blood Collection from a Mouse Using the Retro-Orbital Technique
  12. Handling, Restraint, and Common Clinical Procedures of the Bird