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Veterinary Science


VTS F101 Introduction to Veterinary Sciences

2 Credits     Offered Fall.

Concepts of lifelong learning, research skills, techniques of observation, occupational and zoonotic safety, veterinary ethics, teamwork with sponsoring veterinarian/clinic, value of professional organizations, and animals and animal care in Alaskan culture. There also is a hands on veterinary science wet lab (physical examination, suturing, IV fluids, and splints). Graded Pass/Fail. (1.5+0+1.5)


VTS F110 Medical Terminology for Veterinary Sciences

3 Credits     Offered Fall.

Medical and prescription terminology as related to veterinary sciences. Some native Alaskan cultural perspectives on medical terminology included. (3+0)


VTS F130 Animal Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Sciences

4 Credits     Offered Spring.

Explores the anatomy of the dog, cat, avian, cattle, hog, sheep, goat, horse, reindeer, muskox, and bison. The anatomy is approached from a functional standpoint (body systems) and includes the physiology of each body system. In addition, Alaskan native terms for anatomical structures may be given. Prerequisites: VTS F101 prior to or concurrently; high school biology or equivalent; or instructor approval. (3+3)


VTS F140 Basic Animal Husbandry for Veterinary Sciences

3 Credits     Offered Spring.

Animal restraint, behavior, handling, species and breed identification, humane animal care, housing, management of farm animals, sled dog management, and reproduction. Species covered are canine, feline, goat/sheep, pig, horse, cattle, bison, reindeer, muskox, some exotics and lab animals. Prerequisites: VTS F101 prior to or concurrent with; or instructor approval. (2.5+1.5)


VTS F150 Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding for Veterinary Sciences

3 Credits     Offered Spring.

Nutritional analysis of feed, soil sampling and nutritional requirements of domestic animals (cattle, hogs, sheep, goat, horse, reindeer, bison, muskox, cat, dog). Also discusses feeding techniques, storage of feeds, feed contamination analysis. Prerequisites: VTS F101; high school biology or equivalent; DEVM F105 or equivalent; or instructor approval. (3+0)


VTS F160 Animal Diseases for Veterinary Sciences

3 Credits

Discusses the infectious and noninfectious diseases and treatment of companion animals, domestic production animals (including reindeer, muskox and bison), exotic and lab animals. Prerequisites: VTS F101; VTS F110; VTS F130; or instructor approval. (3+0)


VTS F199 Veterinary Sciences Certificate Practicum I

2 Credits

On site participation at an approved large or small animal veterinary clinic, veterinary research laboratory, or fish and wildlife disease research project. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: VTS F101; VTS F130; VTS F140; VTS F160; or instructor approval. (0+6)


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