Veterinary Science - VTS

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). (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 F161 Introduction to Infectious Animal Diseases for Veterinary Science

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Topics include general pathology, etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, management and general treatment options. Species covered are dog, cat, horse, cattle, pig, sheep, goat, bison and reindeer. Prerequisites: VTS F110; VTS F130 or instructor approval. (4+0)

VTS F170 Veterinary Office Management

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Basic introduction of business practices as they pertain to the management of the veterinary office and the role of the veterinary technician in that management team. Concepts include communications skills, record keeping, use of computers in veterinary practice, inventory and office management, and related issues of law and ethics. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (4+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. Prerequisites: VTS F101; VTS F130; VTS F140; VTS F160; or instructor approval. (0+6)

VTS F210 Pharmacology for Veterinary Sciences

2 Credits
Offered Fall.

Introduction to the basics of pharmacology as applied to the veterinary sciences. Topics include the properties of different drug classes and their uses. Dosage calculation, measurement and administration as well as veterinary pharmacy management will be addressed. Alaskan traditional pharmacology and indigenous ethno-veterinary botanical knowledge will also be discussed. Prerequisites: VTS F110; VTS F130; VTS F160; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

VTS F220 Principles of Imaging for Veterinary Sciences

2 Credits
Offered Spring.

Principles of imaging as they pertain to the practice of veterinary technology. Fundamental understanding of equipment used in radiology (such as, film type, screens, development systems, x-ray machines), generation of x-rays, safety issues for both patients and operators, image formation, technique charts, artifacts, and darkroom techniques. Equipment maintenance and record keeping will also be addressed. Prerequisites: VTS F110; VTS F130; VTS F140; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

VTS F230 Theory of Veterinary Nursing Practice

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Theory of practical aspects of nursing in a veterinary hospital such as taking patient history, obtaining and recording intake values, specimen collection, administration of medication, fluid therapy, and wound management. Nutrition of hospitalized patients, alternative and traditional nursing care topics will also be discussed. Both companion and large animal species will be addressed. The practical veterinary experience that leads to the expansion of student knowledge and builds proficiency of acquired skills through task specific exercises (i.e. patient restraint, patient assessment, patient therapeutics administration, husbandry, diagnostic specimen collection, fluid therapy, etc.) will occur during subsequent VTS courses, namely VTS F240 and VTS F299. Prerequisites: VTS F130; VTS F160; VTS F199; VTS F210; or permission of instructor. (4+0)

VTS F261 Introduction to Non-infectious Animal Diseases for Veterinary Sciences

3 Credits
Offering Spring

A basic introduction to the study of non-infectious animal disease (e.g. endocrine, nutritional, immunologic, neoplastic, degenerative, developmental and genetics) for veterinary sciences. Basic pathologic mechanisms of diseases will be explored using common non-infectious animal disease examples. Species covered are cat, dog, horse, cattle, sheep, goat, pig, bison and reindeer. Topics: etiology, pathogenesis, management and general treatment options. Prerequisites: VTS F110; VTS F130; VTS F160 or permission of instructor. (3+0)