Veterinary Science CPU Objectives

Activity 1: Introduction

1-1. Explain the history of veterinary science and how veterinary science has changed today.
1-2. Discuss the role of the veterinary technician and veterinarian.
1-3. Define the differences between rural and urban veterinary practices.
1-4. Discuss companion animals and animal nutrition.
1-5. Research and write a summary on the laws for veterinary technicians for the state in which the student lives.

Activity 2: Anatomy and Physiology

2-1. Identify different animals as well as animal characteristics.
2-2. Discuss animal behavior and learning.
2-3. Identify behavioral problems.
2-4. Explain how to prevent behavioral problems and how to effectively use punishment.
2-5. Perform a virtual dissection of a cat.

Activity 3: Diseases and Vaccinations

3-1. Discuss care and preventative medicine as well as regular wellness.
3-2. Explain the importance of proper animal grooming. 3-3. Discuss the importance of vaccines and immunity.
3-4. Identify zoonotic diseases and discuss public health. 3-5. Discuss parasitology.
3-6. Identify different parasites and the different species of ticks.

Activity 4: Dentistry Procedures

4-1. Explain the main concepts of veterinary dentistry.
4-2. Define and discuss dental morphology, occlusion, and the Triadan system.
4-3. Define various words associated with veterinary dental practices.
4-4. Discuss signs of dental issues and periodontal disease.
4-5. Practice the proper techniques for brushing a canine's teeth.

Activity 5: Animal Nursing

5-1. Explain the important concepts of animal nursing.
5-2. Properly perform CPR on animals, as well as basic first aid techniques.
5-3. Properly capture and restrain an animal for various needs.
5-4. Define and explain venipuncture and how to restrain for venipuncture.
5-5. Watch a video of how to properly perform CPR on dogs and cats.

Activity 6: Laboratory Procedures

6-1. Explain the various ways in which medication can be administered.
6-2. Identify the proper procedures for a physical examination of a patient as well as how to assess and treat pain.
6-3. Define and explain analgesia.
6-4. Properly practice venipuncture.

Activity 7: Diagnostic Imaging

7-1. Explain and identify radiology and radiographic techniques used in veterinary medicine.
7-2. Discuss the proper techniques for filing a radiograph and identify various imaging equipment.
7-3. Explain the importance of radiation protection and animal positioning and protection.
7-4. Explain ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.
7-5. Discuss why interpreting radiographic images is an important skill to have.

Activity 8: Principles of Surgery

8-1. Identify surgical instruments.
8-2. Discuss the maintenance of a proper surgical environment.
8-3. Explain some common surgical procedures.

Activity 9: Anesthesia, Pharmacy, and Pharmacology

9-1. Define anesthesia.
9-2. Explain how to prepare patients for anesthesia.
9-3. Identify different anesthetic agents and the various anesthetic equipment used in veterinary medicine.
9-4. Discuss pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.
9-5. Calculate for proper doses of drugs.

Activity 10: Post-Test and Wrap-Up

10-1. Complete the Post-Test.

Activity 11: Bonus Activities

11-1. Complete a crossword puzzle and vocabulary quiz.

Activity 12: Challenge

12-1. Perform procedures discussed throughout the curriculum.

Activity 13: Open-Ended Challenge

13-1. Discuss HOSA and the various competatitions related to veterinary science.
13-2. Complete an activity similar to a HOSA competitive event.

Activity 14: Careers

14-1. Research the certification, materials, and cost of becoming a veterinarian in the area in which the student lives.
14-2. Write a brief report based on the research.

Activity 15: Job Shadow

15-1. Perform a job shadow OR
15-2. Research and write a brief report about three different animals.