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<ul><li> 1. WELCOMEFUTURE REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS </li> <li> 2. COURSE DESCRIPTION VT 100 INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY This is an orientation course which reviews the history, training and career opportunities pertaining to Registered Veterinary Technicians. Animal behavior, handling, training and restraint will be discussed in lecture then practiced in weekly laboratories. Laboratories will provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience with domestic, farm, laboratory and non-domestic animal species (when they are available). Students will be introduced to the medical terminology common to the veterinary health care field. </li> <li> 3. TEXT BOOKS:Required: Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians 7th Edition; Bassert &amp; McCurnin Unlocking Medical Terminology; Wingerd**Note: All terminology you will be tested on will bepresented in lecture or lab. Regardless of text used andwhat you are tested on, aim to develop a deepunderstanding of medical terminology.Recommended: Small Animal Care and Management 3rd Edition (2010), Warren Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, Blood Medical Pocket Dictionary, Dorlands or Taber Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology (1991), Cochran </li> <li> 4. STUDY AND PREPARATION See syllabus for outline of lecture topics and reading. Plan to read these topics before lecture. You will be responsible for studying lecture material, textbook assignments and handouts. Pertinent course material will be available on D2L. STUDY! STUDY! STUDY! </li> <li> 5. WHERE DO I FIND HANDOUTS?WHERE WILL I CHECK MY GRADE?WHERE WILL I TAKE MY QUIZZES?Desire 2 Learn: https://d2l.losrios.edu/ </li> <li> 6. IF I TOOK THE TIME TO SCAN AND POST ADOCUMENT ON D2L THEN, YES, IT IS IMPORTANTENOUGH FOR YOU TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT Desire 2 Learn: https://d2l.losrios.edu/ </li> <li> 7. ATTENDANCE Be in class and ready to start on time Aim to always be present 5-10 minutes before start time Attendance sheet must be signed each class period NO MAKE-UP WILL BE GIVEN FOR MISSED LAB PRACTICALS Make-up quizzes and exams will be given in case of illness or family emergency. MAKE-UP EXAMS MUST BE TAKEN BEFORE OR AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT REGULAR CLASS. No cell phones in class. If you are unable to attend class or lab: Leave a message at the lab number (916.691.7355) Text message to Dr. McQuarry (530.701.8453) Email (DrAlanaDVM@gmail.com) </li> <li> 8. EXTRA CREDITOpportunities offered throughout semester. Spend extra time in lab practicing animal handling skills. Must document what you do and for how long. Must work in pairs or groups. Written report on a species not covered in class include basic husbandry, common diseases/conditions, techniques for restraint. Discuss with Dr. McQuarry before starting. Client education handout on a common behavior concern (dogs, cats, horses). Discuss with Dr. McQuarry before starting. </li> <li> 9. WE ARE HERE TO HELP! We are here to help and want you to succeed.If you need help, please ask. Make flash cards of medical terminology and difficult concepts. Study with friends. Take breaks when studying to restore concentration and release tension. Apply (practice) what you learn as much as possible. This will help to solidify your understanding. Dont completely neglect the rest of your life pay attention to your family, your animals, your hygiene, and your mental and physical health </li> <li> 10. CRC HONOR CODE You will be asked to read and sign an honor code today created by and for CRC students. CRC values academic integrity. It recognizes that individuals can achieve their maximum potential only if they recognize ethical dimensions of decisions and actions. </li> <li> 11. PLAGIARISM How do you define it? </li> <li> 12. Plagiarism is defined as representing the words, ideas or work of another as ones own in any academic exercise. Can be word for word copying or failure to give credit for work of another. </li> <li> 13. CHEATING How do you define it? </li> <li> 14. Cheating is the act of obtaining (or attempting to) credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means. Examples may be copying anothers work on a project, test or paper or allowing another to use your work as their own. </li> <li> 15. CHARACTERISTICS VETERINARYTECHNICIANS LOOK FOR IN A CO-WORKER (Informal and not statistically significant Facebook poll) Integrity in all areas Less drama, more concern for the pets. From an old RVT (since 1984): I agree totally that RVTs need to look ahead for the vet. When I first started out the vets felt we were glorified kennel help but there is so much more a tech can do to help the vet work more effectively and efficiently. From an RVT standpoint, I think that the students need to start with learning the basics of cleaning up first, in other words the less glamorous side of the job and to realize that EVEYTHING you do is important to the well being of the patient. I would encourage students to get part time jobs in a vet practice and think that kennel duty is s great place to start. They will get lots of hands-on with all types of animal behavior and learn better ways to interact appropriately. Dont act like a know-it-all when doing rotations, rather show an interest in learning from those you are working with. </li> <li> 16. THINGS VETERINARY TECHNICIANS WISHTHEY HAD LEARNED/APPRECIATED MORE WHEN BEING TRAINED (Informal and not statistically significant Facebook poll) How to anticipate what the doctor needs, before the doctor knows they need it How to adapt to different doctors styles How to work as a team...how to be the doctors right hand How to look ahead and see what the doctor will need for procedures and emergency situations </li> <li> 17. CHARACTERISTICS DVMs LOOK FOR IN A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN (Informal and not statistically significant Facebook poll) Attention to detail Able to handle upset clients or patients with grace and skill Adaptable Calm under pressure Enthusiastic about profession and client education Follows directions precisely Helps to create comprehensive, accurate, professional records Inquisitive, continually learning Meticulously and regularly cleans clinic Motivates and encourages co-workers Takes initiative in completing tasks Thinks about cases and tasks they are working on, keeps learning Technically skilled Develop a full appreciation of the job its not just puppies and kittens. Strong communications skills are a must not only with the staff but also being able to confidently speak with clients as well. </li> </ul>

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