Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Veterinary Assistant Practicum II

 Title Abbreviation:   VETA PRACTICUM II

 Department:    VETA

 Course #:    113

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2.5

 CIP:    510808

 EPC:    115

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Continuation of VETA 110. Introduction to the handling and care of horses. Focuses on performing basic handling, restraint and nursing skills with an emphasis on equine behavior. Apply principles learned about equine health care. Students will participate in a two-day, off site, workshop led by local equine industry experts.


Prerequisite: VETA 110 with a "C" or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 11

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of animal training.
  2. Interpret normal canine, feline, equine, and avian behavior.
  3. Recognize signs of stress, fear, and pain in animals.
  4. Describe the importance of environmental enrichment for companion, farm, laboratory and zoo animals.
  5. Compare and contrast training methods for selected species.
  6. Define operant conditioning and apply its principles to animal training.
  7. Describe the stages of development for dogs, cats, and horses.
  8. Select and use training equipment and supplies.
  9. Describe appropriate correction methods for selected species.
  10. Describe socialization methods for young animals.
  11. Describe and demonstrate crate-training methods for dogs.
  12. Describe elimination-training methods for dogs and cats.
  13. Describe common behavioral problems in selected species.
  14. Identify careers in the animal behavior field.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. History of animal training.
  2. Normal animal behaviors.
  3. Signs of stress, fear and pain.
  4. Environmental enrichment.
  5. Animal training methods.
  6. Stages of development.
  7. Socialization methods.
  8. Crate training.
  9. Elimination training.
  10. Common behavioral problems.
  11. Animal behavior careers.