Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Veterinary Assistant Practicum III

 Title Abbreviation:   VET ASST PRACTICUM III

 Department:    VETA

 Course #:    115

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2.5

 CIP:    510808

 EPC:    115

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Continuation of VETA 113. Focuses on normal canine, feline, equine and avian behavior. Apply principles of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement methods for animal training. Topics include causes of behavioral problems in companion animals, stages of development in young animals, socialization methods, crate training, and elimination training methods for dogs and cats.


Prerequisite: VETA 113 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. Demonstrate safe handling of horses. Select appropriate tack and equipment. Catch, halter, and lead a horse from a stall or paddock.
  2. Demonstrate proper handling and restraint of horses. Blanket a horse. Groom horses. Clean hooves.
  3. Apply bio-security principles to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in veterinary facilities and on farms.
  4. Select appropriate feed for horses. Observe how to load and unload a horse from a trailer.
  5. Identify common equine breeds, colors, and markings.
  6. Conduct a physical examination on a horse. Measure temperature, pulse, and respiration rate on a horse. Chart equine patient data on a medical record.
  7. Observe dental procedures for horses. Describe a preventative health care plan for horses.
  8. Develop an understanding of equine behavior.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

Course Contents

  1. Safety around horses.
  2. Tack and equipment.
  3. Catch a horse. Handle and restrain horses.
  4. Basic care and management.
  5. Bio-security.
  6. Physical examination. Chart records.
  7. Preventative healthcare. Equine dental procedures.
  8. Horse breeds, colors, and markings Equine behavior.