Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Courses

First Year

ANHT 1010 Laboratory Mathematics
ANHT 1090/1990 Animal Behaviour 1 and 2
ANHT 1510 Veterinary Terminology
ANHT 1520/1620 Animal Nursing 1 and 2 (L)
ANHT 1530 Immunology
ANHT 1540 Veterinary Office Management (L)
ANHT 1560 Pharmacology
ANHT 1590/1690 Domestic Animal Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 (L)
ANHT 1670 Dentistry for Animal Health Technicians
ANHT 1720/1730 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 1 and 2 (L)
ANHT 1800 Parasitology (L)
CMNS 1660 Occupational Writing for AHTs
MICR 1580/1680 Veterinary Microbiology 1 and 2 (L)

Second Year

ANHT 2090/2990 Animal Behaviour 3 and 4
ANHT 2200 Clinical Practicum
ANHT 2560 Anesthesiology (L)
ANHT 2210/2220 Clinical Cases 1 and 2
ANHT 2530 Large and Small Animal Diseases
ANHT 2540 Large Animal Sciences
ANHT 2550/2650 Large Animal Clinics 1 and 2 (L)
ANHT 2570/2670 Surgical Assistance 1 and 2 (L)
ANHT 2580/2680 Diagnostic Imaging 1 and 2 (L)
ANHT 2590/2620 Animal Nursing 3 and 4 (L)
ANHT 2600 Field Work Experience
ANHT 2610 Theriogenology
ANHT 2660 Anesthesia and Critical Care for Veterinary Technologists (L)
ANHT 2690 Laboratory and Exotic Animals (L)
ANHT 2700 The Animal Health Technologist and Society


ANHT 1010
ANHT 1010
Laboratory Mathematics (2,0,0)
Credits: 2
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Animal health technology students develop a practical understanding of the principles and techniques of mathematics and statistics with an emphasis on calculating dosages, intravenous infusions and dilution of solutions. An introduction to statistics is included to allow students to critically read journal articles and pharmaceutical claims and to facilitate research efforts.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology program
ANHT 1090
ANHT 1090
Animal Behaviour 1 (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
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SC
AGRI
The first of four courses on applied animal behavior, this course introduces students to normal animal behavior. Students learn handling, management and training skills used by animal health technologists to apply to hospitalized animals and animals in the home. The basics of managing dogs and cats at the animal health technology program, enhancing animal well-being and introductory training methods are discussed, in addition to operant conditioning.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology program
ANHT 1990
ANHT 1990
Animal Behaviour 2 (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a continuation of ANHT 1090: Animal Behavior 1, in which students further develop their awareness, knowledge and skills in applied animal behavior. The course includes lectures and demonstrations with a major emphasis on normal feline behavior.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1010, ANHT 1090, ANHT 1510, ANHT 1520, ANHT 1540, ANHT 1590, ANHT 1720, ANHT 1800, MICR 1580
ANHT 1510
ANHT 1510
Veterinary Terminology (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
Students analyze and define the components of veterinary terms. These skills enable students to determine the meaning of frequently used veterinary terms and to create new terms for specific applications.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Animal Health Technology program
ANHT 1520
ANHT 1520
Animal Nursing 1 (2,0,1)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
Students focus on the theory and practice related to basic handling and restraint of companion (small) animals and the components of a physical examination. Additional topics include blood collection techniques and medicating patients via enteral and parenteral routes.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology program Required Lab: ANHT 1520L
ANHT 1620
ANHT 1620
Animal Nursing 2 (1,0,1)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
Students focus on the day-to-day procedures commonly performed by a technologist in a veterinary clinic. Procedures include urine collection, animal care, and eye and ear exams. Additional topics include nutrition and medical records.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1010, ANHT 1090, ANHT 1510, ANHT 1520, ANHT 1540, ANHT 1590, ANHT 1720, ANHT 1800, MICR 1580 Required Lab: ANHT 1620L
ANHT 1530
ANHT 1530
Introductory Veterinary Immunology (2,0,0)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
Students are offered the basic fundamentals of veterinary immunology, and focus on the technician's role in a clinical environment. A solid understanding of the biological mechanisms of the immune response, principles of vaccination and common serological assays is important in the daily clinical role of the technician as well as in the context of client communication and education.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1010, ANHT 1090, ANHT 1510, ANHT 1520, ANHT 1540, ANHT 1590, ANHT 1720, ANHT 1800, MICR 1580
ANHT 1540
ANHT 1540
Veterinary Office Management (1,0,2)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
Students are introduced to the concepts of human relationships and how they influence the business of veterinary medicine. Topics include personality and communication styles, client communications, basic management principles, facilities, stress management, and finances. The computer portion of this course focuses on providing students with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, as well as an introduction to the use of veterinary practice software.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology Program Required Lab: ANHT 1540L
ANHT 1560
ANHT 1560
Pharmacology (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
AGRI
This lecture course outlines the various classifications and use of drugs utilized in veterinary practice.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1010, ANHT 1090, ANHT 1510, ANHT 1520, ANHT 1540, ANHT 1590, ANHT 1720, ANHT 1800, MICR 1580
ANHT 1590
ANHT 1590
Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology 1 (2,0,2)(L)
Credits: 2
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SC
AGRI
Animal health technology students are introduced to the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Topics include anatomical terminology, cell and tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous, integument and sensory systems. An emphasis is placed on clinically relevant material to prepare students for common procedures performed in veterinary practice. Students are provided with hands-on opportunities to locate and identify anatomical structures and reinforce theory.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology program Required Lab: ANHT 1590L
ANHT 1690
ANHT 1690
Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology 2 (2,0,2)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a continuation of ANHT 1590: Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology 1, and is designed to give animal health technology students a continued understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of common domestic animals. Topics include the gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary and reproductive systems. Students are prepared, with clinically relevant material, for common procedures performed in veterinary practice. Students are provided with hands-on opportunities to locate and identify anatomical structures and reinforce theory.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1010, ANHT 1090, ANHT 1510, ANHT 1520, ANHT 1540, ANHT 1590, ANHT 1720, ANHT 1800, MICR 1580 Required Lab: ANHT 1690L
ANHT 1670
ANHT 1670
Dentistry for Animal Health Technicians (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
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This course prepares students to perform dental prophylactic care in small animals, as well as assisting the veterinarian with extractions and endodontic procedures. Topics include dental anatomy; anatomical and directional terminology; dental charting; dental disorders including periodontal disease; dental prophylactic care; instrumentation; radiology; and dental nerve blocks.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1010, ANHT 1090, ANHT 1510, ANHT 1520, ANHT 1540, ANHT 1590, ANHT 1720, ANHT 1800, MICR 1580
ANHT 1720
ANHT 1720
Veterinary Clinical Pathology 1 (3,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
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AGRI
Students develop a solid theoretical and practical background in veterinary clinical haematology. This course introduces students to the use of manual haematological techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of veterinary disease. Hands-on opportunities are provided to perform the routine and special procedures typically carried out in a veterinary clinic. Students focus on accuracy, efficiency and correct interpretation of data.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Animal Health Technology program Required Lab: ANHT 1720L
ANHT 1730
ANHT 1730
Veterinary Clinical Pathology 2 (3,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
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AGRI
This course is a continuation of ANHT 1720: Veterinary Clinical Pathology 1, and introduces students to veterinary urinalysis and urinalysis techniques. In addition, students learn about the common clinical chemistry tests and understand the implications of abnormal results. Hands-on opportunities are provided to perform routine urinalysis and clinical chemistry techniques that are typical in a veterinary clinic. Students focus on accuracy, efficiency and correct interpretation of data.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1010, ANHT 1090, ANHT 1510, ANHT 1520, ANHT 1540, ANHT 1590, ANHT 1720, ANHT 1800, MICR 1580 Required Lab: ANHT 1730L
ANHT 1800
ANHT 1800
Parasitology (2,0,2)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
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AGRI
Animal health technology students develop comprehensive understanding of the identification, life cycle and importance of common veterinary parasites and how to control these organisms. A primary objective for students is client education regarding the role parasites play in the health of animals. Competency in the area of fecal evaluation is stressed. Students examine prepared specimens and are given appropriate demonstrations. On a weekly basis, students use fresh samples for fecal flotations and specialized recovery techniques for the identification of parasites.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology program Required Lab: ANHT 1800L
CMNS 1660
CMNS 1660
Occupational Writing for Animal Health Technologists (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
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JOUR
Occupational writing and oral presentation skills are the focus of this course. Students learn and practice the career uses of various writing genres appropriate for Animal Health Technologists.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology program
MICR 1580
MICR 1580
Veterinary Microbiology 1 (2,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
BIOL
This course is an introduction to veterinary microbiology. Topics include microbial anatomy and physiology, culture media, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, sterilization and disinfection, mycology and virology.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Animal Health Technology program Required Lab: MICR 1580L
MICR 1680
MICR 1680
Veterinary Microbiology 2 (0,1,3)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
BIOL
Students are instructed in the theory and application of laboratory methods.
Prerequisite: MICR 1580. Admission to the Animal Health Technology program. Required Lab: MICR 1680L

ANHT 2090
ANHT 2090
Animal Behaviour 3 (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
In this continuation of Animal Behavior 1 and 2, students further develop their knowledge and skills in applied animal behavior. Emphasis is on the in-depth study of specific common behavior problems in dogs and cats. Guest speakers, case studies and demonstrations may be used to present advanced dog and cat training and management skills using program animals.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680
ANHT 2990
ANHT 2990
Animal Behaviour 4 (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
Fourth in the applied Animal Behavior series, this course focuses on the integration of animal behavior into small animal veterinary practice, with an emphasis on the role of the animal health technologist. The course uses a 'problem-based learning' format, whereby some of the presented material is case-based; groups of students research and report on specific cases. Course topics are predominantly related to canines and felines.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590
ANHT 2200
ANHT 2200
Clinical Practicum (240 hours)
Credits: 6
Campus
SC
AGRI
Practicum students spend two three-week periods, for a total of six weeks, working in two different veterinary facilities, which are small or mixed animal private veterinary practices. After successful application, some students may qualify to spend one of these three-week periods in a veterinary facility with a limited scope, such as equine, emergency, or research.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590
ANHT 2560
ANHT 2560
Anesthesia for Veterinary Technologists (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
AGRI
This is an introductory course in veterinary anesthesia. Theoretical and practical application familiarizes students with using anesthetic agents including analgesics, patient monitoring, and operating and maintaining anesthetic equipment.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680. Required Lab: ANHT 2560L
ANHT 2210
ANHT 2210
Clinical Cases 1 (0,2,0)
Credits: 2
Campus
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AGRI
Students apply and integrate material from the Animal Health Technology program through the use of clinical case studies. Clinical case presentations and/or clinical pathological specimens are discussed each week. Students may be assigned mystery clinical case worksheets, which are completed by using laboratory equipment to examine samples, slides, or images.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680
ANHT 2220
ANHT 2220
Clinical Cases 2 (0,2,0)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a continuation of ANHT 2210: Clinical Cases 1. Students continue to work on clinical cases, either presented or assigned by the instructor. In addition, each student investigates, presents and leads a discussion of a clinical case.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590
ANHT 2530
ANHT 2530
Large and Small Animal Diseases (2,0,0)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
Students are introduced to common diseases in companion and farm animals. Clinical signs, diagnostic tests, treatment, prevention, and client communication are discussed, including the role of the veterinary technologist in these areas.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680
ANHT 2540
ANHT 2540
Large Animal Sciences (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
AGRI
Animal health technology students develop a practical, working knowledge of farm animal nutrition, breeding, general management and animal health. Emphasis is placed on global perceptions of animal consumption, animal care and welfare.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680
ANHT 2550
ANHT 2550
Large Animal Clinics 1 (0,1,2)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is an introduction to herd health management, husbandry, restraint, nutrition, and physical examinations on large animals and wildlife. Students are familiarized with the routine techniques performed on the following species: equine, bovine, ovine, caprine, camelids, avian, as well as wildlife. Post mortem examinations and tissue sampling is included.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680
ANHT 2650
ANHT 2650
Large Animal Clinics 2 (0,1,2)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is designed as a continuation of ANHT 2550: Large Animal Clinics 1. The emphasis of this course is on basic ranch management and the practice of large animal and wildlife care skills. Laboratory sessions take place at selected ranches in the Kamloops area and at the BC Wildlife Park. Exercises in public speaking are also part of this course.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590
ANHT 2570
ANHT 2570
Surgical Assistance 1 (2,0,3)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts of sterility, operating room conduct and procedures. Students implement these concepts with small group practice. At the completion of this course, students can prepare basic equipment, materials, facilities, personnel, and surgical patients for surgery, and perform the duties of a surgical assistant.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680 Required Lab: ANHT 2570L
ANHT 2670
ANHT 2670
Surgical Assistance 2 (2,0,3)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a continuation of ANHT 2570: Surgical Assistance 1, and is designed to familiarize students with common veterinary surgical procedures, including dental techniques. The role of the veterinary technologist in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative duties, and the nursing care of the surgical patient is discussed.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590 Required Lab: ANHT 2670L
ANHT 2580
ANHT 2580
Diagnostic Imaging 1 (1,1,2)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a combination of classroom and laboratory sessions that enable students to understand and apply the basic principles of veterinary diagnostic imaging. Hands-on clinical work allows students to become familiar with the proper preparation and positioning of companion (small) animals for routine imaging procedures. The importance of radiation safety is stressed throughout the course.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680. Students must be 18 years of age or have written parental consent. Required Lab: ANHT 2580L Required Seminar: ANHT 2580S
ANHT 2680
ANHT 2680
Diagnostic Imaging 2 (1,1,2)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a continuation of ANHT 2580: Diagnostic Imaging 1. Students are introduced to the theory and practical application of equine radiographic positioning, technical errors, contrast imaging procedures, formulating technique charts, and the basics of ultrasonography, endoscopy and digital imaging. The importance of radiation safety is stressed throughout the course.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590. Students must be 18 years of age or have written parental consent. Required Lab: ANHT 2680L Required Seminar: ANHT 2680S
ANHT 2590
ANHT 2590
Animal Nursing 3 (1,0,1)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a continuation of technical and patient care skill training acquired in Animal Nursing 1 and 2, with an emphasis on nutrition, bandaging skills, and the care of geriatric and recumbent patients.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680 Required Lab: ANHT 2590L
ANHT 2620
ANHT 2620
Animal Nursing 4 (1,0,1)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
Animal Nursing is a four semester course, in which a variety of aspects in the nursing care of animals are explored, ranging from basic animal restraint to more technical diagnostic and medical procedures. Animal Nursing 4 focusses on external fixation, vaginal cytology, semen collection, necropsy and tissue cytology.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590 Required Lab: ANHT 2620L
ANHT 2600
ANHT 2600
Field Work Experience (0,3,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course consists of weekly guest speakers or tours, including an off-campus tour of Vancouver and area during the month of May. Students are responsible for their personal costs incurred during this trip.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590
ANHT 2610
ANHT 2610
Theriogenology (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
Students are introduced to reproductive cycles, breeding, fertility, artificial insemination, parturition and reproductive disease in domestic animals.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590
ANHT 2660
ANHT 2660
Anesthesia and Critical Care for Veterinary Technologists (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is a continuation of ANHT 2560: Anesthesia for Veterinary Technologists. Theoretical and practical application allows students to become proficient with anesthesia in small animals, including specialized techniques and fluid therapy. Anesthesia of pediatric, geriatric, traumatized, critically ill, and large animal patients is discussed.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590 Required Lab: ANHT 2660L
ANHT 2690
ANHT 2690
Laboratory and Exotic Animals (1,0,0)(1,0,1)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
AGRI
This course is designed to introduce students to the housing and husbandry needs of common exotic pets and laboratory animal species. Students learn how to handle, sex and restrain the more common species for clinical procedures. Discussion topics include animal research, the ethics of animals used in research and animal welfare.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 1530, ANHT 1560, ANHT 1620, ANHT 1670, ANHT 1690, ANHT 1730, ANHT 1990, CMNS 1660, MICR 1680 Required Lab: ANHT 2690L
ANHT 2700
ANHT 2700
The Animal Health Technologist and Society (1,0,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
AGRI
Using written materials, small group discussion, guest speakers, and case examples, this course enables students to explore issues relevant to practicing animal health technologists. Topics include professional associations, ethical and legal issues, the human-animal bond, animal advocacy, pet loss grief and maximizing employment opportunities.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in the following courses: ANHT 2090, ANHT 2210, ANHT 2530, ANHT 2540, ANHT 2550, ANHT 2560, ANHT 2570, ANHT 2580, ANHT 2590