VTEC 1001: Veterinary Technology Terminology

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. This course will help prepare students to successfully complete the Veterinary Technology National Examination for Veterinary Technologists.

Learning outcomes

  • Illustrate effective use of spoken or written descriptions and explanations of medical conditions, diagnoses and treatments.
  • Articulate conditions, diagnoses and treatments to clients in “layterms.”
  • Accurately follow written and verbal instructions related to the care and treatment of patients.
  • Record medical information accurately, concisely and succinctly.
  • Discuss veterinary cases with other professionals using appropriate terms and terminology.

Course topics

Unit 1: Building Words

  • Topic 1: Word Root and Combining Forms
  • Topic 2: Suffixes
  • Topic 3: Prefixes
  • Topic 4: Abbreviations

Unit 2: The Body and Its Organ Systems

  • Topic 1: The Body as a Whole
  • Topic 2: Integumentary System
  • Topic 3: Musculoskeletal System
  • Topic 4: Nervous System and Special Senses
  • Topic 5: Gastrointestinal System
  • Topic 6: Respiratory System
  • Topic 7: Hematic and Lymphatic Systems
  • Topic 8: Cardiovascular System
  • Topic 9: Urogenital System
  • Topic 10: Endocrine and Female Reproductive Systems
  • Topic 11: Oncology

Unit 3: Domestic Animals

  • Topic 1: Cats and Dogs

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Romich, J. A. (2014). An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology (4th ed.). Cengage Learning.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-133-12576-1

Students can source the following optional textbook on their own:

  1. Studdert, V.P., Gay, C.C. (2020) Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (5th ed.). Elsevier.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN 978-0-7020-7463-9

Note: This textbook is also available as an e-text


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 60% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam.

Assignment 1: Building Words 15%
Quiz 1: The Body as a Whole 5%
Quiz 2: Integumentary and Musculoskeletal Systems 5%
Quiz 3: Nervous and Gastrointestinal Systems 5%
Quiz 4: Respiratory and Hematic and Lymphatic Systems 5%
Quiz 5: Cardiovascular and Urogenital Systems 5%
Quiz 6: Endocrine System and Oncology 5%
Assignment 2: Domestic Animals 15%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.

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