AVAILABLE IN CANADA ONLY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY DIPLOMA OPEN
Students focus on internal body systems in domestic animals, in addition to avian anatomy and
physiology, building on their knowledge from Anatomy and Physiology 1. Students perform a
necropsy including fine needle aspirate, joint tap, and skin scraping and demonstrate
knowledge of therio, including small animal vaginal cytology and semen collection. Students
also perform slide creation and examine histological samples.
- Identify the major muscles of the animal body and describe the activity of contraction and
- Describe major clinical conditions associated with each body system covered
- Explain cardiac function and describe blood circulation in mammals
- Articulate the role of pertinent aspects of reproduction in domestic animals
- Identify avian anatomy and describe the physiology of different species
- Demonstrate necropsy skills including fine needle aspirates, skin scraping, synovial fluid
analysis and cell cytology
- Explain gestation times and reproduction differences including performing vaginal cytology
and semen collection methods of companion animals
Module 1: Muscles
Module 2: Cardiovascular System
Module 3: Respiratory System
Module 4: Digestive System
Module 5: Urinary System
Module 6: Endocrine, Immunity and Defense
Module 7: Reproductive System
Module 8: Necropsy
Module 9: Cytology
Module 10: Avian Anatomy and Physiology
Required text and materials
The following textbooks would have been purchased in VTEC 1101 and VTEC 1593. If students did
not take VTEC 1101 and VTEC 1593 and/or don't already own the required textbooks, please be
aware that students will need to purchase them. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada),
250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
- Bassert, J. M. (2018). McCurnin’s clinical textbook for veterinary technicians (9th
Type: Textbook: ISBN-13: 978-0-323-39461-1
- Colville, T. P., & Bassert, J. M. (2016). Clinical anatomy and physiology for
veterinary technicians (3rd ed.). Elsevier.
Type: Textbook: ISBN-13:
- Colville, T. P., & Bassert, J. M. (2016). Laboratory manual for clinical anatomy
and physiology for veterinary technicians (3rd ed.). Elsevier:
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, students must achieve a passing grade of 60% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
The following table illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.
|Assignment 1: The Muscular System
|Assignment 2 : Cardiovascular
|Quiz 1: Muscles and Cardiovascular
|Assignment 3: Intubation
|Quiz 2: Cardiovascular and Respiration
|Quiz 3: Digestion and Urinary System
|Assignment 4: Vaginal Cytology
|Quiz 4: Endocrine, Immunity, Defense, Reproduction and Semen Collection
|Assignment 5: Necropsy Photo Story
|Quiz 5: Necropsy and Cytology
|Final Exam (mandatory)
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.