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Thompson Rivers University

VTEC 2223: Veterinary Technology Intensive Care


In this course, students examine more in-depth methods for the anesthetic preparation, monitoring and recovery of small animals. Emphasis is on the application of procedures and veterinary medicines employed during emergencies, triage and critical care.

Learning outcomes

  • Assess how to approach particular emergencies in veterinary medicine
  • Proficiently implement and practice acquired skills related to veterinary anesthesia including the monitoring and recovery of small animals
  • Demonstrate various emergency and critical care applications of veterinary medicine in a clinical setting
  • Recognize small animal medical emergencies and be an integral member of the veterinary hospital response team

Course topics

  • Module 1: Triage and Emergency Preparedness
  • Module 2: IV Access, Fluid Therapy, and Pain Management
  • Module 3: Respiratory System, Oxygen and Blood Gases
  • Module 4: Circulatory System, Shock, Sepsis and CPR
  • Module 5: Nutrition and Critical Care Nursing
  • Module 6: Specific Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Module 7: Respiratory Emergencies
  • Module 8: Gastrointestinal, Metabolic, and Endocrine Emergencies
  • Module 9: Urogenital and Toxicological Emergencies
  • Module 10: Neurological, Ocular, and Oncological Emergencies
  • Module 11: End of Life - Euthanasia

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Norkus, C. L. (Ed.). (2019). Veterinary technician’s manual for small animal emergency and critical care (2nd ed.). Wiley.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9781119179092

Additional requirements

Students may also find the following resource useful for looking up any terms in the course with which are not familiar:

  1. Merck Veterinary Manual


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

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.

Assignment 1: Monitoring Equipment 5%
Quiz 1: Modules 1 & 2 2%
Assignment 2: Code Blue! Mock CPR Video 15%
Quiz 2: Modules 3 & 4 2%
Assignment 3: Critical Care Treatment Cases 10%
Assignment 4: Questions for Review 2.5%
Assignment 5: Crossmatch Procedure/Hematologic and Coagulation Tests 5%
Quiz 3: Modules 5 – 7 6%
Assignment 6: Toxin Report 5%
Quiz 4: Modules 8 & 9 3%
Quiz 5: Modules 9 & 10 2%
Assignment 7: Questions for Review 2.5%
Mandatory Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

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

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