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MATH 101: Mathematics for Veterinary Assistants & Technicians (3 credits)

Course Description

An introduction to clinical calculations used in veterinary medicine. Topics include the application of mathematical skills to solve applied problems in veterinary nursing and pharmaceutical dispensing with emphasis on dosage, concentration, dilution and drip rates. Also included is mathematical and laboratory terminology. This course is intended for students entering veterinary technology, veterinary assisting or other animal-related fields. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Grade of “C” or better in MATH 25 or MATH 28 or equivalent, satisfactory math placement test score, or consent of instructor.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Define terminology and abbreviations used in measurements and convert from one measurement to another with accuracy on the fly.
  • Understand oral and written requests to calculate dosages accurately and quickly.
  • Use mathematical formulas to calculate stock solutions to a desired concentration with accuracy.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in calculating infusion rates for fluid replacement therapy and for surgery.
  • Identify parts of a basic graph to understand medical charts.
  • Identify basic statistical terms to make informed decisions from numerical data and information.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing operations with fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions without the use of a calculator.

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