ANSC 152: Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition


ANSC 152: Companion Animal Diseases and Nutrition (3 credits)

Course Description

An introduction to the husbandry and medical care of companion animals. Topics include canine and feline life cycles (including breeding, pregnancy and parturition), housing and nutritional needs, exam procedures and medical recording, nursing and wound management, and identification and treatment of common diseases. This course is intended for students entering veterinary technology, veterinary assisting, or other animal-related fields. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): A grade of "C" or better for ANSC 142 and ANSC 142L.

Co-Requisite(s): Registration in ANSC 152L.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss energy and nutrient requirements for various life stages of companion animals and list substances that, when ingested, result in toxicity.
  • Describe the importance of obtaining a complete patient history and performing a thorough physical exam.
  • Describe how to perform various companion animal nursing procedures, including wound and abscess management.
  • List the clinical signs and tests used in the diagnosis of common companion animal diseases.
  • Describe the medical treatments for common companion animal diseases.
  • Describe proper housing, husbandry and restraint for all life stages of cats and dogs.

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