Course Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall
Prerequisite Courses: VM 105, BMS 136, BMS 116, BMS 236
Instructor: Josh Clark, MS, RVT
This course is designed to enable the veterinary technician to satisfactorily characterize and identify microorganisms that may be encountered in a veterinary practice situation. This course will introduce microorganisms commonly encountered in veterinary medicine and gives an overview of the characteristics and diseases caused by each. Also included in this course is material covering the many different laboratory techniques that are used in microbiology including Gram stains, culture and sensitivities, culture plate and tube inoculations, and a wide variety of biochemical tests used in the identification process of microorganisms. Students are expected to achieve a level of understanding of veterinary microbiology so that they will be able to communicate effectively with the veterinarian.
Method of Delivery: Primarily web-based exercises, textbook, and examinations (on-line or paper). The exercises will be completed on line and submitted to the instructor. Supplemental material will be offered on line as content (in addition to the textbook). Quizzes and exams will be sent to a proctor when requested by a student. The proctor must be a veterinarian, an accredited veterinary technician (RVT, LVT, or CVT), or an educator/teacher at a school, college, or university. The proctor will return the completed exam to the instructor for grading.