CPB 240 Public and Occupational Health for Veterinary Technicians I
Course Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall
Prerequisite Courses: CPB 227, CPB 226, VCS 141, VCS 149
Instructor: Dan Walsh, LVT
This course is the first of two courses that provide basic instruction in the concepts of workplace safety issues related to the veterinary technician. CPB 240 will place an emphasis on the basic information needed to recognize various hazards commonly encountered in their future workplace and the steps that should be taken to reduce the risk of being exposed to these hazards. The students will also become familiar with various resources that employ personnel who can respond to questions that either they or their clientele may have about zoonotic diseases and environmental toxins and other practical aspects of public health.
- Describe the roles that the veterinary epidemiologist and the Public Health Network play in protecting the public from zoonotic and food-borne diseases.
- Discuss principles of veterinary epidemiology as it is applied to selected diseases with public health impact.
- Describe the role of veterinary medicine in reducing the threat of food-borne diseases and antibiotic residues to the consumer.
- Discuss key points about selected zoonotic diseases.
- Describe and adhere to safety guidelines that are meant to protect pregnant personnel who are working as veterinary technicians.
- Discuss the legal rights of the pregnant veterinary technician.
- · Discuss biosecurity issues related to stopping the spread of infectious/zoonotic diseases.
- Discuss the different issues that a veterinary technician may encounter when dealing with an immunocompromised client or coworker.
- Describe the appropriate action that should be taken when dealing with a coworker who is coming to work under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
- Discuss strategies for managing stress in the workplace.
- Understand the physiologic effects that stress can have on the individual in the workplace.
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. 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.
- Module 1: Principles of Public Health & Veterinary Epidemiology
- Module 2: Selected Diseases of Epidemiological Importance
- Module 3: Food-Bourne Diseases
- Module 4: Zoonoses I
- Module 5: Zoonoses II
- Module 6: Zoonoses III
- Module 7: Reproductive Health Issues for Veterinary Staff
- Module 8: Biosecurity: Is Your Disinfect ion Program Adequate?
- Module 9: Immunocompromised Clientele Issues
- Module 10: Stress Management
- Module 11: Antibiotic Use in Food Animals