Veterinary Assistant I Course # 8310 Instructor- Angela Small Flick, LVT


    Address:  49 Hornet Road, Fishersville, VA22939

    Phone: 540-245-5006- Ext.-234

    E-mail:  flicka@valleytech.us

    Course Description:  The Veterinary Assistant program gives the student an introduction to the field of veterinary medicine in different aspects of the profession.  Students will learn the difference between the roles of the Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Assistant and how professionalism is vital in the workplace.  This program gives the student knowledge about basic medical terminology, anatomy, classification and breed identification of large and small animals, restraint, husbandry, and the essential working skills needed in the veterinary workplace.  Students will be expected to perform classroom projects individually and as a group.  Guest speakers will be invited into the classroom to discuss related information that we have covered.  Field trips will be planned and information will be sent home with students with all the details for the parent(s) or guardian(s).  The students will have direct contact with animals in our classroom/lab to give them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills.

    Student Performance Objectives

    • Safety in the Workplace

    • Meeting the Veterinary Team

    • Medical Terminology

    • General Anatomy and Body Systems

    • Breed Identification, Behavior, Nutrition, and Handling/Restraint (Canine, Feline, Bovine, Equine)

    • Veterinary Assistant Procedures, Aseptic Technique and Office Etiquette

    Career Cluster: Veterinary Medicine

    Occupations: Veterinarian, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Pet Groomer, Kennel Attendant, Animal Behaviorist, Animal Nutritionist, Business Manager/Owner

    Industry Based Credentials:  NOCTI

    Grading (Reporting) Philosophy / Policy:  Under a competency-based system of student assessment, traditional grades are replaced by reports of student progress in demonstrating proficiency in meeting Learning Goals for Duty Areas or units and Learning Targets (competencies). Because student progress will be measured cumulatively, formal grades will only be reported at the end of a semester. Student progress will be reported as; Exemplary / exceeds standard (4), Proficient /meets standard (3), Developing / approaching standard (2), Beginning / well below standard (1), and Insufficient work shown (0).  A variety of assessment strategies, such as projects, lab demonstrations, oral reports, essays, student portfolios, student/teacher conferences as well as traditional tests, quizzes and homework will be used to determine student progress.  

    3.75-4.00:    A+

    3.26-3.74:    A     

    3.00-3.25:    A-     

    2.84-2.99:    B+     

    2.67-2.83:    B     

    2.50-2.66:    B-     

    2.34-2.49:    C+     

    2.17-2.33:    C     

    2.00-2.16:    C-    

    1.76-1.99:    D+     

    1.26-1.75:    D     

    1.00-1.25:    D-     

    Below 1.0:    F