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Veterinary Tech

Common Disease of Companion Animals 201

Dogs and Cats - Part 1


  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.
  • Explain to clients how cardiovascular disease affects the patient.
  • Explain diagnostic and treatment plans to clients.
  • Answer clients’ questions concerning the medications needed by the patient.
  • Explain the basic anatomic arrangement of the mammalian digestive system.
  • Relate changes in the digestive system to the development of disease symptoms.
  • Explain to owners why their pet is ill and how the problem is best treated.
  • Explain the interrelationship between the nervous system and the endocrine system.
  • Understand the clinical pathologic changes that occur with each endocrine disease.
  • Describe how the absence of a specific hormone can have clinical effects on the animal.
  • Explain to owners the treatment regime necessary for their pets.
  • Explain the structures of the eye and the purpose of each.
  • Describe how changes from normal result in clinical disease.
  • Discuss and demonstrate the proper treatments for common eye problems in small animals.
  • Describe the cellular components of blood.
  • Relate changes in blood components to common blood diseases seen in dogs and cats.
  • Discuss with owners treatment options for specific blood dyscrasias seen in dogs and cats.
  • Describe the arrangement and importance of the skin as an organ.
  • List common ectoparasites that produce skin disease in companion animals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain parasite control for the most common ectoparasites.
  • Relate diagnosis and treatment of skin lumps and bumps, for example,tumors,abscesses, and cysts.

Linda DuPont, DVM

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