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Veterinary Tech

Common Disease of Companion Animals 201 - 202
Dogs and Cats - Part 1 and Part 2


  • 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.
  • Describe how muscles and bones act together to result in purposeful movement.
  • List various musculoskeletal problems with respect to bone, muscle, joint, or combinations of each as the cause.
  • Discuss various musculoskeletal problems, treatments, therapy with clients.
  • Know what diagnostic tests are needed for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal diseases.
  • Describe the arrangement of the nervous system.
  • Relate the dysfunctions of various portions of the nervous system to diseases seen in companion animals.
  • Discuss symptoms and treatments of neuronal disease with clients.
  • Relate the specific cause of disease with the pansystemic clinical signs seen in dogs and cats.
  • Initiate the proper safety methods to prevent spread of these transmissible or infectious dis-eases within the clinic.
  • Discuss with clients the necessity of an effective vaccination program.
  • Explain how environment and husbandry conditions affect the health of the young or immunosuppressed older pet.
  • Explain to clients the health reasons for ovariohysterectomy or castration of their pets.
  • Recognize the problem areas in the reproductive system of the male and female and relate them to the clinical symptoms.
  • Advise clients on pregnancy-related problems.
  • Review the anatomy of the respiratory system.
  • Recognize the difference between the upper and lower respiratory diseases.
  • Discuss with owners the prescribed medications and treatments commonly used for respiratory diseases in the small-animal clinic.
  • Recommend vaccination to owners as a way to prevent some of the viral and bacterial respiratory diseases.
  • Explain the anatomy of the urinary system and the functions it performs.
  • Describe how bacterial and viral infections can occur and how these may lead to the formation of stones.
  • Identify the most commonly seen canine bladder stones.
  • Explain the benefits of castration as it relates to prostate disease in the male dog.
  • Discuss the cause of urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs.

Linda DuPont, DVM

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