CCA212 - Clinical Care of Animals II

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Subject Title
Clinical Care of Animals II

Subject Description
The Clinical Care of Animals (CCA) course has been designed to expose you to various responsibilities that you will encounter throughout your career as a Veterinary Technician. A large component of this course is focused on animal husbandry, which includes rotations of animal care and facility duties through large and small animals. The animals at the Animal Health Center (AHC) are an integral component of the Seneca College Veterinary Technician Program. These animals provide the students with hands-on experience in areas such as husbandry, animal handling and restraint, nursing skills, anesthesia and surgery.

In the semester two CCA course, students will collect and process patient samples, begin to apply their understanding of clinical findings and laboratory results to aid in the management of patient care and treatments. Safe and appropriate laboratory equipment care and maintenance will be discussed and performed.  It is the responsibility of the student to accurately report the health status and condition of the animals, and is imperative that a high level of care and ethics be applied at all times. In addition, second semester students will be assisting with obtaining patient vitals and safely restraining animals during small and large animal TPR, as well as participating during morning rounds.

Through application of skill and critical thinking, confidence and knowledge will be fostered to prepare the student for greater responsibilities in the following semester.  For this reason, the faculty and staff place the utmost importance on the diligent carrying out of responsibilities towards animal care and general conscientious and humane treatment of all animals at the AHC.

As a second semester student it is expected that you demonstrate an advanced level of animal care.   

The Seneca College Policies and Procedures Manual, as well as the SOP binder will be referenced to throughout the semester in regarding to responsibilities and expectations.

Credit Status
One credit - CCA212 is a Veterinary Technician Diploma Program prescribed subject. To obtain credit, both CCA212 and MED200 must be completed concurrently at a level suitable for promotion.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of the Practical Component of this subject, the student will be able to:

1. Performance of daily husbandry of all AHC animals, as described within the CCA Manual.
2. Demonstrate an application of human and animal safety within a clinical setting.
3. Recognize the clinical picture of sick and healthy animals.
4. Accurately report and record the health status of given animals.
5. Adapt animal restraint techniques to the patient and procedure being performed.
6. Implement appropriate hygiene and care procedures within the AHC, as per provided SOPs.
7. Wisely and appropriately collect and process patient samples.
8. Identify and evaluate diagnostic laboratory components.
9. Effectively follow hygiene and care procedures within the AHC.
10. Manage the use of time and other resources to complete all required assignments.
11. Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
12. Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
13. Follow both written and verbal instructions and communicate effectively.
14. Demonstrate and act upon appropriate decision making abilities.
15. Develop and employ conflict resolution and team work skills utilizing critical thinking.
16. Take responsibility for one’s own actions, decisions, and consequences.
17. Function and perform in a professional manner at all times within the AHC.
18. Adhere to and demonstrate appropriate dress code.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.