CLP100 - Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures I

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Subject Title
Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures I

Subject Description
It is essential that any student of microbiology understand the importance of acquiring basic laboratory skills in order to function as a competent and professional practitioner within the field of Animal Health.  For this reason, this subject will stress the application of skills in practical clinical laboratory situations involving microorganisms and the importance of these microorganisms in animal diseases.  Accordingly, this subject will provide the student with a general introduction to those microbiological proce­dures requiring the use of aseptic technique.  Along with the isolation and identification of some of the more common microorganisms of clinical significance to veterinary practice, the subject will also provide a frame?work for subsequent study of animal diseases.  In addition, emphasis will be placed on the use of instrumentation in microbiology.

Credit Status
One credit in the Veterinary Technician – 1 Lecture & 1 Lab                                  
Program and a prerequisite for CLP200 & MED200

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

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the safety implications while working in the laboratory setting.
  2. Describe the parts and usage of the microscope, refractometer, and centrifuge; know the function of each part; and methods for care and maintenance.
  3. List common bacterial species encountered in small and large animal practices.
  4. Describe methods for collection and handling of samples for microbiology testing.
  5. Describe the procedure for inoculation of agar plates, broth, and slant tube media and explain proper incubation methods for bacterial cultures.
  6. List types of culture media commonly used for primary isolation of microorganisms and explain the specific use of each.
  7. List and describe the characteristics of bacterial colonies that are evaluated on primary isolates.
  8. Describe common staining procedures and biochemical tests used for identification of bacteria.
  9. Describe the procedures for performing blood and urine cultures.
  10. List the common fungal organisms encountered in veterinary practice and describe the procedures for sample collection and identification of these organisms.
  11. Demonstrate accepted standards of aseptic techniques.       
  12. Demonstrate essential laboratory skills including the following:
            a)         Preparing a bacterial smear
            b)         Straining bacteria
            c)         Culturing bacteria
            d)         Sensitivity testing of bacteria

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