CORE VETERINARY SKILLS: THE LANGUAGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

 

 

Course Overview

Clear and concise communication between members of the veterinary practice team is crucial to the delivery of quality medicine. Veterinary terminology is the language spoken by veterinary professionals and it is incorporated in the education of veterinarians and veterinary technicians. However, veterinary terminology needs to be understood by all team members. While fluency levels will vary depending on the team member's position at the practice, every team member needs to understand the basics so that information can be passed from front to back concisely and accurately.

Within the exam rooms and treatment areas, veterinary terminology is the "native language." Through the use of veterinary terminology, doctors, credentialed technicians, and assistants can speak to each other without leaving room for individual interpretations leading to misunderstandings. Medical records are legal documents that can be called into a court of law; it is imperative that medical records are compiled using veterinary terminology. Part of the growth of your personal career is to become fluent in veterinary terminology; able to read, write, and pronounce the words that make up this language.

This course is designed to provide a strong foundation by providing the language basics that allow the student to comprehend the construction of terms. In addition, veterinary terminology is provided within the context of a general anatomical overview, thereby allowing the student to put the terms into direct context. This is a 6-week course and contains practical completion assignments that allow the student to begin to apply new skills and knowledge immediately. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course. 

PLEASE NOTE: This course contains flash based Articulate presentations. iPhones and iPads are not natively flash compatible but if a flash compatible browser has been installed on the iPad the presentations will play correctly. This link Flash on iPads provides information on flash compatible browsers. The presentations may also be viewed on a Mac.

This course was previously titled Basic Principles of Veterinary Terminology.

 

Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 15 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

This course is an interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-11976.

 

Course Content

Core Veterinary Skills: The Language of Veterinary Medicine is a 6-week course that will help the student to develop the skills to understand and interpret veterinary terminology used daily at the practice. The course material will begin with the dissection of medical terms, continuing on to anatomical positioning, medical abbreviations, and will then take the student through the vocabulary of the various body systems.

Word lists, images, and entertaining mini-quizzes will aid the student in assimilating the newly acquired knowledge. All assignments will require practical application of the course material; the student will be required to use their practice as a resource for completion. As an aid in pronunciation, a multi-system Audio Glossary is included.

 

Course Focus and Learning Objectives

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

  • Divide medical words into their basic combining forms, prefixes, suffixes, and roots
  • Utilize the acquired knowledge to define and build medical terms
  • Interpret medical terms and translate into lay terminology
  • Demonstrate the importance of correct spelling and proper vocabulary usage in patient records
  • Identify the basic veterinary anatomy of the various body systems

 

Participation Access Parameters

The design of this course allows participants to enroll at any time. 

After enrolling, please allow up to 48 hours for course activation. Each participant will have a personal start and end date that begins upon activation.

 

Participant Feedback

...The Integumentary System was very helpful as we see alot of skin related issues in our clinic., I learned alot from each section and liked the way everything was put together.

...Using our practice charts to answer questions. I learned to navigate our program better.

...The assignments were most helpful, as I was able to apply the class information to things I actually encountered at work. In particular, it was helpful to look at cases pertinent to certain diagnoses or body systems, and break the case down in order to gain a more complete understanding.

...The most beneficial aspects where the definitions of the medical terminology combining forms. the powerpoint presentations were very engaging.

...I really like being able to print out all the word list and definition handouts, that was super helpful.

...I like the diagrams and quizzes. The diagrams are easier for me to remember the terms related to the parts of the body, and the quizzes help to refresh my knowledge that I have learned.

...I liked how the material was presented and the instructor feedback was very helpful. In the presentations, I could pause, go back, go ahead, look at everything at my own pace.

 

Course Completion Requirements

Completed students are awarded a certificate of completion. Completion requirements include:

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Module Assignments: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material

  • Examinations: All examinations must be submitted with a score of 80% or better

  • Course survey

 

Course Instructor

Amy Johnson BS, AAS, CVT, RLATGAmy Johnson BS, AAS, CVT, RLATG

Amy graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BS in biology. After graduation, she went into protein chemistry research at Creighton University’s School of Medicine. It did not take her long to realize how much she missed working with animals and she went back to school and graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology.

Amy has experience in small animal and emergency practices, medical research, and education. Amy received her Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist with AALAS in 2008. She has been teaching for many years and is currently at Bel-Rea Institute of Animal technology in Denver Colorado. She has instructed classes in Medical Terminology, Math, Chemistry, Small Animal Diseases, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Hematology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, and Anatomy.

Amy is an active member of the Colorado Association of Veterinary Technicians, has served as President of the Executive Board for CACVT, and is a part of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators. She lives outside of Denver with her husband, young son, two dogs, and three cats.

 

Pricing

Price: $179.00

 

 

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