Veterinary Assisting

Veterinary Assisting Course Descriptions

Award: Diploma


AGA214 Cash Grains

3 credits – This course introduces the production of Iowa's main cash crops; corn and soybeans. Units include: crop history, crop development, seed selection, fertilization, insect and weed control, harvesting, grain handling, marketing, storage, and the economic importance of each crop. New and experimental production practices are discussed for practical application.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGA376 Integrated Pest Management

3 credits – This course is designed to make application and use of some materials learned in other courses. Decision making as it deals with the total cropping plan is stressed. An individual will determine from observation weed problems, plant populations, disease problems, insect problems, and do yield checks to make recommendations for handling any problems.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGB101 Agricultural Economics

3 credits – This course introduces students to basic concepts in economics including various aspects of an economy-like agriculture, industry, population, food supply, government policies, and physical environmental affect on each other and the economy as a whole. Resources used in agricultural production, organization price determination, supply, demand, and profit modernization are studied.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGB111 Agriculture Enterprise Lab

1 credit – Agriculture Enterprise lab offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on educational experiences by working at the Hawkeye farm laboratory under the supervision of an instructor. Students will be assigned projects with specific enterprises. They will be responsible for completing them in a timely manner for a limited time. This course may be repeated up to three times.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

AGB235 Introduction to Agriculture Markets

3 credits – This course provides the student with an introduction to grain merchandising and farm marketing. It is taught from the standpoint of a country elevator; however, the same principles apply to many other aspects of the grain industry. We emphasize the elevators relationship and responsibility to its customers. The basic fundamentals of marketing are discussed along with the more advanced aspects of managing basis positions, basis trading, and managing risks. Some prior knowledge of country elevators and the futures market is useful but not required.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGB303 Agriculture Leadership

3 credits – This course is designed to enhance students' abilities in the area of leadership. The course includes activities that enable students to develop skills in communication, problem solving, committee work, and parliamentary procedure. Students may be involved in many local, state, and nationally organized activities.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGB331 Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

3 credits – This course introduces students to basic principles of organizing, financing, and managing a business. Including product merchandising and marketing, personnel management, credits, and risk management.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $32.00

AGB336 Agricultural Selling

3 credits – This course presents aspects of the sales process including: selling success, types of sales questions, creating the selling climate, motivation, attitude, referral prospecting, no referral prospecting, phone sales, sales presentations and demonstrations, qualifying the prospect, overcoming objectiveness, closing twelve power closes, and sales paper work.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGB466 Agricultural Finance

3 credits – This course introduces the principles and practices employed by today's agriculture and business lending institutions. Instruments used in financing ag production and ag business are covered. Areas of study include interest, investing, payroll, taxes, and financial instruments.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGP333 Precision Farming Systems

3 credits – Fundamental processes of Global Positioning System (GPS) with emphasis on its application to agriculture will be covered. General technical aspects of the GPS satellites, differential correction, and hardware will be covered. The specific application of this technology in agriculture for mapping, navigation, variable rate technology (VRT), and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated on the farm laboratory.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGP450 Fundamentals of GIS

3 credits – Fundamental processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with emphasis in its application to agriculture will be covered. File formats, database management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data will be covered thoroughly. Comparisons of GIS and mapping software and conversions between formats will also be discussed. The lab portion will concentrate on using georeferenced data from mapping and yield monitoring to develop maps from which a VRT prescription will be synthesized.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry

3 credits – This course introduces students to the species and breeds of domestic livestock and development of an appreciation for the principles of livestock production, and issues facing product marketing. Topics include: breeds, basic management, composition, evaluation, and marketing of farm animals and animal products; including beef and dairy cattle, horses, goats, poultry, sheep and swine.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGS192 Livestock Judging

3 credits – This course advances students' evaluation skills and prepares them to become competent livestock judges. Students have the opportunity to represent the college at various contests held on local, state, and national levels.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGS211 Issues Facing Animal Science

2 credits – This class is an overview of the factors that define contemporary ethical and scientifically based issues facing animal agriculture. Life skills development will be incorporated.

Lecture Hours: 32

AGS216 Equine Science

3 credits – This course presents the basic management and production practices for horses including nutrition, health care, facilities, reproductive management, breeding, and evaluation. The course is designed for students wanting to learn how to care for their own horse or for other owners' horses as a herdsman or in a stable.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGS218 Domestic Animal Physiology

4 credits – This course is an introduction to the functional anatomy and physiological activities governing the animal body through discussion and observation via video of the various body systems; including cells, senses, nerves, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive urinary, muscular reproductive, and endocrinology. Fundamentals of identification, prevention, and treatment of various common disease problems are discussed. This course presents a sound preventative approach to animal health and husbandry as it relates to body health, form and function.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry

AGS225 Swine Science

3 credits – This course provides an understanding of the principles involved with comprehensive swine management; selection to marketing. Emphasis will be placed on business aspects, production systems, facilities, health, record systems, and analysis. Field trips and guest speakers will be included. Hands-on training will be included through the swine-teaching herd.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGS226 Beef Cattle Science

3 credits – This course prepares students to integrate production principles. Management principles involved with comprehensive beef cattle production will be emphasized. Topics include an overview of the industry, budgeting, record analysis, principles of bull management, cow and heifer management practices, preconditioning programs, feedlot management, and marketing. Students learn through hands-on experience working with the school teaching herd, field trips, and guest speakers.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGS272 Foods of Animal Origin

5 credits – This course is an introduction to contemporary practices and decisions necessary when managing beef, dairy, poultry, sheep, and swine through the stages of their production cycles.

Lecture Hours: 64 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry

AGS275 Food Safety and Analysis

3 credits – An introduction to food quality control/assurance and establishment of decision-making processes, looking at potential hazards in the food system along with ways to ensure safety of products. The 3 modules of this course will be 1) Food hazards 2) HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) and 3) Analysis for potential contamination.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $25.00

AGS305 Livestock Evaluation

3 credits – This course develops the student's potential in livestock selection with emphasis placed on the evaluation of breeding animals as well as market animals. The course emphasizes the visual appraisal and the carcass evaluation of beef, swine, and sheep. Production records and grading and wholesale and retail cuts will be studied.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGS319 Animal Nutrition

3 credits – This course introduces students to the underlying principles of livestock nutrition through discussion of nutrition information, digestive systems, feedstuffs, and ration balancing. Nutritional principles, digestive systems, composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs, ration formulation and recommended feeding programs of farm animals, including beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep and swine will be emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGT220 AG Research

3 credits – This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience to evaluate research data. Statistical methods, research design, research reliability, and sources of information will be covered. Students will evaluate research data found in ads and journals and develop their own independent research study.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

AGV101 Veterinary Assisting

3 credits – This is a Capstone course that will provide students the necessary skills and competencies that are needed to successfully perform the duties of a veterinary assistant. An example of topics covered will include; basic laboratory procedures, animal positioning, and surgical assistance. Staff and animal safety will also be covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGV121 Veterinary Medical Terminology

2 credits – This class focuses on reading and interpreting medical charts and records and conversing with veterinary professionals. It is designed for students to develop a working understanding of the language of veterinary medicine.

Lecture Hours: 32

AGV123 Companion Animal

3 credits – This course provides an understanding of the basic principles of Anatomy and Physiology and Health of companion animals. Additionally the course will offer insight into social behavior and relationships. Also included will be training, housebreaking and obedience.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

AGV140 Veterinary Pharmacology

3 credits – This class introduces the student to small animal pharmaceuticals. Learning is centered on the use, dosage, administration, handling, and storage of commonly used drugs used in small and large animal veterinary practices.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: AGS218 Domestic Animal Physiology

AGV154 Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills

4 credits – This class introduces the student to means necessary to establish a working relationship with clients in the veterinary field. Familiarizes students with software used in veterinary practice.

Lecture Hours: 64

Course Fee: $48.00

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits – This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits – Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits – This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Appropriate Placement Test Scores: ACT Math Score of 25 OR Compass Score of 51-100 in the College Algebra Domain or 31-50 in the Trigonometry Domain.

Other Requirements: Successful completion (C or better) of three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra and one year of geometry and/or trigonometry, or appropriate mathematics placement score.

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits – This course is the second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT122 College Algebra

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits – This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability, and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate placement score.

MAT210 Calculus I

4 credits – This course is the first in a calculus sequence. The course covers topics including functions and their graphs, limits, derivatives and applications of differentiation, and integrals.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT134 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry and three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry

MAT216 Calculus II

4 credits – This course is a continuation of MAT-210 Calculus I. The course covers topics including integration techniques related to surface areas and volumes, infinite series, conic sections, parametric equations, and polar coordinates.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT210 Calculus I or equivalent

MAT219 Calculus III

4 credits – This course is a continuation of MAT-216 Calculus II. The course covers topics including integration and differentiation techniques related to vectors, vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and vector analysis.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT216 Calculus II or equivalent

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits – This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48


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