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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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VETT 1230 - Veterinary Anesthesia-Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1.50

Prerequisites: Admission into the Veterinary Technician Program; VETT 1020 , VETT 1030 , VETT 1040 , VETT 1060 , VETT 1070 , VETT 1080 , HHSC 1010 , and ITCS 1010  all with grade C or better

This course provides the veterinary technician student with instruction in the preanesthetic, perianesthetic, and recovery phases of anesthesia for dogs and cats. Application strategies covered during these phases include patient evaluation, appropriate anesthetic drug administration, intravenous fluid therapy, intubation and extubation, patient monitoring, correct use of anesthetic equipment, and appropriate response techniques for emergency situations. Topics also include recordkeeping of drugs and anesthetic procedures as well as the practical application of dental prophylaxis techniques on anesthetized patients.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the appropriate techniques of drug administration, intravenous fluid therapy and anesthetic equipment use.


  1. Administer medications intravenously.
  2. Administer medications subcutaneously.
  3. Administer medications intramuscularly.
  4. Administer medications topically.
  5. Placement of an intravenous catheter.
  6. Connecting the components of the fluid bag, tubing, and catheter.
  7. Calculate the rate of and administer intravenous fluids during the anesthetic period.
  8. Use of laryngoscope.
  9. Place, utilize, and remove endotracheal tubes for the purpose of general anesthesia and recovery.
  10. Identify and describe the parts of the anesthetic machine.
  11. Utilize anesthetic machines to perform general anesthesia.
  12. Placement of a gastric tube.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the use of various anesthetic agents, and understand the physiologic effects and side effects of anesthetic agents.


  1. Calculate the mass and volume of all medications used.
  2. Administer preanesthetic agents to dogs and cats.
  3. Administer injectable anesthetic agents to dogs and cats.
  4. Administer (gas) inhalant agents to dogs and cats.
  5. Describe the effects of preanesthetic medications.
  6. Describe the effects of anesthetic medications.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate monitoring animals during the peri-anesthetic and recovery periods and the appropriate response techniques for anesthetic emergency situations.


  1. Collect patient’s vital signs throughout the anesthetic period.
  2. Tend to the patient’s needs during the recovery period.
  3. Utilize monitoring equipment during the anesthetic period.
  4. Remove patient from gas anesthesia.
  5. Provide pure oxygen to patients.
  6. Administer medications as deemed necessary for the anesthetic crisis under direct veterinarian supervision.
  7. Apply CPR as deemed necessary for the patient’s condition.
  8. Adjust intravenous fluid rate according to patient’s condition.
  9. Monitor patient’s urine production via placement of urinary catheter and collection of urine specimen.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate record keeping of drugs and anesthetic procedures.


  1. Logging the use of controlled substances in designated books.
  2. Logging patient information, anesthetic procedure, medications, and vital signs on designated anesthetic forms.
  3. Logging comments of anesthetic procedure on anesthetic forms.

Outcome E: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the correct technique for dental prophylaxis.


  1. Scale the teeth of patients.
  2. Polish the teeth of patients.
  3. Use hand-held dental instruments and machines to perform prophylaxis.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Appropriate techniques of drug administration; intravenous fluid administration
  2. Intubation and extubation techniques
  3. Calculation and correct use of preanesthetic agents
  4. Calculation and correct use of injectable anesthetic agents
  5. Calculation and correct use of inhalation anesthetic agents; anesthetic machine usage
  6. Monitoring of patient and use of monitoring equipment; response techniques used in anesthetic emergencies
  7. Recordkeeping of drugs and anesthetic procedures
  8. Dental procedures

Primary Faculty
Delauter, Julie
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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