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

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VETT 1450 - Clinical Pathology 1-Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3.00

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 veterinary technician students with instruction in procedures related to commonly requested laboratory tests. Application strategies include care and use of microscopes, preparation and examination of blood smears, components of a complete blood cell count, analysis of the physical, chemical, and microscopic components of a urine sample, and the preparation and examination of fecal samples. This course also covers instruction and performance of routine heartworm tests and the abnormalities seen in blood, urine, and fecal samples.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the microscope.


  1. Identify the parts of the microscope and understand their function.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the microscope.
  3. Have basic knowledge of troubleshooting techniques.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate ability to complete all components of the Complete Blood Count.


  1. Demonstrate proficiency in making and examining a blood smear.
  2. Differentiate types of white blood cells and recognize their abnormalities.
  3. Examine red blood cells and platelets on the blood smear and document abnormalities.
  4. Recognize the variations in canine and feline blood smear differentials.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in performing packed cell volumes as well as reading and documenting the results.
  6. Demonstrate ability to perform and record total protein, hemoglobin concentration estimation, and red blood cell estimation.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the hemocytometer when performing blood cell determination.
  8. Demonstrate ability to complete relative and absolute white blood cell counts and corrected white blood cell counts.
  9. List normal and abnormal values for all components of the complete blood count for both dogs and cats.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the three components of a urinalysis.


  1. Demonstrate proficiency in completing the physical examination of urine, including color and appearance.
  2. Correctly perform the chemical examination of urine with the use of the dipstick and refractometer.
  3. Complete the microscopic exam of urine sediment in its natural state and when stained.
  4. Recognize and classify cells, crystals, casts, bacteria, and parasites in the urine sediment and document correctly.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will perform the components of the fecal exam.


  1. Correctly identify the parasites commonly found in both canine and feline fecal samples.
  2. Correctly prepare and read a fecal float examination and document the results.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and read a direct fecal examination and document the results.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to correctly prepare and read a fecal sedimentation and centrifugation examination and document the results.

Outcome E: Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of canine heartworm and the commonly used tests to diagnose heartworm disease.


  1. Recognize the two types of heartworm and their identifying features.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in performing a direct, microhematocrit, Knott’s, and filter heartworm tests.

Outcome F: Upon completion of this course, students will review commonly found external parasites and demonstrate the ability to perform diagnostic testing for those parasites.


  1. Review the classes of external parasites including fleas, lice, flies, spiders, ticks, and mites.
  2. Discuss commonly used diagnostic tests for those mites including visual examination, ear swabs, and skin scrapings.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in performing ear swabs.

• 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. Use and care of microscope
  2. Hematology
  3. Urinalysis
  4. Parasitology

Primary Faculty
Renda-Francis, Lori
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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