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VETT 2500 - Large Animal Diseases

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Veterinary Technician Program; VETT 2050 , VETT 2060 , VETT 2200 , VETT 2320 , VETT 2330 , VETT 2340 , VETT 2620 , and VETT 2630  all with grade C or better

(formerly VETT 2100)

VETT 2500 provides veterinary technician students with basic information on diseases and the body’s defense system mechanisms, vaccination procedures, nutrition, reproduction, and public health concerns for the large animal species. It stresses preventative health measures and client education. Disease discussions will cover etiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will have a general understanding of the large animal patient.


  1. List the normal vital signs of the horse, pig, sheep, goat, and cow.
  2. Define terms commonly associated with large animal medicine.
  3. List the components of the large animal physical examination.
  4. Describe the methods of administering medications to large animal patients.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will describe the restraint and anesthesia techniques used with large animal patients.


  1. Recognize restraint and anesthesia medications used with the equine patient, including injectable, topical, and inhalant medications and their common uses.
  2. Describe the use of anesthesia, both general and regional, in cattle and the contraindications of these agents.
  3. Describe the most common forms of anesthesia used when treating members of the porcine species.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will discuss the various internal and external parasites of large animals.


  1. Describe the importance of parasite control programs for domestic farm animals and give examples of those programs.
  2. Identify common parasites of the horse and the treatments used to eradicate them.
  3. Describe the various diagnostic tests for parasites used in large animal medicine.
  4. Identify internal parasites of the cow and describe their prevention.
  5. Identify the internal and external parasites of the pig.
  6. Identify the internal and external parasites of the sheep and goat.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will understand the diseases of the digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, locomotor, and reproductive systems of the horse, pig, sheep, goat, and cow.


  1. Identify the anatomy of the equine skull.
  2. Describe how dental problems are directly related to digestive system disorders and explore the treatments and prevention for dental problems.
  3. List the dental formula of the horse, pig, sheep, and cow.
  4. Identify the clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment of various digestive system diseases such as: lactic acidosis, ruminal tympany, abomasal displacement, gastric ulcers, colic and traumatic reticuloperitonitis.
  5. Explore the clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment of various nervous system disorders such as: wobbler syndrome, equine protozal myeloencephalitis, rabies, and tetanus.
  6. Recognize large animal diseases that are highly contagious.
  7. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.
  8. List and describe the components of the ECG.
  9. Recognize abnormalities in the cardiac rhythm.
  10. Identify the clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment of numerous types of cardiovascular diseases including congenital heart disease, immune mediated thrombocytopenia, equine infectious anemia, anthrax, and babesiosis.
  11. Discuss primary immunodeficiency and the tests used to diagnose this disease.
  12. Identify the clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatments of diseases of the respiratory system. These include equine rhinopneumonitis, equine influenza, strangles, bovine respiratory disease complex, progressive atrophic rhinitis in pigs and tuberculosis.
  13. Recognize possible complications due to diagnostic testing.
  14. Describe how radiographs can aid in the diagnosis of respiratory disease.
  15. Identify the clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment options of the various reproductive system diseases such as: endometritis, brucellosis, and trichomonaisis.
  16. Describe the reproductive system of both the male and female animal.
  17. Know the normal length of heat cycles and gestation for the horse, pig, sheep, goat, and cow.
  18. Describe the breeding pattern of horses, as well as, the numerous ways to control the estrus cycle of the mare.
  19. Describe parturition in the mare.
  20. Describe neonatal conditions and treatment such as: failure of passive transfer, retained meconium, navel-ill, and neonatal septicemia.
  21. List clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the locomotor system. These include laminitis, puncture wounds, and contagious foot root.
  22. Describe large animal toxicology, including poisonous plants and pesticides.
  23. List clinical signs and prevention of poultry based diseases such as salmonellosis, coccidiosis, and Newcastle’s disease.
  24. Discuss the profession of meat inspection and its’ importance in maintaining a healthy food supply.

• 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
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Equine Medicine
  2. Food animal medicine (bovine and porcine)
  3. Ovine and caprine medicine
  4. Poultry management and medicine
  5. Meat Inspection

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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