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College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024
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VETT 1300 - Assisting in Veterinary Surgery-Lecture

Credit Hours: 1.00

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 the appropriate aseptic techniques for the surgical team, patient, and equipment. Skills covered and emphasized include surgical assisting, care of the surgical patient, and preparation of surgery related equipment. The course also covers common surgical procedures performed in veterinary practice.

Billable Contact Hours: 1

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will state the major events in the development of aseptic technique.


  1. Describe how the technician’s role has changed in the surgery room through the years.
  2. Discuss the meaning of aseptic technique.
  3. List people who were instrumental in moving aseptic techniques forward.
  4. Define microorganism.
  5. Describe terms used when referring to microorganisms.
  6. State the means by which infectious particles are transmitted and the means of controlling transmission.
  7. Describe the possible consequences of disregarding aseptic technique in performance of surgical duties.
  8. List the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of controlling microbes in the surgical area.
  9. Select the most advantageous method of microbe control for application in a given circumstance.
  10. Describe the cumulative effect of consistent and repetitive application of control procedures in maintaining acceptably low levels of microbes.
  11. Understand the three barriers of immunity.
  12. Compare and contrast the different sterilization methods.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will identify the process of patient preparation and patient positioning.


  1. Understand the procedure for wrapping surgical packs.
  2. Understand and identify how to position patients for various surgical procedures.
  3. List the steps for admitting a surgical patient.
  4. Identify the steps involved in prepping a patient for surgery.
  5. Describe the two methods of draping a surgical patient.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will apply knowledge of aseptic procedure to the maintenance of the surgical area and surgical personnel.


  1. Identify the sterile boundaries for scrubbed and nonscrubbed personnel in the operating room.
  2. Describe the sequence of steps in the performance of the surgical scrub.
  3. Apply the rules of conduct for maintaining sterility before and during surgical procedures.
  4. Identify the duties for each area of responsibility for surgical procedures.
  5. Describe the procedure for donning cap, mask, and sterile surgical gown and gloves.
  6. Discuss how the design and maintenance of a surgical area ensures patient safety by preventing crosscontamination.
  7. Name the basic equipment used in each room of the surgical area.
  8. Identify selected surgical instruments.
  9. Describe the function of selected surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies.
  10. Apply the knowledge of the care and handling of surgical instruments and supplies to the performance of the duties of a surgical technician.
  11. Describe the difference between first intention wound healing and second intention wound healing.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with common surgical procedures.


  1. List the indications for neutering dogs and cats.
  2. List advantages of spaying and neutering.
  3. Describe symptoms of a dog with pyometra.
  4. Describe the procedure for common veterinary surgeries.
  5. Describe the technician’s role in common surgical procedures.
  6. List instruments and equipment used in common surgical procedures.

  • 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. History of aseptic technique
  2. Sterilization method
  3. Patient preparation
  4. Preparation of the sterile assistant
  5. Preparation of and aseptic maintenance of the surgical suite
  6. Supplies used in surgery
  7. Individual surgical procedures

Primary Faculty
Burchman, Susan
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

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

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