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College Catalog 2023-2024 
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VETT 1310 - Assisting in Veterinary Surgery-Laboratory

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 the veterinary technician students with instruction in procedures related to the surgical aspect of veterinary practice. Application strategies include correct aseptic technique for the surgical team, patient, and equipment. Emphasis is on the technician’s role on the surgical team, including preparation of the patient, surgical suite, equipment, and personnel. Topics also include patient positioning for various surgical procedures, pre and post operative patient care, and recordkeeping.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will identify basic surgical instruments and have knowledge of their use in surgical applications.


  1. Identify basic surgical and dental instruments, and know their functions.
  2. Demonstrate the correct technique of preparing a surgical pack.
  3. Demonstrate the correct technique for cleaning and lubricating surgical instruments.
  4. Know appropriate handling techniques of instruments in and out of surgery.
  5. Demonstrate the correct technique for aseptically passing surgical instruments from sterile to non-sterile personnel during surgery.
  6. Describe the correct care and safety when using and disposing of a scalpel blade.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will apply knowledge of sterile techniques.


  1. Know the principles of aseptic techniques.
  2. Be able to detect breaks in sterility.
  3. Understand steam pressure sterilization and know how to run an autoclave.
  4. Demonstrate how to sterilize various materials and equipment.
  5. Know the types and use of sterile indicators and control techniques.
  6. Know the correct storage of sterile supplies and their shelf life.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate correct preparation of the surgical suite, personnel, and surgical patient.


  1. Describe how to prepare a surgical suite.
  2. Demonstrate how to correctly prepare a surgical patient.
  3. Demonstrate how to prepare yourself as a sterile and non-sterile surgical assistant.
  4. Describe correct positioning of patients for various surgical procedures.
  5. Demonstrate common surgical procedures.
  6. Describe the correct handling techniques for biopsies.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will compare and contrast appropriate use of various types of suture material, suture needles, and suturing techniques.


  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the suturing technique.
  2. Describe the uses and properties of common suture material.
  3. Describe and demonstrate the correct technique for removing sutures.
  4. Identify different types of suture needles and their uses.
  5. Identify different suture patterns and their uses.

Outcome E: Upon completion of this course, students will apply knowledge of the importance of sanitation, asepsis, organization, pre and postoperative care and record keeping.


  1. Understand preoperative considerations, i.e., lab work and physical exams.
  2. Describe the importance of pre and post-operative care.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to keep accurate surgical records.
  4. Understand the importance of cleanliness and organization of yourself, work area, and equipment.

  • 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. Instrument identification and handling
  2. Autoclave use
  3. Preparing surgical pack
  4. Surgery room etiquette and suturing
  5. Patient preparation, draping and positioning
  6. Pre and post operative patient care
  7. Surgical recordkeeping

Primary Faculty
Tear, Marianne
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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