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VETT 2060 - Large Animal Techniques-Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Veterinary Technician Program; VETT 1580  with grade C or better

VETT 2060 instructs veterinary technician students in the techniques of handling and restraint of equine and food animal species. Application strategies include physical examination, specimen collection and laboratory test procedures, injections, oral medication administration, and other procedures relative to these species. Students will also perform bandaging, hoof care, and lameness exam procedures for horses.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply knowledge of the basic skills in handling and restraint of the horse, cow, sheep, goat, pig, and poultry.


  1. Explain the basic fundamentals of large animal restraint and handling.
  2. Identify the danger potentials of the horse, cow, sheep, goat, and pig.
  3. Demonstrate the appropriate buttocks restraint position for the sheep and goat.
  4. Identify and list in order the five types of restraints used on horses.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate placement of a halter on the horse and cow.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate placement of a lip, and ear twitch on a horse.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate physical and mechanical restraint on the pig.
  8. Demonstrate appropriate physical restraint on poultry.
  9. Demonstrate how to safely operate a cattle chute.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe normal large animal behavior.


  1. Recognize the signs of a normal large animal, a frightened or nervous large animal, and an aggressive large animal.
  2. Identify and describe the methods large animals use to aid in visual, body and vocal communications.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate appropriate physical exam procedures for large animals and poultry.


  1. Recognize and identify various breeds of horse, cow, sheep, goat, pig, and poultry.
  2. Identify nutritional requirements for large animals.
  3. Demonstrate TPR for the horse, cow, sheep, goat, and pig.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate use of the stethoscope.
  5. Be able to estimate age of the horse, sheep and goat by eruption of their teeth.
  6. Identify and demonstrate the three pulse points of the horse.
  7. Identify and list the five gaits of the horse.
  8. Demonstrate an appropriate lameness exam on the horse.
  9. Recognize correct and incorrect gaits of the horse.
  10. Identify and palpate sebaceous and mammary glands on sheep and goats.
  11. Demonstrate appropriate auscultation of poultry.
  12. Demonstrate appropriate pharyngeal swab sample collection of poultry.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to: give intramuscular injections, intravenous injections, collect blood samples, administer oral medications, and various other procedures in the large animal and poultry species.


  1. Define terminology related to injections.
  2. List the common syringe sizes used in large animal and poultry medicine.
  3. List the common needle sizes used in large animal and poultry medicine.
  4. Demonstrate how to perform intramuscular and intravenous injection on the horse and intravenous injection on the cow.
  5. Demonstrate the appropriate handling and disposal of needles and syringes.
  6. List all possible veins that could be used for venipuncture in the large animal and poultry species.
  7. Demonstrate the procedure for venipuncture using the syringe and vacutainer methods.
  8. List the different types of collection tubes and describe what type of test they are used for.
  9. Demonstrate the appropriate way to transfer blood into tubes.
  10. Demonstrate how to correctly label blood tubes upon collection.
  11. Define and understand abbreviations used to describe oral medication administration.
  12. Demonstrate the procedure for administering oral medications to a horse, cow, sheep, goat, pig, and poultry.
  13. List the reasons for bandage application.
  14. Explain the tools and materials used in the bandaging process.
  15. Demonstrate how to bandage the leg of a horse.
  16. Demonstrate the procedure for applying a tail wrap bandage on the horse.
  17. Recognize warning signs that a bandage was applied improperly.
  18. Demonstrate appropriate use of a hoof knife and pick used on the horse.
  19. Demonstrate appropriate hoof trimming on a sheep/goat.
  20. Demonstrate appropriate procedures for performing a mastitis test.
  21. Demonstrate how to position horses for radiographs and use of portable x-ray machine.
  22. Demonstrate appropriate nail trim procedure on poultry.

  • 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. Equine
  2. Ovine
  3. Caprine
  4. Porcine
  5. Bovine
  6. Poultry

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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