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VETT 2320 - Laboratory & Exotic Animal Techniques-Lecture

Credit Hours: 1.00

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

(formerly VETT 2300)

VETT 2320 introduces veterinary technology students to the principles and techniques used by veterinary technicians in laboratory and exotic animal veterinary practice. Information and skills covered and emphasized include common species of laboratory and exotic animals, diseases, husbandry, breeding protocols, euthanasia, and necropsy procedures. Also discussed are alternatives to the use of live animals in research, the key members of the research team, and regulatory agencies governing research facilities.

Billable Contact Hours: 1

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the basic principles of animal research and understand the utilization of laboratory animals in animal research. The student will also have a working knowledge of federal, state, and local animal welfare regulations.


  1. Understand how a research facility is designed and know the importance of hygiene in the research facility.
  2. Understand the importance of a carefully planned breeding protocol in a research facility.
  3. Understand and recognize the importance of nutrition and metabolism in the research facility.
  4. Understand the role of key members involved in a research project and in the research facility, and how alternatives can be used in place of live animals.
  5. Understand and describe anesthesia, euthanasia, and necropsy procedures employed in the research facility.
  6. Compare both the physiological and behavioral characteristics of the various species of laboratory animals.
  7. Understand animal welfare and rights groups, associations, animal welfare act, humane care and use, federal governmental agencies, and state laws.
  8. Alternatives to research.
  9. Understand gnotobiology and its importance in laboratory animal research.
  10. List special equipment used with gnotobiotic animals.
  11. List specific dietary concerns used with gnotobiotic animals.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand the approach to providing safe and effective care for common laboratory animals, ferrets, chinchilla, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.


  1. Understand safe handling and restraint of above species.
  2. Recognize the common infectious diseases of the above species.
  3. Understand unique husbandry issues for the above species and provide client education.
  4. Understand the unique requirements of these species to safely obtain subjective and objective data that will allow evaluation of patients.
  5. Recognize husbandry issues, discern appropriate from inappropriate nutritional support, and recognize normal from abnormal behavior patterns.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of zoonotic diseases and modes of transmission.
  7. Understand husbandry and restraint of non-human primates.
  8. List the various methods of lab animal identification.

  • 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. Facility design and hygiene in the research facility
  2. Breeding protocols
  3. Nutrition and metabolism
  4. Animal rights, governmental agencies and laws
  5. Alternatives to research
  6. Procurement and transportation
  7. Anesthesia, euthanasia, necropsy
  8. Mouse
  9. Rat
  10. Hamster
  11. Guinea Pig
  12. Rabbit
  13. Gerbil
  14. Avian
  15. Miscellaneous laboratory animals

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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