2018/2019 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Veterinary Science I (8088/36 weeks, 140 hours)
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Tasks/competencies when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.are considered optional
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills
- Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
- Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
- Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
- Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
- Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
- Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
- Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
- Demonstrate customer-service skills.
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills
Examining All Aspects of an Industry
- Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
- Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
- Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
- Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.
Addressing Elements of Student Life
- Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
- Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
- Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
- Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.
Practicing Leadership Skills
Exploring Work-Based Learning
- Explore career opportunities in animal health care.
- Investigate the different types of work-based learning opportunities.
- Develop a plan for a work-based learning project.
- Conduct a work-based learning project.
- Describe the importance of and opportunities for continuing education in the animal care field.
Demonstrating Professional Conduct
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of professionals in the veterinary industry.
- Describe the functions of local, state, and national professional organizations in the field of animal care.
- Define prominent animal special interest groups.
- Explain legal and ethical issues in the veterinary medicine field.
- Describe the physical and mental demands and personal coping mechanisms of various animal-care professionals.
Understanding Safety and Sanitation
- Follow safety procedures for personal protection in the veterinary medical industry.
- Follow laboratory safety procedures.
- Identify the importance of safety data sheets (SDS).
- Explain the role and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Virginia Department of Labor pertaining to veterinary science.
- Identify the physical, chemical, biological, and zoonotic hazards associated with the veterinary industry.
- Describe chemicals, including cleansers, disinfectants, and antiseptics, commonly used in veterinary practice.
- Explain the concept of asepsis in veterinary work.
Understanding Companion Animal Species and Breeds
- Explain the origin of each companion animal species.
- Identify the colors and other characteristics of breeds within each species.
- Identify breeding methods and rearing techniques of young species.
- Describe appropriate housing and maintenance of companion animals.
- Explain species and/or breed suitability as a companion animal.
Understanding Animal Species and Breeds
- Identify unique handling considerations for species/breeds common in the veterinary field.
- Identify equipment used for restraining animals.
- Demonstrate respect for and safe treatment of classroom animals.
- Demonstrate safe and humane restraint and handling methods used for veterinary procedures.
- Describe safe and humane transport of an animal.
- Lift and carry a dog and cat.
- Move a nonaggressive dog and cat into and out of cage.
- Identify techniques for handling an aggressive dog and cat.
- Muzzle a dog and cat.
- Restrain a dog and cat in lateral recumbency.
- Describe the use of various types of equipment for restraining a dog and cat.
- Describe how to move exotic species into and out of cages.
Performing Skin and Coat Care
- Check an animal for fleas.
- Explain tick removal and prevention.
- Prepare shampoos and creme rinses.
- Bathe an animal.
- Dry an animal.
- Use grooming tools and equipment.
- Trim an animal's nails.
- Brush and/or demat an animal's coat.
- Clean an animal's ears.
- Clip an animal's coat with electric clippers.
- Perform final comb-out.
Performing Maintenance Functions
- Explain how to clean, sanitize, disinfect, and store laundry.
- Clean and disinfect sink/tub.
- Clean and disinfect small animal quarters.
- Perform partial water changes and filter changes on aquariums.
- Sanitize animal treatment area.
- Clean floors.
- Change trash liner.
- Describe the various types of disposal methods within a facility.
- Dispose of hazardous materials.
- Provide appropriate types of bedding.
Understanding Veterinary Medical Terminology
Understanding Anatomy and Physiology
- Describe the relationship among cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the muscular system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system.
- Explain the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system.
- Explore additional body systems.
Understanding Animal Nutrition
- Identify the six basic nutrients and their functions in maintaining animal health.
- Calculate the maintenance energy requirement (MER) for an animal.
- Determine the body condition of an animal.
- Determine the nutritional value of animal feeds as they relate to dietary requirements of life stages.
- Identify marketing strategies of feed companies.
Performing Clinical Exams
- Explain the importance of routine physical exams.
- Identify the characteristics of healthy vs. unhealthy animals.
- Describe the method of assessing animal health.
- Demonstrate the use of diagnostic tools.
- Weigh and/or measure animal.
- Measure and evaluate vital signs.
- Evaluate mucous membranes and capillary refill time (CRT).