# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Veterinary Science II Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Veterinary Science II (8089/36 weeks, 140 hours)

NOTE: This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education prior to implementing this course. All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov.

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional 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.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 39-43 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom/lab instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Exploring Leadership Opportunities through FFA

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Handling Exotic Animals

  1. Explain husbandry of exotic animals.
  2. Describe how to lift and carry exotic animals.
  3. Describe methods of moving nonaggressive exotic animals into and out of cages/enclosures.
  4. Describe nutritional needs of and feeding procedures for exotic animals.
  5. Describe restraint procedures to facilitate veterinary examination of exotic animals.
  6. Explain how to perform a partial water change and filter change on an aquarium.

Understanding Laboratory Procedures

  1. Explain the importance of performing and reporting all laboratory procedures with complete accuracy.
  2. Describe the management of laboratory samples.
  3. Explain the procedure for preparing and staining blood films.
  4. Describe common abnormalities seen in blood films.
  5. Perform a urinalysis.

Demonstrating Hospital Procedures

  1. Identify veterinary instruments and equipment and their uses.
  2. Describe methods for cleaning, disinfecting, and preparing surgical instruments.
  3. Explain bandaging and splinting methods.
  4. Identify types of syringes and their uses.
  5. Explain methods of dental care for animals.
  6. Explore spaying and neutering options.
  7. Describe preparation of a patient for surgery.

Understand Disease and Disease Prevention

  1. Explain the concept of disease.
  2. Describe the characteristics of disease-producing agents.
  3. Explain common animal diseases and their treatments.
  4. Describe the concept of immunity.
  5. Explain basic vaccine concepts.
  6. Identify common animal diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.
  7. Describe the factors involved in vaccination schedules.
  8. Explain concepts of animal quarantine.
  9. Describe common diseases and their symptoms in companion animals.
  10. Describe treatments and preventive measures for common diseases.

Understanding Parasitology

  1. Explain concepts of parasitology.
  2. Identify parasites that commonly affect animals.
  3. Explain the life cycle of parasites and its relationship to parasitic infestation, detection, and treatment.
  4. Describe the clinical signs and symptoms of common parasitic infestations.
  5. Explain standard diagnostic procedures for determining the presence of parasites.
  6. Describe preventive measures and common treatments for parasitic infestation.

Understanding Veterinary Pharmacology

  1. Explain the concept of pharmacology.
  2. Describe local, state, and national organizations that focus on animal protection and health.
  3. Describe the categories of commonly used veterinary medications.
  4. Describe routes of medication administration.
  5. Determine the best method for administering a medication.
  6. Describe factors that affect dose determination.
  7. Calculate dosages for weight-based medications.
  8. Interpret information on medication labels.
  9. Explain the importance of avoiding specific drug combinations.
  10. Describe administration of oral and topical medications.
  11. Describe how to prepare and dispense medications that a client will administer at home.
  12. Explain the different levels of control for medications.

Performing Mathematical Operations (Posology)

  1. Complete basic four-function operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
  2. Identify basic units of the commonly used systems of measurement.
  3. Perform conversions between common systems of measurement.
  4. Measure liquids.
  5. Dilute liquids, following label directions.
  6. Calculate amounts for dilutions.
  7. Solve word problems associated with veterinary medicine.

Exploring First Aid on Animals

  1. Explain the concept of first aid and its importance to the veterinary assistant's work.
  2. Describe the components of a pet first-aid kit and the uses of each.
  3. Identify common situations and conditions requiring first aid.
  4. Describe how to prioritize common emergencies.
  5. Identify local resources for animal care.

Maintaining Professional and Ethical Standards

  1. Explain the relationship between animal welfare and the animal rights movement.
  2. Describe ethical standards for veterinary practice.

Performing Office Functions

  1. Explain the layout of the veterinary facility and rationale for the design.
  2. Maintain working knowledge of current veterinary-specific computer software.
  3. Check client in and out.
  4. Maintain animal owner identification.
  5. Describe how to handle client inquiries about products or services.

Exploring Emerging Technologies in Veterinary Sciences

  1. Identify current and emerging technologies and advances in veterinary science.
  2. Explain the concept of biotechnology as related to veterinary science.

Understanding Genetics and Breeding

  1. Explain the relationship among genes, chromosomes, and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
  2. Explain the formation of gametes and zygotes and their relationship to inherited traits.
  3. Describe the use of genetics in selective breeding.
  4. Compare outcrossing/mixed breeding, line breeding, and inbreeding.
  5. Describe breeding cycles.
  6. Analyze the ethical aspects of breeding.

Working with Wildlife

  1. Identify wildlife species common to the locale.
  2. Locate a wildlife rehabilitator for a given species.
  3. Describe provision of interim care to injured or orphaned wildlife.
  4. Explain legal issues affecting the care and handling of wildlife.