Overview Objective Materials grading Exam ELI Policies and Procedures Contacting the Instructor Beginning the Course
VET 105: Introduction to Veterinary Technology
Instructor: Dr. Tregel Cockburn



To introduce the student to anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. The student will become familiar with the concepts of function and structure of the body of major domestic species. The student will gain knowledge of basic animal anatomy through comparative studies of various animal skeletons and a systematical dissection of a feline cadaver.

Campus Visit:

Tuesday, Sept. 8th On-campus Student Orientation: OSHA training, library research skills

Optional eNova meetings:TBA




If you complete this course and do well, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role a Veterinary Technician may play in various aspects of veterinary medicine and to explore career options
  • Discuss basic concepts of ethics, professionalism and jurisprudence for veterinary technicians
  • Understand the language of medicine
  • Understand basic concepts of large and small animal patient care
  • Understand basic concepts of large and small animal nutrition and feeding
  • Perform basic evaluation, check vital signs and recognize abnormal states
  • Administer oral, injectable, otic and ophthalmic medication to large and small animals
  • Describe nutritional requirements and feeding practices for large and small animals.



Assignments Points Percentage of Grade
**Videotaped Clinical Procedures due Monday Nov. 2nd, 2009 100 25
Midterm Exam 80 20
Final Exam 80 20
*Nutrition Report due Monday Nov. 16th, 2009
60 15
Assignments (textbook assignments, critique of student nutrition reports, evaluation of pet's nutrition, on-campus lab attendance) 80 20
Total 400 100


Your final grade will be based on the following scale. Please note that you must also pass both exams in order to pass the course, regardless of your scores on the other assignments.


Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100
B 800-899 80-89
C 700-799 70-79
D 600-699 60-69
F 0-599 0-59



There are 2 exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me::

E-mail: tcockburn@nvcc.edu

You may also call me to schedule a meeting in person.


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.