2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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VT 155 Nutrition and Complementary Therapies (2 credits)

Prerequisite Enrollment in the Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Course Description
Overview of small animal nutrition with emphasis placed on therapeutic diets, age related dietary needs, and sound nutritional recommendations. Survey of common complementary therapies used in veterinary medicine with emphasis placed on different cultures and traditions, discerning fact from fiction, and the veterinary technician’s role in complementary therapy practice.

Student Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the six major components of an animal diet by listing the sources for the
components and identifying the effects that each component has on the body.
2. Compare and contrast the components of a quality animal diet and a poor animal diet.
3. Determine appropriate therapeutic diet for common disease conditions.
4. Communicate the proper nutritional requirements for various stages of life.
5. Compare and contrast commercial diets and homemade diets.
6. Discern different medicinal traditions and cultures.
7. Compare and contrast Western medicine, allopathic medicine, and holistic medicine.
8. Discuss the difference between alternative therapies and complementary therapies.
9. Discuss the common complementary modalities practiced in veterinary medicine.
10. Identify the appropriate role of the veterinary technician while practicing complementary

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