2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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VT 150 Clinical Microbiology and Public Health (6 credits)

Prerequisite Enrollment in the Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Course Description
Veterinary Technology course that introduces the student to microorganisms of clinical importance in veterinary medicine. Emphasis will be placed on zoonoses and public health as it applies to veterinary medicine and the veterinary technician.

Student Outcomes
1. Distinguish the differences between bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa.
2. Classify bacteria according to their shape and morphology.
3. Compare and contrast gram negative and gram positive cell walls.
4. Identify microbe cellular structures and contents.
5. Classify organisms according to their temperature and oxygen requirements.
6. Analyze different methods of controlling microbial growth.
7. Correlate the major bacterial groups with representative diseases that they cause.
8. Explain basic epidemiological concepts in the control and prevention of infectious diseases.
9. Describe the most common zoonotic diseases in North America.
10. Explain the prevention and control strategies for each zoonotic disease.
11. Define basic viral structures and life cycles.
12. Describe the different kinds of viruses and the diseases that they cause.
13. Define host defenses, both general and specific.
14. Contrast cell mediated immunity and antibody mediated immunity.
15. Explain the actions of antibiotics and synthetic antimicrobials.
16. Gain proficiency in the use of the light microscope, including immersion oil lens.
17. Perform simple and complex bacterial stains.
18. Isolate pure bacterial colonies from a mixed culture.
19. Perform biochemical tests on microorganisms.
20. Identify an unknown bacterial species by using a battery of biochemical tests.

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