2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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VT 166 Hematology for Veterinary Technicians (4 credits)

Prerequisite Enrollment in the Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Course Description
Study of blood formation, including recognition of normal and abnormal blood cells from domestic and exotic animals, and accurate performance of Complete Blood Counts (CBC).

Student Outcomes
1. Perform laboratory skills using infection control techniques and safety requirements.
2. Identify blood components: plasma, erythrocytes, leukocytes, platelets.
3. Differentiate normal/abnormal hematologic conditions.
4. Explain the functions of blood.
5. Describe normal/abnormal appearances of blood components.
6. Differentiate the five types of leukocytes based on appearance and function.
7. Compare blood components in a variety of species.
8. Identify/define key aspects of immunity.
9. Describe the process of blood component development.
10. Describe the process of hemostasis and list components needed for coagulation.
11. Compare and contrast regenerative vs. non-regenerative anemias.
12. Identify hematologic parasites.
13. Explain the important components of a blood transfusion.
14. Demonstrate proper blood smear and staining technique.
15. Perform and record appropriate tests that make up a Complete Blood Count – manually and by machine.
16. Identify and differentiate leukocytes on a 100 cell differential.
17. Use proper terminology and organization for written lab reports.

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