Vet Tech University’s Large Animal Program will provide the foundation that a large animal technician needs and will provide clear and concise training on many of the procedures that a technician must master when working with horses and cattle. You’ll discover proper restraint techniques, how to assess an equine patient and how to administer medications. You will become skilled at radiology and imaging equipment and find out how to examine the hoof and evaluate lameness. You’ll also develop an understanding of bovine healthcare and management.

Introduction

  • Large Animal – Introduction

Husbandry

  • Trailer Loading
  • Ties
  • Blankets
  • Bandages and Boots
  • Grooming
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cleaning Stalls
  • Feed Types

Equine Restraint

  • General Concepts of Restraint
  • Minor forms of Restraint
  • How to Use a Chain Shank
  • How to Use a Twitch
  • Other Equipment for Leading
  • Chemical Restraints
  • Restraining of Foals

Physical Examination of the Horse

  • General Assessment of the Equine Patient
  • Integument
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Lymph Nodes and Glands
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Urogenital System
  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Nervous System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Field Physical Exam

Lameness

  • History
  • Examination in Hand
  • Flexion Test
  • Diagnostic Nerve Block
  • Hind Legs
  • Using the Hoof Tester

Examination of the Hoof

  • Anatomy of the Hoof
  • Basic Horseshoe Concepts
  • How to Pick Up the Feet
  • Soaking and Bandaging
  • Examination of the Hoof

Administration of Medications

  • Topical Medications
  • Oral Medications
  • Naso-Gastric Medications
  • Medication of the Eyes
  • Intravenous
  • Intranasal
  • Intramuscular
  • Intradermal

Intravenous Catheter

  • Equipment
  • Intravenous Technique

Equine Imaging Equipment

  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopes
  • Radiology Equipment

Equine Radiology

  • Equine Radiology

Equine Dentistry

  • Basic Facts
  • Dentition of the Skull
  • Dental Equipment
  • Live Demonstration

Breeding

  • Collecting Semen
  • Processing Semen

Equine Castration

  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical Procedure
  • Testicle Anatomy
  • Emasculator

Bovine Volume 1

  • Husbandry and Management
  • Feedstuff
  • Manure Management
  • Physical Examination
  • Record Management
  • Restraint
  • The Milking Parlor
  • Therapeutics
  • Venipuncture

Bovine Volume 2

  • Biosecurity
  • Facilities
  • Feeds for Calves
  • Physical Examination
  • Calving and Neonatal Care
  • Dehorning
  • Ear Tagging and Tattoos