122This lab addresses a variety of microbiological methodologies which may be encountered both in the clinical veterinary practice and within a veterinary clinical laboratory. The main focus of this laboratory exercise will be to become proficient at sample collection, preparation and plating. The Veterinary Technician Student Essential and Recommended Skills List as set forth by AVMA-CVTEA in Appendix I; Section 6 – Laboratory Procedures lists the following as necessary skills of the veterinary technician.

Collect representative samples

Identify common animal pathogens using commercially available media and reagents

Perform common biochemical tests

Perform staining procedures