Health Professions AAS – Veterinary Technology Program

Code: AAS.HP.VET

The Veterinary Technology program has been designed to develop personnel capable of assisting veterinarians in large animal practices, small animal practices, laboratory animal situations, and related veterinary medical activities. The curriculum provides a sound foundation in basic veterinary technology. Through coursework, skill acquisition, and meaningful clinical experiences, the graduate will be a productive employee at the entry level and will have the capabilities to perform satisfactorily in positions of increasing responsibility. 

Program Length: 24 months

Preadmission Test: Veterinary Technology Admissions Exam

GPA for admissions eligibility: 2.00

Prerequisites: VET-115; VET-102; VET-103; CHM-112; WRT-101; MAT-040.

Application Deadline: October 1; Program Admits: Spring semester

Note: Applicants will only be accepted once the prerequisites stated above have been successfully completed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with a program official regarding application procedures. Travel is required for all students enrolled in this program.

The program is accredited by the American Medical Association (AVMA), and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).  Veterinary Technology is not designed as a preparatory program for those students who wish to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the care and handling of domestic animals.
  • Demonstrate didactic proficiency in medical and surgical nursing, diagnostic imaging, and clinical laboratory procedures.
  • Demonstrate competency in psychomotor skills in all the areas of clinical practice of veterinary technology.
  • Develop a concern for public health and safety.
  • Demonstrate compliance with federal, state, and local laws relevant to the practice of veterinary technology

Career Pathways

Veterinary Technician: Animal Hospital, Veterinary Practice, Biomedical Laboratory
Medical Device Sales Representative 
Educator  

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

VET-102Introduction to Veterinary Technology

1

VET-103Veterinary Medical Terminology

1

VET-115Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I

4

CHM-112College Chemistry

4

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Second Semester

VET-104Research Animal Technology [Spring Only]

3

VET-110Nutrition and Principles of Feeding [Spring Only]

2

VET-112Veterinary Pharmacology [Spring Only]

3

VET-215Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II

4

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

VET-104, VET-110, VET-112: Offered only in spring semesters.

Summer Session

  Humanities Elective* 3
BIO-104Microbiology

4

VET-220Veterinary Technology Externship I

1

Total Credit Hours:8

VET-220: Student enrollment in VET-220 and VET-221 requires permission from the Academic Department Chair.

Third Semester

VET-203Veterinary Nursing I [Fall Only]

3

VET-204Veterinary Dental Techniques

3

VET-205Clinical Laboratory Procedures I [Fall Only]

3

VET-207Diagnostic Imaging [Fall Only]

3

Total Credit Hours:12

VET-203, VET-204, VET-205, VET-207: Offered only in fall semesters.

Fourth Semester

  Social Science Elective* 3
VET-214Veterinary Nursing II [Spring Only]

3

VET-217Clinical Laboratory Procedures II [Spring Only]

3

VET-216Veterinary Office Management [Fall Only]

2

VET-219Surgical Assist and Anesthesia [Spring Only]

3

Total Credit Hours:14

VET-214, VET-217, VET-216, VET-219: Offered only in spring semesters.

Summer Session

VET-218Large Animal Nursing [Summer Only]

3

VET-221Veterinary Technology Externship II

1

Total Credit Hours:4

VET-218: is taught off-campus.

VET-221: Student enrollment in VET-220 and VET-221 requires permission from the Academic Department Chair.

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities and Social Sciences*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN); Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology

BIO-104Microbiology

4

CHM-112College Chemistry

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Total Credit Hours: 20-22

Program Requirements

VET-102Introduction to Veterinary Technology

1

VET-103Veterinary Medical Terminology

1

VET-104Research Animal Technology [Spring Only]

3

VET-110Nutrition and Principles of Feeding [Spring Only]

2

VET-112Veterinary Pharmacology [Spring Only]

3

VET-203Veterinary Nursing I [Fall Only]

3

VET-204Veterinary Dental Techniques

3

VET-205Clinical Laboratory Procedures I [Fall Only]

3

VET-207Diagnostic Imaging [Fall Only]

3

VET-214Veterinary Nursing II [Spring Only]

3

VET-216Veterinary Office Management [Fall Only]

2

VET-217Clinical Laboratory Procedures II [Spring Only]

3

VET-219Surgical Assist and Anesthesia [Spring Only]

3

VET-218Large Animal Nursing [Summer Only]

3

VET-220Veterinary Technology Externship I

1

VET-221Veterinary Technology Externship II

1

VET-104, VET-110, VET-112, VET-214, VET-216, VET-217, VET-219: Offered only in spring semesters.

VET-203, VET-204, VET-205, VET-207: Offered only in fall semesters.

Total Credit Hours: 38

Program Support Requirements

BIO-109Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO-209Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Total Credit Hours: 8

Total Credit Hours: 66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

NOTE: VET-115, CHM-112, WRT-101, VET-102, and VET-103 are prerequisite courses that each student must take in order to be eligible for program admission.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.