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Veterinary Technology: Associate of Applied Science Degree

This is an eight-quarter program with the last quarter consisting of an externship during which the student will work with a veterinarian in a veterinary office. The veterinary technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students in this program are trained to assist veterinarians in all aspects of a veterinary practice including patient care, medication administration, surgical preparation, equipment maintenance, radiological procedures, laboratory procedures, public relations, and office procedures. Veterinary technicians do not diagnose, prescribe medications, or perform surgery. Upon graduation, the veterinary technician is qualified to take the National Veterinary Technician Exam and/or any other state exam required for registration, certification or licensure in that state.

The veterinary technology curriculum emphasizes laboratory and science courses such as clinical pathology, radiology, surgical assisting, and microbiology. These courses enable the technician to become a paraprofessional member of the veterinary medical team. This curriculum is not intended to prepare a student for admission to a school of veterinary medicine. The laboratory courses and externship program give the hands-on experience needed for development of skills for clinical situations. Students considering enrollment into this program are encouraged to concentrate on math and science in high school.

Recommended high school courses include algebra, biology, chemistry, and communication courses.

With the exception of biological concepts, general chemistry, and biochemistry, all science, animal science, and veterinary technology courses, including medical terminology, must be passed with a grade of "C" or above. All prerequisites for courses in the veterinary technology program must be passed with at least a "C" before the student is allowed to continue on to the next course.

Any student who fails to achieve a minimum of a "C" grade after the second attempt in a veterinary technology professional course will meet with an academic advisor to find a more suitable course of study.

Students enrolling in this program must possess hand/finger dexterity as well as the ability to restrain, handle, and/or lift large and small animals. Students entering the veterinary technology program must show proof of health insurance. If the student does not have current health insurance, he or she will be required to purchase coverage through the student health insurance program prior to the beginning of their first term.

Veterinary technicians may find positions working in research facilities, teaching institutions, zoos, animal parks, the military, veterinary clinics, feed, drug, and veterinary equipment companies, and the government. A career as a veterinary technician involves the excitement and challenge of veterinary medicine and the rewards of working with animals and their owners.

Admission Policy

All students applying for admission to the Veterinary Technology program, whose Academic Success Appraisal scores indicate the need for EN0600 English and MA0600/MA0700 Foundations of Mathematics courses, will be placed in the Veterinary Assisting Diploma program. At the end of the first academic year (fall, winter, and spring terms), students may transfer to the Veterinary Technology program for the subsequent academic year if they have met the GPA requirements of the Veterinary Assisting program as follows:

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 for the program.
  • A "B" or higher grade in SC1180 Basic Animal Anatomy, AH2320 Basic Clinical Procedures, and AH1520 Introduction to Small Animal Nutrition.
  • A "C" or higher grade in the remaining Veterinary Assisting core classes.

The grade criteria listed would apply to all students wanting to move from the Veterinary Assisting program to the Veterinary Technology program regardless of their placement scores.

Program Goals

The program will:

  • Prepare learners to attain university core abilities and program learning outcomes by utilizing performance-based curriculum in a caring and supportive learning environment.
  • Measure and assess student learning and implement improvements, as needed, to ensure high quality academic programs and services.
  • Prepare learners to develop plans for the pursuit of graduate studies and/or continuing professional development activities and membership in professional and community organizations.
  • Confirm that faculty members meet university qualifications guidelines, utilize effective and innovative teaching methods that promote academic excellence, and pursue opportunities for professional development.
  • Monitor the program's community of interest and maintain the currency and relevancy of program curriculum through regular faculty and advisory committee meetings and academic program reviews.
  • Achieve and maintain specialized program accreditation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic domestic animal anatomy and physiology.
  • Apply the ethical guidelines governing the conduct of veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge specific to the veterinary technology field.
  • Perform a wide range of veterinary technology skills to assist veterinarians in all aspects of practice.