Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to provide health care for animals in various settings. Career options for graduate technicians include private practices, emergency clinics, specialty clinics, educational institutions, research facilities, government agencies and zoological parks. Students work with companion animals, food animals, horses, laboratory animals and exotic species throughout this program.
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Program Admissions Requirements
Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:
- High School Diploma/GED
- Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I or higher with a “C” or higher.
- Complete MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics or higher with a “C” or higher.
- Complete BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry or CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry or higher with a “C” or higher.
- Complete VT-1120 Introduction to Veterinary Technology with a "C" or higher.
- GPA required: 2.75 in core courses (prerequisites), 2.5 overall.
- Written verification of 10 hours of recent (within one calendar year prior to Program application) observation/shadowing or employment in a veterinary facility.
- Core requirement courses may be repeated only once to improve a grade below "C". Only two withdrawals total from any of these courses for academic reasons will be accepted.
- 25 students per year are accepted into the program.
- Upon acceptance to the program and prior to matriculation, the applicant will be required to complete the health requirements and criminal background check for the veterinary technology program.
- Accepted candidates will be required to attend a group information session prior to their first fall semester in the program.
- Criminal background check required.
- Applicants must establish and use an account with a recordkeeping service designated by the College for Health Careers for the background check and health information.
Program Learning Outcomes
This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Utilize knowledge and interpersonal skills to educate clients and communicate with colleagues.
- Obtain, process, analyze, and record accurate multi-modal diagnostic information.
- Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and act in a professional and ethical manner in accordance with AVMA and NAVTA Guidelines.
- Identify and understand the pharmacology and effects of drugs and therapeutic substances in various animal species.
- Operate and maintain veterinary equipment and facilities.
- Provide proficient animal husbandry, medical, and surgical care.
- Apply organizational principles and practices that permit a facility to provide quality patient care and client service.
Suggested Semester Sequence
|Program Admissions Requirements Semester||Credit Hours|
|BIO-1100||Introduction to Biological Chemistry 3||3|
|MATH-1240||Contemporary Mathematics 2||3|
|VT-1120||Introduction to Veterinary Technology||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|College Composition I 1|
|Honors College Composition I|
|BIO-1410||Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals I||4|
|VT-1325||Veterinary Office Applications||2|
|VT-1401||Veterinary Science I||4|
|VT-1521||Veterinary Pathology I||2|
|BIO-1420||Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals II||3|
|VT-1410||Veterinary Science II||3|
|VT-1530||Veterinary Pathology II||2|
|VT-1600||Veterinary Surgical Nursing and Assisting||3|
|VT-1700||Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging||3|
|VT-2200||Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians||1|
|VT-2300||Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians||2|
|VT-2402||Veterinary Pathology III||2|
|VT-2851||Veterinary Practicum and Seminar I||1|
|VT-2412||Veterinary Pathology IV||2|
|VT-2520||Animal Health and Disease||3|
|VT-2610||Veterinary Anesthesia, Anelgesia, & Dental Techniques||3|
|VT-2860||Veterinary Practicum and Seminar II||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication|
|Fundamentals of Speech Communication|
|Honors Fundamentals of Speech Communication|
|VT-2650||Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care||1|
|VT-2700||Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine||2|
|VT-2940||Veterinary Field Experience||2|
|Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Science requirement||3|
|Total Credit Hours||64|
Must complete ENG-1010 College Composition I with a grade of "C" or higher for Veterinary Technology program admission.
Must complete MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics with a grade of "C" or higher for Veterinary Technology program admission, MATH-1141 or MATH-1280 taken prior to Fall 2016 will be accepted in place of MATH-1240. MATH-1270 taken prior to Spring 2017 will be accepted in place of MATH-1240, MATH-1141, MATH-1270 and MATH-1280 will be accepted for program admission through Fall 2019 and will also meet the College's math requirement for graduation through Summer 2021.
CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry will be accepted in place of BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry. Must complete BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry (or CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry) with a grade of "C" or higher for admission to the Veterinary Technology program.