Veterinary Technology, Associate of Applied Science
Veterinary technicians are vital members of the veterinary healthcare team. The five-semester Veterinary Technology Program provides students with the foundation and skill set necessary to pursue a career as a veterinary technician in private practice, emergency, specialty practice, veterinary teaching hospitals, zoo/wildlife, labs, research, shelters, etc. Emphasis is on companion animals, with exposure to lab animal, exotic and large animal species. The program includes didactic and interactive learning as well as clinical experience. An internship of clinical rotations is provided by the program during the second year. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). State requirements must also be fulfilled prior to licensing.
The Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by The American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA/CVTEA)
Students must be available to take courses in the day and evening. Students must be available to attend Saturday labs, if required, and to travel to off-campus locations (transportation is not provided). Students are required to undergo pre-exposure rabies immunization series (a physician provides the series at a reduced cost of ~ $800), furnish proof of health insurance, have had a tetanus booster within the last five years, be fully COVID vaccinated, and purchase uniforms.
Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:
- use and apply the knowledge necessary to function within the scope of practice of a licensed veterinary technician;
- demonstrate competency of the Essential Skills outlined by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities;
- demonstrate effective communication skills with members of the veterinary health care team and clients;
- demonstrate competency in performing medical nursing, surgical nursing, anesthesia nursing, laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory animal and exotic patient husbandry and nursing; and
- implement ethical and legal standards as they apply to veterinary medical practice.