Veterinary Technology

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology is designed to train Veterinary Technologists to assist Veterinarians in industry, medical centers and animal hospitals. Careers such as these require trained professionals who have knowledge and skills in all aspects of veterinary medicine. This program provides training in animal husbandry and restraint, nursing, surgical preparation and techniques, drug administration, anesthesia, anatomy, laboratory techniques and radiography. Preceptorships at various private practices and research institutions provide valuable on-the-job training.

Why major in Veterinary Technology?

The Veterinary Technology program at Sinclair can help train you to assist in treating animals in a variety of settings. Learn new skills for animal care or prepare for veterinary technology licensure or further animal medicine.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You want to learn new skills in animal medicine and animal health management.
  • You are interested in preparing for further veterinary education.
  • You would like to work with people who share your interests in animal care.

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Available Programs

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Associate of Applied Science
Veterinary Technology

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology is designed to train Veterinary Technologists to assist Veterinarians in industry, medical centers, and animal hospitals. Careers such as these require trained professionals who have knowledge and skills in all aspects of veterinary medicine. This program provides training in animal husbandry and restraint, nursing, surgical preparation and techniques, drug administration, anesthesia, anatomy, laboratory techniques, and radiography. Preceptorships at various private practices and research institutions provide valuable on-the-job training.

The Veterinary Technology Program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To be considered for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for open enrollment courses, as well as a grade of C or higher in all courses. Entry to the Veterinary Technology program’s limited enrollment courses is based on a competitive selection process. Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree and/or admission into a school of veterinary medicine should meet with an advisor and/or the program director for additional curriculum.

An Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology can be helpful in many different paths, and will open many doors. A graduate from this program; once accredited; will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Those graduates who pass this exam with a score of 75% or better will be eligible to register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board in order to practice within the State of Ohio. A registered veterinary technician, or RVT, is responsible for assisting the veterinarian in a general practice. His or her job duties may include, but are not limited to: performing dental cleanings and radiologic procedures; surgical and anesthetic assistance; diagnostic laboratory techniques; IV catheter placement; patient monitoring; inventory control; and office staff management. In addition, this degree can be a stepping-stone to a 4-year degree at another institution, and eventually to Veterinary School (an additional 4-year program). It can also make you eligible to gain employment within a classroom or laboratory setting. RVTs are vital to the practice of veterinary medicine, and are in high-demand within the Dayton area at this time.

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One-year Technical Certificate
Large Animal Sciences

The Large Animal Sciences Certificate focuses the Agricultural student on the care, maintenance, and reproduction of efficient, highly productive farm animals. This certificate builds on the Large Animal Sciences Short-term Certificate, and also has the potential to provide the student with outside certification in Bovine Artificial Insemination.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Large Animal Care and Handling

This program is designed to introduce the student to working within the agricultural field and will provide a baseline of business, communication, and animal handling knowledge.

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Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.
 

Accreditation

CVTEA

The Veterinary Technician Program has initial accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA/CVTEA).  Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam (VTNE) once they have completed the program.

VTNE Pass Rate (First Attempt, 3-year Rolling Average): 80.6%

* Students taking VTNE must first complete a Federal background check.


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