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. A grade of "C'" or better is required in all VET courses in order to continue in the program.
Continues the discussion on the responsibilities of the veterinary technologist. Introduces surgical technique and the application and monitoring anesthesia, safe radiologic practices, further laboratory techniques, care and monitoring of small animals, exotics, and large animals, and further emphasizes preventive care. One classroom, three lab hours per week.
Develop an understanding for the role diagnostic testing plays in the treatment of small companion animals. Discuss the techniques employed to retrieve, handle, and evaluate laboratory samples.
Develops the students understanding of sterile technique, surgical technique and assistance, and anesthesia application and monitoring in the small companion animal.
Discusses the care and keeping of companion animals, including exotics and laboratory and food animals. Focus on reproduction and gestation, general pediatric care, nutrition, preventive care, parasites, common diseases, and basic treatments.
Practicum course in which the student is paired with a screened veterinary practice in order to develop beginning practical skills within a hospital setting. Fourteen (14) practicum hours per week in a Veterinary Practice.
Continues to help develop an understanding of the need for diagnostic testing to determine the best way to treat large and exotic animals. Discussion of techniques employed to retrieve, handle, and evaluate samples.
Advances the student’s understanding of sterile technique, surgical technique and assistance and anesthesia application and monitoring in the large animals, exotics and laboratory animals. This will be a lecture course with four (4) classroom hours per week.
Comprehensive discussion of the use of radiology, pharmacology, and records management in Veterinary Medicine. Four (4) classroom hours per week.
Discussion of anatomy and physiology of multiple species. Proper use of medical and common terminology when discussing animal anatomy. Development and understanding of different physiologies on disease development, diagnoses, and treatment of animals.
Practicum course in which the student is paired with a screened veterinary practice in order to advance practical skills within a hospital setting. Included are observational experiences to large, laboratory, and exotic animal facilities to advance experience with a wide variety of animals. Fourteen (14) practicum hours per week in a veterinary practice.
During this 8-week period, each student will be partnered with 3 different screened veterinary hospitals. Within each practice, students will uphold proper professional attire and attitude and perform duties as set to them by the practice. This will be an unpaid preceptorship with 28 hours expected per week within the hospitals. The student will meet weekly with the instructor to discuss progress and concerns.