Veterinary Technology

Curriculum & Courses

Veterinary Technology Program in 4 Semester Sequence (70 credit hours)

Must first be accepted into the program for this option

First Year – Fall Semester 17 Credit Hours

AHC 115* - Medical Terminology Credits: (3)

CHEM 1030 – Fundamentals of Chemistry Credits: (4)

ENGL 1010 – English Composition I Credits: (3)

VET 101* - Introduction to Veterinary Technology Credits: (3)

VET 110* - Applied Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Credits: (4)

First Year – Spring Semester 17 Credit Hours

BIOL 1110 – General Biology I Credits: (4)

SPCH 1010 – Fundamentals of Speech Communication Credits: (3)

VET 120* – Pharmacology and Therapeutics Credits: (3)

VET 125* – Laboratory Animal Care Credits: (3)

VET 150* – Clinical Practicum I Credits: (4)

Second Year – Fall Semester 18 Credit Hours

AGRI 1020 – Introduction to Animal Science Credits: (3)

BIOL 2230 – Microbiology Credits: (4)

VET 210* - Veterinary Imaging Credits: (3)

VET 230* - Veterinary Clinical Pathology Credits: (3)

VET 250* - Clinical Practicum II Credits: (5)

Second Year – Spring Semester 18 Credit Hours

PHIL 121 – Ethics Credits: (3)

PSYC 1030 – General Psychology Credits: (3)

VET 215* - Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Disease Credits: (3)

VET 220* - Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery Credits: (4)

VET 260* - Clinical Practicum III Credits: (5)

Veterinary Technology Program in 6 Semester Sequence(70 credit hours)

First Year – Fall Semester 13 Credit Hours

AHC 115* - Medical Terminology Credits: (3)

AGRI 1020 – Introduction to Animal Science Credits: (3)

CHEM 1030 – Fundamentals of Chemistry Credits: (4)

ENGL 1010 – English Composition I Credits: (3)

First Year – Spring Semester 13 Credit Hours

BIOL 1110 – General Biology I Credits: (4)

PHIL 121 – Ethics Credits: (3)

PSYC 1030 – General Psychology Credits: (3)

SPCH 1010 – Fundamentals of Speech Communication Credits: (3)

Admittance into the Vet Tech Program to continue

Second Year – Fall Semester 11 Credit Hours

VET 101* - Introduction to Veterinary Technology Credits: (3)

VET 110* - Applied Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Credits: (4)

BIOL 2230 – Microbiology Credits: (4)

Second Year – Spring Semester 10 Credit Hours

VET 120* – Pharmacology and Therapeutics Credits: (3)

VET 125* – Laboratory Animal Care Credits: (3)

VET 150* – Clinical Practicum I Credits: (4)

Third Year – Fall Semester 11 Credit Hours

VET 210* - Veterinary Imaging Credits: (3)

VET 230* - Veterinary Clinical Pathology Credits: (3)

VET 250* - Clinical Practicum II Credits: (5)

Third Year – Spring Semester 12 Credit Hours

VET 215* - Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Disease Credits: (3)

VET 220* - Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery Credits: (4)

VET 260* - Clinical Practicum III Credits: (5)

Course Descriptions

VET 101* Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)

This course begins building the skill sets required to succeed in the care and handling of animals. Areas of emphasis will include: restraint techniques, care and feeding, basic nursing care, venipuncture, client relations, microscope care and usage and other basic skills utilized by animal caregivers, animal lab researchers and/or practicing veterinary technicians. Three lecture/laboratory hours per week.

Prerequisites: Placement beyond Learning Support.

VET 110* Applied Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology (4)

This course parallels a vertebrate zoology course focusing on aspects of anatomy and physiology that have clinical relevance for animal caregivers, animal lab researchers and veterinary practice. Companion, agricultural (large) and exotic species will be covered with reference to human physiology where applicable. Three lecture, two laboratory hours per week.

Prerequisites: VET 101* with a grade of C or higher and admission to the program.

VET 120* Pharmacology and Therapeutics (3)

Students will learn drug classifications, proper handling, storage and record keeping associated with drug usage. Methods of compounding, formulation and calculation of drug dosages will be discussed. Various drug delivery methods and dietary management of chronically ill patients will also be covered. Three lecture hours per week.

Prerequisites: Completion of CHEM 1030 and VET 101* with a grade of C or higher.

VET 125* Laboratory Animal Care (3)

Physiology, pathology and husbandry of animals commonly encountered among research facilities and companion animal markets will be the focus of this course. Classroom lecture will accompany laboratory sessions designated to acquaint the student with restraint techniques, sampling methods, common medical issues and diagnostic procedures unique to these animals. Small rodents, lagomorphs, birds and reptiles are typically used. Three lecture/laboratory hours per week.

Prerequisites: Completion of VET 101* with a grade of C or higher and admission to the program.

VET 150* Clinical Practicum I (4)

This course is a continuation of VET 101* where students proceed to more advanced sets of skill such as: wound management, autoclaves and asepsis, blood and fecal sample evaluation. Clinical practicum will occur on-site and/or at participating private clinics pet facilities. Rehab facilities and laboratories as scheduling permits. One lecture and an average of five clinical hours per week.

Prerequisites: Completion of VET 101* with a grade of C or higher.

Co-Requisites: VET 110.

VET 210* Veterinary Imaging (3)

The fundamental concepts of radiology and ultrasonography will be stressed. Proper restraint (including chemical restraint), positioning, exposure calculations and developing exposed film will be covered. Radiation safety, darkroom management and record keeping are additional areas of focus. Three lecture/lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: VET 101* with a grade of C or better.

Co-Requisites: VET 215 and VET 250.

VET 215* Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Disease (3)

An overview of the microorganisms commonly encountered in private veterinary practice. The course will stress identification techniques, sample handling, internal and external parasitism, and specific disease processes where applicable. Diseases with a potential for zoonosis or creating health hazards for the local population will be stressed. Two lecture, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, VET 101*, and VET 110* with a grade of C or higher.

VET 220* Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery (4)

This course will prepare the student for proper operation of a surgical suite and management of anesthetized animals. Students will calculate anesthetic dosages, learn the proper function and maintenance of gas anesthesia machines, monitor anesthetized animals and practice skills such as intubation and mechanical ventilation. Asepsis, autoclaving, surgical instrument care and cleaning will also be included. Three lecture, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: Completion of VET 101*, VET 110*, & VET 120* with a grade of C or higher.

VET 230* Veterinary Clinical Pathology (3)

This course will introduce the students to the machines and skill sets necessary for routine in-house diagnostics typically performed in a private veterinary practice. Areas of emphasis will include methods for: complete blood counts (CBC), clinical serum chemistry analysis, histology slide preparation, fecal sample preparation, urinalysis and others. Three lecture/lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: VET 101* with a grade of C or higher.

VET 250* Clinical II (5)

This course is the continuation of VET150*. A variety of skills will be taught and/or practiced in regional clinics participating in the practicum program. Students will rotate between different clinics during each practicum. Time will be reserved at the end of each rotation for discussion and summation of the experiences gained during the clinical rotations. One lecture hour and an average of eight clinical hours per week.

Prerequisites: VET 150 with a grade of C or higher.

VET 260* Clinical III (5)

This course is the continuation of VET 250*. Various skills building upon the non-clinical courses will be taught and/or practiced in regional clinics participating in the practicum program. Students will rotate between different clinics during each practicum. Time will be reserved at the end of each rotation for discussion and summation of the experiences gained during the clinical rotations. Average of ten hours clinical experience per week.

Prerequisites: VET 250* with a grade of C or higher.