The Veterinary Medical Technology (Vet Tech) Curriculum prepares the graduate to assist veterinarians in preparing animals, equipment, and medications for examination and surgery; collecting specimens; performing laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic, dental procedures; assisting in surgery; and providing proper husbandry of animals and their environment.
Course work includes instruction in veterinary anatomy, nutrition, parasitology, pathology, physiology, radiology, terminology, zoology, office practices, laboratory techniques, dentistry, and small and large animal clinical practices.
Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take state and national examinations. Graduates may be employed in veterinary clinics; diagnostic, research, or pharmaceutical laboratories; zoos; academic institutions; or other areas associated with animal care.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Prepare animals and equipment for examination and surgery.
- Safely prepare and administer medications in a veterinary setting.
- Correctly collect specimens for laboratory analysis.
- Safely perform laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic and dental procedures in a veterinary setting.
- Competently assist the veterinarian in surgical procedures.
- Provide proper husbandry of animals and their environment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of common veterinary diseases and diagnostic procedures.
- Demonstrate knowledge of veterinary regulatory issues and veterinary office procedures.
The Vet Tech Program is a two-year, full time, six (6) semester course of study (71 semester credit hours) leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is designed to provide both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a professional career as a veterinary technician.
Course Selection Information
Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.
Student Program Priorities:
- CHM 130 , CHM 130A