Veterinary Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2013-2014 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 75 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 60 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
VTEC 1000 Animal Husbandry and Restraint
Introductory course to help students learn the proper husbandry, feeding, breeds and restraint techniques of the common domestic animals seen in a veterinary clinic.
3
VTEC 1110 Veterinary Terminology
The veterinary technician student will be instructed in writing, speaking, and understanding medical terminology.
2
VTEC 1120 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I
A systems approach to studying the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals will be used. Students will learn the normal physiology of the tissues, skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, blood, respiratory, and urinary systems. Species differences will be introduced.
3
VTEC 1121 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II
This course is a continuation of VTEC 1120. A systems approach to studying the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals will be used. Students will learn the normal physiology of the integument, muscle, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and special senses systems. Species differences will be introduced.
3
VTEC 1123 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab
A systems approach to studying the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals will be used. Students will learn the normal physiology of each organ system as well as the gross and microscopic anatomy. Species differences will be introduced.
1
VTEC 1211 Laboratory Techniques I Lab
This laboratory will include the demonstration and use of many diagnostic tests used in the veterinary clinic. Knowledge from VTEC 1210 will be used by the student to understand the basis of these tests. The diagnostic tests will include CBC, hematocrit, differentials urinalysis, and preparation for cytology. The student should gain an appreciation for the limits of each test, safety and quality control, and interpretation of the results.
1
VTEC 1212 Laboratory Techniques I
Students will explore the areas of hematology, cytology, and urology. They will learn basic diagnostic tests commonly used in veterinary clinics. Laboratory safety and quality control will be covered. Common diseases affecting laboratory results in large, small, and exotic species will be discussed.
3
VTEC 1220 Pharmacology
Provides the student with a working knowledge of the need for appropriate use and dispensing of medication in all levels in veterinary medicine. Emphasis is placed on the veterinary technician role as the student learns the principles of drug actions, drug groups, inventory management, dosage calculation, dispensing, adverse drug reactions, and proper storage and disposal.
3
VTEC 1321 Radiology and Ultrasonography Lab
Students will expand upon knowledge gained in VTEC 1320. Students will demonstrate safety, positioning animals correctly for x-rays, and taking good quality x-rays. Students will also develop a technique chart and figure exposure factors and will demonstrate how to use and maintain the ultrasound machine.
1
VTEC 1322 Radiology and Ultrasonography
Students will be instructed on x-ray production and ultrasonography imaging, radiation safety and how to produce quality radiographs. Other subject areas include film processing, developing technique charts, exposure factors, and appreciate clinical indications for performing ultrasound. Must be 18 years or older and meet special conditions for course.
3
VTEC 1410 Clinical Nursing of Companion Animals
Students will learn various restraint techniques, nursing skills, and common diseases associated with small animals. Students will become acquainted with how to restrain small animals, recognize common clinical signs of ill animals, common tests used for diagnosis, treatments, and how to medicate small animals. Students will also learn how to provide assistance to the veterinarian, and safety will be emphasized.
3
VTEC 1411 Clinical Nursing of Companion Animals Lab
The student will expand upon the knowledge gained in VTEC 1410. The student will demonstrate the ability to restrain patients, recognize clinical signs of ill patients, deliver medication, place and maintain catheters, perform diagnostic tests, monitor patients, and many other nursing techniques. Emphasis will be placed on safety, good medical communication and patient comfort.
1
VTEC 1440 Lab Animal Science
This class will acquaint the student with basic principles of animal research. Basic lab animal husbandry, handling, and regulations will be the major topics of discussion.
2
VTEC 2200 Veterinary Office Practices
This course presents material that will help the veterinary technician learn about veterinary practice management. Students will learn about the care and maintenance of the veterinary practice, administrative duties, computer software, interpersonal communication, customer service, and financial matters of a veterinary practice.
3
VTEC 2520 Clinical Nursing of Large Animals
The student will learn various restraining techniques, nursing skills, and common diseases associated with large animals. The student will become acquainted with how to handle large animals, recognize common clinical signs of ill animals, common tests used for diagnosis, treatments and how to medicate large animals.
3
VTEC 2521 Clinical Nursing of Large Animals Lab
The student will expand upon the knowledge gained in VTEC 2520. The student will demonstrate various methods of restraint, recognize clinical signs of ill patients, deliver medication, catheter placement, sample collection, perform diagnostic tests, monitoring patients, and many other nursing techniques. Emphasis will be on safety, good medical communication and patient comfort.
1
VTEC 2561 Laboratory Techniques II Lab
This laboratory will build on the knowledge gained from VTEC 2560. Diagnostic tests covered in this lab include fecals, eggs count, parasite identification, identification of bacteria, ELISA tests, and blood chemistries. The student should gain an appreciation for the limits of each test, safety and quality control and interpretation of the tests results.
1
VTEC 2562 Laboratory Techniques II
A continuation of VTEC 1212. Students will be exposed to the areas of parasitology, microbiology, and clinical chemistries. The students will learn common diagnostic tests that are used in veterinary clinics. Common disease processes will be discussed. Laboratory safety and quality control will be emphasized.
3
VTEC 2570 Laboratory Techniques III
In VTEC 2570 the student will cover the subject areas of microbiology as it pertains to veterinary medicine. The student will learn the common laboratory practices used to identify bacterial agents. The student will also learn about the common bacteria groups found in veterinary medicine and their impact on the animals they infect.
2
VTEC 2571 Laboratory Techniques III Lab
In VTEC 2571 the student will learn proper laboratory techniques to prevent contamination and zoonosis. The student will learn how to identify different bacteria through the use of agars, staining techniques, metabolic tests, and other methods. The student will also learn about the common bacteria groups found in veterinary medicine and their impact on the animals they infect.
1
VTEC 2611 Principles of Veterinary Surgical Nursing and Dentistry Lab
Prepares the student to participate as an integral part of the surgical team. The student will be able to prepare equipment and supplies for surgery as well as assist the veterinarian during surgical procedures. The student will be trained in anesthetic procedures and will exercise proper safety measures to prevent injury to patient and staff.
1
VTEC 2612 Principles of Veterinary Surgical Nursing
Prepares the student to participate as an integral part of the surgical team. Material presented will assist the student in understanding the theory on surgical assisting and surgical nursing. The student will review proper safety measures pertaining to animal handling, OSHA, Zoonosis, and personal safety.
3
VTEC 2621 Anesthesia for Veterinary Technician Lab
VTEC 2621 will prepare the student to participate as an integral part of the surgical team. Material presented will assist the student in understanding the theory on anesthesia. The student will review machine function and maintenance, correct monitoring options, how to recognize emergency situations and appropriate steps to correct situation, advanced procedures used in both anesthesia and analgesia.
1
VTEC 2622 Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians
VTEC 2622 will prepare the student to participate as an integral part of the surgical team. Material presented will assist the student in understanding the theory on anesthesia and dentistry. The student will review proper safety measures pertaining to animal handling, OSHA, Zoonosis, and personal safety.
3
VTEC 2630 Clinical Nursing of Avian and Exotics
The course is designed to introduce the student to the care of exotic animals. The student will learn various restraint techniques, nursing skills and common diseases associated with exotics. The student will become acquainted with how to handle exotics, recognize common clinical signs of the ill exotics, common tests used for diagnosis, treatments, and how to medicate exotic animals.
2
VTEC 2660 Internship
Allows the student hands-on experience in the veterinary clinic. The student will work under the supervision of the veterinarian to gain and hone their skills as a veterinary technician. This internship is completed during the last semester of the Veterinary Technology Program. At the end of this internship, the student will take a major comprehensive exam of all material presented in the veterinary technology curriculum.
6
VTEC 2680 Veterinary Technician National Exam Review
VTEC 2680 is a review course that will help students review material from the veterinary technology program and prepare to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Emphasis will be placed on the seven domains of the VTNE. Students will be required to pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the course.
1

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 1000 Human Relations and Ethics
Study of modern methods and procedures used in effective human relations and ethics including information on the following: definition and history of human relations, ethics, diversity, self-esteem, motivation, communication and personality styles, conflict management and resolution, and team building and rapport as well as self expression and effective listening skills.
3
PSYC 1000 Human Relations
Exposure to practical information from psychology for use in everyday human relations and to improve communication skills.
2
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3
AGRI 1420 Interpersonal Skills
Designed to help students understand positive interpersonal relationships and their contribution to the process of potentiality development.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perceptions and theoretical perspectives.
3

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1050 Career Composition
Development of both oral and written communicative skills essential to career areas. Includes business letters, job applications, and analyzing and writing of technical reports.
3
BSAD 2050 Business Communications
Development of both oral and written communicative skills. Students will be able to organize and present effective presentations gaining audience rapport and sending appropriate nonverbal messages as well as formulate effective letters, memos, and reports for business and industry.
3

Mathematics 3 Credit Hours

select one according to placement test scores
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1025 Math for Health Care Professionals
Designed for nursing and health care profession majors. Covers general development of skills involving computations of fractions, decimals, ratios, percents, and basic algebra equations. Basic systems of measurement are used to calculate dosages between metric, apothecary and household systems. Basic mathematical computations are used to reconstitute medications and prepare irrigating solutions.
3
MATH 1140 Intermediate Algebra
Development of the real numbers as a working replacement set for equations and expressions. Main emphasis is placed on algebraic operations related to polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, exponential expressions, and logarithmic expressions. Concepts of relations and functions are introduced allowing for further study in math.
4
MATH 1200 Algebra and Trigonometry
Study of field axioms, sets, functions, equations, inequalities, matrices and determinants, exponents, logarithms, trigonometric functions and analysis.
5
MATH 2000 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
This course is a study of analytical geometry and single variable calculus. Topics includes limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, integrals, and applications of integrals.
5

Science or Technology 4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECON 1010 Personal and Business Finance
Covers the basic principles needed for effective personal and business finance management, including the practical applications of budgeting, credit, insurance, taxes, along with business overhead, break-even analysis, and return on investment.
2
ECON 1040 Personal Finance
This course covers the basic principles needed for effective personal financial management including the practical applications of money management, budgeting, taxes, credit, insurance, housing, investments, and retirement planning.
3
BSAD 1040 Personal Finance
This course will cover the basic principles needed for effective personal financial management, including the practical applications of money management, budgeting, taxes, credit, insurance, housing, investments, and retirement planning.
3
AGRI 1410 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Introductory course to help students develop a basic understanding and appreciation for the role of economics in agriculture at the farm, national, and international levels. Students will learn to apply various economic principles and concepts relating to production agriculture, business management, consumer behavior, market price analysis and equilibrium, and policy information.
3
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
3

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