Veterinary Technology (A.A.S.)

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Veterinary Technology Curriculum Requirements

Students must demonstrate all of the following for retention in and graduation from the veterinary technology program:

  1. A minimum grade of C+ in all AAS and VTEC courses, plus TSAS 235 (Chemistry) and MTH 202 (College Algebra).
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the courses listed above.

Students may repeat a major course only one time before dismissal from the major.  Courses must be completed in proper sequence, according to prerequisites as listed in the course catalog.

All coursework in the veterinary technology curriculum should be completed within five years of matriculating into the program. If this cannot be accomplished, the student may be required to retake major courses where AVMA essential skills have changed significantly.

Students must successfully complete all required skills listed in the Veterinary Technology Essential and Recommended Skills List developed by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the accrediting body for this program.  

Students must show proof of pre-exposure rabies immunization or adequate rabies titer prior to enrollment in practicum and internship coursework. Transportation is provided to students for practicum coursework. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation during internship experiences. 

Career Opportunities

Credentialed veterinary technicians can work in private veterinary hospitals, biomedical research laboratories, humane societies, zoos, and wildlife centers, and can specialize in areas such as anesthesia and surgical assisting, behavior, and emergency medicine.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the Thompson School of Applied Science General Education requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Veterinary Technology program. Veterinary Technology students are required to take:

Required Program Courses

AAS 421Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques2
AAS 428Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AAS 428BAnatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for VTEC majors1
AAS 430Small Animal Breeds and Behavior4
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
AAS 439BFundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Veterinary Technology Majors2
AAS 451Human/Animal Bond4
AAS 550Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques II4
AAS 579Small Animal Care Practicum2
COM 210Public Speaking3
TSAS 235Introductory Chemistry3
VTEC 424Introduction to Veterinary Technology2
VTEC 497Veterinary Technology Work Experience0
VTEC 565Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians4
VTEC 575Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Assisting4
VTEC 579Small Animal Practicum for Veterinary Technicians2
VTEC 582Pet Access to Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.)1
VTEC 583Large Animal Practicum2
VTEC 595Veterinary Technology Internship3
AAS Elective - choose one of the following:4
Small Animal Grooming I
Animal Law and Regulations
Introduction to Dairy Herd Management
Equine Conformation and Lameness
Introduction to Animal Science
Canine Learning Theory and Application
Animal Breeding
Animal Nutrition
Equine Health Management
Animal Population Medicine and Management
Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
Total Credits52

Veterinary Technology Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AAS 421 Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques 2
AAS 428 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3
AAS 428B Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for VTEC majors 1
AAS 430 Small Animal Breeds and Behavior 4
COM 209 Expository Writing and Reading 4
MTH 202 College Algebra 3
AAS 439 Fundamentals of Animal Health 2
AAS 439B Fundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Veterinary Technology Majors 2
AAS 449 Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques I 3
TSAS 235 Introductory Chemistry 3
SSCI 201
Human Relations
or Social Issues
VTEC 424 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 2
Second Year
COM 210 Public Speaking 3
AAS 451 Human/Animal Bond 4
AAS 550 Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques II 4
AAS 579 Small Animal Care Practicum 2
VTEC 497 Veterinary Technology Work Experience 0
VTEC 565 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 4
VTEC 582 Pet Access to Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.) 1
AAS Elective - choose from approved list (below) 4
VTEC 575 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Assisting 4
VTEC 579 Small Animal Practicum for Veterinary Technicians 2
VTEC 582 Pet Access to Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.) 1
VTEC 583 Large Animal Practicum 2
VTEC 595 Veterinary Technology Internship 3
 Total Credits67

Approved Veterinary Technology Elective List (when offered)

AAS 422Small Animal Grooming I2
AAS 424Animal Law and Regulations3
AAS 425Introduction to Dairy Herd Management4
AAS 426Equine Conformation and Lameness4
AAS 431Introduction to Animal Science4
AAS 525Canine Learning Theory and Application4
AAS 535Animal Nutrition3
AAS 540Animal Breeding3
AAS 552Equine Health Management4
AAS 558Animal Population Medicine and Management2
AAS 574Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar2