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Veterinary Technology VET.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Veterinary Technology
Effective as of Fall 2019

Veterinary Technology: a fast-paced, physical, ever-changing, challenging, roller coaster of a ride that involves helping animals and the people connected to them. If you like science, can perform simple calculations, don’t mind hard work and messes, and love furry kisses, then this might be the place for you. Veterinary technicians can be found at small and large animal clinics, in laboratory research, at University teaching hospitals, zoos, and animal shelters, and can use this as a stepping stone to a career as a veterinarian.

What is the program about?

The Veterinary Technology Program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. Most open enrollment courses must be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To be considered for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A graduate from this program will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE.) Those graduates who pass this exam with a score of 75% or better will be eligible to register with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board in order to practice within the State of Ohio. Note: For students under age 18 there are restrictions on participating in certain Clinical Activities. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

Program Outcomes

  • Incorporate values and attitudes congruent with the profession’s core values and code of ethics through the pursuit of lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate ability to provide high quality entry-level veterinary technology services (under the required supervision of a veterinarian), in consumer and patient-care environments.
  • Apply effective skills in the areas of communication, critical thinking and problem-solving in the practice of Veterinary Technology.
  • Demonstrate ability to safely and effectively manage veterinary medications, radiographic images, anesthesia and surgical interventions, laboratory diagnostic procedures, and animal monitoring and restraint.

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology is designed to train Veterinary Technicians to assist Veterinarians in animal hospitals, laboratory research centers, referral centers, zoos, etc. A registered veterinary technician (RVT) is responsible for assisting the veterinarian in a general practice and performing essential animal care tasks. His or her job duties may include, but are not limited to: performing dental cleanings and radiologic procedures; surgical and anesthetic assistance; diagnostic laboratory techniques; IV catheter placement; patient monitoring; inventory control; and office staff management. In addition, this degree can be a stepping-stone to a 4-year degree at another institution, and eventually to Veterinary School (an additional 4-year program). 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. The veterinarians of the Miami Valley anticipate a need of nearly 60 registered veterinary technicians for hire annually for at least the next 5 years. This program is unique in that it places students within veterinary hospitals very early in the course of study, allowing students and hospitals alike to determine what the "best fit" will be for them within the hospital environment. Nearly all students are offered one or more jobs prior to the completion of the program.

Transferability

Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.

Prerequisites

  • ALH 1101 AND CHE 1111 AND ENG 1101 AND BIO 1141 AND BIO 1242 AND BIO 1248 AND BIO 1147 AND MAT 1130
  • Approval of Department

Credentials

There are both registration and licensure requirements for Veterinary Technologists. This is done through the OVMLB (Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board). Candidates must be a graduate of a fully accredited program in Veterinary Technology through the CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities,) and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam. (VTNE.)

Curriculum

Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
ALH 1103 Test Taking Strategies 1
BIO 1141 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 1147 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 0
BIO 1242 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 1248 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 0
BIO 2205 Microbiology 4
BIO 2206 Lab for Microbiology 0
CHE 1111 Introduction to Chemistry I 4
CHE 1151 Lab for Introduction to Chemistry I 0
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
VET 1102 Introduction to Veterinary Technology I 2
VET 1202 Introduction to Veterinary Technology II 2
VET 1205 Clinical Practice I: Hospital Practices & Professionalism 1
VET 2005 Clinical Practice II: Medical Terminology & Ethics 1
VET 2101 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Husbandry and Disease 6
VET 2105 Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, Diagnostic Laboratory & Radiology 5
VET 2107 Technical Practicum I 2
VET 2111 Large Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Techniques 2
VET 2205 Veterinary Dentistry, Advanced Radiology & Diagnostic Laboratory 4
VET 2207 Technical Practicum II 2
VET 2211 Veterinary Case Studies 1
VET 2250 Veterinary Pharmacology 4
VET 2300 Preceptorship 2
(COM 2206 OR COM 2211) 3
(MAT 1130 OR Ohio Transfer Module: Mathematics Elective) 3
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule

Program Accreditation Information

This program was granted initial accreditation by the CVTEA/AVMA on February 14, 2014. Annual reports are due in February of each year moving forward. Full accreditation will be granted pending satisfaction of all requirements following a site visit in February, 2019. This is a normal progression for all new programs applying for accreditation through the CVTEA/AVMA.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.