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2024 - 2025 Catalog Year
Veterinary Assistant (Part-time)

Degree: Short-term Technical Certificate
Division: Health Sciences

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)

Description: This course will introduce the student to veterinary medicine: the history, marketing systems, economic impact, and legal and current interests. Students will learn to identify a variety of species of animals and breeds within those species. Students will discuss reproductive practices, nutritional impact of feedstuffs, animal husbandry, animal behavior, preventive care and common diseases seen with a wide variety of animal species. Finally, students will be introduced to the human-animal bond and the impact of geriatric medicine and euthanasia on the veterinary technician.

Description: Solve health science applications; convert within and between metric, household and apothecary systems; read and interpret health science labels and graphs; calculate and apply statistical concepts; solve problems involving parenteral, pediatric and/or intravenous administration and dosage calculations. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Notes: Any Mathematics, Statistics & Logic elective from the approved Ohio Transfer 36 List. View electives at:

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 or Other (Satisfactory score on math placement test)

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score)


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Spring Semester (First Year)

Description: This course will continue the education of the veterinary technical student in the subjects of: Clinical Sciences, Medical Nursing, Emergency and Critical Care, Pain Management, and the basics of Surgical Nursing.

Prerequisites: VET 1102

Description: An introduction to veterinary laws, record-keeping, hospital management, communication, and professionalism. The course will cover such topics as OSHA, state and nationwide veterinary laws, record keeping, and effective communication between coworkers and clients.

Notes: Spring Only

Prerequisites: VET 1102

Description: Exploration of the development, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships. The focus is on effective verbal and nonverbal interactions between two people, highlighting methods of initiating and maintaining effective communication with, and understanding of, others through learning and applying interpersonal communication theory.

Notes: Communication elective: Choose from COM 2206, COM 2211

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)


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Summer Semester (First Year)

Description: The student will successfully and confidently complete NAVTA-accredited clinical skills for safe animal handling and basic clinical tasks. Fourteen practicum hours per week.

Notes: Department permission required. Summer Only. Choose from VET 2108 or VET 2107. Students must be accepted into the VET.S.AAS program via the competitive admissions process in order to take the VET 2107 limited enrollment course.

Prerequisites: VET 1102 and Approval of Department

Description: University-parallel course covering history and systems of psychology, behavioral research methods, physiology of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, consciousness, cognition, personality, lifespan development, gender, social psychology, motivation, emotion, stress, mental disorders and therapies.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035


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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.