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Veterinary Technician degree program curriculum

A Veterinary Technician Associate Degree is a 4-semester program that provides specialized education in the day-to-day duties of a vet tech. Vet techs work side-by-side with veterinarians and veterinary assistants in work environments ranging from animal hospitals to zoos. On any given day a vet tech may be administering medications, collecting samples and performing clinical and laboratory tests, assisting veterinarians in surgery, and comforting and educating pet owners, among other tasks. With two to four years of academic experience and on-the-job training, veterinary technicians are qualified to provide critical and technical care to injured and recovering pets.

With our AVMA CVTEA degree program curriculum, you’ll prepare for a successful career as a veterinary technician, gain a strong foundation in basic sciences, and sharpen your technical- and critical-thinking skills. Along with your online studies, you’ll work with a veterinary practice to get hands-on training.

Semester 1

OR110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

Achieve your true potential! This course will help you sharpen existing skills, build on your strengths, and discover the best ways to learn. You will identify your learning styles, learn new behaviors to ensure college success and maximize your learning as you complete your program of study.
Credit Hours: 3

C02 - Business English  

This course presents the basic principles of communication that are particularly applicable in business and industry, providing a foundation for more effective communication skills. It focuses on the proper use of English grammar in business settings.
Credit Hours: 3

SC160 - Basic Biology  

This course provides an introduction to biology through the study of basic chemical reactions, cell structure and function, biochemical pathways, the physiological processes of the human body, and the basic principles of evolution and ecology.
Credit Hours: 3

VT101 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology  

This course will provide an overview of the veterinary industry and the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary health care team members. Legal and ethical issues related to the veterinary industry will be discussed. An introduction to medical terminology, communications and professionalism in the workplace is also included.
Credit Hours: 3

VT103 - Small Animal Husbandry and Restraint  

This course will provide an overview of animal husbandry, including housing and basic animal care of companion animal species. An overview of animal behavior, methods to safely handle and restrain dogs and cats, and procedures for obtaining and recording patient vital signs cats will be presented. Students will begin documentation of competence in animal handling in the veterinary practice setting.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

VT110 - Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology  

This course focuses on in-depth discussions of anatomy and physiology of domestic animal species and the clinical, pathological, and surgical applications of the unique aspects of anatomy and physiology of these species. Aspects of comparative anatomy of all common domestic and companion animal species will be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

C17 - College Mathematics  

This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

VT112 - Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology  

The course provides detailed information regarding the storage, handling, dispensing, and disposal of medications as well as legal requirements related to use of medications. Specific information on the classes of medications used on animal species and their indications, contraindications, and side effects is included.
Credit Hours: 3

VT114 - Veterinary Practice Management  

This course provides an in-depth discussion regarding routine office procedures in the veterinary practice, including scheduling of appointments, financial transactions, and maintenance of client and patient records. Aspects of facility management, inventory control, and client communications will be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

VT116 - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques  

This course provides detailed information to allow students to develop competence in collection of diagnostic samples for analysis, including blood, urine, and fecal specimens. Procedures for administration of enteral, parenteral and topical medications will also be presented. Routine diagnostic procedures in ophthalmology are also included. Students will document competency in performing diagnostic and therapeutic techniques as well as routine office procedures in the veterinary practice setting.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Associate in Applied Science Veterinary Technician program is designed to provide students with the entry-level knowledge and abilities to obtain employment as a veterinary technician. The goal of the program is to produce graduates that function as exceptional members of the veterinary health care team. The program provides a strong foundation in basic sciences along with the detailed course material needed to develop the technical and critical thinking skills needed by entry-level veterinary technicians.

Program Objectives

After completing the Associate in Applied Science Veterinary Technician degree program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the legal and ethical issues that affect the veterinary industry.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency at basic animal care and handling on companion animals, exotic animals, and farm animals.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of business management, client education, and communications.
  4. Explain requirements for storage, handling, dispensing, and disposal of medications as well as legal requirements related to use of medications.
  5. Demonstrate competence in performing procedures related to veterinary anesthesia, surgical and medical nursing, diagnostic imaging, and other diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
  6. Demonstrate competence in performing laboratory procedures in veterinary parasitology, clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, cytology, and immunology.
  7. Demonstrate competence in performing basic nursing procedures on companion animals, exotic animals, and farm animals.
  8. Achieve a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

Getting from class to clinic

The Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program can help you develop the knowledge and confidence you need to reach for your career goals. By integrating job search prep into your studies, Ashworth College gives you a hand along the way. Take a closer look at how we help you get there by visiting the Career Services page.

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