Veterinary Technology Program
Division of Health Sciences
Program Mission: The mission of Veterinary Technology Program is to serve the veterinary profession and the public by providing superior veterinary technology instruction that incorporates cutting edge technology and hands-on opportunities for students in an innovative learning environment. Students will acquire the educational and ethical skills needed to adapt to the changing needs of the veterinary medical profession as well as prepare the student to successfully complete the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
Academic Dean: Michele Lyons BSN, MN
Exit Points: Technical Competency Area (TCA), Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS), and Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Special Comments: All courses in the Certificate of Technical Studies/Technical Competency Area exit points must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Only one grade of “D” or higher is acceptable in the general education core.
Programmatic Grade Point Average: Program requirements must be completed with a programmatic grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
Program Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete the Veterinary Technology Program will be able to:
- Demonstrate entry-level veterinary technician clinical skills enabling them to work individually and as a member of a team in the administration of quality medical care involving companion, food, exotic, and laboratory animals.
- Apply principles of pharmacology in the practice of veterinary technology.
- Manage patients in all phases of anesthetic procedures, as well as, select, utilize and maintain anesthetic delivery and monitoring instruments and equipment in a safe and effective manner.
- Demonstrate and integrate all aspects of patient management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species.
- Apply the principles of radiography in the practice of veterinary technology.
- Perform and be proficient in laboratory procedures essential for the diagnosis and treatment of veterinary patients.
- Utilize the principles of dentistry in the practice of veterinary technology.
- Provide competent assistance with office procedures; telephone contacts, making appointments, admitting
- and discharging patients, maintaining medical and financial records, and establishing/maintaining
- a clean and orderly veterinary facility.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ethical standards, legal principals and confidentiality in the veterinary setting (the client-technician-doctor relationship).
- Understand the human-animal bond.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of disease processes and the subsequent therapeutic procedures needed to aid in patient care.
- Perform as competent entry-level veterinary technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).