The Veterinary Technician Associate of Applied Science is a two-year program designed to prepare students to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination to become a certified veterinary technician. The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities as a program for educating veterinary technicians.
The program provides education in subjects such as animal husbandry, nursing, nutrition, animal handling, parasitology, hematology, microbiology, radiology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, dental prophylaxis, surgical assisting, office procedures and includes externships designed to give students practical, hands-on experience to build on skills learned in the classroom.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Perform comprehensive veterinary technician medical processes and apply critical thinking skills for optimal patient care.
- Utilize therapeutic and professional communication skills to achieve patient outcomes in collaboration with veterinary health care team members and clients.
- Apply principles of professionalism and confidentiality within the veterinary client patient relationship.
- Implement ethical and legal standards as they apply to veterinary medical practice.
- Practice current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
- Utilize knowledge of facility policies and procedures.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|BI 101||General Biology: Cells & Genes||4-5|
|or BI 211|| Principles of Biology|
|CH 104||Introduction to Chemistry I||5|
|or CH 221|| General Chemistry I|
|COMM 218||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|VT 101||Intro to Veterinary Technician||3|
|VT 102||Veterinary Terminology||3|
|VT 103||Animal Hospital and Office Procedures||3|
|VT 108||Small Animal Nursing||4|
|VT 110||Parasitology and Pathology||4|
|VT 111||Hematology and Urinalysis||4|
|VT 112||Advanced Small Animal Nursing||4|
|VT 113||Exotic and Lab Animal Medicine||3|
|VT 114||Pharmaceutical Math||3|
|VT 117||Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I||5|
|VT 118||Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|VT 200||Radiation Safety||2|
|VT 201||Anesthesiology and Surgery Techniques||4|
|VT 202||Surgical Nursing and Dentistry||4|
|VT 203||Large Animal Nursing||4|
|VT 204||Diagnostic Imaging||3|
|VT 206||Small Animal Diseases||4|
|VT 208||Animal Nutrition||2|
|VT 209||Large Animal Diseases||3|
|VT 212||Veterinary Microbiology||4|
|VT 280||Clinical Practicum I||9|
|VT 281||Clinical Practicum II||5|
Students are admitted to the Veterinary Technician program through a selective admission process. Admission to the program is competitive and enrollment is limited. Program courses must be taken in sequence.
Students are strongly recommended to attend a program information session to learn about the College's Veterinary Technician program and admission requirements prior to application submission. Currently, a cohort begins every other Fall term.
This program is intended for students seeking employment as veterinary technicians. These courses are not intended as preparation for a doctor of veterinary medicine degree. (See Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary AAOT). Some courses may transfer to other veterinary technician programs. Please contact your transfer institution for more information.
- Academic Requirements:
Students must earn a C or higher in each prerequisite course.
All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
Students must enroll full time in all courses listed for each term.
In order to progress to the next term within the program, students must pass all previous coursework with a grade of 75% or better.
All Veterinary Technician coursework must be successfully completed prior to entering the clinical practicum courses.