Veterinary Technology, AAS (VT23) Degree


Campus Locations: Thomasville

The Veterinary Technology program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the field of veterinary technology. General education, basic science and program-specific learning opportunities develop the knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

Length of Program: Seven (7) Semesters

Entrance Date: Fall Semester

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Veterinary Technology Competitive Admissions Criteria Requirements:

Veterinary Technology Student Handbook:

Age: 18 years of age or older

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: Physical Exam. Criminal Background Check and Drug Toxicology may be required by internship sites. Rabies Vaccination is strongly encouraged.

Note: Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be granted permission to take the licensing examination.

Program Final Exit Point: Program graduates are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination, and upon passing the VTNE, graduates are qualified to apply for credentials as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Georgia.

Job Listings:

Veterinary Technician National Examination 3-year Pass Rate:

July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 22
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 60.9%

Credits Required for Graduation: 83 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Articulation Agreement:

St. Matthew’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Veterinary Technology: SRTC Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Veterinary Technology to St. Matthew’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine DVM program.

Accreditation Information: The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Accreditation Committee on Veterinary Education and Activities (CVTEA), 1931 North Meacham Road, Schaumberg, Illinois 60173, Phone: 800-248-2862 ext. 6624, https://www.avma.org. Program graduates receive the Associate of Applied Science degree, are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination, and upon passing VTNE, are qualified to apply for credentials as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Georgia.

Cost
Books: $655.20
Fees: $326.00
Tuition: $1,300.00
Total: $2,281.20
Books: $600.00
Fees: $351.00
Tuition: $1,300.00
Total: $2,251.00
Books: $650.00
Fees: $359.50
Tuition: $1,100.00
Total: $2,109.50
Books: $578.50
Fees: $381.00
Tuition: $1,100.00
Total: $2,059.50
Books: $475.40
Fees: $321.00
Tuition: $1,100.00
Total: $1,896.40
Books: $643.59
Fees: $321.00
Tuition: $1,200.00
Total: $2,164.59
Fees: $1,368.00
Tuition: $1,200.00
Total: $2,568.00
Curriculum Outline (83 hours)
1: General Education Courses (20 Hours) 20
Area I: Language Arts/Communications (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101

Co-requisite(s): ENGL 0090 and/or Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels. Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Hours) 3
Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics (11 Hours) 11
MATH 1111

Co-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score or Co-requisite MATH 0090 Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

3
CHEM 1151

Pre/Co-requisite(s): Degree Level Mathematics Course, CHEM 1151L Provides an introduction to basic chemical principles and concepts which explain the behavior of matter. Topics include measurements and units, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.

3
CHEM 1151L

Pre/Co-requisite(s): Degree Level Mathematics Course, CHEM 1151 Selected laboratory experiments paralleling the topics in CHEM 1151. The lab exercises for this course include units of measurements, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.

1
BIOL 1111

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): BIOL 1111L Provides an introduction to basic biological concepts with a focus on living cells. Topics include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution.

3
BIOL 1111L

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): BIOL 1111 Selected Lab exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 1111. The lab exercises include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution.

1
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Hours) 3
2: Institutional Credit (3 hours) 3
COLL 1500

This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/ technical program of study. Topics include: Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communications Skills, Career Exploration, Research Skills, College Campus Knowledge, Memory & Reading Skills, Presentation & Interview Skills, and Group Skills. Effective Fall 2016, students who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be given exemption credit for the COLL 1500 course.

3
3: Occupational Courses (60 hours) 60
COMP 1000

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer and digital terminology, and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

3
VETT 1000

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission or Program Instructor Approval Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: word origins, word building, abbreviations and symbols, terminology related to animal anatomy, terminology specific to veterinary medicine, and reading medical orders and reports.

2
VETT 1010

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission or Program Instructor Approval This course provides an introduction to the veterinary technology occupation. Emphasis is placed on legal, regulatory, ethical and professional issues. Other topics include: breeds, career choices, medical records, and animal identification.

1
VETT 1020

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1010, VETT 1060 Presents an introduction to the principles and procedures utilized in the veterinary practice diagnostic laboratory. Emphasis is placed on laboratory safety and management, technical skills in microscopy, microbiology, and parasitology. Topics include: microscopy and laboratory equipment; handling of laboratory specimens, laboratory safety, and quality control; parasitology; microbiology; and necropsy.

3
VETT 1030

Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 1111, BIOL 1111L , Program Admission Co-requisite(s): VETT 1000, VETT 1010 This course will provide an orientation to small and large animal patient care and technical procedures. Emphasis is placed on physical restraint, general patient assessment and care, sample collection, medication administration, instrumentation and supplies, and basic surgery and isolation room procedures.

4
VETT 1060

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission, BIOL 1111, BIOL 1111L Co-requisite(s): VETT 1000, VETT 1010 Provides an overview of the functional anatomy and physiology of domestic animals commonly encountered in veterinary medicine. Topics include: musculoskeletal system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, integumentary system, hematopoietic system, respiratory system, urogenital system, nervous system, endocrine system and the special senses.

4
VETT 1070

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1000, VETT 1010, VETT 1030, VETT 1060, Introduces the knowledge required to perform radiologic procedures applicable to veterinary care. Emphasis will be placed on the production of quality radiographs, and laboratory experiences will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Topics include: radiation safety, radiographic procedures, quality control, processing and record keeping, ultrasonography, alternate imaging, and maintenance.

3
VETT 2120

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1020 Provides continued study in the principles and procedures for the veterinary practice diagnostic laboratory. Topics include: hematology, clinical chemistry, cytology, serology, and urinalysis.

4
VETT 1110

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1060 Presents a study of veterinary diseases and zoonoses. Emphasis is placed on the types of diseases and disease transmission. Topics include: classification of causes of disease; responses to injury; sources and transmission of agents; common diseases; toxicology and poisonous plants.

4
VETT 2130

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1030 This course provides advanced instruction related to the care of both large and small animals. Emphasis is placed on collecting samples, medication administration and therapeutics, catheterization, bandaging techniques, dentistry and advanced patient care procedures.

5
VETT 2160

Pre-requisite(s): (CHEM 1211 & CHEM 1211L) OR (CHEM 1151 & CHEM 1151L), VETT 1030 Provides study in the area of veterinary drugs and medicines. Emphasis is placed on classes and actions of drugs, calculating dosages, proper administration, and dispensing of drugs. Topics include: general pharmacology, calculating dosages, pharmacy, and record keeping.

3
VETT 2210

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1020, VETT 1030, VETT 1060 Provides an overview into the study of laboratory and exotic animals. Emphasis is placed on principles of animal research, maintaining human health and safety in a research environment, providing proper care and husbandry, nursing procedures and euthanasia. Topics include: principles of animal research, human safety and health considerations, animal care and husbandry, nursing procedures and euthanasia.

4
VETT 2220

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1000, VETT 1010 Provides an introduction to veterinary facility management. Emphasis is placed on office management, client relations, and communication skills.

3
VETT 2230

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 1030, VETT 2130, VETT 2160 Provides study in surgical assisting, operative care and anesthesiology. Emphasis is placed on assisting in surgical procedures and administering and monitoring anesthesia. Topics include: surgical assisting, anesthesia, special equipment, and emergencies.

5
VETT 2300

Pre-requisite(s): VETT 2120, VETT 2130, VETT 2230 Introduces students to the application of veterinary technology procedures in an actual job setting under direct supervision of a veterinarian or a registered veterinary technician. Students are acquainted with occupational responsibilities through realistic work situations on the job. Job sites can include veterinary referral/teaching hospitals, private veterinary hospitals and clinics, research laboratories, and other facilities supervised by a veterinarian or a credentialed veterinary technician. Topics include, but are not limited to: office and hospital procedures, client relations and communications; pharmacy and pharmacology; nursing; anesthesia; surgical nursing; laboratory procedures; and imaging. The occupation-based instruction is implemented through the use of written individualized training plans, written performance evaluation, and required on-the-job training.

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Faculty
Program Chair

Veterinary Technology Program Director
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

Advisor

Veterinary Technology Faculty
School of Health Sciences
Thomasville

15689 US 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792
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