Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology

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 This on-campus program, which includes classroom theory, hands-on training and clinical experience, prepares students to become veterinary technicians. Students work with live animals (including dogs, cats, rats and rabbits) in state-of-the art facilities. 

Program Goals

The program maintains the highest level of academic integrity and provides students with specialized knowledge and skills required to become licensed veterinary technicians. The program goals (PG) are specified to meet the needs of the program’s constituencies (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, employers, advisory board, alumni, students and faculty).

  • PG1: To provide students with both the skills and theoretical knowledge to become successful veterinary technicians.
  • PG2: To educate students on the attributes necessary to become an integral member of the veterinary healthcare team.
  • PG3: To enhance the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of each individual student.
  • PG4: To provide a science-based, animal-focused curriculum that enhances the professions' stewardship of animals.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes (SO) for the A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology are aligned with and support the program goals. Students completing the A.S. in Veterinary Technology will have an ability to:

  • SO1: Be successful on the Veterinary Technician National Exam.
  • SO2: Perform routine diagnostic and clinical procedures on common species.
  • SO3: Identify, utilize and maintain conventional veterinary instruments and equipment.
  • SO4: Communicate effectively with clients and other veterinary professionals.
  • SO5: Demonstrate an understanding of the laws, ethics and organizations of the veterinary profession.
  • SO6: Relate clinical signs and diagnostic findings to animal health and wellness.
  • SO7: Work cooperatively to achieve optimum and compassionate patient care.

Curriculum 


Course Credits
First Semester 14
BIO 230  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
VET 101  Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 15
BIO 260  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 226  Basic Microbiology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry 4
VET 160  Care and Management of Exotic and Laboratory Animals 3
   
Third Semester 15
VET 202  Small Animal Management and Clinical Procedures 4
VET 210  Veterinary Clinical Technology and Laboratory Procedures 4
VET 220  Large Animal Management and Clinical Procedures 4
VET 240  Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology 3
   
Fourth Semester 16
VET 230  Digital Diagnostic Imaging 3
VET 250  Surgical Nursing, Anesthesia and Pain Management 4
VET 292  Clinical Experience 3
General Education 6
Total 60