Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

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This on-campus program includes classroom theory, hands-on training and clinical experience. The curriculum lays a foundation of core knowledge of topics related to animal care and builds on it, preparing students to fill positions in education and industries that require a bachelor's degree (including leadership roles). 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 knowledge and skills in specialized disciplines within veterinary medicine. 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 in a chosen discipline.
  • PG2: To further 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 profession’s stewardship of animals.

 Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the B.S. in Veterinary Technology will have an ability to:

  • SO1: Be successful on the Veterinary Technician National Exam.
  • SO2: Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • SO3: Identify, utilize and maintain veterinary instruments and equipment found in a specialty practice.
  • SO4: Communicate effectively with other veterinary professionals and clientele.
  • SO5: Describe the laws, ethics and organizations of the veterinary profession.
  • SO6: Critically evaluate diagnostic findings and relate to animal health and wellness.
  • SO7: Recognize contemporary issues and analyze their role or position as a technician.
  • SO8: Work cooperatively to achieve optimum and compassionate patient care.

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
BIO 230  Anatomy and Physiology 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 226  Basic Microbiology 4
BIO 260  Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
VET 160  Care and Management of Exotic and Laboratory Animals 3
   
Sophomore Year  
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 Courses 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
VET 301  Contemporary Issues in Veterinary Medicine 2
Free Electives 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
BIO/ENV/VET Elective 3
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Free Electives 6
General Education Course 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
BIO/ENV/VET Elective 3
VET 450  Case Studies in Veterinary Medicine  OR  VET 492  Specialty Clinical Experience 3
Free Electives 6
General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
BIO/ENV/VET Electives 6
VET 450  Case Studies in Veterinary Medicine  OR  VET 492  Specialty Clinical Experience 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Total 120