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Veterinary Technology

Graduates of this program have various employment opportunities including veterinary practices, universities, pharmaceutical/biological research companies, diagnostic labs, feed companies, zoos, and government veterinary facilities.

The college farm gives students excellent exposure to dairy cattle and horses, and the newly-remodeled facility on the main campus provides a modern setting for experience with dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, and birds. Basic restraint and handling is also taught on sheep, chickens, and rabbits.

All students are required to adhere to the policies and procedures set forth in the Vermont Tech Veterinary Technology Student Handbook. These policies include safety issues related to pregnancy, immunizations, and substance abuse. The college strongly recommends that Vet Tech students receive human prophylactic rabies vaccine, which is available through the college (at the studentsí expense) in the fall semester.

Students with an Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology will be able to:
  • Demonstrate competence in veterinary facility management utilizing appropriate professional and client communication skills and maintaining ethical standards according to applicable laws and codes of the veterinary technology field
  • Exhibit a technical level of competency in the safe and effective preparation, administration, and dispensation of medications (including controlled drugs) using proper dosage calculations, labeling, and record-keeping
  • Demonstrate entry-level skills in patient nursing care for both companion and food animals including husbandry; nutrition; restraint techniques; patient data and sample collection; administration of therapeutics; and basic dental prophylaxis
  • Safely and effectively manage patients and the associated equipment in all phases of anesthetic procedures
  • Integrate all aspects of patient, environment, and equipment management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species
  • Handle, store, ship, and properly analyze laboratory specimens
  • Safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images as well as operate and maintain the associated equipment
  • Safely and effectively handle and provide care for laboratory, avian, and exotic animals    
    Students must satisfactorily complete all AVMA required tasks for each course to receive a grade in the course.

    The normal number of credits required for a degree is 69.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 2320  Zoology 4 CIS 1080  Intro to Spreadsheet/Database Mgmnt 2
CHE 1020  Introduction to Chemistry 4 VET 1020  Animal Anatomy & Physiology 4
ENG 10XX  English 3 VET 1040  Animal Diseases 4
MAT 1210  Principles of Mathematics 3 VET 1052  Animal Care II* 1
VET 1030  Animal Care & Restraint 3 VET 1060  Laboratory Techniques 4
VET 1051  Animal Care I* 1   15
    Summer Semester  
    VET 2801  Vet Externship 0

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3
VET 2011  Clinical Techniques I 4 ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3
VET 2030  Animal Nutrition 2 VET 2012  Clinical Techniques II 3
VET 2050  Applied Laboratory Methods 4 VET 2040  Reproduction & Genetics 3
VET 2070  Pharmacology & Toxicology 3 VET 2060  Office Procedures 3
VET 2720  Veterinary Supervisor* 1 VET 2080  Animal Behavior 2
VET 2802  Externship Review 1 VET 2090  Veterinary Technician National Exam 1
  18 Optional:  
    VET 2720  Veterinary Supervisor* 1

*Must be taken at least once; may be repeated for credit

BIO 2320 and all VET courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to graduate from the program. Students who fail to achieve a C- or better in any core VET/BIO course after two attempts will be dropped from the program.

Returning students who need to repeat courses will be placed in them on a space-available basis.

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