The Veterinary Technology A.A.S. program, accredited by the CVTEA-AVMA, prepares graduates to take the Veterinary Technology National Exam and to be employed by veterinary practices, universities, pharmaceutical/biological research companies, diagnostic labs, feed companies, zoos, and government veterinary facilities.
The student must adhere to the policies and procedures in the program’s student handbook, including safety issues related to pregnancy, immunizations, and substance abuse. They must also receive human prophylactic rabies vaccine.
Based on accreditor CVTEA/AVMA:
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. Safely and effectively manage patients and associated equipment in all phases of anesthetic procedures
5. Integrate all aspects of patient, environment, and equipment management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species
6. Handle, store, ship, and properly analyze lab specimens
7. Safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images and operate and maintain the associated equipment
8. Safely and effectively handle and provide care for lab, avian, and exotic animals