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    Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 | Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 | Academic Catalog

Veterinary Technology | A.A.S

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The Veterinary Technology program consists of sequential courses which require six consecutive terms to complete. To extend the program over more than two years, a student may take one, two or three general studies or science classes prior to applying for admission to the veterinary technology program. This program trains veterinary technicians to work in the field of veterinary medicine. The industry includes private practices, emergency hospitals, specialty offices (including but not limited to Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Anesthesiology), research facilities, diagnostic laboratories and zoos. Veterinary technicians are required to work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. This program will provide training in animal husbandry, restraint, nursing, surgical preparation and assistance, drug administration, anesthesia, laboratory techniques, dentistry and radiography. Clinical experience in various facilities, including private practices and emergency medical centers, will provide valuable on-the-job training.

Accreditation ►
The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the AVMA CVTEA as a program for educating veterinary technicians. After graduating from an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program, students will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). The VTNE must be passed, along with registration with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board,* to practice legally as a registered veterinary technician.

♦ Visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website (see link above) to view list of accredited veterinary technician programs.
♦ Visit the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board website (see link above) to review all registration requirements to become a veterinary technician.
♦ The Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board | 77 S High Street, 16th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 | 614.644.5281


Animal Welfare ► 
Edison State Community College strives to ensure the proper care of animals utilized in the Veterinary Technology program. If you have a concern, complaint or inquiry regarding an observed animal welfare issue, you should speak to the program staff regarding the issue. Unresolved concerns may be submitted to the College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). You may choose for this submission be anonymous. For more information and the submission process, see our protocol statement.    

Veterinary Technology Program Full-Time Applicants ►
In addition to complying with the College’s general admission procedures, Veterinary Technology program applicants must
have successfully completed one year of high school chemistry. Applicants may take Introduction to Chemistry (CHM 110S)  as an equivalent;
have a satisfactory math assessment score, or a grade of “B” or higher in Math Literacy (MTH 093D) , or a grade of “C” or higher in Intermediate Algebra I (MTH 098D) ;
have satisfactory assessment scores in reading and writing to be ready to take Composition I (ENG 121S) ; and
submit a Veterinary Technology Program Application for admission into the Veterinary Technology Fall semester courses: Introduction to Veterinary Technology (VET 101S) , Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology (VET 125S) , Veterinary Office Management (VET 131S)  and Veterinary Medical Terminology (VET 151S) . Applications are accepted after January 1 until the application deadline of April 30 for the next fall term. Students must meet with the Veterinary Technology Advisor prior to filling out this application. After completing the shadowing requirement (see criteria below), schedule an appointment with advisor Carin Benning by calling Student Services at 937.778.7850.

Criteria for selection of applicants to be admitted to the program include a combination of ►
official high school transcript with graduation date (applicable College Credit Plus students: current high school transcript) or GED scores, postmarked by the application deadline for the desired term;
college work with an overall weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher for all college transcripts. Official transcripts postmarked by the application deadline for the desired term;
ACT, SAT or placement assessment scores, postmarked by the application deadline for the desired term; and
Shadowing Requirement Documentation form  verifying a minimum of 30 hours of shadowing a registered veterinary technician (RVT). This documentation should list the name of the facility, the name of the RVT, address and phone number of the facility and have a signature and typed name from the RVT and supervisor (Office Manager, licensed Veterinarian or owner of the facility).

Upon acceptance into the Veterinary Technology program, the student will be required to ►
provide health statement declaring all allergies, medications and physical limitations or restrictions;
show documentation of
    tuberculin testing (Mantoux) within the past year;
    tetanus Booster with Pertussis (TDAP) within the past eight years;
    health insurance coverage. (This coverage must be kept on a continual basis while attending Edison State as a Veterinary Technology student.);
    rabies vaccination series (minimally two doses);
pass drug test;
earn grade of “C” or higher in all veterinary technology courses; and
maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 through the entirety of the program.

Program Outcomes ►
The student will

  1. interpret and articulate knowledge presented and reviewed during the program to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE);
  2. establish and maintain a work environment that ensures the safety of clients, animals and professional members;
  3. apply both knowledge-based and psychomotor skills as an entry-level veterinary technician;
  4. demonstrate personal responsibility for learning, growth and serving as a mentor;
  5. demonstrate professional standards including ethical and legal standards in veterinary medicine;
  6. appraise care to reduce risks to patients, clients and health care team members;
  7. demonstrate interdisciplinary team collaboration to achieve outcomes and resolve conflict;
  8. demonstrate effective communication that involves listening, speaking and writing for the purpose of being understood; this includes medical charting, client and team communication and emotional support; and
  9. use clinical judgment to evaluate and provide patient-centered care under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, while respecting clients’ diverse interests.

Semester 1

  Biology Elective1   4 C   ►Must meet health requirements.
►Must maintain 2.0 GPA to remain in program.
  CHM 111S Basic Chemistry of Life Processes     3 C  
  VET 101S Introduction to Veterinary Technology     2 C  
  VET 125S Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology   4 C  
  VET 131S Veterinary Office Management   1 C  
  VET 151S Veterinary Medical Terminology     1 C  
  Credit Hours 15    
  1To be chosen from BIO 121S, BIO 122S, BIO 124S, BIO 125S, or BIO 126S.    

Semester 3 [Summer]

  VET 250S Veterinary Nursing Care and Techniques     4 C    
  VET 255S Veterinary Surgical Nursing and Assistance     2 C  
  VET 265S Veterinary Dentistry   2 C  
  Credit Hours 8    

Semester 4

  VET 185S Husbandry, Disease, and Techniques of Large Animals     3 C   ►Must maintain 2.0 GPA to remain in program.
  VET 230S Veterinary Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging   2 C  
  VET 245S Veterinary Clinical Laboratory   3 C  
  VET 260S Veterinary Surgical Procedures and Anesthesiology     2 C  
  VET 285S Small Animal Nursing Clinical   2 C  
  Credit Hours 12    

Semester 5

  COM 121S Introduction to Communication   3 C   ►Advisor reviews student education plan to ensure graduation readiness.
  VET 290S VTNE Preparation   2 C  
  VET 291L Veterinary Technology Internship Experience   2 C  
  VET 291R Veterinary Technology Internship Seminar   1 C    
  Mathematics Elective  1 3      
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 1 3    
  Credit Hours 14      
  1Refer to the AAS general education requirements.        

Total Credit Hours | 65

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