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Veterinary Technology

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AAS Degree - Code #0521

Dr. Melvin Chambliss, Program Coordinator
Email address: chamblm@alfredstate.edu

Licensed veterinary technicians are indispensable members of the veterinary medical team, capable of providing everything from life support and surgical assistance to physical therapy and nutritional management. Our program is designed to provide you with extensive training in the theory and principles, reinforced with the hands-on technical, animal, and laboratory experience needed to prepare you for this exciting field.

Advantages

  • This program has full accreditation status as granted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, Education and Research Division, [1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; 847-925-8070].
  • Students are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), the state licensing exam for veterinary technicians. Demand for licensed veterinary technicians is strong across the country.

Veterinary Technician National Exam Performance

  • The VTNE pass rate for the Alfred State Veterinary Technology Program students for July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017 is 85.2 percent
  • Number of First Time Candidates Eligible: 81

  • Number of First Time Candidates taking the VTNE: 81

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology, which will allow them to successfully and safely perform animal care and husbandry, physical examinations, restraint techniques, clinical imaging procedures, general anesthetic protocols, and clinical diagnostic testing procedures for all common domestic, laboratory, and exotic animals handled in the program.
  • Demonstrate verbal, written, computer, and critical thinking skills suitable to provide accurate client communication information and accurately complete all forms of medical records handled within the program.
  • Accurately calculate common drug dose regimens and fluid administration rates and safely administer them for all common domestic, laboratory, and exotic animals handled in the program.
  • Demonstrate adequate levels of knowledge and skills to pass the professional licensing exam.
  • Info management (computer and research skills appropriate to degree level and type).
  • Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).
  • Critical thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State veterinary technology graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program.

Expenses

Rabies vaccinations are strongly encouraged for all veterinary technology students. The vaccination series cost varies between $600 and $800. Textbooks are the primary annual expense, with cost averaging $1,000 to $1,200 each year.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The Alfred State veterinary technology program has an established transfer agreement with Cornell University's College of Agriculture. Students have also successfully transferred into the Purdue University BS veterinary technology program.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Veterinary hospitals (small animal, large animal, mixed animal, and exotic animal)
  • Biomedical research institutions
  • Zoological parks
  • Educational institutions
  • Specialized dairy calf or cow management
  • Colleges of Veterinary Medicine

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 96 percent – 77 percent are employed; 19 percent continued their education.

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry 

Recommended: Physics

Certification Or Licensure

The veterinary technology program at Alfred State is a two-year educational course of study leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree and students are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE). The VTNE is the New York State licensing exam for veterinary technicians. The demand for graduate-licensed or license-eligible veterinary technicians is strong across the country.

Veterinary Technology - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

VETS 1203 Intro to Veterinary Technology 3
VETS 1214 Anatmy & Physlgy of Animals I 4
CHEM 1114 General Chemistry I 4
VETS 3204 Farm Animal Management 4
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
    (Students planning to transfer to four year program must take MATH 1033)  
  OR     
MATH 1323 Quantitative Reasoning 3

 

 

 

18

Second

VETS 2014 Anatmy & Physlgy of Animals II 4
VETS 3013 Animal Parasitology 3
VETS 3003 Animal Health Care 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
XXXX xxx3 General Education Elective 3

 

 

 

16

Summer Session

 

 

Preceptorship Work Experience

 

Third

VETS 2104 Pathophysiology of An Disease 4
VETS 3023 Radiography 3
VETS 4103 Laboratory Animal and Exotics 3
BIOL 5254 Principles of Microbiology 4
VETS 4302 Pharmacology for the Vet Techn 2

 

 

  16

Fourth

VETS 3004 Anesthesia & Surgical Nursing 4
VETS 3024 Clinical Laboratory Techniques 4
VETS 4302 Pharmacology for the Vet Techn 2
BUAD 3153 Fundamentals of Management 3
XXXX  xxxx Technical Elective 2-3
      15-16

 Technical Electives:

General Chemistry II

Reproduction and AI

General Biology I

Genetics

Feeds and Nutrition

General Biology II

Dairy Calf Management

Small Animal Nutrition

Precalculus

Dairy I

Livestock Management

Calculus

Dairy III

 

Statistics

Advanced Animal Health Care

Full-time students can cross register at AU for equestrian classes

Preceptorship* of 240 hours. Either during summer or semester break after successful completion of second semester course requirements. Preceptorship hours can be fulfilled through part-time employment at an appropriate facility.

ASOP students must earn a "C" or better in the Introduction to Veterinary Technology course and earn a "B" or better in the Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology course in order to progress to the next level of core veterinary courses.

 

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS*

Students must:

  • Successfully complete the prescribed sequence of courses.
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.0 in their core courses and minimum 2.0 overall.
  • Be recommended by the department faculty.
  • Completed 240-hour preceptorship.

*The 240-hour preceptorship is a program requirement and a graduation requirement.

The Admissions and Performance Standards discussed in the following paragraphs define performance expectations that must be met for successful completion of the veterinary technology program at Alfred State. It is the policy of Alfred State to provide reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation due to a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Student Success Center office at 607-587-4122. Some accommodations may require up to six weeks to prepare. For progression in the veterinary technology program, students are expected to meet the following performance standards:

 

 

Some Examples of Necessary Activities(not all-inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment. Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations. Develop nursing care plans. Demonstrate problem solving skills. Adapt to stressful situations.
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with patients, clients, families & groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural & intellectual backgrounds.  Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues. Recognize appropriate boundaries in relationships with patients/clients & colleagues.
Communication Communication abilities for interaction with others orally & in writing. Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses. Team-building skills.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces & provide assistance to patients.

 

Move around in patient and treatment areas. Administer CPR. Provide physical assistance to clients & colleagues to ensure safety within the environment. Ability to prevent or escape injury caused by animals (e.g., biting, kicking, stampeding)
Motor Skills Gross & fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe, effective nursing care in a timely manner. Use of instruments, supplies, safety devices and communication equipment in the care of patients. Performance of nursing care, surgical assistance, and laboratory techniques.
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Auditory ability sufficient to hear ausculatory sounds, monitor alarms, and monitor and assess health emergency signals and cries for help. Hear needs. warning sounds from animals and humans of impending danger/injury.
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.

 

Observe patients for expected and unexpected physical and emotional responses to nursing and medical treatment regimens. Use of diagnostic equipment such as a microscope, thermometer, refractometer, etc.
Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and performance of nursing duties in a timely manner.

 

Perform palpation functions of physical exam. Administer oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intravenous medications. Insert and remove tubes and perform wound care management. Surgical assistance.
Physical Condition Physical ability and stamina sufficient to restrain, lift, & assist in the care of a variety of species of animals. Ability to stand for extended periods of time. Ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. Immune system competence. Safely lift, position, and restrain animals and supplies for treatment. Surgical assistance. Daily clinical routine. Year round treatment and care of outdoor animals. Exposure to a wide range of chemical and biological agents.