Douglas Pierson, Program Coordinator
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Alfred State veterinary technology graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program.
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 the cost averaging $1,000 to $1,200 each year.
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.
Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 81 percent are employed; 19 percent continued their education.
Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry
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.
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
|VETS||1203||Intro to Veterinary Technology||3|
|VETS||1214||Anatmy & Physlgy of Animals I||4|
|CHEM||1114||General Chemistry I||4|
|ANSC||1204||Introduction to Animal Science||4|
|(Students planning to transfer to four year program must take MATH 1033)|
|VETS||2014||Anatmy & Physlgy of Animals II||4|
|VETS||3003||Animal Health Care||3|
|VETS||3204||Farm Animal Management||4|
|CHEM||1114||General Chemistry I||4|
|Preceptorship Work Experience||
|VETS||2104||Pathophysiology of An Disease||4|
|VETS||4103||Laboratory Animal and Exotics||3|
|VETS||3022||Intro to Anesthesia & Surg Nsg||2|
|BIOL||5254||Principles of Microbiology||4|
|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|
|CHEM||2124||General Chemistry II||4|
|ANSC||3223||Dairy Calf Management||3|
|ANSC||3203||Dairy Cattle Production I||3|
|ANSC||3204||Dairy Cattle Production III||4|
|ANSC||2102||Dairy Cattle Reprod & A.I Tech||2|
|ANSC||3003||Feeds and Nutrition||3|
|ANSC||3103||Livestock Mgmt & Production||3|
|BIOL||1104||General Biology I||4|
|BIOL||2204||General Biology II||4|
|VETS||4202||Small Animal Nutrition||2|
|VETS||4002||Advanced Animal Health Care||2|
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.
In order to progress in the veterinary technology program, students must earn a “C” or better in each required veterinary technology course, with the exception of VETS 1214 Animal Anatomy and Physiology I which requires a minimum of a "D” to pass the course. Students receiving an "F" in two or more required courses will be required to change majors.
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.
*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.