2013 - 2014 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Veterinary Technology



VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY -- LARGE ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSISTING

(Level I Certificate)

Cedar Valley only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.VETT.LARGE

Large Animal Veterinary Assistants are an important part of the veterinary practice team. Individuals in this position assist the veterinarian and the veterinary technician in performing procedures on large animal species, including horses and cattle. Students in this program can continue their studies in the Veterinary Technology program to attain the Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.

The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with the information, experience, and skills needed to perform all large animal veterinary assistant duties in a clinical practice or research setting. Admission to the Large Animal Veterinary Assisting certificate program is limited. Students must be advised by the Program Director prior to enrolling in the required courses. Students are encouraged to have a good background in English, mathematics, and the biological sciences.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

VTHT 1105 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
VTHT 1401 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4
VTHT 2205 Equine Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2425 Large Animal Assisting Techniques 4
11

SEMESTER II

VTHT 2209 Food Animal Clinical Management 2
VTHT 1321 Equine Reproduction 3
5
Minimum Hours Required 16

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY -- SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSISTING

(Level I Certificate)

Cedar Valley only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.VETT.SMALL.07

Small Animal Veterinary Assistants are an integral part of the veterinary health team in the companion animal practice. Individuals in this position assist both the veterinarian and the veterinary technician in performing veterinary procedures in clinical settings as well as in research areas and other veterinary related fields. Students in this program can continue their studies in the Veterinary Technology program to attain the Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.

The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with the information, experience, and skills needed to perform veterinary assistant duties in a companion animal practice. Admission to the Veterinary Technology program and the Veterinary Assisting certificate program is limited. Applicants should be assessed and advised prior to enrolling in the program. Students are encouraged to have a good background in English, mathematics, and the biological sciences.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

+Elective General Elective 3
TECM 1303 Technical Calculations OR 3
++Elective MATH Elective (3-4)
VTHT 1105 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
VTHT 1401 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4
11-12

SEMESTER II

BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
VTHT 2201 Canine and Feline Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2321 Veterinary Parasitology 3
9
Minimum Hours Required 20-21

+General Elective - must be selected from the following:

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3

++MATH Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

(Associate in Applied Science Degree)

Cedar Valley only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.VET.TECH.12

This program is designed to help meet the need for graduate veterinary technicians as indicated by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The graduate serves primarily as an assistant to veterinarians in private practice, functions in biological research or serves to meet the needs of allied health industries.

The Veterinary Technology curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with information, experience and skills needed to perform all technical duties in a practice, excluding diagnosis, prescribing and surgery. The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and graduates are qualified to take the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Examination to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

Admission to the Veterinary Technology program is limited and applicants should be assessed and advised prior to enrolling in the program. Students are encouraged to have a good academic background in English, mathematics, and the biological sciences.

CREDIT HOURS

PREREQUISITES

BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
+Elective MATH Elective 3
++Elective Speech Elective 3
13

SEMESTER I

VTHT 1105 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
VTHT 1401 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4
VTHT 1413 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 4
VTHT 2321 Veterinary Parasitology 3
12

SEMESTER II

VTHT 2201 Canine and Feline Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2435 Advanced Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 4
VTHT 1317 Veterinary Office Management 3
VTHT 2323 Veterinary Clinical Pathology I 3
12

SEMESTER III (SUMMER SESSION)

VTHT 1349 Veterinary Pharmacology 3
VTHT 2331 Veterinary Clinical Pathology II 3
6

SEMESTER IV

VTHT 1341 Anesthesia and Surgical Assistance 3
VTHT 2425 Large Animal Assisting Techniques 4
VTHT 2213 Lab Animal Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2205 Equine Clinical Management 2
11

SEMESTER V

VTHT 2209 Food Animal Clinical Management 2
VTHT 1345 Veterinary Radiology 3
VTHT 2439 Veterinary Nursing Care 4
+++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
++++Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
15

SEMESTER VI (Summer Session)

VTHT 2380 Cooperative Education - Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 3
3
Minimum Hours Required 72

+MATH Elective - must be selected from TECM 1303 Technical Calculations or any three-credit hour course contained in the AAS Core Options for Mathematics.

++Speech Elective - must be selected from the following:

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3

+++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from any three-credit hour course from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

++++Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective - must be selected from any three-credit hour course from the AAS Core Options for Social/Behavioral Sciences.

A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses.

NOTE: Students must complete the requirements for the AAS Degree in Veterinary Technology within a six-year period following admission to the program.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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