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Undergraduate Programs: Veterinary Technologynext

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VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

Degree earned

Total number of credits

A.S.

72

B.S.

120

Program Description

This rigorous program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) combines professional, liberal arts, basic sciences, and two Preceptorship (field experience) requirements. Students will earn an Associate Degree (A.S.) and also have the opportunity to apply all credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.). The Associate Degree entails seventy-two credits over two academic years, but may be adjusted to accommodate a student’s special needs. The Bachelor’s Degree can be obtained after two additional years of study and will include specialization courses in Veterinary Technology, upper level sciences and diverse General Education topics. Students may also choose the Pre-Veterinary pathway and complete prerequisite courses for application to Veterinary schools.

The Veterinary Technology program focuses on laboratory testing techniques, clinical assisting and animal nursing procedures in modern state-of-the-art facilities. Diagnostics, treatments, and medical ethics are stressed. Lecture sessions utilize computer-assisted instruction and technological “smart classrooms,” with an emphasis on clinical courses and hands-on laboratory exercises. “Reality-based” teaching techniques, including the use of case-studies and interactive computer-based activities, connect classes and clinical laboratory experiences with current veterinary practice. These are complemented with two off-campus Preceptorships. The Buffalo Zoo, Erie County SPCA, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SUNY Buffalo, Veterans Hospital and local Buffalo and Rochester Veterinary Hospitals cooperate with Medaille College. Large animal facilities and local farms provide opportunities to work with equine and agricultural animals. The Medaille College student will become familiar with medical procedures for companion, laboratory, exotic and all major large animal species. As a Veterinary Technician employment is available in veterinary hospitals, equine and food animal practices, the pharmaceutical industry, biological testing labs, state and federal government agencies, medical Colleges and universities, and animal breeding facilities. The Bachelor’s Degree will enhance a student’s knowledge and skills, providing additional opportunities for pursuing career goals and advanced graduate studies.

Admission to the College is based on Medaille College Admission Policies. Those entering as Provisional students and placing into developmental courses will require additional semesters to complete the A.S. degree. All VET courses above VET 120 require formal acceptance into the Veterinary Technology program. The Veterinary Technology program requires student time beyond scheduled class and laboratory hours. Animal Care and Vivarium responsibilities (in new and spacious animal housing facilities), clinical laboratory testing and animal supervision are some of the assigned duties which require substantial time outside the classroom. Travel to and from instructional programs held off the Buffalo Campus, such as farm animal labs, necessitates additional student time.

Those students wishing to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, including courses required for veterinary school admission, can do so in conjunction with the Veterinary Technology program. Flexibility in the various Bachelor Degree programs affiliated with the A.S. in Veterinary Technology will allow participants to satisfy the admissions requirements for most professional post-graduate medical programs of several professions.

A Veterinary Technology Handbook of policies, procedures, and needed materials will be furnished to each Veterinary Technology student in their first semester. An Orientation Day specific to the Veterinary Technology program is required for every student before their entrance into the program and prior to their beginning clinical courses.

To graduate with an Associate in Science degree, students must complete all required courses with not less than an overall 2.0 (C) average and not less than a 2.0 (C) average in Veterinary Technology courses. Majors in this program may not take any Veterinary Technology course as a Pass/Fail.

Students within six (6) months of graduation in the Associate Degree program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). As graduates of an AVMA accredited program, and passage of the VTNE, Medaille College students can be licensed in New York State and become eligible for reciprocal licensing in most other states.

Credit distribution (A.S. – 72 Credit Hours)

General Education Core (9 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-time freshman students; transfer students may substitute a Liberal Arts or Sciences Elective]

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (31 credits)

VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)

VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science (3)

VET 126 Animal Parasitology (2)

VET 202 Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition (3)

VET 204 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques (3)

VET 206 Handling and Care of Exotics (2)

VET 208 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (2)

VET 222 Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition (3)

VET 224 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology (3)

VET 226 Veterinary Practice Management (3)

VET 228 Gross and Clinical Pathology (1)

VET 230 Pharmacy and Pharmacology (3)

Experiential Learning (5 credits)

VET 177 Preceptorship I (2)

VET 277 Preceptorship II (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Required Courses (21 credits)

BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I (5)

BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II (5)

BIO 200 Microbiology (4)

CHE 145 Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4)

MAT 112 Mathematics for the Sciences (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective Component (6 credits)

May include any APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, MAT, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course.

Students anticipating enrollment in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology or Veterinary Technology or wishing to satisfy prerequisites for applying to Veterinary school should consult with the Veterinary Technology division head/program director for appropriate course selections.

Credit Distribution (B.S. – 120 credit hours)

General Education Core (30 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-time freshman students; all other students must substitute a Liberal Arts or Sciences Elective]

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3)

MAT 201 Statistics and Society or BIO 301 Epidemiology & Biostatistics (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (31 credits)

VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)

VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science (3)

VET 126 Animal Parasitology (2)

VET 202 Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition (3)

VET 204 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques (3)

VET 206 Handling and Care of Exotics (2)

VET 208 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (2)

VET 222 Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition (3)

VET 224 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology (3)

VET 226 Veterinary Practice Management (3)

VET 228 Gross and Clinical Pathology (1)

VET 230 Pharmacy and Pharmacology (3)

Experiential Learning (5 credits)

VET 177 Preceptorship I (2)

VET 277 Preceptorship II (3)

Veterinary Technology Electives (15 credits)

VET (Any) Veterinary Technology Electives (six credits)

Student must choose 2 courses from the following:

VET 130 Basic Introduction To Horses

VET 232 Horse And Stable Management

VET 298 Special Topic In Veterinary Technology

VET 299 Independent Study In Veterinary Technology

300/400 level Veterinary Technology Electives (9) Student must choose 3 courses from the following:

VET 300 Veterinary Dentistry: Principles And Practices

VET 301 Dental Radiography

VET 320 Advanced Laboratory Animal Science

VET 326 Equine Nutrition And Physiology

VET 340 Applied Animal Behavior For Veterinary Practice: Part I

VET 355 Pain Management In Animals

VET 360 Patient Management And Therapeutics In Emergency Medicine And Critical Care

VET 398 Special Topic In Veterinary Technology

VET 400 Advanced Dental Techniques

VET 401 Specialization In Veterinary Dentistry

VET 440 Applied Animal Behavior For Veterinary Practice: Part II

VET 450 Anesthesia For Canine And Feline High Risk Patients

VET 460 Small Animal Emergency And Critical Care I

VET 461 Small Animal Emergency And Critical Care II

VET 498 Independent Study In Veterinary Technology

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (21 credits)

BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I (5)

BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II (5)

BIO 200 Microbiology (4)

CHE 145 Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4)

MAT 112 Mathematics for the Sciences (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (12 credits)

  • Choose two Liberal Arts and Sciences courses of any level (6 credits)
  • Choose two 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences courses

Liberal Arts and Sciences courses include APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, MAT, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course

Free Electives (6 credits)

May include any College course.

Bachelor of Science Degree Program: Matriculation from Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology to Liberal Studies, Biology or Veterinary Technology.  Medaille College offers the opportunity for Veterinary Technology majors to apply their previously earned A.S. degree toward fulfilling the requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Biology or Veterinary Technology. These programs enable the Veterinary Technician to receive the maximum benefit from transfer credits. Although the Bachelor of Science programs have been formulated to complement the Medaille College Veterinary Technology degree, it is anticipated that other States and New York programs accredited by the AVMA will be quite similar and that almost all earned credits will transfer.