Veterinary Technology

Program Description:

Veterinary technicians are an integral part of veterinary medicine and they work under the supervision of veterinarians. Veterinary technicians are employed to assist in many veterinary tasks. They cannot diagnose, prescribe medications or perform surgery. Most veterinarians consider their technicians to have the same role as nurses would to general doctors and surgeons. They must be knowledgeable in many areas of veterinary care including anesthesia, surgery, bandaging, radiology, pharmacology, dentistry, nutrition, laboratory procedures, and animal care and handling. They are also required to communicate with clients and must possess office and management skills.
The Veterinary Technician program at Mountwest Community & Technical College consists of 70 credit hours. This is a two-year associate program and is not to be considered a pre-veterinary medicine program. The course of study will include biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, parasitology, nutrition, animal disease, anesthesia, pharmacology along with animal care, restraint and handling. Students will work with client pets, small animals and farm animals.
Students will gain experience by completing two practicums and an externship in veterinary facilities. Students will be placed in facilities at the program directors discretion so that they may obtain experience in different types of settings. Students will obtain approximately 440 hours of clinical experience.

COURSES REQUIRED for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
(Suggested Sequence)

Coure Course Title Hours
  Math Elective1 3
VET 101 Intro to Veterinary Technology 3
VET 210 Veterinary Nursing I2 3
VET 215 Clinical Lab I2 3
VET 227 Anatomy and Physiology for Vet Tech 4
AH 151 Medical Terminology3 3
SCI 220 Chemistry4 3
VET 216 Veterinary Pharmacology 2
VET 220 Verernary Nursing II5 2
VET 225 Clinical Lab II4 3
VET 260 Veterinary Imaging 3
ENG 111 Written Communication6 3
VET 285 Vet Tech Practicum I7 3
COM 125 Interpersonal Communication8 3
BIOIL 210 Introduction to Clinical Microbiology 3
VET 230 Veterinary Nursing III9 3
VET 245 Veterinary Anesthesia10 2
VET 250 Veterinary Nutrition and Disease 2
VET 255 Veternary Surgery10 2
VET 287 Vet Tech Practicum II11 3

1     Choose from MAT 120, MAT 125, MAT 135, or MAT 145.
2     VET 210 and 215 are co-requisites
3     AH 151 has a prerequisite of REA 098.
4     SCI 220 has a prerequisite of MAT 120, MAT 125, MAT 135, or MAT 145.
5     VET 220 and VET 225 are co-requisites.
6     ENL 111 has a prerequisite of ENL 095, or placement in 100-level English, and REA 098, or
       placement in 100-level reading.
7     VET 285 has a prerequisites of VET 210, VET 215, VET 216, VET 220, and VET 260.
8     COM 125 has a prerequisite of REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
9     VET 230 has a prerequisite of VT 210, and VET 220.
10   VET 245, and VET 255 are co-requisites.
11   VET 287 has a prerequisite of VET 230, VET 245, VET 250, VET 255, and VET 285.
12   VET 240 has a prerequisite of VET 210, VET 220, and VET 230.
13   VET 290 has a prerequisite of all VET classes and co-requisites of VET 235, VET 240, and VET
14   VET 295 is the capstone course. All VET classes are prerequisites. This course will be completed
        in the second eight-weeks of the final semester.

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