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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Veterinary Science Technology - AAS
Advisement Option:  Cornell Connection/Transfer Option

Delhi/Cornell Connection

SUNY Delhi has transfer agreements with Cornell University and other colleges that students may wish to consider for further educational experiences. These agreements allow students who plan to continue on to four-year bachelor degree programs the option of taking additional courses designed to facilitate transfer to those upper-division colleges.  Transfer to most four-year programs requires a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4-point scale).

Students who enroll in the Delhi/Cornell Connection transfer option need to be highly motivated and have a strong interest in veterinary science. Students with excellent high school science/mathematics backgrounds who are capable of carrying a heavy load are most likely to succeed.

The additional courses required of Delhi/Cornell Connection students include a second semester of biology and chemistry, and mathematics at least at the pre-calculus level (a higher level of mathematics than is traditionally required for the A.A.S. degree). Successful graduates earn an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Science Technology and have a strong foundation needed for success in four-year programs.

See the Required Clinical Program Core Curriculum page for Admissions and Advancement Requirements.

 

Delhi/Cornell Connection Advisement Option Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code: 0521

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

 

Typical First Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

 VETS 115

Medical Mathematics for Veterinary Technicians 

 1 

 VETS 120

Introduction to Veterinary Science 

 3 

 VETS 131

Small Animal Care 

1

 VETS 132 Large Animal Care

1

 VETS 140

Animal Anatomy and Physiology 

 4 

 CHEM 180

General Chemistry I

4

 MATH ___

Mathematics 1 

3-4

 

Total                                                   

17-18 

Typical Second Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

 VETS 160

Introduction to Research Animal Techniques

4

 VETS 171

Parasitology

3

 VETS 180

Clinical Physiology

2

 VETS 198 Preparation for Veterinary Technology Preceptorship

1

 BIOL 230

General Microbiology

4

 CHEM 185

General Chemistry II 

4

 ENGL ___

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 2

3

 

Total                                                    

 21 

Summer Session: VETS 203 Veterinary Technology Preceptorship 1 cr. hr.

Typical Third Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

 VETS 204

Animal Care II

 1 

 VETS 238

Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia (Lecture) 

3

 VETS 239

Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia Laboratory 

 1 

 VETS 245

Diagnostic Imaging

2

 BIOL 130

General Biology I 

 

 

OR

4

 BIOL 215

Zoology 

 

 CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I

4

 COMM 100

Public Speaking 

3

 ____ ___

Restricted Elective by advisement

3

 

Total                                                     

21

Typical Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                   

Cr. Hrs.

 VETS 205

Clinical Laboratory Techniques (Lecture) 

3

 VETS 210

Clinical Laboratory Techniques Laboratory

 2 

 VETS 230

Farm Animal Nursing (Lecture) 

 3 

 VETS 235

Farm Animal Nursing Laboratory

1

 VETS 250

Veterinary Clinical Management 

 3 

 VETS 255

Veterinary Medical Nursing 

 3 

 CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II

4

 ____ ___

Humanities/Social Sciences Elective by advisement

3

 

Total

22

Degree Requirement: 82 credit hours

1 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

2 English is by placement according to competency.

Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Veterinary Science Technology A.A.S. program should be able to do the following:

  1. Successfully complete the Veterinary Technician National Exam.
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of domestic animals, including: normal values for temperature, pulse, and respiration; conduct a thorough and accurate physical examination, including the proper use of the stethoscope; restrain animals for physical examination and veterinary techniques.
  3. Perform animal nursing and critical care for all common domestic animals, including: restraint, administering medications, diagnostic sampling for laboratory evaluation, maintaining fluid therapy, applying and removing bandages and splints, and applying established emergency protocols.
  4. Assist with animal surgery, including: knowledge of routine procedures and operating-room equipment; prepare the patient, veterinary personnel, and equipment for sterile surgical procedures; function effectively as a surgical assistant to the veterinary surgeon during surgical procedures.
  5. Induce, stabilize, monitor, and maintain anesthesia under supervision of the veterinarian; recognize and report anesthetic emergencies; apply resuscitation techniques and CPR.
  6. Assist with diagnostic imaging, including: radiography and ultrasound; expose, develop, and evaluate radiographs to provide diagnostic images for veterinary interpretation and diagnosis; and properly clean and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment.
  7. Perform common laboratory procedures, including: hematological examinations, blood chemistries, urinalysis, parasitic examinations, cytological procedures, microbiological procedures, and necropsy.
  8. Provide competent assistance with office procedures: telephone contacts, making appointments, admitting and discharging patients, maintaining medical and financial records, and establishing and maintaining a clean and orderly veterinary facility.
  9. Communicate with the public, clients, and colleagues through both verbal and written communication skills, including effective listening.
  10. Design and deliver grief-management assistance to clients and colleagues.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of the common medicines used in veterinary medicine, including: types and groups of drugs; labeling and packaging of dispensed drugs; using weights and measures correctly; calculating dosages; safely storing, handling, and disposing of controlled substances, biologics, therapeutic agents, and hazardous wastes.
  12. Differentiate between normal and abnormal patient responses to medication.
  13. Understand basic knowledge of animal health, common diseases, and disease processes for all common domestic animals.
  14. Demonstrate skills and knowledge associated with the use of common laboratory animals, including basic principles of animal research; local, state, and federal animal-welfare regulations.
  15. Demonstrate skills and knowledge associated with cleaning, sanitizing, and sterilizing equipment and facilities, including knowledge of products, equipment, procedures, and techniques routinely used in reducing, eliminating, or preventing contamination of the animal-care institutions.

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