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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Veterinary Science Technology - AAS
Advisement Option: Laboratory Animal


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



Laboratory Animal Advisement Option

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.

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.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 72

Major Courses Required - 49 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
VETS 115 Medical Mathematics for Veterinary Technicians 1
VETS 120 Introduction to Veterinary Science 2
VETS 131 Small Animal Care and Nursing 3
VETS 132 Large Animal Care Lecture 1
VETS 133 Large Animal Care Laboratory 1
VETS 140 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 4
VETS 160 Introduction to Research Animal Techniques 3
VETS 171 Parasitology 3
VETS 180 Clinical Physiology 2
VETS 198 Preparation for Veterinary Technology Preceptorship 1
VETS 203 Veterinary Technology Preceptorship
VETS 204 Animal Care II 1
VETS 205 Clinical Laboratory Techniques (Lecture) 3
VETS 210 Clinical Laboratory Techniques Laboratory 2
VETS 220 Applied Research Animal Technology  
  OR 4
VETS 222 Breeding Colony Management  
VETS 230 Farm Animal Nursing (Lecture) 2
VETS 235 Farm Animal Nursing Laboratory 1
VETS 238 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia (Lecture)               3
VETS 239 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia Laboratory 1
VETS 245 Diagnostic Imaging 2
VETS 250 Veterinary Clinical Management 3
VETS 255 Veterinary Medical Nursing             3
VETS 282 Primatology (Lecture) 1
VETS 283 Primatology Laboratory 1

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 20 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 230 General Microbiology 4
CHEM ___ Chemistry by advisement 4
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
MATH ___ Mathematics2 3-4
  Humanities/Social Science Elective by advisement 3

Restricted Elective by Advisement - 3 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

Mathematics is by placement according to competency.


Student Learning Outcomes

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

  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: 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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