College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Advancement/Progression Policy for Veterinary Science Technology Programs

Requirements for Current SUNY Delhi Veterinary Science Technology Students to Remain in the Program:

A successful grade for students in the Veterinary Science Technology Program is defined below:

• A grade of "C" or higher is required for all required liberal arts courses and all 100-level VETS courses
• A grade of "C+" or higher is required for all 200-level VETS courses.
• A grade of "C" or higher is required for all required non-VETS courses (ie BIOL 218, BIO L230).

Individual courses (for example VETS 115 Medical Math) may have standards which exceed the minimum passing grade requirement listed above; any variation from the definition above would be outlined in the course syllabus.

Successful completion of ALL prerequisite courses is required to enroll in subsequent program courses, as stated in program course descriptions, to allow a student to advance in the program.

A student who receives an unsuccessful grade in three cumulative required courses (in one or multiple courses) will not progress in the Veterinary Science Technology program. The student will be advised into a different academic major and will need to petition for readmission to progress in the Veterinary Science Technology program. In order to successfully petition, the student must either be a full-time student for a minimum of one semester with a GPA >2.5 OR must work/volunteer in a clinical veterinary setting for a minimum of 160 hours and provide a reference letter from that facility.

If readmitted to the Veterinary Technology Program, any additional unsuccessful grade would result in permanent removal from the program.

Failure to advance in the natural progression of classes may affect a student's financial aid or on-campus housing eligibility. Please consult with your academic advisor, student financial services, and residence life to determine any impact.

Academic Probation Restrictions for Veterinary Science Technology Students

Veterinary science technology students whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 will be placed on academic probation and must abide by the restrictions outlined in the college's academic policies:

  • Students with a cumulative GPA between 1.50 – 2.00 will be limited to a semester credit-hour load not to exceed 15 credit hours.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA less than 1.5 will be limited to a semester credit-hour load not to exceed 12 credit hours.
  • Students will also be required to meet the college's required attendance policy for students on probation (90%), meet with their advisor, and participate in activities as outlined in the student's probation contract.

Being on academic probation may affect a student's financial aid or on-campus housing eligibility. Please consult with your academic advisor, student financial services, and residence life to determine any impact.

Transfer Policy for Veterinary Science Technology

Students requesting admission to the Veterinary Science Technology program will be considered for acceptance as a transfer student if they have successfully completed at least 12 college credits which may be accepted and satisfy course requirements for completion of the A.A.S. in Veterinary Science Technology. In order to be accepted into the Veterinary Science Technology program as a transfer student from another major at SUNY Delhi or from another academic institution, the following criteria must be met:

• A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher with a minimum of 12 college credits.

• Transfer courses which satisfy program liberal arts and science requirements must have a grade of C or better.

• Transfer courses which satisfy program Veterinary Science Technology course requirements must:

  • have been taken at an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program,
  • have a grade of C+ or better,
  • and be approved by the instructor of the equivalent course, the department chair, or both.

If the above transfer admission requirements have not been met, then a candidate will be evaluated for admission based on their high school record and the admission requirements as stated in the college catalog.

External Transfer Options

SUNY Delhi has transfer agreements with SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville, and an understanding with Cornell University which provide students with an opportunity to take additional courses designed to facilitate transfer to those colleges. Transfer to most four-year programs requires a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4-point scale).

Delhi/Cornell Connection Students

• Must take additional courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics at the pre-calculus level or higher
• Only grades of C or higher for each required course taken at SUNY Delhi are considered passing grades for students in the Delhi/Cornell Connection program (a grade of C- is not a passing grade). Individual courses may have standards which exceed this minimum passing grade requirement as outlined in the course syllabus.