College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Veterinary Science Technology - AAS

Veterinary Science Technology AAS - Required Clinical Program: Core Curriculum

The Required Clinical Program below is the core curriculum for ALL Veterinary Science Technology AAS students.

The Instructional Program

The Licensed Veterinary Technician's (LVT) role is comparable to that of the registered nurse and other medical technicians in human medicine. Their professional duties may include, but are not limited to surgical and medical nursing, laboratory testing, and radiographic procedures under the supervision of licensed veterinarians and other LVTs. Graduates may also practice in veterinary and technical colleges, zoos, public health services, government, military service, private industry, and other animal-science related fields.

Delhi's Veterinary Science Technology program, established in 1961 and the first of its type in the United States, is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and is designed to meet existing demands for technical personnel in the veterinary and biomedical fields. Major assets of the program are: extensive laboratory facilities; versatile faculty and staff; hands-on experiences with companion, laboratory, farm, and other animals; and a required practicum (work experience) in a veterinary practice, animal research or other approved animal facility.

The humane care and treatment of animal patients is stressed throughout the program, as are the importance of compassion, veterinary medical ethics, effective interpersonal relations, and the psychology of dealing with patients and clients.

Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), the official licensure examination used by New York and most other states.

Instruction is presented by veterinarians and veterinary technicians with a broad range of experiences and expertise. Laboratories are staffed to allow individual attention and maximum exposure to different veterinary practice philosophies. Traditional classroom sequences are supplemented with assignments in the College's animal facilities, guest lectures, computer-assisted learning projects, laboratory instruction, and field trips.

An active student chapter of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians (NYSAVT)/North American Veterinary Technicians Association (NAVTA) provides students with additional educational and social opportunities both on and off the Delhi campus.

Advisement Options within the Program

The AAS degree has two additional advisement options: Laboratory Animal and Delhi/Cornell Connection transfer track. Students interested in these options should discuss their interest with and work closely with their advisor since additional courses would be required.

Students who complete the Laboratory Animal Option have additional career opportunities available to LVTs as laboratory-animal technicians (LATs) employed by the pharmaceutical industry; by medical, dental, and veterinary colleges; or by diagnostic and testing laboratories. Under the direction of veterinarians or research scientists, LATs may have responsibility for animal health and husbandry, investigative procedures, pharmaceutical testing, and administrative and related duties. Graduates with additional professional experience and who complete advanced laboratory-animal courses are eligible to take the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification examination.

SUNY Delhi's transfer agreements with Cornell University and other colleges 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). Students who pursue the Delhi/Cornell Connection transfer option need to be highly motivated, have a strong interest in veterinary science, have excellent high school science/mathematics backgrounds, and be capable of carrying a heavy load. Delhi/Cornell Connection students are required to take additional courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics at the pre-calculus level or higher (a higher level of mathematics than is traditionally required for the AAS degree)

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission

All Students:

  • Clinical experience required - Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in volunteer or work situations in veterinary clinics, laboratory animal, or similar animal-oriented facilities (e.g., humane societies, zoos, farms, etc.).
  • Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations are highly recommended and may be required at internship sites.
  • First-aid/CPR certification may be required for certain employment situations.


  • high school graduate with 80 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 80
  • Biology Regents: 80
  • English Regents: 80
  • The mean of the course average and the regents grade may be used if these scores vary greatly.

Any applicant whose high school record is deficient in any of the above requirements may be conditionally accepted after showing proof of progress toward satisfying the deficiency by:

  • submitting a mid-year or final high school transcript
  • retaking the appropriate regents exam with a grade of 80 or greater
  • enrolling in an appropriate college-level course or college remedial course before enrolling at Delhi

If an applicant does not satisfy the deficiency before enrolling at SUNY Delhi, the student may be admitted as a liberal arts major with the goal of meeting veterinary science admissions requirements by registering for appropriate courses as recommended by a veterinary science department member and completing a minimum of 12 college credit hours by advisement. Upon satisfactory completion of the requirements for veterinary science and having a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, this student will be accepted as an internal transfer into the veterinary science program.

A successful applicant to the Delhi/Cornell Connection Advisement Option must be a graduate of an accredited secondary school, or have an equivalent education, with an unweighted high school average of at least 85% (or B+). The student must have completed the following courses with a minimum unweighted grade of 85% (or B+): 4 units of English, 4 units of social studies, 2 units of math (Algebra and Geometry and Algebra II/Trigonometry or equivalent), and 1 unit each of biology and chemistry. Where appropriate, courses must be NYS Regents or equivalent. SAT and ACT scores are also taken into consideration for the Delhi/Cornell Connection Advisement Option.

Transfer Student:

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

  • minimum cumulative GPA greater than 2.5
  • minimum of 12 college credits
  • transfer courses which satisfy program liberal arts and science requirement a: C or better grade
  • transfer courses which satisfy Veterinary Technology program/course requirements:
    • must have been taken at an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program
    • have a grade of C+ or better
    • be approved by the instructor of the equivalent course, the department chair, or both

A student's high school record may need to be reviewed if a candidate did not complete college-level biology, chemistry, or math courses which are applicable to the program requirements.

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.


REQUIRED CLINICAL PROGRAM CORE CURRICULUM - This core curriculum is required of all Veterinary Science Technology AAS Degree students.

SUNY Curriculum Code: 0521

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS, 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.

AAS and AOS 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 = 64

Major Courses Required - 42 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 2
VETS 160 Introduction to Research Animal Techniques 3
VETS 171 Pathology and Parasitology 3
VETS 180 Clinical Physiology 2
VETS 189 Small Animal Nutrition 2
VETS 270 Applied Clinical Nutrition 3
VETS 198 Preparation for Veterinary Technology Preceptorship 1
VETS 199 Veterinary Technology Preceptorship I (summer session) 1
VETS 203 Veterinary Technology Preceptorship II (summer session) 1
VETS 204 Animal Care II 1
VETS 205 Clinical Laboratory Techniques (Lecture) 3
VETS 210 Clinical Laboratory Techniques Laboratory 1
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 242 Companion Animal Dentistry 1
VETS 245 Diagnostic Imaging 2
VETS 250 Veterinary Clinical Management 3
VETS 255 Pharmacology and Animal Diseases 3

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 21 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 218 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 230 General Microbiology 4
BUSI 120 Business Communications 3
CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry I by advisement 1  
  OR 4
CHEM 180 General Chemistry I by advisement 1  
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition2 3
MATH ___ Mathematics by advisement1 3-4

Restricted Elective by Advisement 1- 1 credit hour


1Specific courses are by advisement for each concentration (see concentration pages); mathematics is by placement according to competency.

2English is by placement according to competency.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Successfully complete the Veterinary Technician National Exam.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Induce, stabilize, monitor, and maintain anesthesia under supervision of the veterinarian; recognize and report anesthetic emergencies; apply resuscitation techniques and CPR.
  • 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.
  • Perform common laboratory procedures, including: hematological examinations, blood chemistries, urinalysis, parasitic examinations, cytological procedures, microbiological procedures, and necropsy.
  • 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.
  • Communicate with the public, clients and colleagues through both verbal and written communication skills, including effective listening and grief-management assistance to clients and colleagues.
  • 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.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal patient responses to medication.
  • Understand basic knowledge of animal health, common diseases, and disease processes for all common domestic animals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge associated with dental hygiene, dental charting, dental prophylaxis and client education regarding dental health.