Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technician

Delivery Method: On-Ground and Online Modality

Program Description

Students are taught the skills and procedures to effectively contribute to the health and well being of veterinary patients. Veterinary technicians, while always working under the supervision of a veterinarian, provide many services. Routine duties include restraint of animals, sample collection, nursing care (IV catheter placement, bandage application, medication administration, etc.), feeding of animals, record keeping, office procedures, and client education and communication. Other skills include administration of anesthesia, surgical nursing, radiographic procedures, dental prophylaxis, clinical pathology procedures and medication preparation. This job requires the physical strength to lift and carry 50 pounds.

Program Objectives

  • Perform basic patient examinations and collect data on vital signs
  • Restrain and manage small animals in clinical situations
  • Administer medications by common drug routes and prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian
  • Prepare anesthetic delivery systems, induce anesthesia, and monitor patients under anesthesia
  • Prepare and maintain the surgical area and assist during surgical procedures
  • Perform dental prophylactic procedures on dogs and cats
  • Produce standard diagnostic radiographs
  • Collect and process samples for diagnostic laboratory work
  • Perform common veterinary diagnostic tests, such as blood chemistries, differentials, culture/sensitivities and EKGs
  • Perform basic veterinary practice management including computer applications
  • Recognize behavioral signs of small animals
  • Educate clients on their pet's health, nutrition and euthanasia

The Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Occupational program is offered as a program leading to Gainful Employment. As such we want all potential students to be able to make a reasoned decision on enrolling in this program at Rockford Career College. To that extent we offer the following information:

Potential Job Positions

Entry Level position as a Veterinary Technician

U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupational code: 29-2056.00- Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
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Program Length

This program requires 111 quarter credits. A full-time student can complete the program in 9 quarters (27 months) if they maintain full-time status, do not take any quarters off, successfully pass each course the first time, and do not need any pre-curriculum classes.

Core Courses

Course # Course Name Prerequisite Credits
BUS107 College & Career Success Skills None 4
VET101 Veterinary Medical Terminology None 4
VET105 Husbandry & Disease Small Animals GEN108, VET101 4
VET110 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology GEN108, VET101 4
VET115 Husbandry & Disease Large Animals GEN108, VET101 4
VET125 Large Animal Techniques GEN108, VET101 4
VET130 Veterinary Office Management None 4
VET135 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Nursing VET101 4
VET140 Microbiology VET110 4
VET150 Pharmacology VET110 4
VET200 Laboratory Animal Procedures VET110 4
VET210 Animal Clinical Procedures VET135 4
VET220 Clinical Pathology I VET140, VET150 5
VET225 Clinical Pathology II VET220 5
VET230 Advanced Animal Clinical Procedures VET210 4
VET340 Principles of Anesthesia VET150, VET210 4
VET245 Principles of Radiology VET135 4
VET255 Principles of Surgery VET230 4
VET265 Applied Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgery VET230, VET240 3
VET290 Veterinary Technician Externship ALL VET COURSES 6
Total Core Credits     83

General Education Courses

Course # Course Name Prerequisite Credits
GEN101 Speech None 4
GEN102 Psychology None 4
GEN104 College English PCC091 4
GEN105 Human Relations None 4
GEN106 Culture & Diversity None 4
GEN107 Written Communications GEN104 4
GEN108 Life Science None 4
Total General Education Credits     28

Course Descriptions

Pre-curriculum course (PCC)

Below are the placement evaluations and the score needed in order to waive requirement.

Course # Score Needed Exam
PCC082 Quantitative Skills I 7.0 or above Wonderlic Quantitative
PCC091 Critical Thinking 11.0 or above Wonderlic Verbal
PCC092 Quantitative Skills II 11.5 or above Wonderlic Quantitative
PCC093 Basic Keyboarding Skills Pass RCC Keyboarding Exam*

*The placement evaluation requires a student to properly format a standard business letter in a timed setting.

Pccos2 Quantitative Skills I
4 Quarter Credits
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to improve the student's understanding of basic math skills needed for college-level studies. This course is designed for students whose placement test score in quantitative skills was below a 7th grade level. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. This course also provides a review of decimals and decimal fractions.

PCC09t Critical Thinking
4 Quarter Credits

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to enhance the development of critical thinking skills in the areas of language development. This course is designed for students whose placement test score in verbal skills was below 11.0. This course covers critical reading techniques, the identification and correct use of basic parts of speech, punctuation competency, and spelling accuracy, including the use of the dictionary. This course introduces students to the writing process and is designed to help students improve both their language and writing skills.

PCC092 Quantitative Skills II
4 Quarter Credits

Prerequisite: PCC082 Quantitative Skills I

This course is designed to improve the student's understanding of more advance quantitative skills needed for college level studies. This course is designed for students whose placement score in quantitative skills was below an 11th grade level. Topics include computing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions; ratios and proportions; and percentages.

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