Associate of Applied Science Degree
Veterinary Technology Program
CCC’s Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) has its foundation in technical training as well as general education. The program consists of general education courses which, coupled with sound technical education to assist students in achieving their full potential in the workplace. The AAS Degree is intended to provide general education skills to the technically trained student. This program is designed to help meet the general education requirements necessary in many technical and allied health professions.
The objective of the Veterinary Technician Program is to provide students with the technical skills and knowledge that will foster high professional standards in all aspects of Veterinary care. The training will prepare the student upon graduation for entry-level employment as a member of the Veterinary healthcare team. Students receive training in the essentials of Veterinary Healthcare, including Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Nursing, Pharmacology, Clinical Pathology, Surgical Anesthesia and so much more. Graduates will be prepared for entry level employment as a Veterinary Technician. A degree will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.
Students are required to complete clinical rotations in veterinary clinics assigned by the college or of their choice, if the clinic meets required criteria. Clinical rotations experiences offer students exposure to a variety of veterinary practice settings, as well as other facilities that work with animals such as zoos, animal shelters and research facilities. Each semester a clinical rotation experience gives the student the opportunity to apply their required knowledge and skills in a working veterinary environment.
Hours: The Veterinary Technician Program is held both day and evening. Day classes are held Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Evening classes are held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Clinical assignments may not coincide with normal school hours or days. Classes missed due to holidays or other scheduled cancellations are made up on assigned Fridays or by extending regular class hours. This in-depth training is a combination of classroom, interactive lab, and externship.
Nature of the Work
Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in providing daily care to animals. They perform routine laboratory procedures and clinical procedures, such as dispensing and giving medications, drawing blood, and performing medical tests while under the supervision of a Veterinarian. They are familiar with a range of high-tech diagnostic equipment and can provide specialized nursing care for injured or ill animals. They are also responsible for keeping records of the animal’s medical history, weight, food intake, diet, behavior, and other symptoms, which is a necessary tool in diagnosing an animal’s illness and developing a treatment plan. This must then be communicated to the animal’s owner.
- Preparing animals for exams or surgery
- Giving animals nursing care or first aid
- Collecting and testing lab samples
- Taking and developing X-rays
- Giving medications, shots, or treatments
- Collecting and maintaining patient records
- Observing animal patients for changes in behavior