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VETERINARY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY / A.A.S. DEGREE

Grant
Hegis Code: 5402

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: VETSD-AAS, VETSE-AAS
 

     Veterinary Science Technology is a growing field that offers a variety of careers to individuals interested in working with animals either as technicians or as members of a scientific community. For many people, the study of veterinary technology serves as a starting point for entry into various animal and health-related careers.

     A veterinary technician is described by the American Veterinary Medical Association as "a person knowledgeable in the care and handling of animals, in the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and in routine laboratory and clinical procedures. He or she is primarily an assistant to veterinarians, biological research workers and other scientists."

     The demand for personnel trained in the area of animal care and management is strong. The large pet animal population requires technical support personnel to assist veterinarians in the clinical practices. The growth of biomedical research and the concern for the humane care of animals used in research require qualified assistants. The expansion of the biotechnology industry has increased the need for qualified technical support.

     The Veterinary Science Technology program has been designed to graduate well-trained and competent technicians for the veterinary and biomedical research fields. Practical experience with live animals and field experience under typical working conditions form an integral part of the program. The practical experience is achieved by internships with affiliated veterinary animal clinics, biomedical research centers and the college’s animal facilities.

     The Veterinary Science Technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the New York State Education Department licensure examination for certification as a veterinary technician.

     An articulation agreement exists between Suffolk County Community College and Cornell University. Students have the opportunity to be accepted into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University after completing their A.A.S. degree at Suffolk County Community College.

Animal Use

     Animal use in the Veterinary Science Technology program falls under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the New York State Department of Health. Although animal alternatives to animal use are employed, a minimum of hands-on animal training is required to meet the standards set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Activities.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Job opportunities exist as laboratory animal technicians or veterinary technicians in the following areas:

      Small animal hospitals and clinics       City, state and federal  government agencies
      Research laboratories       Universities
      Pharmaceutical companies       Medical and dental schools
      Pet Industry / Sales       Zoological gardens
      Public health agencies       Laboratory animal products / sales


Admission Procedures and Requirements

Minimum requirements to be considered for admission into the VST Program:

High School Applicants

High school math and science (biology and chemistry with laboratories) average of 75.

Minimum grade of 70% on both Biology and Chemistry Regents.

Mathematics sequence through Algebra2/Trig or equivalent successfully completed.

Applicants requiring placement testing must place out of all remedial courses.

All requirements for admission should be completed within five years.

College Applicants

Minimum grade of C in each of the prerequisite courses (CHE 100, BIO 101 and MAT 007)

Applicants requiring placement testing must place out of all remedial courses.

All requirements for admission should be completed within ten years.

Deadline for Applications

January 1, of the year of entry. Complete applications (inclusive of supportive documentation e.g. high school and/or college transcripts) will be given priority consideration.



     Admission to the full-time day program occurs every fall; evening students are accepted in the fall of even-numbered years. However, many students take general education (non-VST) courses that would apply to the curriculum before being accepted into the program.

     The Veterinary Science Technology curriculum is a restricted program and highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The college reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.

Minimum Grade Requirements and Program Completion

     Students admitted into the program must achieve a minimum passing grade of C in all VST courses. Only one repeat of a VST course is permitted. For optimal student performance, students will take courses in the sequences indicated below.


SUGGESTED DAY SEQUENCE (VETSD-AAS)
FIRST SEMESTER: 18-19 credits Credits
BIO141: Zoology 3
  CHE120: Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry 4
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
Mathematics Elective 3-4
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST101: Introduction to Animal Technology 2
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST102: Comparative Anatomy of Domesticated Animals 3
   
SECOND SEMESTER: 18 credits  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below BIO142: Animal Parasitology 3
ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
Social Science Elective 3
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST111: Farm Animal Nursing 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST112: Comparative Physiology of Domesticated Animals 4
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST114: Veterinary Practice Management 2
   
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST201: Laboratory Animal Technology 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST202: Clinical Laboratory Techniques I 3
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST203: Animal Clinic Internship I 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST205: Pharmacy and Pharmacology 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST206: Veterinary Cardiology and Radiology 4
   
FOURTH SEMESTER: 19 credits  
BIO244: General Microbiology 4
Physical Education 2
Social Science Elective 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST216: Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology 4
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST212: Clinical Laboratory Techniques II 3
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST213: Animal Clinic Internship II 3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 71-72

SUGGESTED EVENING SEQUENCE (VETSE-AAS) (four years including Summers)
SUMMER SEMESTER I: 6-7 credits Credits
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
Mathematics Elective 3-4
FIRST SEMESTER: 5 credits  
  BIO141: Zoology 3
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST101: Introduction to Animal Technology 2
SECOND SEMESTER: 6 credits  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST102: Comparative Anatomy of Domesticated Animals 3
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST111: Farm Animal Nursing 3
SUMMER SEMESTER II: 7 credits  
  CHE120: Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry 4
ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 7 credits  
BIO142: Animal Parasitology 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST112: Comparative Physiology of Domesticated Animals 4
FOURTH SEMESTER: 9 credits  
BIO244: General Microbiology 4
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST114: Veterinary Practice Management 2
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST205: Pharmacy and Pharmacology 3
SUMMER SEMESTER III: 6 credits  
Social Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
FIFTH SEMESTER: 7 credits  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST202: Clinical Laboratory Techniques I 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST206: Veterinary Cardiology and Radiology 4
SIXTH SEMESTER: 3 credits  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST212: Clinical Laboratory Techniques II 3
SUMMER SEMESTER IV: 3 credits  
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST203: Animal Clinic Internship I 3
SEVENTH SEMESTER : 7 credits  
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST201: Laboratory Animal Technology 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST216: Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology 4
EIGHTH SEMESTER : 3 credits  
* Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum, see information below VST213: Animal Clinical Internship II 3
   
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 69-70

* Students are required to provide their own transportation to off-campus field experiences.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum in order to graduate.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
Veterinary Science Technology 40 credits
English 6 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Mathematics 3-4 credits
Science 14 credits
Physical Education
(full-time students only) 2 credits