HEGIS Code - 5402, CIP Code - 51.0808
Program Learning Outcomes Curriculum Code: VETSD-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. A technician 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 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 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 licensed veterinary technicians in the following areas:
|Small animal hospitals and clinics||City, state and federal government agencies|
|Pharmaceutical companies||Medical and dental schools|
|Pet Industry / Sales||Zoological gardens|
|Public health agencies||Laboratory animal products / sales|
|Admission Procedures and Requirements|
Admission to the full-time day program occurs every fall. 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 must achieve a minimum 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.
|FIRST SEMESTER: 17 credits||Credits|
|CHE120: Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry||4|
|ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition||3|
|MAT111: Algebra II or higher||4|
|VST100: College Seminar for Veterinary Science Technology||1|
|*♦||VST101: Introduction to Animal Technology||2|
|♦||VST102: Comparative Anatomy of Domesticated Animals||3|
|SECOND SEMESTER: 15 credits||Credits|
|ENG102: Introduction to Literature||3|
|Social Sciences Elective||3|
|*♦||VST111: Farm Animal Nursing||3|
|♦||VST112: Comparative Physiology of Domesticated Animals||4|
|♦||VST114: Veterinary Practice Management||2|
|THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits||Credits|
|♦||VST201: Laboratory Animal Technology||3|
|♦||VST202: Clinical Laboratory Techniques I||3|
|*♦||VST203: Animal Clinic Internship I||3|
|♦||VST205: Pharmacy and Pharmacology||3|
|♦||VST206: Veterinary Cardiology and Radiology||4|
|FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 credits||Credits|
|Social Sciences Elective||3|
|♦||VST212: Clinical Laboratory Techniques II||3|
|*♦||VST213: Animal Clinic Internship II||3|
|♦||VST216: Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology||4|
|MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED||64|
|* Students are required to provide their own transportation to off-campus field experiences.|
|♦ These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.|
|NOTE: While students will not be prohibited from pursuing the program, students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal conviction may impede their ability to complete requirements of the program. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the program coordinator or academic chair. Please refer to the following procedure for additional information.|