B. Lewis, K. Peterson, P. Prater (Coordinator), S. Rundell
Students receiving an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology should possess competencies in the following areas as defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association:
- General Competencies:
- Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
- Applied mathematical skills applicable to the field of veterinary technology.
- An awareness of the physical and biological concepts applicable to the field of veterinary technology.
- An appreciation of the liberal arts.
- Specific Competencies:
- Anesthesia, including induction, monitoring, and instrumentation.
- Animal husbandry, including restraint, behavior, species and breed identification, reproduction, sex determination, and human-animal bonding.
- Diseases, preventive medicine (including dentistry), and nursing of companion animals, food-production animals, horses, and laboratory animals.
- Economics of veterinary practice.
- Ethics, professionalism, and legal applications in veterinary medicine.
- Humane animal care and management.
- Basic laboratory animal technology.
- Medical terminology.
- Necropsy techniques.
- Nutrition and principles of feeding.
- Orientation to the vocation of veterinary technology.
- Pharmacology for veterinary technicians.
- Principles of imaging, including radiography and ultrasonography.
- Professional organizations and continuing education for graduate technicians.
- Surgical nursing and assisting, including instrumentation.
- Technician utilization and team concepts of health care delivery.
- Veterinary anatomy and physiology.
- Veterinary clinical pathology and parasitology.
- Veterinary microbiology and immunology.
- Veterinary office management.
- Elementary computer skills pertaining to veterinary technology.
- Zoonoses, occupational health hazards, and waste disposal.
- In addition, students should have the skills necessary to assume responsibility for self-development and lifelong learning in the field of veterinary technology.
Advisory Board consultation
Evaluation by accrediting organization (AVMA)
Survey of employers
Survey of graduates
Graduate performance on state board examinations