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Veterinary Technology (AAS-VET)

What is a Veterinary Technician?

Have you always dreamed of a career helping animals? You can make that dream a reality through a career in Veterinary Technology.  A veterinary technician works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to provide the doctor with technical support in the daily care of animal patients.  Some of the responsibilities of a veterinary technician include: obtain and record patient case histories; collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures; provide specialized nursing care; prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery; assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures; expose and develop radiographs (x-rays); advise and educate animal owners; supervise and train practice personnel; and perform dental prophylaxes. Veterinary technicians ensure that patients of all species, whether in a clinical practice or a zoo, receive the best possible care and attention.

After graduating from an accredited program with a 2-year Associate's degree or a 4-year Bachelor's degree, the student must pass a national credentialing examination and keep up-to-date with continuing education to be considered licensed/registered/certified (the term used varies by state) veterinary technicians.

While the majority of veterinary technicians are employed in private practice, the demand for technicians is rapidly expanding to include new employment opportunities. Veterinary Technicians may be employed in human and animal health-related areas and specialties such as military service, food safety inspection, teaching, zoo animal and wildlife care, diagnostic laboratory support, biomedical research, veterinary supply sales, animal control and humane society animal care, and drug and feed company technical service and sales.

Students interested in a career in veterinary technology should have an aptitude for general science, math and biology and demonstrate basic language and communication skills. Students should be aware that this career is both emotionally and physically demanding and most job situations require an employee to work evenings, weekends and some holidays.

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Accreditation

Coastal Alabama Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science Degrees.

The CACC Veterinary Technology Program was awarded full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA CVTEA) Education and Research Division, in 2020. The next scheduled program accreditation review will be held in 2025.

Nursing and Allied Health Division

Length: Five Semesters

This program is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter the Veterinary Technology services occupation as employees of veterinary offices and clinics. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the licensure exam as administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: This program is offered online; however, students must come to campus at designated dates and attend weekly clinicals at approved veterinary facilities in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Clinical sites outside of Baldwin or Mobile County must meet additional requirements. Admission is Spring Semester. A separate veterinary technology application is due by November 1 of the preceding year. To be eligible, applicants must: (1) be unconditionally admitted to Coastal Alabama or currently enrolled and in good standing, (2) have submitted all transcripts to admissions, (3) have completed or be in the process of completing the following five required general education courses with a grade of C or higher, ENG 101, MTH 100, SPH 107, BIO 103, and CIS 146, and (4) provide proof of medical insurance. Students are required to attend a mandatory orientation after accepted. Completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Enrollment is limited to students who have fulfilled all application requirements. Students must have access to a computer with high speed internet connection and video capabilities/web cam and provide own transportation to clinical sites. It is highly recommended that students shadow in a veterinary office prior to enrollment. All VET courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher for satisfactory progression and graduation. The Veterinary Technology Program at Coastal Alabama Community College is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

Courses Required for Program Application

Please note that MTH 116, Mathematical Applications, does not fulfill the Math requirement.  ORI 101, Orientation to College, is required for first time college students. 

Item # Title Credits
BIO 103 Principles of Biology I 4
CIS 146 Microcomputer Applications 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra 3
SPH 106 or SPH 107 + 3
Sub-total Credits 16

Semester One (Spring)

Item # Title Credits
VET 110 Vet Tech Clinics I 2
VET 112 Introduction to Vet Technology 5
VET 114 Clinical Anatomy & Physiology of Animals 5
Social Science/History Elective (3 SH) + 3
Sub-total Credits 15

Semester Two (Summer)

Item # Title Credits
VET 120 Vet Tech Clinics II 3
VET 124 Clinical Procedures & Pathology 4
VET 236 Vet Microbiology & Parasitology 3
VET 242 Animal Nutrition and Laboratory Animals 3
Sub-total Credits 13

Semester Three (Fall)

Item # Title Credits
VET 126 Animal Diseases & Immunology 3
VET 230 Vet Tech Clinics III 3
VET 232 Anesthesia and Diagnostic Imaging 4
VET 234 Animal Pharmacology & Toxicology 3
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective (I) + 3
Sub-total Credits 16

Semester Four (Spring)

Item # Title Credits
VET 122 Vet Tech Emergencies & First Aid 5
VET 240 Vet Tech Clinics IV 3
VET 244 Seminar in Veterinary Technology 3
VET 250 Vet Tech Preceptorship 3
Sub-total Credits 14

GRAND TOTAL CREDITS 74

*Depending on the program or course, a student may also be required to purchase certain necessary tools and supplies.

What is the Expected Salary?

Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median annual wage for veterinary technologists and technicians was $33,400 in May 2017, which translates to 16.06 per hr. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $49,350.

Required Education Associate degree in veterinary technology
Licensure & Certification Requirements Vet Techs must obtain state-issued credentials, which typically requires passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
Projected Job Growth (2016-2026) 19% for veterinary technicians and technologists*
Median Salary (2017) $33,400 for veterinary technicians and technologists*

VTNE 3yr Pass Rate July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020

VTNE Reporting to the Community

Number of First-Time Candidates that have taken the VTNE 34
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 77%

Veterinary Technology

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