2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Dec 04, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Veterinary Technician, AAS


Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technician, a student will be able to:

Technology
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems.
  • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination.
  • Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas.
  • Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, and respiration data.
  • Perform dental work, such as cleaning, polishing, or extracting teeth.
  • Dress and suture wounds and apply splints or other protective devices.
  • Conduct specialized procedures, such as animal branding or tattooing or hoof trimming.
  • Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests, such as taking or developing x-rays.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
Communication
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books.
  • Maintain laboratory, research, or treatment records, as well as inventories of pharmaceuticals, equipment, or supplies.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
  • Supervise or train veterinary students or other staff members.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests, such as taking or developing x-rays.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians.
Professionalism
  • Supervise or train veterinary students or other staff members.
  • Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low.