Veterinary Technology - A.A.S.

Regional College
Dean's Office
384 Library
Kent Campus
330-672-2279
rcdean@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/regional-college


Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology prepares graduates to serve as veterinary technicians performing support functions, including routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Other growing employment opportunities are expected in biomedical research, diagnostic laboratories, wildlife facilities, humane societies and animal control  facilities. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination, which is a step in the process to pursue registration in the State of Ohio.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Trumbull Campus
  • Tuscarawas Campus

Accreditation

American Veterinary Medical Association

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, and the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Qualify to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination.
  2. Demonstrate successful completion of all essential skills as mandated by American Veterinary Medical Association's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (Appendix I of the Accreditation Policies and Procedures).
  3. Demonstrate competency in safely performing animal handling skills.
  4. Demonstrate competency in decision-making abilities for patient case management, from the initial presentation to the successful outcome of the patient's treatment and resolution of the patient's presenting problem(s).

University Requirements

All students in an applied or technical associate degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE: University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements, please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Kent Core (see table below)15
Total Credit Hour Requirement60
Some associate degrees require students to complete more than 60 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 3
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[RE-AAS-VITI]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA; min C grade required in all courses)
VTEC 10001INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY 2
VTEC 10002VETERINARY NURSING I 3
VTEC 10204CLINICAL LABORATORY I 3
VTEC 10205VETERINARY NURSING II 3
VTEC 10206PHARMACOLOGY 2
VTEC 20008CLINICAL LABORATORY II 3
VTEC 20009VETERINARY NURSING III 3
VTEC 20010IMAGING TECHNIQUES 3
VTEC 20212SURGERY AND ANESTHESIA 3
VTEC 20213NUTRITION AND DISEASE 2
VTEC 20215VETERINARY OFFICE APPLICATIONS 1
VTEC 20216LABORATORY AND EXOTIC ANIMAL MEDICINE 2
VTEC 20392PRACTICUM IN VETERINARY HOSPITAL (ELR) 5
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA; min C grade required in all courses)
BSCI 10005ANATOMY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS 5
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 20021BASIC MICROBIOLOGY 3
BSCI 20022BASIC MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY 1
CHEM 10050FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts3
Kent Core Social Sciences3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:64

Progression Requirements

To be able to register for Veterinary Technology (VTEC) courses, students must be accepted to technical study. Acceptance into technical study  is selective and requires a separate application process. Students interested in the program must attend an information session prior to application. Criteria for acceptance is the following

  • Minimum 2.500 college or high school overall GPA

All students in the Veterinary Technology program must complete all coursework in sequence before continuing to the next level.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BSCI 10005 ANATOMY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS 5
CHEM 10050 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!VTEC 10001 INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY 2
!VTEC 10002 VETERINARY NURSING I 3
!VTEC 10204 CLINICAL LABORATORY I 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Two
BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
!VTEC 10205 VETERINARY NURSING II 3
!VTEC 10206 PHARMACOLOGY 2
VTEC 20008 CLINICAL LABORATORY II 3
VTEC 20215 VETERINARY OFFICE APPLICATIONS 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
BSCI 20021 BASIC MICROBIOLOGY 3
BSCI 20022 BASIC MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY 1
!VTEC 20010 IMAGING TECHNIQUES 3
!VTEC 20212 SURGERY AND ANESTHESIA 3
!VTEC 20213 NUTRITION AND DISEASE 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!VTEC 20009 VETERINARY NURSING III 3
VTEC 20216 LABORATORY AND EXOTIC ANIMAL MEDICINE 2
!VTEC 20392 PRACTICUM IN VETERINARY HOSPITAL (ELR) 5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:64