THE VETERINARY PROFESSION
Veterinary Assistants are as important to veterinary medicine as Certified Nursing Assistants are to human medicine.
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Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants are needed to work with our expanding pet population (Source: Veterinary Practice News). Expenses for veterinary care have climbed to the billions annually. Veterinary clinics need qualified staff. Veterinary Assistants provide professional support to Veterinarians in the practice of their profession.
The expansion of animal health facilities has created thousands of new jobs, which are open to graduates of Veterinary Assistant programs. (Source: Veterinary Practice News)Scientific knowledge and skills are used for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the promotion of public health and advancement of medical knowledge.
Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician careers present new challenges and opportunities that exist in nursing a sick dog, preparing a cat for a life-saving surgery and helping smaller patients recover quickly. Veterinary Assistants and Veterinary Technicians perform a wide range of skills as part of the veterinary medical team. Veterinary Assistants work at the Veterinarian's side, helping to keep animals healthy. They provide assistance to Veterinarians in primary animal care, radiology, anesthesia, nursing, laboratory tests, surgical assisting, office management and client education. Clients depend on them for a wide range of services including helping prevent and relieve suffering of animals, treating injuries, providing preventive medicine procedures, and education on maximizing pet's lives through better health care. Veterinary Assistants participate in a variety of exciting and important veterinary services and procedures.
THE VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL
The Veterinary Technology School provides instruction in a professional environment from highly qualified instructors. The Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Veterinary Assistants that teach have many years of experience and are respected and recognized in the industry. These professionals will teach, monitor progress and give personal attention to Veterinary Assistant students. Instruction is divided between lecture, laboratory and externship experiences.
Visual demonstration and practical skills are learned in both the classroom and veterinary clinics. Veterinary Assistant students receive a strong background of knowledge in animal anatomy, physiology, lab, pharmacology, and surgical assistance in the classroom. Educational preparation in these areas offers the perfect balance of conceptual knowledge and technical skills that will be applied in the Externship. Clinical practice under the supervision of veterinary professionals will supplement the textbook. Veterinary Assistant students will have the opportunity to learn in several different Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals to gain knowledge.
Licensed Veterinarians assist in the Externship portion of the program. In this part of the program, the veterinary assistant student is placed in a Veterinary hospital where they apply practical skills and theories they have learned in the classroom. Clinical practice under the supervision of veterinary professionals will supplement the textbooks.
Veterinary Technician Program
The Veterinary Technician Associate of Science degree program is designed to train students to work in direct support of the veterinarian during diagnoses and surgical procedures. Students are taught to excel in the clinic by learning how to carry out appropriate medical techniques based on the directions of the veterinarian and the characteristics of the patient in order to achieve maximum health benefits for the animal. This program also provides comprehensive coverage and integration of business skills, along with skills necessary to function in an animal care facility. The veterinary technician is as important to veterinary medicine as nurses are to human medicine.
Veterinary Technician Program Objective
The objective of the Veterinary Technician Associate of Science degree program is to teach students to assist veterinarians at entry-level positions in small, exotic, equine, and large animal practices. Students are trained to treat illness, ease discomfort, prevent and relieve suffering, mend injuries, improve nutrition, and increase the well-being and the life expectancy of animals.
Veterinary Technician Program Description
The Associate of Science Veterinary Technician degree program is intended for individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform in the veterinary field. How animals communicate, animal behavior, training, and the life cycles of young, adult, and senior animals are taught. Teamwork and how to excel in the veterinary office are skills that students learn in this program.
The curriculum in this program includes lecture, lab, clinical experiences at the veterinary clinic on campus, as well as the externship sites. This program also includes general education courses.
Students participate in actual hands-on experiences in the veterinary hospital or clinic during their externship. The externship portion of the program is for 300 hours. Here the student learns job readiness tasks verified by the participating clinic supervisors.
An Associate of Science degree will be awarded upon graduation of this program.
VETERINARY ASSISTANT PROGRAM
Veterinary Assistant Program
The Veterinary Assistant Program is designed for students who would like to assist the Veterinarian in maximizing the health care of animals. The program is intended to train individuals to gain knowledge, basic skills and abilities necessary to perform in a veterinary office at an entry level position. Veterinary Assistant Students will learn teamwork and how to excel in the veterinary office.
In the first twelve weeks of this program, Veterinary Assistant Students are taught in the classroom through an established curriculum. The Veterinary Assistant Student will learn basic nursing care for domestic animals under the direction of the Veterinarian and veterinary professionals. Veterinary Assistant Students will learn to assist in the operation of a veterinary practice. The Veterinary Assistant will learn the basics of first aid, anatomy, routine care, emergency care, surgical preparation and basic nursing techniques. The Veterinary Assistant student will learn how animals communicate, animal behavior, training, and the life cycles of young, adult and senior animals. In the second thirteen weeks of the program, in-depth studies of large animals, exotics, equine, avian, pocket pets, and reptiles are given. In this portion of the program Veterinary Assistant Students will have actual hands-on experience in the veterinary office (the Externship). Guest speakers and course related field trips will be conducted. In the last thirteen weeks of the program, the Veterinary Assistant student Externship will be more intensive. Students will return to the classroom weekly to review what they have learned in the clinics.
- Large, Small and Exotic Animal Handling and Restraint
- Animal Behavior
- Medical Terminology
- Hospital Management & Office Procedures
- Large and Small Animal Infectious & Non-Infectious Diseases
- Equine and Large Animal Medicine
- Avian and Pocket Pet's Veterinary Care
- Comparative Anatomy & Physiology
- Large and Small Physical Examinations
- Surgery & Anesthesia
- Emergency Medicine
- Radiographic Procedures
- Clinical Pathology
- Small Animal Nursing
- Large and Small Animal Nursing
- Dietary Evaluation
- Laboratory Procedures
- Dental Techniques
- Ethics & Professionalism
- Basic Computer Usage
A Diploma will be awarded upon graduation
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