Printed on 4/17/2021

Veterinary Technician

10-091-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 65 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

If you are passionate about caring for animals, then the Veterinary Technician program might be a good fit for you. This program will prepare you to collect patient history and perform the initial physical exam, place intravenous catheters and administer medications, anesthetize and monitor patients, and assist in surgery for both large and small animals. You’ll also gain the skills to perform dental cleanings on dogs and cats, and handle, restrain and care for rats, mice, rabbits and birds. Plus, you’ll learn how to apply bandages and splints on both large and small animals, evaluate lab samples under the microscope and accurately document records.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (49 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Animal Science Fundamentals
    10-006-140
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006140
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Students will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.

  • Veterinary Office Procedures 1
    10-091-131
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10091131
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers the development of appropriate public, client and staff relations. Telephone etiquette, making appointments, managing records, client services and education, and personal grooming and attire will be addressed. Legal requirements of record keeping as well as an introduction to the rules and regulations governing the veterinary and laboratory animal technician will also be discussed.

    Coreq: Veterinary Medical Terminology 10091170; Animal Science Fundamentals 10006140
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
    10-091-170
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10091170
    • Credits: 2.00

    Teaches acceptable veterinary medical terminology for common clinically recognizable diseases, operations, systems and procedures, as well as common medical signs, abbreviations and colloquial vocabulary.

    Prereq: Active in Veterinary Tech plan; Coreq: Animal Care and Management 1 10091171; General Biology 10806114
  • Animal Care and Management 1
    10-091-171
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10091171
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on handling and husbandry of the animals most commonly seen in veterinary medicine. Includes animal behavior, nutrition, and healthcare.

    Coreq: Veterinary Office Procedures 1 10091131; Vet Tech Uniforms 94091001
  • Animal Health
    10-006-170
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006170
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines animal health by studying disease etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and control. Learners will focus on a variety of species while using proper veterinary terminology as it relates to disease. Additionally, learners will develop a comprehensive preventative medicine plan for a species of interest.

    Prereq: Animal Science Fundamentals 10006140; Coreq: Written Communication 10801195
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathology 1
    10-091-120
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10091120
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces laboratory equipment, elementary laboratory procedures and the principles of microscopy, parasitology, urine analysis, hematology and bacteriology.

    Prereq: Term 1 courses -- 10006140; 10091131; 10091170; 10091171. Coreq: Animal Anatomy & Physiology 1 10091140; Animal Health 10006170
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology 1
    10-091-140
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10091140
    • Credits: 3.00

    Emphasizes terminology, functions, location, identification and organization of anatomical structures that are parts of body systems. Students dissect and study cadavers and tissue specimens from common domestic species.

    Prereq: 1 cr HS Chem OR Gen Chem 10806134 with C or better; Term 1 courses -- 10006140; 10091131; 10091170; 10091171; 10806114; Coreq: Animal Care and Management 2 10091173
  • Animal Care And Management 2
    10-091-173
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10091173
    • Credits: 2.00

    Focuses on handling, medical nursing and disease processes of animals most commonly seen in veterinary medicine

    Prereq: Term 1 courses -- 10006140; 10091131; 10091170; 10091171; Coreq: Pharmacology 1-Animals 10091191.
  • Pharmacology 1-Animals
    10-091-191
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10091191
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduces drugs and other substances used in veterinary medicine. Emphasizes drug usage, client education, measurement, administration, and safe storage of anti-parasitics, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and nervous system drugs.

    Prereq: Term 1 courses -- 10006140; 10091131; 10091170; 10091171; 10806114; Coreq: Veterinary Clinical Pathology 1 10091120.
  • Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1
    10-091-127
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10091127
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers surgical instruments, package prep, patient prep, anesthesia, monitoring and post-op care.

    Prereq: Term 2 courses -- 10006170; 10091120; 10091140; 10091173; 10091191. Coreq: Vet Tech Uniforms-2nd Year 94091002
  • Animal Health 2
    10-091-108
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10091108
    • Credits: 2.00

    Covers etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and control of common diseases in a wide variety of animal species and also those diseases transmissible to humans. Toxic plants and other substances, as well as reporting, sample collection and monitoring of federally regulated diseases will also be discussed.

    Prereq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1 10091127; Coreq: Lab Animal Science 10091123
  • Lab Animal Science
    10-091-123
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10091123
    • Credits: 2.00

    Includes the history of laboratory animal technology and laboratory animal uses. Emphasizes the Animal Welfare Act and other regulations pertaining to the care of laboratory animals. Covers laboratory animal husbandry in depth as students provide care and treatment for a colony of laboratory animals.

    Prereq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1 10091127; Coreq: Veterinary Clinical Pathology 2 10091124
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathology 2
    10-091-124
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10091124
    • Credits: 3.00

    Expands upon the principles, procedures and skills learned in Vet. Clinical Pathology, including hematology, parasitology, urine analysis, microbiology, cytology, mycology, virology, serology, immunology and blood chemistries. Will continue to expand upon the use of microscopes, as well as automated laboratory procedures for hematology and clinical chemistries.

    Prereq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1 10091127; Coreq: Animal Nursing 10091128
  • Animal Nursing
    10-091-128
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10091128
    • Credits: 2.00

    Designed to build upon nursing skills learned in Animal Care & Management 1 and 2, with emphasis on anesthetic techniques, surgical preparation and monitoring of all species.

    Prereq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1 10091127; Coreq: Veterinary Office Procedures 2 10091132
  • Veterinary Office Procedures 2
    10-091-132
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10091132
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers office documents, patient records, billing, estimates, etc., using veterinary office software.

    Prereq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1 10091127; Coreq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 2 10091152
  • Veterinary Surgical Nursing 2
    10-091-152
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10091152
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the continuation of basic surgical nursing and anesthesia skills. Also covers basic dental prophylaxis, dental radiography, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    Prereq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1 10091152; Coreq: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 1 10091153
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 1
    10-091-153
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10091153
    • Credits: 2.00

    Explores concepts in veterinary radiology, with emphasis on both large and small animals

    Prereq: Veterinary Surgical Nursing 1 10091127; Coreq: Animal Health 2 10091108
  • Pharmacology 2-Animal
    10-091-110
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10091110
    • Credits: 2.00

    Introduction to drugs and other substances used in veterinary medicine. Emphasizes drug usage, client education, measurement, administration, and safe storage of cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, chemotherapy, ophthalmic and other drugs.

    Prereq: Term 4 courses -- 10091108; 10091123; 10091124; 10091128; 10091132; 10091152; 10091153; Coreq: Internship - Veterinary Technician 10091114
  • Internship-Veterinary Technician Program
    10-091-114
    3Credit
    261
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 261
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10091114
    • Credits: 3.00

    Integrates students into the practical clinical setting. The internship course is offered during the spring term and requires a minimum of eight weeks, and completion of a minimum of 240 hours. The student's work is supervised by assigned instructors.

    Prereq: Term 4 courses -- 10091108; 10091123; 10091124; 10091128; 10091132; 10091152; 10091153; Coreq: Advanced Topics in Veterinary Medicine 10091122
  • Advanced Topics in Veterinary Medicine
    10-091-122
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10091122
    • Credits: 1.00

    Addresses current topics and advanced diagnostic procedures in veterinary medicine.

    Prereq: Term 4 courses -- 10091108; 10091123; 10091124; 10091128; 10091132; 10091152; 10091153; Coreq: Veterinary Technician Clinical Skills 10091180
  • Veterinary Technician Clinical Skills
    10-091-180
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10091180
    • Credits: 1.00

    Designed to further develop skills in surgical assisting, laboratory evaluation, radiology, pharmacology, animal care and restraint, and office management in preparation for the veterinary technician program internship

    Prereq: Term 4 courses -- 10091108; 10091123; 10091124; 10091128; 10091132; 10091152; 10091153; Coreq: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 2 10091181
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 2
    10-091-181
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10091181
    • Credits: 2.00

    Develops skills in veterinary radiology, with emphasis on both large and small animals. Emphasizes radiology skills as well as electrocardiography, ultrasound, endoscopy and other special imaging procedures and technologies.

    Prereq: Term 4 courses -- 10091108; 10091123; 10091124; 10091128; 10091132; 10091152; 10091153; Coreq: Pharmacology 2-Animal 10091110

    General Studies (16 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • General Biology
    10-806-114
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806114
    • Credits: 4.00

    Introduces general biological concepts and principles. Emphasis is on cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and taxonomical relationships. Consideration is also given to diversity among the various kingdoms. This course emphasizes an environmental perspective and is suitable for students in Natural Resources, Early Childhood Education, Laboratory Science, Forensic Science and others interested in environmental biology.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Intro to Sociology
    10-809-196
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
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