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Veterinary Technician New

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
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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.
Veterinary Clinical Pathology 1
10-091-120
3Credit
72
90
N/A
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
90 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. 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
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
216
0
N/A
216 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. 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 216 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
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. 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
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
General Biology
10-806-114
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. 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
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
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 Psychology
10-809-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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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