Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Romano, Anna M.

Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Veterinary Technology
304-367-4763
116 Hunt-Haught Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
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Program Purpose: 

The A.A.S. Veterinary Technology Degree is designed to prepare students for careers in the dynamic field of veterinary medicine as Veterinary Technicians, who work with veterinarians in all aspects of animal health, disease, and welfare. This program prepares students to become vital and contributing members of a veterinary health care team who are fully capable of performing a wide variety of professional roles within the veterinary medical setting. (This is not, however, a pre-veterinary program of study.)

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate competency in the entry-level skills needed to support companion animal medicine, equine and food animal medicine, biomedical research, and other veterinary technology disciplines
  • To communicate verbally and nonverbally with patients, clients, veterinarians, and veterinary staff in an effective and appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically by analyzing, understanding, and problem solving.
  • Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are professional, ethical, and legal
Opportunities: 

Graduates of the program who become certified can pursue several career opportunities in Veterinary Technology in a variety of settings, including small animal practice, herd health management, biomedical research, pharmaceutical sales, government agencies, emergency medicine, education, and zoos. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam. (VTNE)

The number of first-time candidates sitting for and passing the VTNE since July 2012 is included in the table below.  
 
  July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016
Number of eligible first-time candidates 54
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 44
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 50%

 

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

This program has a competitive admissions process and requires a separate program application. All applications must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 1 for the following academic year. Applications will only be considered after the deadline if space is available. Applicants who are not admitted to the program must reapply if they wish to be considered for acceptance the following academic year.

To be considered for admission, applicants must have:

  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • A score of 19 or better in the Math portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or successful completion of appropriate academic skills math class.
  • A score of 18 or better in the English portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or successful completion of appropriate academic skills english class
  • Successfully completed high school algebra and chemistry (or college alternative)

Program Application

Clinical Experience hours

Student Handbook

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

To remain in the Veterinary Technology Program, students must earn a “C” or better in every VETT course and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0.

Program Specific Accreditation: 

American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL  60173-4361
(800) 248-2862
www.avma.org

Notice to Students: 

Pierpont's Vet Tech program has been ranked in the top 30 Veterinary Technology Programs in the United States. For more information check out ​http://www.veterinarianedu.org/top-30-vet-tech-colleges/

Program Total Credit Hours: 
74 CHs
Support Coursework: 
16 CHs

CHEM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
58 CHs

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

VETT 1113

Introduction to Veterinary Technology
2
CH(s)

VETT 1115

Clinical Techniques
3
CH(s)

VETT 1116

Clinical Procedures
5
CH(s)

VETT 1122

Veterinary Pharmacology
3
CH(s)

VETT 1130

Animal Parasitology
3
CH(s)

VETT 1170

Anatomy and Physiology
4
CH(s)

VETT 1180

Exotic Animal Medicine
2
CH(s)

VETT 2210

Laboratory Animal Techniques I
3
CH(s)

VETT 2212

Health Management of Farm Animals
4
CH(s)

VETT 2217

Clinical Laboratory Procedures
4
CH(s)

VETT 2222

Diseases of Domestic Animals
4
CH(s)

VETT 2271

Veterinary Preceptorship I
4
CH(s)

VETT 2272

Veterinary Preceptorship II
5
CH(s)

VETT 2273

Applied Clinical Experience
3
CH(s)

VETT 2995

Seminar for Veterinary Technicians
2
CH(s)

HLCA 1170 may be substituted for VETT 1170.

Model Schedule
Fall Semester

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

VETT 1113

Introduction to Veterinary Technology
2
CH(s)

VETT 1115

Clinical Techniques
3
CH(s)

VETT 1130

Animal Parasitology
3
CH(s)

VETT 1170

Anatomy and Physiology
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs

*HLCA 1170 may be substituted for VETT 1170

Spring Semester

CHEM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

VETT 1116

Clinical Procedures
5
CH(s)

VETT 2210

Laboratory Animal Techniques I
3
CH(s)

VETT 2222

Diseases of Domestic Animals
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
19 CHs
Summer Semester

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

VETT 2271

Veterinary Preceptorship I
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
7 CHs

*ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108

Fall Semester

BIOL 2205

Technical Microbiology
3
CH(s)

VETT 1122

Veterinary Pharmacology
3
CH(s)

VETT 2212

Health Management of Farm Animals
4
CH(s)

VETT 2217

Clinical Laboratory Procedures
4
CH(s)

GNED ELEC

General Studies Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs
Spring Semester

VETT 2272

Veterinary Preceptorship II
5
CH(s)

VETT 2273

Applied Clinical Experience
3
CH(s)

VETT 1180

Exotic Animal Medicine
2
CH(s)

VETT 2995

Seminar for Veterinary Technicians
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
12 CHs
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