Associate in Science Degree
The Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology prepares students as entry-level veterinary technicians. These students are provided with the educational foundation necessary to develop the required critical thinking, managerial, and clinical professional skills necessary to perform as effective members of the veterinary health care team. This program will seek accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. The training provided will prepare our graduates for diverse career opportunities including private veterinary practice, biomedical research, academia, food safety inspection, and other health-related fields.
Veterinary technology is the science and art of providing professional support to veterinarians. Veterinary technicians provide professional health care for animals under the supervision of a veterinarian.Examples of areas of responsibility for veterinary technicians include surgical assisting, anesthesiology,radiology, caring for hospitalized patients, administering vaccines and medications, dental prophylaxis,collecting specimens and performing clinical laboratory procedures, client education, physical examination and patient history, and office/hospital management. Veterinary technicians cannot diagnose, prescribe, or perform surgery.
Throughout the curriculum, the student is exposed to veterinary team concepts and appropriate modeling of professional and ethical conduct. There are planned laboratory and clinical practice experiences that expand student knowledge and lead to proficiency in task-specific essential and recommended skills for the entry-level veterinary technician.
The New England Institute of Technology Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology will provide an educational opportunity which is unique in Rhode Island. Throughout the nation, employment of Veterinary Technicians is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. Job prospects for veterinary technicians are considered excellent because there will be more job openings than qualified candidates. With this marketable degree, graduates will be eligible to find employment in one of the fastest growing occupations both
nationally and state-wide.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) accredits programs in veterinary technology that graduate veterinary technicians. NEIT has applied for accreditation and the CVTEA is scheduled to perform an initial site visit in January, 2013. Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation. All students who graduate after accreditation has been granted will be recognized as graduates of an accredited veterinary technology program.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)
Education and Research Division
1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4630
800/248-2862 ext. 6624
Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The mission of the NEIT Veterinary Technology program is to provide students with the educational foundation necessary to develop the required critical thinking, managerial, and clinical professional skills necessary to perform as effective members of the veterinary health care team. Through a combination of classroom, hands-on laboratory and clinical educational experiences, students will master the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Technology Student Essential and Recommended Skills List which will prepare students as entry-level veterinary technicians. Graduates of this program will recognize career opportunities in traditional and non-traditional settings such as private veterinary practice, biomedical research, academia, food safety inspection, and other health-related fields.
• To prepare competent entry-level veterinary technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for the national certification examination.
• To provide a variety of planned laboratory and clinical practice experiences that expand student knowledge and lead to proficiency in task-specific essential and recommended skills for the entry-level veterinary technician.
• To instill a commitment to uphold the ethical standards of the profession and to lifelong learning and advancement of professional knowledge through continuing education.
• Veterinary Technology graduates will be able to effectively communicate in all formats including written, oral, and electronic.
• Veterinary Technology graduates will demonstrate skills in problem solving and in decision-making abilities.
• Veterinary Technology graduates will be able to demonstrate entry-level veterinary technician clinical skills enabling them to work individually and as a member of a team.
• Veterinary Technology graduates will understand and appreciate the importance of following and upholding applicable laws and the veterinary technology profession’s ethical codes while providing high quality patient care.
Associate in Science Degree
VET 110 Introduction to Veterinary Technology
VET 112 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I
VET 113 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
VET 122 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II
VET 123 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
VET 120 Animal Management
VET 130 Veterinary Pharmacology
VET 135 Laboratory Animal Technology
VET 136 Laboratory Animal Technology Lab
VET 138 Veterinary Practicum I
VET 240 Veterinary Diseases
VET 242 Animal Nursing
VET 243 Small Animal Nursing Lab
VET 248 Veterinary Practicum II
VET 250 Large Animal Nursing Laboratory
VET 252 Veterinary Imaging
VET 253 Veterinary Imaging Laboratory
VET 254 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing
VET 255 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing Lab
VET 258 Veterinary Practicum III
VET 260 Veterinary Management
VET 262 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures
VET 263 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures Lab
VET 268 Veterinary Practicum IV