Veterinary Technology

Associate Degree

Program Overview

Get the academic foundation in Veterinary Technology essential to becoming a member of a veterinary health care team. Laboratory and clinical experiences expand on classroom knowledge to equip you with the necessary skills of an entry-level veterinary technician. Graduates pursue careers in private veterinary practices, biomedical research, academia, and other health-related fields.

Career Possibilities

  • Animal Care and Service Worker
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Technologists

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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 healthcare team.

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, students are 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. 

Accreditation Status

New England Institute of Technology is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a program for educating veterinary technicians.

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
www.avma.org

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission
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.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent entry-level veterinary technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for the national certification examination.
  2. 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.
  3. To instill a commitment to uphold the ethical standards of the profession and to lifelong learning and advancement of professional knowledge through continuing education.

Program Outcomes
Veterinary Technology graduates will:

  1. Be able to effectively communicate in all formats including written, oral, and electronic.
  2. Demonstrate skills in problem solving and in decision-making abilities.
  3. Be able to demonstrate entry-level veterinary technician clinical skills enabling them to work individually and as a member of a team.
  4. 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.

 

Exam Results

Associate in Science Degree

  • VET 110 Introduction to Veterinary Technology
  • VET 112 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I
  • VET 113 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • VET 121 Animal Management
  • VET 122 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II
  • VET 123 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • VET 131 Veterinary Pharmacology
  • VET 137 Laboratory Animal Technology and Lab
  • VET 138 Veterinary Practicum I
  • VET 240 Animal Diseases
  • VET 242 Animal Nursing
  • VET 243 Small Animal Nursing Lab
  • VET 244 Veterinary Anesthesia and Dentistry 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 and 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
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