The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree program at Utah Career College prepares students to provide competent, professional and compassionate care for a wide variety of animals. Employers in veterinary hospitals, research facilities, laboratories, zoos and other animal care facilities appreciate the value of hiring well-trained technicians for entry-level positions.
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Core requirements for the Associate in Veterinary Technology degree
Through lectures and hands-on training, students in the Associate in Veterinary Technology degree program learn and apply skills needed for success in careers in veterinary technology, such skills as veterinary support, client communications, office management and patient care.
That is accomplished through veterinary technology courses that cover the following topics:
* Equine medicine
* Veterinary office procedures
* Veterinary medical terminology
* Veterinary clinical skills
* Small animal surgery
* Production animals
* Animal anatomy and physiology
* Veterinary pharmacology
* Lab animals, exotics and pocket pets
* Hematology and cytology
* Veterinary urinalysis and microbiology
* Small animal nutrition and nursing
Externship, Certification Exam Review and Career Development
Our focus at UCC is on supporting students in meeting their career goals. When our Veterinary Technology PAC (Program Advisory Committee) designed our associate’s degree program, PAC members ensured our students would be strong candidates in the job market. The medical and technical studies listed above are summarized and revisited in the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) review course. In the program’s capstone course, the student applies skills and knowledge in a clinical setting under the supervision of veterinary office staff. Finally, the student receives personal job-search assistance from our Career Services Department.
Communications and general education courses
A veterinary technician is often a critical communication link between the veterinarian and the pet owner, giving support to pet owners at difficult times, taking patient histories and explaining care instructions. The Veterinary Technology Associate degree program includes studies in communications and other areas of liberal arts. These general education courses provide a rich backdrop to students who, as graduates, will be working with clients and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.