Veterinary Technology (AST)

Career Focus Statement

Use your compassion for animals to establish lifelong goals and a solid career.

Program Goals

Provide professional and technical assistance to veterinarians to include:

  • Administration of medications by various routes, to include immunizations
  • Dental Prophylaxis
  • Diagnostic imaging including digital radiographs
  • Surgical preparation, anesthetic monitoring, and post-surgical patient care
  • Perform laboratory diagnostic tests on state of the art blood and chemistry equipment
  • Maintain and sanitize animal facilities consistent with the Animal Welfare Act and USDA requirements
  • Follow all federal and state regulations applicable to the field of Veterinary Technology
  • Provide excellent customer service to patient owners and all participants within the community
  • Perform hospital and staff management skills
  • Other tasks requested by the veterinarian within the regulatory statues and individual capabilities of the Veterinary Technician

Program Description

Using textbook learning along with hands-on experience, the Veterinary Technology Program will provide a solid base on which to grow your Veterinary Technology career. Within a facility emulating and functioning an actual veterinary hospital, LCCTC students will have daily interactions with fostered animals as part of their learning experience. In our care of these fostered animals (which will change weekly), we will instruct you on how to properly care for patients, including maintaining medical records and doing SOAPs [Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan] in conjunction with the critical thinking aspects of being a successful Veterinary Technician. Baseline needs of the patients will be taken care of on all animals. Based on the individual courses, students will perform a variety of diagnostic tests on these patients under the direction of the veterinarian to include bloodwork, radiology, fecal and urine analysis, analysis of dermatological specimens, and perform other diagnostic tests as medically or surgically indicated.

Treatments, including administration of medications, applying wound care, bandaging, performing dental prophylaxis, parasite control and treatments, and ear care will involve developing an active proficiency in animal restraint and handling. Anesthesia administration and monitoring will be taught along with critical care surgical nursing skills. Facility care is a large part of being a team member within the veterinary community and will be a significant part of your learning experience. Proper hospital sanitation and disease control is critical for patient wellness.

Grow with us and become a dedicated Veterinary Technician.

The Veterinary Technician’s Oath:

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health.

I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.