Veterinary Technology Specialized Associate Degree Program (AST)

Program Description:  The program combines classroom theory and laboratory experience on topics including care, surgical procedures, proper washing and feeding techniques, and overall care of animals.By completing the program, students will be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) for Licensing as a Certified Veterinary Technician.  In the Veterinary Technology Program, students will be instructed on veterinary practice and administration, including topics on how to obtain animal health records, schedule appointments, admit and discharge patients, file medical records, handle receipts, perform basic client education, and all aspects of customer relations. The demand for trained veterinary technicians has steadily increased over the past decade and this growth is expected to continue. Veterinary technicians provide surgical and nursing care to animals in clinics. They also provide basic care, perform laboratory procedures, prep the treatment room, restrain animals during examination and treatment, assist in administering injections, apply wound dressings, and clean teeth. LCCTC does not guarantee job placement to graduates upon program completion and graduation. Graduate may need to relocate to attain employment after program completion.

Program Objectives:

  • Monitor animals’ recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.
  • Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination and operating rooms, and animal loading/unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
  • Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
  • Administer medication, immunizations, and blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.
  • Provide emergency first aid to sick or injured animals.
  • Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.
  • Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments and equipment.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic tests such as taking and developing x-rays.
  • Administer anesthetics during surgery and monitor the effects on animals.
  • Prepare surgical equipment, and pass instruments and materials to veterinarians during surgical procedures.

Program Length:   21 months
Full-time Days:
Aug. 2019-June 2021
TUITION: $22,200     LAB FEE: $2,000                              RABIES VACCINATION FEE: $1,200

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