Veterinary Technology

2014-15 Edition

Rock Creek Campus
Building 7, Room 202
971-722-7461

www.pcc.edu/vet

Career and Program Description

Veterinary technicians work with veterinarians and are skilled and knowledgeable in the practical application of aspects involved in the care and handling of animals, clinical laboratory procedures, animal diseases, animal nutrition, pharmacology, radiography, anesthesiology and medical and surgical assistance. Graduates are prepared to function as competent veterinary technicians in small and large animal hospitals and clinics, laboratory animal research facilities, educational institutions, animal shelters, military service and commercial firms. The program also emphasizes the development of professional attitudes and interpersonal skills expected of health care professionals.

This program is fully accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination administered by the Oregon Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Graduates are also eligible for licensure in other states.

This is a seven-term, full time program. All Veterinary Technology courses must be taken in the sequential order in the course of study below. All Veterinary Technology courses must be completed with a C or better to qualify for continuation in the program.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Veterinary Technology

Prerequisites and Requirements

College placement tests are administered through assessment centers.

  1. Completion of WR 121 or documented equivalent college level work prior to admission.
  2. Completing MTH 65, or MTH 63 with a C or better, or passing a math class with a C or better for which MTH 65 or higher level math skills are a prerequisite, or passing the PCC competency exam for MTH 65 or placement into MTH 95 or higher.
  3. High school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent required.
  4. Completion of CH 100, its equivalent or higher with a C or better.
  5. Completion of BI 112, its equivalent or higher with a C or better.
  6. Completion of MP 111 prior to admission.

The Veterinary Technology program is a closed entry program with limited enrollment. Completing admission requirements and applying to the program does not guarantee admission. Admission to the first year of the program is based on high school and college grades, meeting the above program prerequisites, completion of required observation hours with a veterinarian, a letter of recommendation, and an interview. A minimum of forty hours of observation with a veterinarian is required. This may be done as a paid employee or as a volunteer.

For specific eligibility requirements, a complete list of application materials and to obtain an admission packet, contact the department or visit the program website: www.pcc.edu/programs/vet-tech/. In order to be considered for admittance into fall term, all application materials are due by May 1st. Only students who have been officially accepted into the program or those who have prior approval may enroll in courses.

Veterinary Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 100 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Veterinary Technology Degree Credit Summary

VT84
General Education16
Total Credits100

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
VT 101Introduction to Veterinary Technology2
VT 104Facility Ward Care2
VT 105Comparative Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I4
VT 121Basic Animal Science4
General Education4
Second Term
VT 102Animal Nursing and Restraint3
VT 106Comparative Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II4
VT 107Veterinary Parasitology and Pathology3
VT 108Pharmaceutical Mathematics 11
General Education4
Third Term
VT 103Animal Health Record Systems3
VT 110Specimen Collection Laboratory1
VT 111Hematology and Urinalysis5
General Education4
Fourth Term
VT 109Radiation Safety2
VT 112Clinical Laboratory Procedures5
VT 113Veterinary Microbiology3
VT 280ACooperative Education: Clinic I4
General Education4
Fifth Term
VT 201Anesthesiology3
VT 204Applied Radiography3
VT 205Veterinary Pharmacology4
VT 211Pharmaceutical Mathematics II1
Sixth Term
VT 202Surgical Nursing and Lab Animal Procedures4
VT 207Public Health and Sanitation2
VT 208Small Animal Diseases4
VT 280BCooperative Education: Clinic II4
Seventh Term
VT 203Veterinary Procedures Seminar3
VT 209Large Animal Diseases and Procedures3
VT 210Animal Nutrition3
VT 280CCooperative Education: Clinic III4
 Total Credits: 100

Courses

VT 101. Introduction to Veterinary Technology. 2 Credits.

Covers the job of the veterinary technician. This will illustrate that the course work is both practical and necessary. Program admission required.

VT 102. Animal Nursing and Restraint. 3 Credits.

Teaches nursing techniques and principles of restraint of dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, birds and laboratory animals. Emphasizes techniques to maximize the safety aspect of restraint to both the handler and to the animal patient. Program admission required. Prerequisite: VT 101.

VT 103. Animal Health Record Systems. 3 Credits.

An introduction to veterinary medical records, admitting procedures, history taking, record maintenance for both in/out patient, and kennel records. Includes follow-up and discharge procedures on filing and record retention. Covers using the computer in veterinary medicine.

VT 104. Facility Ward Care. 2 Credits.

Introduces principles of daily animal husbandry, socialization, enrichment, and clinical care of animal species housed on campus in program facilities. Explores teamwork, communication, veterinary technical skills, and principles of professionalism encountered in the daily operations of a multispecies veterinary facility. Prerequisites: BI 112, CH 100.

VT 105. Comparative Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I. 4 Credits.

Covers the form and function of animal bodies and their anatomical and physiological differences between selected species are studied. Lab includes skeletons and cadaver specimens. Focuses on microscopic anatomy and anatomy and physiology of bones, muscles, and skin. Program admission required. Prerequisites: VT 121; (BI 101 or BI101B); CH 100.

VT 106. Comparative Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II. 4 Credits.

Covers the form and function of animal bodies and their anatomical and physiological differences between selected species are studied. Lab includes skeletons and cadaver specimens. Focuses on anatomy and physiology of the digestive, nervous, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine system. Includes organs of special sense. Prerequisite: VT 105.

VT 107. Veterinary Parasitology and Pathology. 3 Credits.

Introduces life cycles, modes of transmission, geographical distribution, and diseases associated with each parasite. Lab includes identification of parasites using prepared slides and collected specimens. Students will be able to recognize terms and processes involved in veterinary pathology, means and processes that result in disease, types of cells and tissues, and recognize signs of inflammation. Prerequisites: BI 101, BI 102 or BI 112.

VT 108. Pharmaceutical Mathematics 1. 1 Credit.

Introduces mathematics as applied to pharmacology. Includes unit conversions, solutions and percentage calculations, and drug dosage calculations. Program admission required.

VT 109. Radiation Safety. 2 Credits.

Introduces x-radiation and safety principles involved in using of x-ray machines. Program or current employment in a veterinary hospital or clinic doing x-ray work is required.

VT 110. Specimen Collection Laboratory. 1 Credit.

Covers collection techniques used on both large and small animals and skills needed to obtain the specimens required for analysis in clinical laboratories. Prerequisites: VT 105; (BI 101 or BI101B), BI 102; CH 100.

VT 111. Hematology and Urinalysis. 5 Credits.

Develops the knowledge and skills necessary to perform hematology and urinalysis. Includes how to perform a complete blood count and to do a urinalysis using current technology. Prerequisites: VT 105; (BI 101 or BI101B), BI 102; CH 100.

VT 112. Clinical Laboratory Procedures. 5 Credits.

Teaches the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the various types of tests that are usually done in the clinical laboratory of a veterinary hospital. Includes learning to perform serum chemistries on various types of machines, knowledge of special commercial test procedures, and examination of cytology specimens. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 111; (BI 101 or BI101B), BI 102; CH 100.

VT 113. Veterinary Microbiology. 3 Credits.

Develops the knowledge and skills necessary to perform microbiology functions. Includes learning about the various pathological genus and species of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Focuses on the various laboratory methods used in the identification of bacterial and fungal organisms. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 111; (BI 101 or BI101B), BI 102; CH 100.

VT 121. Basic Animal Science. 4 Credits.

Introduces the livestock industry and the various species of large animal livestock. Includes livestock terminology, breeds, production systems, basic management practices, and animal products and by-products. Lab introduces the livestock production systems and producers.

VT 150. Veterinary Technician National Examination Prep Course. 4 Credits.

Designed for veterinary assistants currently working in the field to prepare for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Emphasizes subject areas covered on the exam. Material presented provides foundation knowledge in animal health care principles and practice for those wishing to further their education.

VT 201. Anesthesiology. 3 Credits.

Introduces basic anesthetic agents, the use and operation of allied machines, monitoring and care of the anesthetized animal patient, and the pre-operative considerations and duties for both surgery and anesthesia. Second year standing required. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 111, VT 112, VT 113.

VT 202. Surgical Nursing and Lab Animal Procedures. 4 Credits.

Covers surgical preparations of the patient, surgical monitoring, surgical assistance, pre-operative and post-operative animal care, instrument sterilization methods, instrument identification, and the veterinary technicians role in special surgical procedures. Also includes laboratory animal diseases and procedures. Prerequisite: VT 201.

VT 203. Veterinary Procedures Seminar. 3 Credits.

Covers the special skill areas of technician training, such as electrocardiography, bandaging, and various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Students investigate, research and report (both orally and in writing) on topics of special interest. Prerequisite: VT 202.

VT 204. Applied Radiography. 3 Credits.

Teaches the practical application of radiography in the veterinary profession. Includes principles of x-ray production, the operation and uses of x-ray machines, the care and development of films, and radiographic positioning of animals. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 109.

VT 205. Veterinary Pharmacology. 4 Credits.

Introduces general pharmacological principles, drugs, and classification of agents used in veterinary medicine. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 107, VT 108, VT 111, VT 112, VT 113.

VT 207. Public Health and Sanitation. 2 Credits.

Covers the principles of public health and sanitation as they apply to veterinary medicine and the veterinary technician. Emphasizes epidemiology, public health principles and regulations, zoonoses, and meat and food hygiene. Prerequisites: VT 111, VT 112, VT 113.

VT 208. Small Animal Diseases. 4 Credits.

Covers important diseases and disease processes occurring in small animals are covered. Includes the causes, pathogenesis, clinical signs, treatment and prevention of each disease. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 111, VT 205, VT 112, VT 113.

VT 209. Large Animal Diseases and Procedures. 3 Credits.

Covers the important disease and disease processes, and obstetrics as they occur in large animals. Includes the causes, pathogenesis, clinical signs, treatment and prevention of each disease. Lab includes large animal treatment procedures. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 111, VT 205, VT 112, VT 113.

VT 210. Animal Nutrition. 3 Credits.

Introduces various types of nutrients, the basic principles of nutrition as applied to small and large animals, various feeding practices and their economic importance, and important nutritionally caused diseases. Covers care and handling of orphaned animals and special prescription diets. Prerequisites: VT 105, VT 106, VT 121; (BI 101 or BI101B), BI 102; CH 100.

VT 211. Pharmaceutical Mathematics II. 1 Credit.

Continues mathematics as applied to pharmacology from Pharmaceutical Mathematics I. Includes a review of drug dosage calculations and solutions and percentages, except problems are more difficult. New topics covered are fluid therapy and cancer chemotherapy problems. Program admission or prerequisite Pharmaceutical Mathematics I required.

VT 280A. Cooperative Education: Clinic I. 4 Credits.

Develops career objectives by linking their PCC course work with off-campus learning experiences in business, industry, and/or the public sector. Focuses on office/receptionist skills, animal nursing and restraint, and laboratory procedures. Department permission required.

VT 280B. Cooperative Education: Clinic II. 4 Credits.

Develops career objectives by linking their PCC course work with off-campus learning experiences in business, industry, and/or the public sector. Focuses on office/receptionist skills, animal nursing and restraint laboratory procedures, pharmacology, radiography, surgical preparation and assistance and anesthesiology. Students may request to attend a special clinic, such as the Oregon Regional Primate Center, Oregon Health Science University, The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, or a large animal or equine practice. Department permission required.

VT 280C. Cooperative Education: Clinic III. 4 Credits.

Develops career objectives by linking their PCC course work with off-campus learning experiences in business, industry, and/or the public sector. Focuses on office/receptionist skills, animal nursing and restraint laboratory procedures, pharmacology, radiography, surgical preparation and assistance and anesthesiology. Students may request to attend a special clinic, such as the Oregon Regional Primate Center, Oregon Health Science University, The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, or a large animal or equine practice. Department permission required.