Academic Catalog

Veterinary Technology, A.S./B.S.

Program Description

This rigorous program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) combines professional, liberal arts, basic sciences, and two Preceptorship (field experience) requirements. Students will earn an Associate of Science degree (A.S.) and also have the opportunity to apply all credits towards a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.). The Associate of Science degree entails seventy-two credits over two academic years but may be adjusted to accommodate a student’s special needs. The Bachelor of Science degree can be obtained after two additional years of study and will include specialization courses in Veterinary Technology, upper-level sciences and diverse General Education topics. Students may also choose the Pre-Veterinary pathway and complete prerequisite courses for application to Veterinary schools.

The Veterinary Technology program focuses on laboratory testing techniques, clinical assisting and animal nursing procedures in modern state-of-the-art facilities. Diagnostics, treatments, and medical ethics are stressed. Lecture sessions utilize computer-assisted instruction and technological “smart classrooms,” with an emphasis on clinical courses and hands-on laboratory exercises. “Reality-based” teaching techniques, including the use of case-studies and interactive computer-based activities, connect classes and clinical laboratory experiences with current veterinary practice. These are complemented with two off-campus Preceptorships. The Buffalo Zoo, Erie County SPCA, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SUNY Buffalo, Veterans Hospital and local Buffalo and Rochester Veterinary Hospitals cooperate with Medaille College. Large animal facilities and local farms provide opportunities to work with equine and agricultural animals. The Medaille College student will become familiar with medical procedures for companion, laboratory, exotic and all major large animal species. As a Veterinary Technician, employment is available in veterinary hospitals, equine and food animal practices, the pharmaceutical industry, biolomedical research labs, state and federal government agencies, medical Colleges and universities, and animal breeding facilities. The bachelor’s degree will enhance a student’s knowledge and skills, providing additional opportunities for pursuing career goals and advanced graduate studies.

Admission to the College is based on Medaille College Admission Policies. Those entering as Provisional students and placing into developmental courses will require additional semesters to complete the A.S. degree. The Veterinary Technology program requires student time beyond scheduled class and laboratory hours. Animal Care and Vivarium responsibilities (in new and spacious animal housing facilities), clinical laboratory testing and animal supervision are some of the assigned duties, which require substantial time outside the classroom. Travel to and from instructional programs held off the Buffalo Campus, such as farm animal labs necessitates additional student time.

Those students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree, including courses required for veterinary school admission, can do so in conjunction with the Veterinary Technology program. Flexibility in the various bachelor’s degree programs affiliated with the A.S. in Veterinary Technology will allow participants to satisfy the admissions requirements for most professional post-graduate medical programs of several professions.

A Veterinary Technology Handbook of policies, procedures, and needed materials will be furnished to each Veterinary Technology student in their first semester. An Orientation specific to the Veterinary Technology program is required for every student before their entrance into the program and prior to their beginning clinical courses.

To graduate with an Associate in Science degree, students must complete all required courses in the Veterinary Technology program with a minimum grade of C-. Students in this A.S. in Veterinary Technology program may not take any of these required courses as a Pass/Fail grade. I addition, each student must accomplish 100% of the Essential Tasks established by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete all required courses in the Veterinary Technology program with a minimum grade of C-. Student in this B.S. in Veterinary Technology program may not take any of these required courses as a Pass/Fail grade.

Students within six (6) months of graduation in the Associate Degree program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). As graduates of an AVMA accredited program, and after passage of the VTNE, Medaille College students can be licensed in New York State and become eligible for reciprocal licensing in most other states.

Degree earned: A.S. or B.S. 
Total number of credits:  72 (A.S.) or 120 (B.S.) 

Credit Distribution (A.S.)

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
VET 099Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine0
VET 100Introduction to Veterinary Technology3
VET 120Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science3
VET 120LIntroduction to Laboratory Animal Science Lab0
VET 126Animal Parasitology2
VET 126LAnimal Parasitology Laboratory0
VET 202Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition3
VET 202ASmall Animal Diseases and Nutrition - Animal Care0
VET 202LSmall Animal Diseases and Nutrition - Lab0
VET 204Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques3
VET 204LVeterinary Clinical Lab Techniques Lab0
VET 206Handling and Care of Exotics2
VET 206LHandling and Care Exotics Lab0
VET 208Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging2
VET 208LDiagnostic Imaging Lab0
VET 222Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition3
VET 222LFarm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition Lab0
VET 224Surgical Nursing and Anethesiology3
VET 224ASurgical Nursing and Anesthesiology - Animal Care0
VET 224LSurgical Nursing and Anesthesiology Lab0
VET 226Veterinary Practice Management1
VET 228Gross and Clinical Pathology1
VET 228LGross and Clinical Pathology Lab0
VET 230Pharmacy and Pharmacology3
VET 230LPharmacy and Pharmacology Lab0
VET 230RPharmacy & Pharmacology(Recit)0
VET 237Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians2
Experiential Learning
VET 177Preceptorship I1
VET 276Small Animal Nursing Skills Preceptorship1
VET 277Preceptorship II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Required Courses
BIO 170Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 170LComparative Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIO 171Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 171LComparative Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
BIO 200Microbiology3
BIO 200LMicrobiology Lab1
CHE 145Chemistry for the Health and Sciences3
CHE 145LChemistry for the Health Sciences Laboratory1
MAT 112Mathematics for the Sciences3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective Component
Select 6 credits from any APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, MAT, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course. 36
Total Hours72
1

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

2

Requires co-registration with VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science

3

Students anticipating enrollment in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology or Veterinary Technology or wishing to satisfy prerequisites for applying to Veterinary school should consult with the Veterinary Technology Department Chair/Program Director for appropriate course selections.

Credit Distribution (B.S.)

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
HUM 300The Arts in Society3
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
or BIO 301 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
VET 099Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine0
VET 100Introduction to Veterinary Technology3
VET 120Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science3
VET 126Animal Parasitology2
VET 202Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition3
VET 204Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques3
VET 206Handling and Care of Exotics2
VET 208Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging2
VET 222Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition3
VET 224Surgical Nursing and Anethesiology3
VET 226Veterinary Practice Management1
VET 228Gross and Clinical Pathology1
VET 230Pharmacy and Pharmacology3
VET 237Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians2
Experiential Learning
VET 177Preceptorship I1
VET 276Small Animal Nursing Skills Preceptorship1
VET 277Preceptorship II3
Veterinary Technology Electives
Select two courses of the following:6
Basic Introduction to Horses
Special Topic in Veterinary Technology
Independent Study in Veterinary Technology
Horse and Stable Management
Animal Learning
Foundations of Animal Management and Welfare
Companion Animal First Aid and Disaster Preparedness
Select three courses of the following:9
Veterinary Dentistry: Principles and Practices
Dental Radiography
Advanced Animal Management Welfare
Case Studies in SA Vet Med
Applied Human - Animal Bond
Horse and Stable Management
Advanced Laboratory Animal Science
Equine Nutrition & Physiology
Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part I
Introduction to Animal Rehabilitation
Pain Management in Animals
Patient Management and Therapeutics in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Zoonotic Diseases
Special Topic in Veterinary Technology
Advanced Dental Techniques
Specialization in Veterinary Dentistry
Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part II
Anesthesia for Canine and Feline High-Risk Patients
Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I
Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II
Independent Study in Veterinary Technology
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
BIO 170Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 170LComparative Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIO 171Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 171LComparative Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
BIO 200Microbiology3
BIO 200LMicrobiology Lab1
CHE 145Chemistry for the Health and Sciences3
CHE 145LChemistry for the Health Sciences Laboratory1
MAT 112Mathematics for the Sciences3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives 3
Select three Liberal Arts and Sciences courses of any level6
Select two 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences courses6
Free Electives
Select 6 credits of Free Electives 46
Total Hours120
1

Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

2

Requires co-registration with VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science

3

Liberal Arts and Sciences courses include APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, MAT, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course

4

May include any College course.

Note: Students can matriculate from an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology to a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Medaille College offers the opportunity for Veterinary Technology majors to apply their previously earned A.S. degree toward fulfilling the requirements of a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Biology or Veterinary Technology. These programs enable the Veterinary Technician to receive the maximum benefit from transfer credits. Although the Bachelor of Science programs have been formulated to complement the Medaille College Veterinary Technology degree, it is anticipated that other States and New York programs accredited by the AVMA will be quite similar and that almost all earned credits will transfer.

Suggested Sequences

Veterinary Technology (A.S.)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
VET 177 Preceptorship I 1
BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 170L Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
ENG 110 College Writing 3
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
MAT 112 Mathematics for the Sciences 3
 Hours18
Second Semester
VET 099/120A Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine 0
VET 120/099/120A Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science 3
VET 126 Animal Parasitology 2
BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 171L Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
BIO 200 Microbiology 3
BIO 200L Microbiology Lab 1
CHE 145 Chemistry for the Health and Sciences 3
CHE 145L Chemistry for the Health Sciences Laboratory 1
 Hours18
Second Year
First Semester
VET 202/202A Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition 3
VET 204 Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques 3
VET 208 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 2
VET 230/230R Pharmacy and Pharmacology 3
VET 276 Small Animal Nursing Skills Preceptorship 1
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
LAS Elective 3
 Hours18
Second Semester
VET 206 Handling and Care of Exotics 2
VET 222 Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition 3
VET 224/224A Surgical Nursing and Anethesiology 3
VET 226 Veterinary Practice Management 1
VET 237 Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians 2
VET 228 Gross and Clinical Pathology 1
VET 277 Preceptorship II 3
LAS Elective 3
 Hours18
 Total Hours72

Note 1: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Note 2: Students planning to apply for admission to graduate, medical, or veterinary school are strongly encouraged to take CHE 400 General Biochemistry, PHY 200 Principles of Physics I, PHY 201 Principles of Physics II, and MAT 216 Survey Of Introductory Calculus And Its Applications or MAT 251 Calculus I and MAT 252 Calculus II. Students interested in professional careers in medicine are advised to develop a foundation in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Veterinary Technology (B.S.)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
VET 177 Preceptorship I 1
BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 170L Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
MAT 112/VET 120 Mathematics for the Sciences 3
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
 Hours18
Second Semester
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 171L Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
VET 126 Animal Parasitology 2
VET 120/MAT 112 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science 3
VET 099/120A Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine 0
 Hours13
Second Year
First Semester
VET 202/202A Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition 3
VET 204 Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques 3
VET 276 Small Animal Nursing Skills Preceptorship 1
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
Free elective 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
LAS elective 3
BIO 200 Microbiology 3
BIO 200L Microbiology Lab 1
VET 208 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 2
CHE 145 Chemistry for the Health and Sciences 3
CHE 145L Chemistry for the Health Sciences Laboratory 1
 Hours13
Third Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
MAT 201/BIO 301 Statistics and Society 3
VET 230/230R Pharmacy and Pharmacology 3
VET Elective 3
LAS Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
VET 206 Handling and Care of Exotics 2
VET 222 Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition 3
VET 224/224A Surgical Nursing and Anethesiology 3
VET 226 Veterinary Practice Management 1
VET 228 Gross and Clinical Pathology 1
VET 237 Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians 2
VET 277 Preceptorship II 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
VET 300/400 3
VET 300/400 3
LAS Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Citizenship Dialogues 3
VET Elective 3
VET 300/400 3
LAS 300/400 3
LAS 300/400 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Note 1: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized as a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Note 2: Students planning to apply for admission to graduate, medical, or veterinary school are strongly encouraged to take CHE 400 General BiochemistryPHY 200 Principles of Physics IPHY 201 Principles of Physics II, and MAT 216 Survey Of Introductory Calculus And Its Applications or MAT 251 Calculus I and MAT 252 Calculus II. Students interested in professional careers in medicine are advised to develop a foundation in the Humanities and Social Sciences.