Academic Catalog

Veterinary Technology (On-Ground), A.A.S.

Program Description

The A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology provides students with classroom instruction, and clinical experiences needed to perform effectively as veterinary technicians. The curriculum is designed to provide the necessary credentials for students to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), as well as satisfy New York State Education requirements for professional licensure as a veterinary technician.

The curriculum for the A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology has been constructed to include the Curriculum and Essential Tasks (didactic and psychomotor) required and recommended by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities/American Veterinary Medical Association (CVTEA/AVMA). Special attention has been given to the organization and presentation of subject areas to fit the hours of classroom instruction and clinical experiences.

The A.A.S. reflects a terminal degree program, which will provide the necessary credentials for taking the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and satisfy New York State Education requirements for professional licensure as a Veterinary Technician. Licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians serving as faculty and staff in Medaille’s Veterinary Technology Department have been instrumental in designing and writing the A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology.

This innovative program provides an educational and veterinary technician licensing opportunity for those employed in some capacity in a veterinary practice or other career pathway and wishing to become a professional veterinary technician.

To graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree, students must complete all required courses with not less than an overall 2.0 (C) average and not less than a 2.0 (C) average in Veterinary Technology courses. Majors in this program may not take any Veterinary Technology course as a Pass/Fail. The Veterinary Technology program requires student time beyond scheduled class for clinical experiences during the week and required laboratory sessions on weekends. Travel to and from instructional programs held off the Rochester Campus, such as farm animal labs, necessitates additional student time

Program Goals

  1. To provide a relevant and innovative education that prepares individuals for professional careers and lifelong learning.
  2. To develop in all students the interpersonal skills necessary for effective participation in teams and groups.
  3. To enhance the analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills of each individual student.
  4. To develop and cultivate a sense of purpose, responsibility, and ethical behavior among individuals.
  5. To enhance the student’s written, spoken, and technological skills.
  6. To obtain the knowledge and develop proficiency in clinical and practical veterinary medicine in order to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and satisfy New York State Education requirements for professional licensure as a veterinary technician.

Delivery Format

  • On-campus (Evening) Rochester Campus only

Course Sequence (On-Ground)

BIO 1734
BIO 1744
ENG 1114
SCI 1314
MAT 1164
SPE 2424
VET 095Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine0
VET 1024
VET 1824
VET 2054
VET 2482
VET 2492
VET 2502
VET 2514
VET 2524
VET 2534
VET 2544
VET 2554
VET 2564
VET 2714
Total Hours70

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ENG 111 session 1 4
VET 102 session 2 4
MAT 116 session 3 4
Second Semester
SPE 242 session 1 4
SCI 131
session 2
or Prophylactic Rabies Vaccine
BIO 173 session 3 4
Third Semester
BIO 174 session 1 4
VET 182 session 2 4
VET 205 session 3 4
VET 248 session 2 2
Fourth Semester
VET 251 session 1 4
VET 252 session 2 4
VET 253 session 3 4
VET 249 session 1 2
Fifth Semester
VET 254 session 1 4
VET 255 session 2 4
VET 256 session 3 4
VET 271 session 2 4
VET 250 session 1 2
 Total Hours70