2015-16 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
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2015-16 Virginia Western Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Technology, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science
Distance Learning Program

Offered through partnership with Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC)

This curriculum is designed for those students who for personal or financial reasons cannot travel to Weyers Cave for the on-campus program. Students may complete general education requirements at Virginia Western. Veterinary technology courses are interactive, two-way audio and video, and are transmitted from Blue Ridge Community College to Virginia Western via compressed video technology three hours a day, two days a week.

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to prepare students as veterinary technicians.

Program Objectives: In Virginia, licensed veterinary technicians working under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian may perform those tasks related to animal health except the diagnosis of disease, prescribing drugs, or performing surgery.

Veterinary technicians may be employed in a veterinary hospital, diagnostic/research laboratory, the pharmaceutical industry, zoos/wildlife centers, as sales and livestock managers, or veterinary educators.

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English on the placement test will be required to take developmental courses.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency on the placement test in the following mathematical units will be required to complete developmental courses: MTE 1 , MTE 2 , MTE 3 , MTE 4 , MTE 5 , MTE 6 , MTE 7 , MTE 8  and MTE 9 .

Admissions Requirements: Students who plan to complete the program through distance education at Virginia Western should follow the BRCC application instructions located at http://community.brcc.edu/vettech/index.php/admission/. Applications are due to Blue Ridge Community College by January 31, 2018. The next class will be accepted for Fall 2018.

For more information please visit the Veterinary Technology Department at BRCC at http://community.brcc.edu/vettech/.

First Year

Summer Semester

  • VET 120 - Veterinary Medical Terminology and Calculations 3 CR
  • PSY 105 Psychology of Personal Adjustment 3 CR

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Second Year

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

  • VET 115 - Laboratory Techniques I 4 CR
  • VET 121 - Clinical Practices I 4 CR

Spring Semester

  • VET 215 - Laboratory Techniques II 4 CR *
  • VET 221 - Advanced Clinical Practices III  4 CR *

Third Year

Summer Semester

  • VET 290 - Coordinated Practice in Veterinary Technology 4 CR
  • VET 205 - Applied Veterinary Surgical Nursing 3 CR *
  • Social Science Elective (List A)  3 CR 2

Fall Semester

  • VET 210 - Animal Disease and Microbiology 4 CR
  • VET 230 - Veterinary Hospital Management 3 CR

Spring Semester

  • VET 217 - Introduction to Laboratory, Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 3 CR
  • VET 222 - Advanced Clinical Practices IV 4 CR *

Total Minimum Credits for Degree: 73

1 Electives must be chosen from the specific list referenced in the curriculum requirements above. Veterans with an honorable discharge will be awarded HLT/PED credit based on military service.

2 Electives must be chosen from the specific list referenced in the curriculum requirements above.

* This course has a requisite. Requisites for all courses are listed in the course description section at the back of the catalog.

Program Note: It is the student’s responsibility to verify that transcripts have been received at BRCC. Transfer credits are evaluated by the registrar. BRCC transmits this program using compressed video technology. Courses will be offered in sequence to allow a student who takes every course to finish in 9 semesters.

Students will be required to travel to the Weyers Cave Campus three times during the semester for laboratory work and practical exams.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Veterinary Technician Exam (NVTE).

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