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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Veterinary Technology/Animal Health
Major: 3015
First Term: 2009 Spring    Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 78
CIPS Code: 51.0808
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Instructional Council: Agriculture/Equine Science (02)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health program prepares students for careers in veterinary technology which require knowledge and skills involving basic medical sciences, animal care and management, veterinary medical care, and client communications and service. Veterinary technicians function as the paraprofessional assistants to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, other scientists, and animal control and humane organizations. Instruction includes practical clinical internship experience in veterinary emergency, large animal, small animal, and specialty practices, as well as in zoos, laboratories, humane societies, and other facilities.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all program prerequisite and required courses.

Admission Criteria:
High school graduation or G.E.D. equivalency.
Completion of Program Prerequisites.
Formal application and admission to the Veterinary Technology/Animal Health program.

Program Prerequisites
 Credits: 23-25
 ANS110AAIntroduction to Animal Science3
 BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
 CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND 
+CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1)4
+CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment3
+ENG101First Year Composition (3) OR 
+ENG107First Year Composition for ESL (3)3
+ENG102First Year Composition (3) OR 
+ENG108First Year Composition for ESL (3) OR 
+ENG111Technical Writing (3)3
+MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR 
+MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR 
+MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3)3-5
Required Courses
 Credits: 43
 AGB132Agribusiness Accounting and Office Management3
 AGB139Agribusiness Computer Operations3
+ANH200Veterinary Clinical Pathology Methods3
+ANH205Clinical Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology3
+ANH210Animal Nursing2
+ANH220Animal Pharmacology3
+ANH230Veterinary Radiography and Imaging3
+ANH240Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, and Emergency Nursing3
+ANH250AAVeterinary Technician Internship0.5
+ANH250ABVeterinary Technician Internship0.5
+ANH250ACVeterinary Technician Internship0.5
+ANH250ADVeterinary Technician Internship0.5
+ANS112Animal Science and Health Practices2
+ANS222Animal Anatomy and Physiology3
+ANS222LLAnimal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
+ANS223AAAnimal Diseases3
 EQS105Principles of Equine Science3
+EQS298AASpecial Projects1
 HCC145AAMedical Terminology for Health Care Workers I1
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 3-4
 ANS212Livestock Production and Management3
 ANS213Animal Feeding3
+BIO240General Genetics4
+BIO280Animal Behavior3
 EQS120Equine Anatomy and Physiology3
 EQS130Equine Business and Law3
 EQS140Equine Behavior3
 SBU200Society and Business3
 Any combination of ANS296 and/or ANS298 courses to total 3-4 credits
 ANS296++Cooperative Education (any suffixed courses) AND 
 ANS298++Special Projects (any suffixed courses)3-4
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 9
General Education CoreCredits: 3
First-Year CompositionCredits: 0
 Met by Any combination of ENG courses in the Program Prerequisites area0
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 COM100Introduction to Human Communication OR 
 COM110Interpersonal Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0
 Met by CRE101 in Program Prerequisites area.0
MathematicsCredits: 0
 Met by MAT120 OR MAT121 OR MAT122 in Program Prerequisites area.0
General Education DistributionCredits: 6
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 ECN100Economics in American Society (3) OR 
 ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR 
 ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
 Met by BIO181 in Program Prerequisites area.0

Program Competencies
1.Participate in business and facility management by creating, maintaining, and filing appointment schedules, patient/client records, financial records, logs and inventory records, and by demonstrating effective client communication skills. (AGB132, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
2.Utilize computers and computer software programs to facilitate creation, storage, and retrieval of date files. (AGB139, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
3.Prepare and perform clinical laboratory specimen analysis, including hematology, urinalysis, blood chemistry, hemostasis, serology, cytology, parasitology, and necropsy. (ANH112, ANH200, BIO205, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
4.Describe and explain the anatomy and physiology of common domestic animals, and apply that knowledge to performing common clinical procedures and treatments. (ANS222, ANS222LL, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
5.Explain and perform proper techniques of basic husbandry, restraint and handling, physical examination and assessment, medication administration, clinical specimen collection, and medical treatment in a variety of animal species. (ANS112, EQS105, EQS298AA, ANH210, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
6.Explain the life-stage nutritional requirements for well animals, identify common feeds and feeding practices, and explain the special nutritional requirements and feeding of diseases animals. (ANS112, EQS105, ANH210, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
7.Demonstrate proper use and maintenance of veterinary diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic equipment. (ANS112, ANH200, ANH210, BIO205, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
8.Identify therapeutic drugs, vaccines, and supplements used in veterinary medicine, and describe their mechanisms, common uses, side effects, and regulatory considerations. (ANS112, ANH220, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
9.Perform pharmacologic calculations, interpret and follow pharmacy orders, prepare and dispense drug prescriptions, and explain drug information the client. (ANS112, ANH220, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
10.Explain the principles of operation and maintenance of diagnostic imaging equipment, and safely produce a variety of diagnostic images of animals. (ANH210, ANH230, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
11.Describe common veterinary anesthetic, surgical, and emergency procedures, and perform surgical patient preparation, anesthetic maintenance and monitoring, and surgical assistance. (ANH240, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
12.Identify common diseases of domestic animals, their agents, and principles of disease prevention and treatment. (EQS105, BIO205, ANS223AA, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)
13.Explain and apply medical terminology in verbal and written communications. (HCC145AA, ANS112, ANH250AA, ANH250AB, ANH250AC, ANH250AD)