NVCC 2005-2006 Catalog


     

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VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY
Associate in Applied Science Degree LO

Purpose: The curriculum will prepare the student for a career as a veterinary technician. Satisfactory completion of the curriculum will make the student eligible to take State Board and National Board examinations for certification as a veterinary technician. The curriculum is broad based and includes both practical and theoretical course work which prepares the student for employment in various areas of animal health care, including veterinary hospitals and research and diagnostic laboratories. There is a part-time online and a full-time on-site option.

Special Curriculum Admission Requirements: The Veterinary Technology program accepts 30 students each year. The Online program accepts 30 students every other year. To be admitted to the Veterinary Technology program, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Admission to NVCC in the Veterinary Technology program must be at the Loudoun campus.

2. Be 18 years of age or older, or have program head approval.

3. Satisfactory scores on NVCC placement tests for reading, writing, and mathematics.

4. Completion of one unit of high school level algebra or equivalent.

5. Completion of at least one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry.

6. Past academic achievement in the above course requirements must reflect a C or better. Deficiencies may be corrected in the College's developmental program before entering the Veterinary Technology program.

7. A student may elect to take general education courses listed in the program's curriculum prior to seeking acceptance to the Veterinary Technology program. These courses may be taken at any of the College's campuses and may be transferred to NVCC from other accredited post-secondary institutions. A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is required in all required general education courses taken preceding admission to the Veterinary Technology program, unless waived by the division chair upon the recommendation of the program head.

8. The student seeking admission to the Veterinary Technology program must arrange to have an interview with the program head prior to entering the program. Interviews take place in the spring.

9. Students must send a copy of their transcripts to both Admissions & Records and the Veterinary Technology Program:

Northern Virginia Community College
Veterinary Technology Program
1000 Harry Flood Byrd Hwy.
Sterling, VA 20164

10. Priority in the admissions process will be given to students currently working in the field, Virginia residents and students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher.

Responsibilities of Veterinary Technology Students: The following are responsibilities of students in the Veterinary Technology program:

1. Students in the Veterinary Technology program incur a variety of additional expenses. These include, but are not limited to, the cost of uniforms, lab fees, accessories, and travel to clinical assignments. Students are also responsible for state licensure and national accreditation application and testing fees.

2. A strict dress code is required in the clinical setting. Students may be dismissed if they fail to comply with this dress code.

3. Students are required to complete learning experiences at local hospitals and/or other agencies. Students may be required to attend both day and/or evening clinical assignments.

4. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments. Strict attendance is required at clinical sites.

5. While enrolled in clinical courses, students may not replace or take the responsibility of "qualified" staff in affiliated facilities. However, after demonstrating proficiency, students may be permitted to perform specified procedures under careful supervision. Veterinary Technology students may be employed in clinical facilities outside regular education hours provided that such work does not interfere with academic responsibilities.

Veterinary Technology Program Continuation Requirements: The following continuation requirements govern students in the Veterinary Technology program:

1. All courses in the program major must be completed with a grade of C or better before taking the next course in the sequence, unless waived by the division chair upon the recommendation of the program head.

2. All courses in the major must be taken in the sequence prescribed in the NVCC Catalog, unless otherwise approved by the program head.

3. Students must pass both the theoretical and the clinical/lab portions in order to pass a course.

4. Program faculty and clinical affiliates reserve the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, withdrawal of any student who neither exhibits safe performance nor adheres to prescribed clinical affiliate policies and procedures.

5. Satisfactory physical and mental health must be maintained for continuance in the program. Applicants must be free of any physical and/or mental condition which might adversely affect their acceptance or performances in the program. The College reserves the right to require medical examinations to verify continuing compliance.

Program Re-Enrollment Requirements: Any student who has voluntarily withdrawn or who has been withdrawn due to unsatisfactory academic or clinical performance may apply for re-admission the following academic year. Acceptance will be based upon space availability, successful fulfillment of any contingencies agreed to in writing at the time of withdrawal, and program head approval. An interview and medical examination may be required.

Special Accreditation Status: The on-campus program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Delivery Method Options: The program may be completed full-time on campus, or by program placement in the online program.

Online Veterinary Technology Program: Courses are internet based. Students will use class notes from the internet and textbooks for the didactic portion of the class. Students will participate in online class discussions and meet regularly with faculty online and by e-mail. Formal examinations will be taken at testing centers at the student’s local community college. Many methods of evaluation of clinical skills will be employed including: on-site evaluation by faculty and mentors, product evaluation (i.e. radiographs and blood slides, etc. done by student), videotaping, e-mail assignments, task list check-off, visits by college faculty, and student journals.

Special curriculum admission requirements (1-10 above) and Veterinary Technology Program Continuation requirements (1-5 above) also pertain to the online program.

The online program requires 3 years (8 semesters) for completion. Students enroll in two or three veterinary technology courses per semester for 8 semesters. Classes must be taken in sequence.

The following requirements apply to students in the online veterinary technology program in addition to the requirements listed for the on-campus program:

1) Students must work at an approved veterinary facility, an average minimum of 20 hours per week.
2) Students must have a veterinary mentor; this person must be a licensed veterinarian and will receive a certificate as an adjunct clinical professor after verification of credentials. The mentor will work with the student and NVCC faculty members to complete specific educational objectives with the student. Mentors will meet with the students on a regular basis and stay in touch with the college faculty by phone or e-mail. The mentor has the option of appointing an assistant mentor who must be another veterinarian or licensed technician to assist the student and sign off on clinical tasks as required for each course.
3) Students must attend the Loudoun Campus up to three times per semester for laboratory session and practical examinations.

ON-CAMPUS PROGRAM

First Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester


 

   ENG

111

College Composition I

3

 

   MTH

126

Mathematics for Allied Health

2

 

   SDV

 

Elective

1

 

   VET

105

Intro. to Veterinary Technology

3

 

   VET

111

Anat./Phys. of Domestic Animals

4

 

   VET

116

Animal Breeds & Behavior

3

 

   VET

211

Animal Diseases I

2

 

 

   CHM

121

Health Science Chemistry I

 

4

 

   VET

121

Clinical Practices I

 

3

 

   VET

131

Clinical Pathology I

 

3

 

   VET

135

Anesthesia of Domestic Animals

 

2

 

   VET

212

Animal Diseases II

 

2

 

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Social Science Elective

 

3

 

 

   VET

290

Internship

 

 

4

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

18

17

4

Second Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester


 

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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

 

 

   VET

122

Clinical Practices II

3

 

   VET

132

Clinical Pathology II

3

 

   VET

216

Animal Pharmacology

2

 

   VET

221

Advanced Clinical Practices III

4

 

PED

116

Lifetime Fitness & Wellness

1

 

 

PED

/RPK

Elective

 

1

 

   VET

133

Clinical Pathology III

 

3

 

   VET

217

Intro./Lab./Zoo/Wildlife Medicine

 

2

 

   VET

235

Animal Hosp. Mgt./Client Relations

 

3

 

   VET

298

Seminar & Project

 

2

 

   SPD

110

Intro. to Speech Communication

 

3

 


 

 

Total Credits/Semester

16

14

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Veterinary Technology = 69.

To graduate from a degree program, students entering NVCC Fall 1999 or later must demonstrate computer competency skills as described in the Degree Requirements section of the Instructional Programs of this catalog.

1 The social science elective may be selected from the following: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology (includes anthropology).

2 The humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the list on page 38.

3 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 220, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK 205, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

 

       
 
       

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