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School of Veterinary Technology

Associate in Science

Veterinary Technology

VETTC-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2016 (515)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2016 (515), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Dr. Richard Flora, Dean, Vet Tech, (727) 302-6721
Tricia Gorham, Academic Chair, 727-302-6733

Program Summary

ON-CAMPUS PROGRAM BEGINS IN AUGUST AND JANUARY

Before entering the first term of the On Campus Veterinary Technology "program courses", all students must have completed at least 18 of the 22 credits of the required Veterinary Technology general education and support courses including composition, speech, mathematics, and natural science. Students may take the general education and support courses at any regionally accredited college or university, or they may complete them through St Petersburg College campus or distance education courses. The general education and/or support courses do not have to be taken in the order listed. Applicants must have worked or volunteered in a veterinary hospital at least 40 hours prior to applying for admission to fulfill the clinical observation requirement. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application before they will be considered for acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program. Please see a counselor and/or advisor.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


Admission Rules

The complete on campus and online program application includes the following:
a. The general college application and the $40 fee for new students at SPC.
b. The Health Programs Application.
c. Transcripts from your high school (if no college degree) and any colleges you have attended sent directly to SPC from each school.
d. Completion of 40 observation hours in a veterinary clinic
e. Completion of at least 18 of the 22 general education and support credits including composition I, speech, college-level math, natural science lecture, and natural science lab courses.

Applicants are considered as soon as their file is complete.

Graduation Rules

In addition to the schedule listed above, the student, with permission of the program director, may elect to take reduced credit hours each semester and extend the program over eight semesters. Courses must be taken in proper sequence and all other program requirements apply.

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Select 3 credits

3
Any Natural Science course and lab with: APB, AST, BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, MCB, MET, OCB, OCE, PCB, PSC, PHY or ZOO prefix.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
First Term in Program

Animal Anatomy
3
Animal Anatomy Lab
1
Animal Nursing
3
Veterinary Office Procedures
1
Veterinary Clinical Practice I
1
Veterinary Med Terminology
1
Veterinary Work Experience I
1
Small Animal Breeds and Behavior
2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Second Term in Program

Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills
2
Veterinary Clinic Practice II
1
Veterinary Work Experience II
1
Professional Development Seminar
1
Animal Physiology
3
Large Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab
1
Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine
2
Animal Anesthesia
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Third Term in Program

Animal Pharmacology
3
Animal Lab Procedures I
3
Animal Lab Procedure Lab
2
Animal Nursing & Medicine Lb I
2
Veterinary Work Experience III
1
Large Animal Diseases
1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Fourth Term in Program

Laboratory Animal Medicine
1
Animal Medicine
3
Animal Lab Procedures II
3
Animal Lab Procedures Lab II
2
Animal Nursing & Medicine Laboratory II
2
Animal Emergency Medicine
1
Veterinary Work Experience IV
1

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DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM BEGINS IN AUGUST, JANUARY AND MAY

The Distance Education Program is designed for students who cannot commute to campus. The credit earned by distance education is the same as credit earned on campus. Students may combine distance education courses with on-site courses in order to better accommodate work and family obligations. The difference between local and distance learning is in the method of delivery, not in the content or the desired outcomes.
Before entering the first semester of the Distance Veterinary Technology "program courses," all students must have completed at least 18 of the 22 credits of general education and support courses and be computer literate. Students may take the general education and support courses at any regionally accredited college or university, or they may complete them through St. Petersburg College campus or distance education courses.
Applicants must have worked or volunteered in veterinary hospital at least 40 hours prior to applying for admission to fulfill clinical observation requirement. Students must also be in a veterinary hospital at least 20 hours per week each semester they are enrolled in the distance program. Students must master over 200 tasks and skills, resulting in the need to be in a hospital where there is the opportunity, equipment, supplies, and expertise to be instructed and learn these tasks and skills.
Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form and the Veterinary Hospital Observation and Discussion form before they will be considered for acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program. Please contact a counselor and/or advisor.
The Veterinary Technology Distance Education Program is based on the following assumptions. Students have: a. completed at least 18 of the 22 credits of the general education and support courses prior to admission. b. the initiative, resourcefulness and perseverance to work independently. c. a solid relationship with an employer veterinarian. d. experience using a computer and have access to a computer and the Internet. e. subscribed to an Internet service.
The complete distance program application includes the following: a. The college application and the $40 fee for new students at SPC. b. Health Programs Application form. c. Hospital Observation and Discussion form. d. Transcripts from your high school (if no college degree) and any colleges you have attended sent directly to SPC from each school. Applicants are considered as soon as their file is complete.
Distance Program - Veterinary Technology Courses are designed to be completed in the specific sequence below. Please contact the program director for advice if you wish to make adjustments.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
YEAR ONE - 17 CREDITS

Term I: Complete 6 credits
Animal Anatomy
3
Animal Anatomy Lab
1
Veterinary Med Terminology
1
Small Animal Breeds and Behavior
1-2
Term II: Complete 6 credits
Veterinary Office Procedures
1
Veterinary Clinical Practice I
1
Veterinary Work Experience I
1
Animal Nursing
3
Term III: Complete 5 credits
Animal Physiology
3
Veterinary Clinic Practice II
1
Veterinary Work Experience II
1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
YEAR TWO - 18 CREDITS

Term I: Complete 7 credits
Animal Anesthesia
3
Animal Nursing & Medicine Lb I
2
Animal Emergency Medicine
1
Veterinary Work Experience III
1
Term II: Complete 6 credits
Animal Medicine
3
Professional Development Seminar
1
Animal Nursing & Medicine Laboratory II
2
Term III: Complete 5 credits
Animal Lab Procedures I
3
Animal Lab Procedure Lab
2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
YEAR THREE - 16 CREDITS

TERM I: Complete 7 credits
Animal Lab Procedures II
3
Animal Lab Procedures Lab II
2
Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills
2
TERM II: Complete 5 credits
Animal Pharmacology
3
Large Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab
1
Large Animal Diseases
1
TERM III: Complete 4 credits
Laboratory Animal Medicine
1
Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine
2
Veterinary Work Experience IV
1
73
Total Credits