Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Veterinary Technician

Ag Sciences

Washington Hall

319-398-5609

www.kirkwood.edu/agrisciences

Entry time

Summer

Award

Associate of Applied Science degree

2 years (4 semesters, 2 summers)

This program is accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). For more information, go to www.avma.org.

Veterinary technicians provide professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. They also care for hospitalized patients; assist the doctor in surgery; perform physical exams, lab work and technical procedures (blood draws, IV placement); take health histories and X-rays; give and monitor anesthesia; provide client education; and perform reception duties.

At Kirkwood, veterinary technician students work with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, birds, snakes, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats. A strong background in biological sciences is needed for this program.

Career opportunities: small, mixed or large animal practices; humane societies; animal shelters; zoos; specialty veterinary practices; pet shops; biological research labs; animal control agencies; veterinary teaching hospitals; state and federal agencies.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Summer Term

AGC-115

Ag Career Orientation

1

AGV-120

Veterinary Medical Terminology

1

AGV-126

Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

3

AGV-152

Veterinary Computer Applications

2

ENG-105

Composition I

3

 

 

10

Fall Term I

AGC-313

Leadership in Agriculture

1

AGV-105

Animal Behavior/Kennel Management

5

 

 

1

AGV-127

Animal Anatomy and Physiology II

4

AGV-142

Math for Vet Tech

3

CHM-110

Introduction to Chemistry

3

CHM-111

Introduction to Chemistry Lab

1

 

 

17

Spring Term I

AGV-140

Veterinary Pharmacology

3

AGV-146

Large Animal Care

3

AGV-161

Animal Nursing I

3

AGV-167

Veterinary Clinic Pathology I

3

ENG-106

Composition II or

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

 

MGT-145

Human Relations in Management

3

 

 

18

Summer Term

AGC-932

Internship

4

 

 

4

Fall Term II

AGC-210

Employment Seminar

1

AGV-144

Fundamentals of Small Animal Nutrition

3

AGV-162

Animal Nursing II

3

AGV-168

Veterinary Clinic Pathology II

3

AGV-175

Small Animal and Cage Bird Medicine

4

BIO-186

Microbiology

4

 

 

18

Spring Term II

AGV-163

Animal Nursing III

3

AGV-169

Veterinary Clinic Pathology III

3

AGV-171

Large Animal and Poultry Medicine

4

AGV-179

Lab Animal Medicine

1

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Humanities elective

3

 

 

14

Total program credit hours

81

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