Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Veterinary Technician

Animal Health Technology

Washington Hall

319-398-5609

www.kirkwood.edu/agrisciences

Entry time
Summer

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (6 terms including summers)

Accreditation
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.

Entrance Requirements: Prospective students for the Veterinary Technician program are required to take an entrance exam.There are minimum cut scores that must be achieved for admission into the program. For more information about the entrance exam, visit: http://www.kirkwood.edu/veterinarytechnician. You can also contact the Kirkwood Ag Sciences Department at 319-398-5609.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Summer

AGC-115

Ag Career Orientation

1

AGV-120

Veterinary Medical Terminology

1

AGV-126

Animal Anatomy & Physiology I

3

AGV-152

Veterinary Computer Applications

2

ENG-105

Composition I

3

 

 

10

Term 2-Fall

AGC-313

Leadership in Agriculture

1

AGV-105

Animal Behavior/Kennel Management

5

AGV-127

Animal Anatomy & Physiology II

4

AGV-142

Mathematics for Veterinary Technnicians

3

CHM-110

Introduction to Chemistry

3

CHM-111

Introduction to Chemistry Lab

1

 

 

17

Term 3-Spring

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

Term 4-Summer

AGC-932

Internship

4

 

 

4

Term 5-Fall

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

Term 6-Spring

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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