Veterinary Technician

Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2018-2019

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

AGV-126

Animal Anatomy & Physiology I

3

AGC-115

Ag Career Orientation

1

AGV-152

Veterinary Computer Applications

2

AGV-120

Veterinary Medical Terminology

1

ENG-105

Composition I

3

 

 

10

Term 2-Fall

AGV-127

Animal Anatomy & Physiology II

4

AGV-142

Mathematics for Veterinary Technnicians

3

AGV-105

Animal Behavior/Kennel Management

5

AGC-313

Leadership in Agriculture

1

CHM-110

Introduction to Chemistry

3

CHM-111

Introduction to Chemistry Lab

1

 

 

17

Term 3-Spring

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR

3

ENG-106

Composition II

3

AGV-214

Small Animal Medicine I

3

AGV-167

Veterinary Clinic Pathology I

3

AGV-161

Animal Nursing I

3

MGT-145

Human Relations in Management

3

AGV-140

Veterinary Pharmacology

3

 

 

18

Term 4-Summer

AGC-932

Internship

4

 

 

4

Term 5-Fall

AGV-162

Animal Nursing II

3

AGV-215

Small Animal Medicine II

3

AGV-168

Veterinary Clinic Pathology II

3

AGV-144

Fundamentals of Small Animal Nutrition

3

BIO-186

Microbiology

4

AGC-210

Employment Seminar

1

 

 

17

Term 6-Spring

AGV-171

Large Animal and Poultry Medicine

4

AGV-163

Animal Nursing III

3

AGV-169

Veterinary Clinic Pathology III

3

AGV-216

Avian, Exotics, and Small Mammals

2

AGV-217

Diagnostic Technologies

2

-------

Humanities Elective

3

 

 

17

Total program credit hours

83

Contents