Veterinary Medical Technology

Veterinary Medical Technology Overview

*NEW ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES: 

Admissions for Veterinary Medical Technology follow a competitive model. Please call the Admissions Office at (828) 254-1921 extension 7577, 7887 or 7578 for more information or Click here for details on Modified Competitive Allied Health Programs.

Summary of Application Period and Process:

1. Apply  - first school day in March (3rd) , 2014 through  March 31, 2014 in the Bailey Student Services Building.  Please fill out a student application at www.abtech.edu/apply if you have not already done so. Bring high school or college transcripts showing English, math or chemistry requirements if applicable.

2. Where - students must see a Bailey Building Academic Advisor to be deemed eligible to apply by having college level test scores, transfer credit or all developmental courses completed. High school graduation, GED or Adult High School completion is required to apply. Completed high school or college level chemistry with a C or higher is required to apply to Veterinary Medical Technology. A student must meet the applicable minimum requirements listed above to be allowed to the take TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test which will rank applicants.

3. How are students selected - after deemed eligible to apply by meeting the requirements listed above, student is given ticket to TEAS test by Bailey advisor and student pays ( $55) for, registers online & takes TEAS Version V test during month of April in advertised sessions on A-B Tech campus. Deadline to take the TEAS test is April 11, 2014. Applicants will be ranked using the TEAS Version V composite test score.


 

Program Description

The Veterinary Medical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist veterinarians in preparing animals, equipment, and medications for examination and surgery; collecting specimens; performing laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic, and dental procedures; assisting in surgery; and providing proper husbandry of animals and their environment.

Course work includes instruction in veterinary anatomy, nutrition, parasitology, pathology, physiology, radiology, terminology, zoology, office practices, laboratory techniques, dentistry, and small and large animal clinical practices. Students also take courses in English, humanities, psychology, mathematics, chemistry, and computer technology.

Graduates may be eligible to take state and national examinations administered by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Graduates may be employed in veterinary clinics; diagnostic, research, or pharmaceutical laboratories; zoos; academic institutions; or other areas associated with animal care.

A-B Tech’s Veterinary Medical Technology Program received accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Activities and Education (AVMA CVTEA) in November 2007. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take national and state credentialing exams for licensure.

Program Competencies

Upon successful completion of the curriculum, graduates should be able to:

  1. Prepare animals for veterinary examination and procedures
  2. Safely prepare and administer medications used in veterinary medicine.
  3. Accurately collect specimens for laboratory analysis.
  4. Perform veterinary laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic, and dental procedures.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to competently assist in veterinary surgical procedures.
  6. Provide proper husbandry of animals and their environment.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of common veterinary diseases and appropriate diagnostic procedures.
  8. Demonstrate effective veterinary office practices and knowledge of regulatory issues relating to animal welfare.

This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360, Phone: 1-800-248-2862, Fax: (847)-925-1329. www.avma.org.

Contact Admissions at 828.254.1921 x 7877, 7578 or 7577 or by email: admissions@abtech.edu to learn more about the program.

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