Degree > Veterinary Technology AS Program
This curriculum is from the current college catalog and is meant to provide prospective students an example of courses taken in this degree/certificate. It is not intended to be used for graduation requirements. Students should consult an advisor for graduation information.
AS.VET.TECH (73 Credit Hours)
Veterinary Technology is a rapidly growing field. Employment of veterinary technicians/technologists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012, according to the most recent information from the U.S. Department of Labor. Graduates from this program will find careers in areas such as private practice, animal shelters and humane societies, agriculture (equine services, farms, and ranches), biomedical research, zoo/wildlife medicine, tourist/recreational facility animal care and research, and pharmaceutical and government. This program which awards the associate in science degree will prepare students to enter the workforce prepared for clinical practice, research animal husbandry, or clinical management.
The HCC Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination.
Prerequisites for Admission
NOTE: Completion of prerequisites for admission with a grade of "C" or higher is required.
Prerequisite Courses Required for Admission
†ATE 1001 Introduction to Veterinary Technology - 1 cr.
†ATE 1501 Veterinary Professional Development and Ethics - 1 cr.
†ATE 1741 Veterinary Medical Terminology - 1 cr.
†ENC 1101 English Composition I - 3 cr.
†MAC 1105 College Algebra or †MGF 1106, Topics in Mathematics or
higher General Education Mathematics or †STA 2023, Elementary Statistics - 3 cr.
Humanities General Education or *Social Science General Education - 3 cr.
ZOO 1010C General Zoology - 3 cr.
*If 3 credit hours of social/behavioral science general education are taken as a prerequisite for admission, the student must take a total of 6 credit hours of humanities to complete the program’s general education requirements.
NOTE: Completion of all general education and Veterinary Technology program required courses with a grade of "C" or higher is required for graduation.
Program Required Courses
YEAR I – First Semester
ATE 1110 Animal Anatomy - 3 cr.
ATE 1110L Animal Anatomy Laboratory - 1 cr.
ATE 1211 Animal Physiology - 3 cr.
ATE 1311L Veterinary Office Procedures Laboratory - 1 cr.
ATE 1650L Veterinary Clinical Practice Laboratory I - 1 cr.
YEAR I – Second Semester
ATE 1943 Veterinary Work Experience I - 1 cr.
ATE 2636 Large Animal Nursing and Clinical Skills - 2 cr.
ATE 2638 Animal Clinical Pathology I - 3 cr.
ATE 2638L Animal Clinical Pathology I Laboratory - 2 cr.
ATE 1652L Veterinary Clinical Practice Laboratory II - 1 cr.
ATE 2661 Large Animal Diseases - 1 cr.
ATE 2671L Medicine of Laboratory Animals - 2 cr.
YEAR I – Third Semester
ATE 1944 Veterinary Work Experience II - 1 cr.
ATE 2639 Animal Clinical Pathology II - 3 cr.
ATE 2639L Animal Clinical Pathology II Laboratory - 2 cr.
Humanities General Education - 3 cr.
Social Science General Education - 3 cr.
YEAR II – First Semester
ATE 2630 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians - 2 cr.
ATE 2050 Small Animal Breeds and Behavior - 1 cr.
ATE 2611 Animal Medicine I - 3 cr.
ATE 2631 Small Animal Nursing I - 3 cr.
ATE 2631L Small Animal Nursing Laboratory - 2 cr.
ATE 2722 Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine - 1 cr.
ATE 2945 Veterinary Work Experience III - 1 cr.
YEAR II – Second Semester
ATE 2020C Contemporary Clinical Issues - 3 cr.
ATE 2634 Small Animal Nursing II - 3 cr.
ATE 2614 Animal Medicine II - 3 cr.
ATE 2710 Animal Emergency Medicine - 2 cr.
ATE 2946 Veterinary Work Experience IV - 1 cr.
†Courses symbolized by a dagger (†) are offered online in addition to the traditional delivery method. Online availability may vary by academic term.