Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health

Veterinary Technology

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Veterinary Technology/Animal Health

Academic Plan Code

3015

Credits

73–78

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology program prepares students for careers in veterinary technology which require knowledge and skills involving basic medical sciences, animal care and management, veterinary medical care, and client communications and service. Veterinary technicians function as the paraprofessional assistants to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, other scientists, and animal control and humane organizations. Instruction includes practical clinical internship experience in veterinary emergency, large animal, small animal, and specialty practices, as well as in zoos, laboratories, humane societies, and other facilities.

Program Prerequisites

Admission Criteria:  High school graduation or G.E.D. equivalency. 
Completion of Program Prerequisites.  Formal application and admission to the Veterinary Technology/Animal Health Program.

Want to apply to the Veterinary Technology program?  Click the link below:
https://www.mesacc.edu/departments/applied-sciences-and-technology/veterinary-technology/program-admission

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Term 1 Block 1

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
9–14
PP VET101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
PP ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
3
PP CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3
PP MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra
3–5

Term 2 Block 1

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
11
PP ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL or
Technical and Professional Writing
3
PP CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry 3
PP CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory 1
PP BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I 4

Term 3 Block 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
11
RC CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or
Computer Usage and Applications
3
RC VET150 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I 3
RC VET150LL Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 1
RC EQS105 Principles of Equine Science 3
RC EQS298AA Special Projects 1

Term 4 Block 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15
RC VET132 Veterinary Office Management and Client Communication 3
RC VET151 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II 3
RC VET112 Animal Nursing I 2
RC BIO205 Microbiology 4
RC VET230 Veterinary Radiology and Imaging for the Veterinary Technician 3

Term 5 Block 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6.5
RC VET250AA Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
COM Oral Communication Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area. 3
HU Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area 3

Term 6 Block 3

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
11.5
RC VET200 Veterinary Clinical Pathology Methods 3
RC VET210 Animal Nursing 2
RC VET220 Animal Pharmacology 3
RC VET223 Animal Diseases 3
RC VET250AB Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5

Term 7 Block 3

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
9
RC VET235 Veterinary Technician Proficiency 2
RC VET240 Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, and Emergency Nursing 3
RC VET250AC Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
RC VET250AD Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
SB ECN100 or
ECN211 or
ECN212
Economics or
Macroeconomic Principles or
Microeconomic Principles
3

Note

It is recommended that students take the courses in Term 5 Block 2 during the summer.

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Disclaimer

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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