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Veterinary Tech

Department Overview
Pierce College is one of five colleges in Washington to offer the Associate in Veterinary Technology degree. This two-year program is designed to prepare students to assist veterinarians in all aspects of animal care, including small and large animal practices, zoos, research laboratories and industry. Following successful completion of the national and state board examinations, graduates can expect a challenging and rewarding career. The Veterinary Technology program is a special admissions program and the number of students accepted is limited by the physical and financial resources of the college. Selection into the program is based on the satisfactory completion of admissions requirements. The selection process is competitive; therefore, not all applicants will be accepted. Candidates with the highest total scores will be notified of their acceptance status in late May (Tier I applicants) or early September (Tier II applicants) preceding the fall quarter for which they applied. See www. pierce.ctc.edu/vet-tech. See www. pierce.ctc.edu/vet-tech.

Program Outcomes
Associate in Veterinary Technology

Graduates will:
• Utilize and apply the knowledge necessary to function within the scope of practice of a Licensed Veterinary Technician
• Proficiently execute the Essential Skills dictated by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on
Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
• Actively contribute as an integral member of a veterinary health care team while adhering to professional and ethical
standards including a strong work ethic, personal responsibility and compassion for clients and animals
• Effectively communicate with veterinary health care team members and clients
• Establish and maintain a work environment that ensures the safety of clients, animals and staff

Course Listing

Course Listings for Veterinary Tech
VT 100 - INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY TECHNOLOGYGeneral Electives
VT 101 - ANIMAL NURSING I LECTUREGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 102 - ANIMAL NURSING I LABORATORYGeneral Electives
VT 104 - ANIMAL NURSING IIGeneral Electives
VT 105 - ANIMAL NURSING IIIGeneral Electives
VT 107 - MEDICAL DOSAGE FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANSGeneral Electives
VT 110 - WARD CARE LABORATORY IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 111 - WARD CARE LABORATORY IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 112 - WARD CARE LABORATORY IIIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 123 - LARGE ANIMAL NURSINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 125 - ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 126 - ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 150 - CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTHGeneral Electives
VT 155 - NUTRITION AND COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIESGeneral Electives
VT 160 - APPLIED BEHAVIOR TECHNIQUES IGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 161 - APPLIED BEHAVIOR TECHNIQUES IIGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 162 - APPLIED BEHAVIOR TECHNIQUES IIIGeneral Electives
VT 166 - HEMATOLOGY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 215 - ANIMAL HOSPITAL OFFICE PROCEDURESGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 220 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION
VT 223 - APPLIED EQUINE TECHNIQUES
VT 224 - VETERINARY CLINICAL LABORATORY PRINCIPLESGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 230 - ANESTHESIOLOGYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 233 - VETERINARY CLINICAL PRACTICEGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 240 - ANIMAL DISEASESGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 250 - RADIOLOGY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 251 - PHARMACOLOGY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 252 - SPECIAL TECHNIQUES AND PROJECTS
VT 260 - EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CAREGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 265 - CLINICAL TECHNIQUES LABORATORYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
VT 266 - VETERINARY CLINICAL PATHOLOGY AND PARASITOLOGYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite