Veterinary Science Technology - A.A.S.
Since 1978, SUNY Canton's Veterinary Science Program has been fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The mission of the Veterinary Science Technology program provides qualified students with the education and skills necessary to obtain licensure and seek employment as a veterinary technician.
The Veterinary Science Technology program is a dynamic blend of instruction, extensive hands experience in small laboratory sections (average about 20 students), and a senior preceptorship. Students who successfully complete the program, upon graduation, will be eligible to take the National Veterinary Technician Licensing Examination and apply for certification as a licensed veterinary technician.
Looking for a recession-proof job? At the present time, there is a serious shortage of veterinary technicians throughout the country. With an expected growth rate of 41 percent in the next decade, Veterinary Technician is among the nation's “150 Recession-Proof Jobs,” coming in at No. 2 according to a recent CBS News report. (This news report highlights St. Petersburg College, Florida.)
What's Unique About our Program?
- Dogs, cats and a variety of laboratory animals are housed in Newell Veterinary Science Technology Building
- Our 5 year passage rate on the Veterinary Technology National Exam is 90%
- Read through our Program Handbook
- Review the Veterinary Science Technology course descriptions
- Look at the Veterinary Services Administration BBA program
- Check out our newest program, the Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Science Program
Students in this Major:
- Are trained to work with companion animals, equine, food and fiber animals, and common laboratory animal species
- Perform mandatory kennel duty rotation in their senior year
- Perform two 120 hr preceptorships at a clinical site
- Will be eligible to take the certification examination of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science after 6 months of laboratory employment
Veterinary technicians provide professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and other animal care specialists. Technicians may work in:
- In 2011, there were about ten jobs available per graduate.
- Transfer into the 4 year Veterinary Services Management, Bachelor of Technology degree or Veterinary Technology, Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Canton.
- Articulation agreement with Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate program in Animal Science for any student graduating with a 3.0 average and possessing the required prerequisite courses.
- Articulation agreement with Mercy College.
Time To Complete the Program:
Once enrolled in Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I (VSCT 101), students must complete the Veterinary Science program within four years. For extraordinary situations, permission to complete the Veterinary Science program beyond four years may be granted by the Dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice in consultation with the Veterinary Science Program Director.
1931 N Meacham Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
- Full Accreditation
Admissions is selective and is based on academic credentials. In order to be considered for admissions a student must possess the following:
- Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
- Admission is selective and is based on academic credentials and rubric score.
- A cumulative high school average of 75 or better
- Biology Regents exam with 75 or better
- Chemistry Regents exam with 65 or better
- Two high school Regents math courses with a grade of 75 or better on the second NYS Regents mathematics examination.
- Equivalent college level course work: Intermediate Algebra, Introduction to Biology and Introduction to Chemistry all with a final grade of C or higher and an overall GPA of at least 2.5.
- Non New York high school graduate transcripts will be evaluated by the admissions staff for leveling purposes.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement of 300 words or less detailing their related experience and their reasons for applying to the veterinary technology program.
- Technical Standards Required for Admission to Veterinary Technology
- Pre-exposure rabies vaccination is required of all students. This is administered in a series of three vaccinations and must be completed prior entering the first 120 hr mandatory preceptorship (VSCT 201).
- Rabies Letter
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 0521)
Semester I Credits
|BIOL 150||College Biology I (GER 2)||4|
|CHEM 150||College Chemistry I||4|
|Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral and Written Expression (GER 10)
|FYEP 101||First Year Experience||1|
|VSCT 101||Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills I||2|
|VSCT 103||Introduction to Animal Agriculture||2|
Semester II Credits
|BIOL 209||Microbiology (GER)||4|
|VSCT 104||Veterinary Office Procedures||1|
|VSCT 112||Veterinary Clinical Pathology I||3|
|VSCT 114||Animal Anatomy & Physiology||3|
|VSCT 115||Fundamental Veterinary Nursing Skills II||2|
|VSCT 201||Veterinary Technology Preceptorship I||1|
|VSCT 212||Research Animal Techniques||1|
|Liberal Arts Elective (GER 1,4,5,6,7,8 or 9)||3|
Semester III Credits
|VSCT 202||Veterinary Clinical Pathology II||3|
|VSCT 203||Small Animal Medicine & Therapeutic Techniques||3|
|VSCT 204||Large Animal Medicine & Therapeutic Techniques||2|
|VSCT 205||Radiographic Techniques||2|
|VSCT 206||Anesthetic Principles||3|
|VSCT 207||Animal Health & Disease||3|
|VSCT 209||Veterinary Technology Preceptorship II||1|
Semester IV Credits
|PSYC 101||Introductory Psychology (GER 3)||3|
|VSCT 210||Veterinary Microbiology||3|
|VSCT 211||Animal Hospital Practices and Procedures*||3|
|VSCT 213||Practical Nutrition||2|
|VSCT 214||Veterinary Pharmacology||2|
*Fulfills writing intensive requirement.
**Students in the Veterinary Science Technology, AAS program are required to earn a C or better in all VSCT courses taken for credit in the program. Of the courses with the VSCT prefix, any course may only be repeated one time.
**The NYS Education Department Office of the Professions requires persons applying for licensure to answer questions related to a conviction or a crime or professional misconduct.
**Students must complete SUNY Canton’s VSCT 211 and at least 9 other hours of graded course work with a VSCT prefix in order to meet the program’s residency requirement.
Mary O'Horo Loomis
Newell Vet Tech Center 101A
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617