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Catalog and Student Handbook 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

Veterinary Technology (A.A.S.)


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Major in Veterinary Technology (A.A.S.)

(Designed for the student who does not intend to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program.)

Veterinary technicians are important members of the veterinary health care team, work in veterinary medicine throughout the nation, and are extremely important in the effort to provide quality animal health care to ensure the humane treatment of all animals.

The first job for about 85% of graduate veterinary technicians is in private practice, with companion animal practice leading the list. However, the demand for veterinary technicians in other fields is rapidly growing. Opportunities exist in the following areas: teaching, pharmaceutical sales, the military, humane societies, livestock health manager on farms or ranches, biomedical research, diagnostic laboratories, veterinary school teaching hospitals, zoo/wildlife medicine, veterinary supplies sales and industry.

The Veterinary Technology Program at Columbia State provides intensive study of the skills and knowledge needed to work competently as a veterinary technician including anatomy, physiology, microbiology, clinical techniques, pharmacology, anesthesiology, surgical and medical nursing, radiology, and clinical pathology training.

Program enrollment is limited due to facility constraints and admission is not guaranteed. New classes begin only in the fall semester. Applicants should contact program faculty early in the year to allow adequate time for completion of all required forms. Applications received after May 15 will be considered on a space available basis.

Clinical skills in veterinary technology are obtained through completion of practicum objectives at affiliated veterinary facilities throughout middle Tennessee. Over 500 hours of supervised clinical experience are required and students must provide their own transportation to and from these facilities. Clinical sites will be assigned to the student by program faculty to provide exposure to a variety of animal species. Assignment locations will not be based solely on proximity to the student’s place of residence.

Clinical background checks are a requirement at most affiliated clinical training sites. Based on the results of the criminal background check, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and your program. More information is available from your program director.

Upon successful completion of the program students are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible for licensure by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners as a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician.

Accreditation Information

American Veterinary Medical Association 
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100 
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360 
1-847-925-8070

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma or GED and must be admitted to the College before being considered for admission to the program.

As early as possible, the student should contact a member of the program faculty to schedule an appointment for a preliminary interview. The interview gives the applicant an opportunity to learn about admission and program requirements.

The following items must be on file in the Admissions office:

  1. Completed Application for Admission to the College.
  2. Official transcripts from:
    1. High school (A partial transcript is acceptable for high school seniors prior to graduation.)
    2. All colleges attended.
  3. Completion of testing and test results sent to Columbia State.
    1. American College Testing (ACT) or SAT, if under age 21.
    2. Placement test scores, if required.

The following are requirements of the Veterinary Technology Program:

  1. Complete all Veterinary Technology Program application forms.
  2. Complete a formal personal interview with the program director of Veterinary Technology and/or the selection committee.
  3. Complete an eight-hour observation of the activities and duties of a licensed veterinary technician.
  4. Report, in writing, any felony convictions.
  5. Thoroughly review the Veterinary Technology Program Student Policy Manual, available on the Columbia State Web site and in the Library, prior to being admitted into the Veterinary Technology Program. This action must be documented by signing a verification form provided by the Veterinary Technology Program.
  6. Complete all developmental studies (DSP) courses in reading, writing, math, and learning strategies as required by the placement test prior to enrolling in Veterinary Technology courses.
  7. Complete a “Success Plan” interview prior to enrolling in classes.

Completion of these requirements certifies eligibility, but in no way implies or guarantees admission to the program.

The deadline for applying for the Veterinary Technology Program is May 15. Applicants completing the requirements after May 15, but before the beginning of the fall semester, may be considered at a later admission session if the enrollment limit for the program has not been reached.

Following the class selection, all applicants will be officially notified by the Veterinary Technology Program director of their admission status.

Continuation Requirements

In order to continue in the Veterinary Technology Program, students must meet the following academic requirements:

  1. Earn a “C” or higher in each Veterinary Technology course.
  2. Earn a “C” or higher in clinical practice, which is considered satisfactory performance in clinical assignment.
  3. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Maintain professional conduct as outlined in the Veterinary Technology policy manual.

Students who do not meet the continuation requirements will be dismissed from the Veterinary Technology Program. Students who have been dismissed from the program may be qualified to continue courses in the College, but will not be permitted to register in a Veterinary Technology course without readmission to the program.

Readmission to the Program

Readmission to the Veterinary Technology Program after dismissal is not guaranteed, regardless of the reason for dismissal. A student who wishes to apply for readmission must do so, in writing, at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student would like to reenroll. After reviewing all student records, the Veterinary Technology faculty will determine whether the student will be readmitted to the program. Students dismissed from the program a second time may not be readmitted.

Due to the rapid change of technology in the field of veterinary medicine, an elapsed time period of five years or more shall necessitate repeating all Veterinary Technology courses.

Program enrollment is limited by accreditation, and readmission will be considered only if there are positions available within the class.

Required Courses


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Spring - 16 Credit Hours


  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Credits: (3).
    (See Elective Options below)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective Credits: (3).
    (See Elective Options below)

Total Credit Hours: 71


Elective Options


Elective options are listed on the Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degree Requirements page.

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