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    73 credit hours

Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree - Online

  • AS iconOur Veterinary Technology Associate in Science degree gives you a solid foundation for success. Our online program means you don’t have to give up your job to finish your degree. Our program has an excellent national reputation.

    Features

    • Prepares you for the national certification exam
    • Can be completed online
    • Online students can take their clinical practicums where they live
    • Is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association through the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
    • Trains you in a wide range of skills including radiology, nursing, dentistry, surgical preparation, anesthesia and clinical laboratory tests.
  • Accreditationcvtea

    SPC's A.S. and B.A.S. degrees in Veterinary Technology are accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).



  • The following scholarships are available to all Vet Tech students. You will need to apply through the St. Petersburg College Foundation to be eligible.

    Connie Dell Davis Scholarship

    • Second year student
    • Essay detailing student's compassion for animals, experiences.
    • Foundations application and essay submitted to Dean

    Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation

    • Hillsborough County Resident
    • Second semester freshman or later
    • 500 word essay on where applicant sees themselves in three years
    • Three instructor recommendations
    • Foundations application, essay, and recommendations submitted to the Dean

    Suncoast Avian Society

    • Baccalaureate student
    • FAFSA required
    • Demonstrated special interest and experience with birds
    • Foundations application and letter with avian interest and experience detailed submitted to the Dean
    • Foundations application, essay, and recommendations submitted to the Dean

    Belcher Scholarship

    • Student must be in a financial aid qualified certificate, lower division, or upper division Allied Health Program
    • Student must be currently enrolled in class during the session of the application and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Award amount—$500
    • Award covers tuition and fees with the remainder provided to the student
    • Student must specifically request the Dr. John C. Belcher Endowed Scholarship on the scholarship application
    • Student must submit application with recommendation letters to HEC Associate Provost Office

    Healthcare Scholarship

    • Student must be in a financial aid qualified certificate, lower division, or upper division Allied Health Program
    • Student must be currently enrolled in class during the session of the application and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Award amount—$500
    • Award covers tuition and fees with the remainder provided to the student
    • Student must specifically request the Dr. John C. Belcher Endowed Scholarship on the scholarship application
    • Student must submit application with recommendation letters to HEC Associate Provost Office

    Kelly Stadler Animal Lovers Memorial Scholarship

    • Available to AS and BAS students. This scholarship can cover tuition, books, and fees. Two $750 scholarships are expected to be awarded annually. Candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
    • Candidates must submit a one page essay describing why they are pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. Financial need will also be considered. The essay should be double spaced, using 12-point font. The essay should be submitted to the Dean.
  • Careers

    Our program prepares you to become a veterinary technician, who uses scientific knowledge and skills to benefit society through protecting animal health, relieving animal suffering, conserving livestock resources, promoting public health and advancing medical knowledge.

    Career outlook

    Employment is expected to grow much faster than average as many jobs go unfilled because of a shortage of veterinary technicians. Also, pet owners are becoming more willing to pay for advanced veterinary care.

    Career opportunities

    • Avian and exotic animal practice
    • Clinical specialty referral practice (surgery, ophthalmology or dentistry)
    • Companion animal practice
    • Equine, livestock, zoo or wildlife practice
    • Pharmaceutical sales or marketing
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Veterinary Technology

    VETTC-AS

    (College Rule 6Hx23-4.53 and 6Hx23-4.50)

    Dr. Richard Flora, Dean and Curriculum Coordinator, VT (727) 302-6721

    Additional Information: Vet Tech Program


    APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
    20141/0490 (BEGINNING 7/26/2014) OR LATER
    ~ REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS ~

    ON CAMPUS PROGRAM BEGINS IN AUGUST AND JANUARY


    Before entering the first term of the On Campus Veterinary Technology program courses,” all students must have completed at least 18 of the 22 credits of the required Veterinary Technology general education and support courses including composition, speech, mathematics, and natural science. Students may take the general education and support courses at any regionally accredited college or university, or they may complete them through St. Petersburg College campus or distance education courses. The general education and/or support courses do not have to be taken in the order listed. Applicants must have worked or volunteered in a veterinary hospital at least 40 hours prior to applying for admission to fulfill the clinical observation requirement. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application before they will be considered for acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program.  Please see a counselor and/or advisor.

    The complete on-campus program application includes the following:
    a.  The general college application and the application fee for new students at SPC.
    b.  The Health Programs Application.
    c.  Transcripts from your high school (if no college degree) and any colleges you have attended sent directly to SPC from each school.

    Applicants are considered as soon as their file is complete.

    MINIMUM GRADE OF "C" REQUIRED IN ALL COURSES


    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (18 credits)
    ENC 1101 - COMPOSITION I or (Honors)3
    SPC 1017INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
         or (SPC 1017H, SPC 1065, SPC 1608, or SPC 1608H)
    a Mathematics - One college level course with MAC, MAP, MAS, MGF, MTG or STA prefix3
    PHI 1600STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS3
         or PHI 1602H HONORS STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS

    SUPPORT COURSES (4 credits)

    Natural Sciences - Any Natural Science course and Lab with AST, BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, MCB, OCB, OCE, PCB, PSC , PHY, ZOO prefix

    3, 1

    FIRST TERM IN PROGRAM (12 credits)
    ATE 1110ANIMAL ANATOMY3
    ATE 1110LANIMAL ANATOMY LABORATORY1
    ATE 1311LVETERINARY OFFICE PROCEDURES1
    ATE 1650LVETERINARY CLINICAL PRACTICE LAB I1
    ATE 1741VETERINARY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY1
    ATE 1943VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM I1
    ATE 2050CSMALL ANIMAL BREEDS AND BEHAVIOR1
    ATE 2631ANIMAL NURSING3

    SECOND TERM IN PROGRAM (11 credits)
    ATE 1211ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY3
    ATE 1636LARGE ANIMAL CLINICAL AND NURSING SKILLS2
    ATE 1654LVETERINARY CLINICAL PRACTICE LAB II1
    ATE 1944VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM II1
    ATE 2501CPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR1
    ATE 2656LLARGE ANIMAL CLINICAL AND NURSING SKILLS LAB1
    ATE 2722AVIAN AND EXOTIC PET MEDICINE2

    THIRD TERM IN PROGRAM (14 credits)
    ATE 2611ANIMAL ANESTHESIA3
    ATE 2634ANIMAL PHARMACOLOGY3
    ATE 2638ANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES I3
    ATE 2638LANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURE LABORATORY2
    ATE 2651LANIMAL NURSING AND MEDICINE LABORATORY I2
    ATE 2945VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM III1

    FOURTH TERM IN PROGRAM (14 credits)
    ATE 1671LLABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE1
    ATE 2612ANIMAL MEDICINE3
    ATE 2639ANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES II3
    ATE 2639LANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES LAB II2
    ATE 2653LANIMAL NURSING AND MEDICINE LABORATORY II2
    ATE 2661LARGE ANIMAL DISEASES1
    ATE 2710ANIMAL EMERGENCY MEDICINE1
    ATE 2946VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM IV1

    TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS
    73

    a Suggested course is MGF 1106, but for transfer to upper division science degree programs students should take MAC 1105.
    Note: In addition to the schedule listed above, the student, with permission of the program director, may elect to take reduced credit hours each semester and extend the program over eight semesters. Courses must be taken in proper sequence and all other program requirements apply.


    DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM BEGINS IN AUGUST, JANUARY AND MAY

    The Distance Education Program is designed for students who cannot commute to campus. The credit earned by distance education is the same as credit earned on campus. Students may combine distance education courses with on-site courses in order to better accommodate work and family obligations. The difference between local and distance learning is in the method of delivery, not in the content or the desired outcomes.

    Before entering the first semester of the Distance Veterinary Technology “program courses,” all students must have completed at least 18 of the 22 credits of general education and support courses including composition, speech, mathematics, and natural science and be computer literate. Students may take the general education and support courses at any regionally accredited college or university, or they may complete them through St. Petersburg College campus or distance education courses. Applicants must have worked or volunteered in a veterinary hospital at least 40 hours prior to applying for admission to fulfill the clinical observation requirement. Students must also be in a veterinary hospital at least 20 hours per week each semester they are enrolled in the distance program. Students must master over 200 tasks and skills, resulting in the need to be in a hospital where there is the opportunity, equipment, supplies, and expertise to be instructed and learn these tasks and skills. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application before they will be considered for acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program. Please contact a counselor and/or advisor.

    The Veterinary Technology Distance Education Program is based on the following assumptions:
    a.     At least 18 of the 22 credits of the general education and support courses are completed including composition, speech, mathematics, and natural science prior to admission. 
    b.     Students have the initiative, resourcefulness and perseverance to work independently.
    c.     Students have a solid relationship with an employer veterinarian. 
    d.     Students have experience using a computer and have access to a computer and the Internet.
    e.     Students must subscribe to any Internet service. 

    The complete distance program application includes the following:
    a.     The general college application and the $40 fee for new students at SPC. 
    b.     The Health Programs Application.
    c.     Transcripts from your high school (if no college degree) and any colleges you have attended sent directly to SPC from each school.

    Applicants are considered as soon as their file is complete. 

    Distance Program – Veterinary Technology Courses are designed to be completed in the specific sequence below. Please contact the program director for advice if you wish to make adjustments.


    YEAR ONE - 17 credits
    Term I  (6 credits)
    ATE 1110ANIMAL ANATOMY3
    ATE 1110LANIMAL ANATOMY LABORATORY1
    ATE 1741VETERINARY MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY1
    ATE 2050CSMALL ANIMAL BREEDS AND BEHAVIOR1

    Term II  (6 credits)
    ATE 1311LVETERINARY OFFICE PROCEDURES1
    ATE 1650LVETERINARY CLINICAL PRACTICE LAB I1
    ATE 1943VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM I1
    ATE 2631ANIMAL NURSING3

    Term III (5 credits)
    ATE 1211ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY3
    ATE 1654LVETERINARY CLINICAL PRACTICE LAB II1
    ATE 1944VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM II1

    YEAR TWO - 18 credits
    Term I (7 credits)
    ATE 2611ANIMAL ANESTHESIA3
    ATE 2651LANIMAL NURSING AND MEDICINE LABORATORY I2
    ATE 2710ANIMAL EMERGENCY MEDICINE1
    ATE 2945VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM III1

    Term II (6 credits)
    ATE 2612ANIMAL MEDICINE3
    ATE 2653LANIMAL NURSING AND MEDICINE LABORATORY II2
    ATE 2946VETERINARY WORK PRACTICUM IV1

    Term III (5 credits)
    ATE 2638ANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES I3
    ATE 2638LANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURE LABORATORY2

    YEAR THREE – 16 credits
    Term I  (7 credits)
    ATE 2639ANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES II3
    ATE 2639LANIMAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES LAB II2
    ATE 1636LARGE ANIMAL CLINICAL AND NURSING SKILLS2

    Term II  (5 credits)
    ATE 2634ANIMAL PHARMACOLOGY3
    ATE 2656LLARGE ANIMAL CLINICAL AND NURSING SKILLS LAB1
    ATE 2661LARGE ANIMAL DISEASES1

    Term III  (4 credits)
    ATE 1671LLABORATORY ANIMAL MEDICINE1
    ATE 2722AVIAN AND EXOTIC PET MEDICINE2
    ATE 2501CPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR1

    C&I 11/30/2012~ BOT 1/15/2013; C&I 11/30/2013 - BOT 1/21/2014
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  • Continuing Your Education

    This A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

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  • Notice to Out-of-State Online Students

    ImportantDue to state authorization requirements for distance learning that are particular to each state, students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada and North Carolina can no longer be enrolled in online classes at St. Petersburg College as long as they are residents of those states. If you have questions regarding this new policy, please send them to information@spcollege.edu.

  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Cal KerkelaStaff AssistantVeterinary Technology CenterKerkela.Cal@spcollege.edu(727)302-6711
    Don KellerStudent Success SpecialistVeterinary Technology CenterKeller.Don@spcollege.edu(727)302-6723