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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).

    AAHA

    SPC’s School of Veterinary Technology recently received full accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, signifying the highest level of medical care within the veterinary medical profession. Only three of the 221 veterinary technology programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association are also AAHA accredited.

    “It is extremely rare within veterinary technology education that veterinary technology programs are AAHA certified,” said Rich Flora, Dean of the School of Veterinary Technology. “It is a tremendous credit to the dedication of our faculty and staff to provide the highest quality learning experience for our students and care for our animals.”



  • 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
    Associate in Science

    VETTC-AS

    Dr. Richard Flora, Dean, Vet Tech, (727) 302-6721

    Program Summary

    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 requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2015 (495), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Admission Rules

    The complete on campus 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.
    d. Completion of 40 observation hours in a veterinary clinic

    Applicants are considered as soon as their file is complete.

    Graduation Rules

    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.

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition I

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

    SUPPORT COURSES
    Select 4 credits

    Any Natural Science course and lab with: AST, BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, MCB, OCB, OCE, PCB, PSC, PHY or ZOO prefix.4

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    First Term in Program

    ATE 1110Animal Anatomy3
    ATE 1110LAnimal Anatomy Lab1
    ATE 2631Animal Nursing3
    ATE 1311LVeterinary Office Procedures1
    ATE 1650LVeterinary Clinical Practice I1
    ATE 1741Veterinary Med Terminology1
    ATE 1943Veterinary Work Experience I1
    ATE 2050CSmall Animal Breeds and Behavior1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Second Term in Program

    ATE 1636Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills2
    ATE 1654LVeterinary Clinic Practice II1
    ATE 1944Veterinary Work Experience II1
    ATE 2501CProfessional Development Seminar1
    ATE 1211Animal Physiology3
    ATE 2656LLarge Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab1
    ATE 2722Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine2
    ATE 2611Animal Anesthesia3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Third Term in Program

    ATE 2634Animal Pharmacology3
    ATE 2638Animal Lab Procedures I3
    ATE 2638LAnimal Lab Procedure Lab2
    ATE 2651LAnimal Nursing & Medicine Lb I2
    ATE 2945Veterinary Work Experience III1
    ATE 2661Large Animal Diseases1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Fourth Term in Program

    ATE 1671LLaboratory Animal Medicine1
    ATE 2612Animal Medicine3
    ATE 2639Animal Lab Procedures II3
    ATE 2639LAnimal Lab Procedures Lab II2
    ATE 2653LAnimal Nursing & Medicine Laboratory II2
    ATE 2710Animal Emergency Medicine1
    ATE 2946Veterinary Work Experience IV1

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    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 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 veterinary hospital at least 40 hours prior to applying for admission to fulfill 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 form and the Veterinary Hospital Observation and Discussion form 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. Students have: a. completed at least 18 of the 22 credits of the general education and support courses prior to admission. b. the initiative, resourcefulness and perseverance to work independently. c. a solid relationship with an employer veterinarian. d. experience using a computer and have access to a computer and the Internet. e. subscribed to an Internet service.
    The complete distance program application includes the following: a. The college application and the $40 fee for new students at SPC. b. Health Programs Application form. c. Hospital Observation and Discussion form. d. 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.

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    YEAR ONE - 17 CREDITS

    Term I: Complete 6 credits
    ATE 1110Animal Anatomy3
    ATE 1110LAnimal Anatomy Lab1
    ATE 1741Veterinary Med Terminology1
    ATE 2050CSmall Animal Breeds and Behavior1
    Term II: Complete 6 credits
    ATE 1311LVeterinary Office Procedures1
    ATE 1650LVeterinary Clinical Practice I1
    ATE 1943Veterinary Work Experience I1
    ATE 2631Animal Nursing3
    Term III: Complete 5 credits
    ATE 1211Animal Physiology3
    ATE 1654LVeterinary Clinic Practice II1
    ATE 1944Veterinary Work Experience II1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    YEAR TWO - 18 CREDITS

    Term I: Complete 7 credits
    ATE 2611Animal Anesthesia3
    ATE 2651LAnimal Nursing & Medicine Lb I2
    ATE 2710Animal Emergency Medicine1
    ATE 2945Veterinary Work Experience III1
    Term II: Complete 6 credits
    ATE 2612Animal Medicine3
    ATE 2653LAnimal Nursing & Medicine Laboratory II2
    ATE 2946Veterinary Work Experience IV1
    Term III: Complete 5 credits
    ATE 2638Animal Lab Procedures I3
    ATE 2638LAnimal Lab Procedure Lab2

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    YEAR THREE - 16 CREDITS

    TERM I: Complete 7 credits
    ATE 2639Animal Lab Procedures II3
    ATE 2639LAnimal Lab Procedures Lab II2
    ATE 1636Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills2
    TERM II: Complete 5 credits
    ATE 2634Animal Pharmacology3
    ATE 2656LLarge Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab1
    ATE 2661Large Animal Diseases1
    TERM III: Complete 4 credits
    ATE 1671LLaboratory Animal Medicine1
    ATE 2722Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine2
    ATE 2501CProfessional Development Seminar1
    Total Credits73
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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.

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    Don KellerStudent Success SpecialistVeterinary Technology CenterKeller.Don@spcollege.edu(727)302-6723