Prepare to start your career in Veterinary medicine with our Veterinary Nursing A.S. Degree

Our Veterinary Nursing A.S. Degree gives you a solid foundation for success. Taking classes on campus means learning in our new $11 million Veterinary Nursing (Technology) facility, featuring 32,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, surgery and x-ray suites.

Online Option

At SPC, you can complete the online Veterinary Nursing A.S. Degree program by taking clinical practicums where you live. All you need is an approved clinician to supervise your academic experience for credit in the program.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

9,020

2026

11,860

Percent Change

32

Projected Job Openings

1090

FEATURES of SPC's Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree

  • Prepares you for the national certification exam
  • Can be completed online or in the classroom
  • Provides lecture and hands-on clinical classes as part of your on-campus learning experience
  • 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.

Veterinary Technology Associate in Science

VETTC-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2019 (560)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2019 (560), 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.



Program Leadership Information

Dr. Cynthia Grey
Associate Dean
(727) 302-6724
grey.cynthia@spcollege.edu


Tricia Gorham
Academic Chair
727-302-6733
gorham.tricia@spcollege.edu


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 Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1351080800:

Federal CIP Code

51.0808: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant.


Admission Rules

Please review the Veterinary Technology A.S. Campus Program Admission Guide or Veterinary Technology A.S. Online Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Veterinary Technology A.S program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.


The complete on campus and online 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
e. Completion of at least 18 of the 22 general education and support credits including composition I, speech, college-level math, natural science lecture, and natural science lab courses.

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

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 3 credits

Any Natural Science course and lab with: APB, AST, BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, MCB, MET, OCB, OCE, PCB, PSC, PHY or ZOO prefix. 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
First Term in Program

ATE 1110 Animal Anatomy 3
ATE 1110L Animal Anatomy Lab 1
ATE 1311L Veterinary Office Procedures 1
ATE 1650L Veterinary Clinical Practice I 1
ATE 1943 Veterinary Work Practicum I 1
ATE 1741 Veterinary Med Terminology 1
ATE 2050C Small Animal Breeds and Behavior 2
ATE 2631 Animal Nursing 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Second Term in Program

ATE 1636 Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills 2
ATE 1654L Veterinary Clinic Practice II 1
ATE 1944 Veterinary Work Practicum II 1
ATE 1211 Animal Physiology 3
ATE 2656L Large Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab 1
ATE 2722 Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine 2
ATE 2611 Animal Anesthesia 3
ATE 1412C Introduction to Dental Techniques 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Third Term in Program

ATE 2634 Animal Pharmacology 3
ATE 2638 Animal Lab Procedures I 3
ATE 2638L Animal Lab Procedure Lab 2
ATE 2651L Animal Nursing & Medicine Lab I 2
ATE 2945 Veterinary Work Practicum III 1
ATE 2661 Large Animal Diseases 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Fourth Term in Program

ATE 1671L Laboratory Animal Medicine 1
ATE 2612 Animal Medicine 3
ATE 2639 Animal Lab Procedures II 3
ATE 2639L Animal Lab Procedures Lab II 2
ATE 2653L Animal Nursing & Medicine Laboratory II 2
ATE 2710 Animal Emergency Medicine 1
ATE 2946 Veterinary Work Practicum IV 1

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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 - 19 CREDITS

Term I: Complete 7 credits
ATE 1110 Animal Anatomy 3
ATE 1110L Animal Anatomy Lab 1
ATE 1741 Veterinary Med Terminology 1
ATE 2050C Small Animal Breeds and Behavior 2
Term II: Complete 6 credits
ATE 1650L Veterinary Clinical Practice I 1
ATE 1943 Veterinary Work Practicum I 1
ATE 1311L Veterinary Office Procedures 1
ATE 2631 Animal Nursing 3
Term III: Complete 6 credits
ATE 1211 Animal Physiology 3
ATE 1654L Veterinary Clinic Practice II 1
ATE 1944 Veterinary Work Practicum II 1
ATE 1412C Introduction to Dental Techniques 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
YEAR TWO - 17 CREDITS

Term I: Complete 7 credits
ATE 2611 Animal Anesthesia 3
ATE 2651L Animal Nursing & Medicine Lab I 2
ATE 2710 Animal Emergency Medicine 1
ATE 2945 Veterinary Work Practicum III 1
Term II: Complete 5 credits
ATE 2612 Animal Medicine 3
ATE 2653L Animal Nursing & Medicine Laboratory II 2
Term III: Complete 5 credits
ATE 2638 Animal Lab Procedures I 3
ATE 2638L Animal Lab Procedure Lab 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
YEAR THREE - 16 CREDITS

TERM I: Complete 7 credits
ATE 2639 Animal Lab Procedures II 3
ATE 2639L Animal Lab Procedures Lab II 2
ATE 1636 Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills 2
TERM II: Complete 5 credits
ATE 2634 Animal Pharmacology 3
ATE 2656L Large Animal Clinical and Nursing Skills Lab 1
ATE 2661 Large Animal Diseases 1
TERM III: Complete 4 credits
ATE 1671L Laboratory Animal Medicine 1
ATE 2722 Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine 2
ATE 2946 Veterinary Work Practicum IV 1
Total Credits 73

Accreditation

SPC's A.S. and B.A.S. degrees in VeterinaryTechnology 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.

Information on passing rates on the Veterinary Technician National Exam

Information on SPC graduates, July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018
Campus program

Number of first-time candidates that have passed the VTNE 124
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 179
Number of eligible first-time candidates 278
Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage 69.3

Information on SPC graduates, July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Online program

Number of first-time candidates that have passed the VTNE 63
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 83
Number of eligible first-time candidates 278
Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage 75.9

Forms and Information

Veterinary Technology General Resources

Technician Associations

National exam

Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to all Veterinary Technology 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 Nursing. Financial need will also be considered. The essay should be double spaced, using 12-point font. The essay should be submitted to the Dean.

Industry certification

SPC's Veterinary Technology Associate in Science Degree prepares you for the national certification exam.

Continue Your Education at SPC

SPC's Veterinary Technology A.S. degree transfers to our Veterinary Technology B.A.S. Degree.

Once you earn your associate or bachelor's degree, you can continue with SPC's Veterinary Practice Management Certificate.

Veterinary Technology A.S. Degree

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