Veterinary Technology (AS)
What is A Veterinary Technology (AS) Degree?
As you probably know, Veterinary Medicine is the branch of the medical field that looks at the causes of illnesses, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries in animals. Besides becoming a Veterinarian, there is another option in the field for people who really want to work to help animals but don’t want to commit to that much schooling: that of a Veterinary Technician. Vet Techs need to complete a Vet Tech program, which will likely take two years to complete. After completing the program the Vet Tech works right alongside the Vet, caring for animals in much the same way as the doctor does. However, Vet Techs don’t do surgery, diagnose, or prescribe medication. But, they have lots of the same knowledge and skills of the Vet and share the love of animals that everyone in the field has.
Courses in the Associate’s of Science in Veterinary Technology program, in addition to general education, are in topics like veterinary technology, diagnostic imaging for small and large animals, small animal nursing, surgical nursing for vet techs, clinical laboratory procedures, and emergency procedures. Usually about half of the last year of training will be spent in clinical placements in the field and attending a technical seminar to discuss the externship work being accomplished. Most geographical areas require some kind of certification or license to be able to work in a veterinary practice under the direction and supervision of a licensed Veterinarian.
The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.