Bachelor in Veterinary Technology

General

Program Description

This rigorous program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) combines professional, liberal arts, basic sciences, and two Preceptorship (field experience) requirements. Students will earn an Associate Degree (A.S.) and also have the opportunity to apply all credits towards a bachelor’s degree (B.S.). The Associate Degree entails seventy-two credits over two academic years but may be adjusted to accommodate a student’s special needs. The bachelor’s degree can be obtained after two additional years of study and will include specialization courses in Veterinary Technology, upper-level sciences, and diverse General Education topics. Students may also choose the Pre-Veterinary pathway and complete prerequisite courses for application to Veterinary schools.

The Veterinary Technology program focuses on laboratory testing techniques, clinical assisting and animal nursing procedures in modern state-of-the-art facilities. Diagnostics, treatments, and medical ethics are stressed. Lecture sessions utilize computer-assisted instruction and technological “smart classrooms,” with an emphasis on clinical courses and hands-on laboratory exercises. “Reality-based” teaching techniques, including the use of case studies and interactive computer-based activities, connect classes and clinical laboratory experiences with a current veterinary practice. These are complemented with two off-campus Preceptorships. The Buffalo Zoo, Erie County SPCA, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SUNY Buffalo, Veterans Hospital and local Buffalo and Rochester Veterinary Hospitals cooperate with Medaille College. Large animal facilities and local farms provide opportunities to work with equine and agricultural animals. The Medaille College student will become familiar with medical procedures for companion, laboratory, exotic and all major large animal species. As Veterinary Technician employment is available in veterinary hospitals, equine and food animal practices, the pharmaceutical industry, biological testing labs, state and federal government agencies, medical Colleges and universities, and animal breeding facilities. The bachelor’s degree will enhance a student’s knowledge and skills, providing additional opportunities for pursuing career goals and advanced graduate studies.

Admission to the College is based on Medaille College Admission Policies. Those entering as Provisional students and placing them into developmental courses will require additional semesters to complete the A.S. degree. All VET courses above VET 120 require formal acceptance into the Veterinary Technology program. The Veterinary Technology program requires student time beyond scheduled class and laboratory hours. Animal Care and Vivarium responsibilities (in new and spacious animal housing facilities), clinical laboratory testing and animal supervision are some of the assigned duties which require substantial time outside the classroom. Travel to and from instructional programs held off the Buffalo Campus, such as farm animal labs, necessitates additional student time.

Those students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree, including courses required for veterinary school admission, can do so in conjunction with the Veterinary Technology program. Flexibility in the various bachelor’s degree programs affiliated with the A.S. in Veterinary Technology will allow participants to satisfy the admissions requirements for most professional post-graduate medical programs of several professions.

A Veterinary Technology Handbook of policies, procedures, and needed materials will be furnished to each Veterinary Technology student in their first semester. An Orientation Day specific to the Veterinary Technology program is required for every student before their entrance into the program and prior to their beginning clinical courses.

To graduate with an Associate in Science degree, students must complete all required courses with not less than an overall 2.0 (C) average and not less than a 2.0 (C) average in Veterinary Technology courses. Majors in this program may not take any Veterinary Technology course as a Pass/Fail.

Students within six (6) months of graduation in the Associate Degree program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). As graduates of an AVMA accredited program, and passage of the VTNE, Medaille College students can be licensed in New York State and become eligible for reciprocal licensing in most other states.

Degree earned Total number of credits
A.S. 72
B.S. 120
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What can you do with this degree?

Medaille students have completed preceptorships at unique sites such as:
  • The Buffalo Zoo
  • Erie County SPCA
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Local Buffalo and Rochester Veterinary Hospitals
Medaille alumni have gone on to work at:
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Animal Hospitals
  • Animal Shelters
  • Aquariums
  • Zoos
  • Kennels
  • Biomedical Research Facilities

What sets Medaille’s veterinary technology program apart?

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Animals housed on campus.
  • The experience of working shoulder-to-shoulder with a faculty of active practitioners and researchers in the lab and in the field.
  • Lecture sessions utilizing computer-assisted instruction and technological “smart classrooms,” with an emphasis on clinical courses and hands-on laboratory exercises.
  • Reality-based teaching techniques, including the use of case studies and interactive computer-based activities.
  • Two off-campus preceptorships.
  • Opportunities to work with equine and agricultural animals at large animal facilities and local farms.
  • Medaille’s Veterinary Technology Handbook, featuring policies, procedures, and recommended supplies.
  • The pre-veterinary pathway allows students to complete prerequisite courses for application to veterinary schools.
  • The pre-professional minor allows students to follow either a four-year veterinary technology or dual-major in biology pathway.
  • Articulation agreements with Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph and Ross University.
  • Full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • The Medaille Vet Tech Club.

With Medaille College's vet tech program, you know you're going places. Whether you choose to begin work as a veterinary technician straight after passing the VTNE, or you choose to follow a pre-professional pathway, preparing yourself for veterinary school or as a dual major, Medaille's vet tech degrees are your ticket to success. Not only will you benefit from our low student-to-faculty ratio, but Medaille vet tech students work side-by-side with a faculty of active veterinarians and researchers, both in the lab and in the field. What's more, the animals you work with are housed on campus, and you'll even have the opportunity to work with equine and agricultural animals at local facilities and farms.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering und ... Read More

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hands-on, practitioner-based learning environments on campus and in the Western New York community. Read less
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