The Veterinary Technology Program is designed to train students in the field of veterinary science and technology, and will provide students with the entry level skills necessary to care for animals. This course focuses on the career of a Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician. Students will be prepared to work in a veterinary hospital, kennel, groom shop, animal laboratory, or pet retail facility. Because this hands-on shop will include not only theory but also practical application and laboratory work, students need to be mature, self-motivated, responsible, and aware of safety procedures in dealing with animals and maintaining a safe working environment.
The Veterinary Technology program has a heavy courseload, and is taught at a pace similar to an honors course. Students should have strong reading comprehension and time management skills. They should also be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Students are expected to speak in front of their peers and interact with clients on a regular basis. It should also be noted that working with animals is physically demanding, and students are expected to restrain animals using proper technique; at times, heavy restraint and the use of equipment such as muzzles will be necessary. Since restraining animals requires teamwork, students will be partnered with their classmates on a regular basis.
Additionally, this program requires completion of an online video based training program and 300 clinical hours working with a veterinarian outside of school. Successful completion of this program plus the online requirements results in a nationally recognized Level 1 Certified Veterinary Assistant.Offered at Medford & Westampton