Genesee Community College’s newest academic program, Veterinary Technology has recently been approved by the State University of New York and the State Education Department. With these final approvals, and the appointment of its first director and instructor, the new program is ready for enrollment for the fall 2010 semester.
The Veterinary Technology or ‘Vet Tech’ program was endorsed by Genesee’s Board of Trustees back in January of this year. Since then, the program has had a thorough review by SUNY to ensure that the program meets the learning standards of the SUNY system, as well as the State Education Department.
The program will prepare students to complete the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) that is required for veterinary technician licensure (LVT) in New York State. Genesee will apply to have the program accredited by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
“Vet Techs are in very high demand,” Michael Stoll, associate vice president for Academic Affairs/ dean of Math Science and Career Education said. “The high concentration of farms in our region is one factor in local demand for the veterinary technology profession, and the overall popularity of pets in recent years is another.”
LVTs are extensively employed in private small and large veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, equine facilities, zoos, medical research facilities, as nutritional and pharmaceutical representatives or herd managers, with USDA and NYS Ag & Markets.
Veterinary Technology students will complete courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Veterinary Nutrition, Techniques in Laboratory Animals and Exotics, Small Animal Pathology and Nursing, Large Animal Pathology and Nursing, Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology, Veterinary Radiology and Dentistry, Parasitology, as well as general education courses, including communications, computers, mathematics. Nine of the program’s courses include extensive lab work with the College developing a veterinary lab and suite at the Batavia Campus. Vet Tech students also complete three “externships” consisting of supervised real world experience working with animals in clinical settings throughout the region.
The entire program consists of 72 credit hours and can be completed within two years by students pursuing full-time study. Those students desiring to further their education and career options can explore a business management dual degree or transfer options with four year college and universities to pursue higher degrees in the veterinary medical field.
For further information please contact Michael Stoll, associate vice president for Academic Affairs/dean of Math, Science and Career Education 585-343-0055 x6326.
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