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Veterinary Technician

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Turn your love of animals into a satisfying career! BTC’s Veterinary Technician program is ideal if you have an aptitude for math and science, and are interested in being a valuable part of the veterinary care team. You’ll work with animals and people, in a job that is different every day.

With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills needed now by veterinary hospitals, surgery centers, specialty care providers, zoos, and wildlife facilities.

AAS-T denotes that the pre-requisite courses are transferrable to most four year institutions. Some program courses may be transferrable, dependent on the receiving institution.

Program Facts

Average annual income $30,500

Wage potential $44,000 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Job opportunities in this profession are expected to be excellent. Currently, veterinary technician is the fastest growing associate’s degree level profession in the state of Washington, with expected position growth of 35% during the 2004-2014 decade. The average annual wage in this field is $30,500, with an earning potential of about $44,000 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Veterinary technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian, performing various medical tests in a laboratory setting along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals.

They may work in research facilities, where they may administer medications orally or topically, prepare samples for laboratory examinations, and record information on an animal’s genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. They may also work with other scientists in medical-related fields such as gene therapy and cloning. Other opportunities exist in biomedical research, wildlife medicine, the military, livestock management, education, or pharmaceutical sales.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • VETT 101Veterinary Nursing I5 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and VeterinaryTechnician student will be able to carry out appropriate therapeutic techniques in order to achieve maximum health benefits for the patient.

  • VETT 102Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I6 credits

    Upon completion of this course, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) The function of basic cell structure; 2) Skeletal anatomy & physiology; 3) Integument & muscular systems; 4) The respiratory & cardiovascular systems; 5) The hemolymphatic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, & nervous systems.

  • VETT 103Veterinary Medical Terminology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will: understand terms of anatomical topography, nursing records, & pharmaceutical, emergency & surgical, medicine, & patient description terms; students should also be comfortable & accurate with metric system conversion.

  • VETT 201Mentorship Lab I3 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: animal restraint, physical exam, diagnostic sampling, and small animal patient care.

  • VET 120MEDICAL DOSAGES AND CALCULATIONS4 credits

    Content of this course will cover the necessary concepts involved in mathematics used in veterinary medicine. This will include: dosage calculations, English and metric conversions, percents, ratios, and other technical applications. Prerequisite: Admission to Veterinary Technician program.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to Veterinary Technician program.
  • Quarter 2
  • VETT 104Veterinary Nutrition I3 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will understand appropriate and inappropriate dietary components for various life stages to promote optimal health. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to explain nutritional recommendations to clients and reinforce owner compliance.

  • VETT 106Microbiology, Virology, & Mycology4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to classify, collect, & culture bacteria. The Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician student will also be knowledgeable in mycology & virology.

  • VETT 107Small Animal Parasitology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to: 1) Identify & describe the life cycle of ecto- and endo- parasites 2) Understand the importance of parasites in veterinary and zoonotic disease 3) Understand the importance of, and demonstrate proper diagnostic fecal techniques 4) Identify parasite ova, adults and non-parasite artifacts 5) Review therapy and prevention of parasitic diseases

  • VETT 108Radiology I6 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient and the radiographic study that has been requested, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to prepare the radiographic equipment, measure the animal using topographic landmarks and choose the appropriate radiographic technique to provide maximum diagnostic benefit in an appropriate and safe manner. The Veterinary Technician student will be able to assess the image quality and offer options to correct deficiencies.

  • VETT 109Clinical Laboratory Sciences5 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to properly handle and submit appropriate samples for diagnostic analysis to ensure maximum accuracy of results. Also, give the characteristics of the laboratory equipment; the student will determine proper maintenance and quality control procedures necessary to ensure accurate results.

  • VETT 202Pipefitting for Pipewelders II3 credits

    Classroom theory will focus on trade math and pipefitting calculations, offsets, branch saddles, and special layout problems. Students will put theory to work in labs, fitting and welding their own saddles, rolling offsets, and reducers. Prerequisite: WELD 203, WELD 931, or equivalent on-job experience.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 201
  • Quarter 3
  • VETT 105Learning for a Lifetime3 credits

    The goals of this module are to enable the student to learn the materials of Veterinary Technician medicine in a logical, goal-oriented manner. The Veterinary Technician student should be empowered with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The Veterinary Technician student should be able to utilize a variety of reference media and assess that material for quality of content. Finally, the Veterinary Technician student should be able to tailor study skills to address their personal strengths and weaknesses with the goal of maximizing retention of material learned during the Veterinary Technician Program and in continuing education pursuits throughout his or her career.

  • VETT 110Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) Unique equine features: head & gastrointestinal tract & reproductive tract; 2) Unique ruminant features: gastrointestinal tract & reproductive tract and foot; 3) Avian anatomy.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 102
  • VETT 111Small Animal Medicine I4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) The general approach to medical problems and become familiar with systemic diseases; 2) Respiratory & cardiac diseases; 3) Gastrointestinal diseases; 4) Urinary tract diseases; 5) Liver & pancreas diseases; 6) Endocrine deseases; 7) Neurologic diseases; 8) Erythrocytes, platelets, & coagulation.

  • VETT 112Governmental Accounting5 credits

    This introductory course is for those individuals who need to understand the laws and proper procedures that are specific to "Fund" accounting for governmental entities, and not-for-profit organizations. Text required. PREREQUISITE: Understanding of basic accounting principles.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 104, VETT 106, VETT 107, VETT 108, VETT 109
  • VETT 113Immunology & Pharmacology I6 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to calculate the correct amount of medication in the prescribed form and administer it by the prescribed route as directed by a veterinarian. The Veterinary Technician student shall also be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal responses to medications and communicate necessary information to clients in order to maximize safety and compliance for effective treatment. Finally, the Veterinary Technician student should be proficient at inventory control procedures, especially as applied to controlled substances.

  • VETT 114Dentistry4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable of: 1) Dental anatomy & pathophysiology; 2) Dental radiographs; 3) Dental instruments & usage; 4) Large animal dentistry (equine & swine); 5) Small mammal dentistry & avian beaks.

  • VETT 203Mentorship Lab III3 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: surgical assisting and nursing, dressing and bandaging techniques, and dentistry.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 202
  • Quarter 4
  • VETT 115Radiology II5 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient and the radiographic study that has been requested, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to prepare the radiographic equipment, measure the animal using topographic landmarks and choose the appropriate radiographic technique to provide maximum diagnostic benefit in an appropriate and safe manner. The Veterinary Technician student will be able to assess the image quality and offer options to correct deficiencies. Also given the characteristics of the patient and the non-radiographic imaging study requested, the Veterinary Technician student will properly prepare the imaging site and equipment and position the patient appropriately for the study.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 108

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26M 8:30a-11:30aDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
     T12:30p-4:30p
  • VETT 118Small Animal Medicine II3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable with the following relative small animal medicine: 1) Lymphatics, spleen, & bone marrow; 2) Reproductive disorders; 3) Trauma medicine; 4) Transfusion medicine; 5) Sepsis; 6) Diabetes mellitus & diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA); 7) Acute abdomen stabilization.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 111

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/26T 8:30a-11:30aDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 119Advanced Clinical Lab Sciences4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in the following advanced clinical laboratory sciences: 1) Seology & antigen testing; 2) Pulse oximetry, capnography, & blood gas analysis; 3) Electrocardiogram (EKG); 4) Arthrocentesis, CSF tap, & bone marrow evaluation; 5) Blood pressure evaluation; 6) Thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, & transtracheal wash; 7) Blood collection for transfusion or blood culture; 8) Advanced hematology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 109

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26W 8:30a-4:30pDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 120Anesthesia5 credits

    Given the characteristics of the anesthetic patient and the procedure, (assisted by the veterinarian) the Veterinary Technician student will assess patient risk status and determine appropriate perianesthetic, anesthetic and pain management protocols. Also (assisted by the veterinarian), the Veterinary Technician student will choose appropriate monitoring equipment and techniques to maintain safe anesthesia, pain management and anesthesia recovery.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26Th 8:30a-4:30pDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 121Exotic Animal Medicine3 credits

    Given the unique requirements for exotic species, the Veterinary Technician student will safely obtain subjective and objective data that will allow evaluation of these animals. The Veterinary Technician student will be able to: identify husbandry issues and recognize normal from abnormal behaviors and vital signs.


    Future Offerings
    1/12-3/26M12:30p-4:00pDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 125Humanity of Veterinary Medicine2 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to effectively contribute to the professional and efficient operation of the veterinary facility in order to provide maximum benefits to clients, patients and the facility. Also, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to effectively and accurately acquire and convey information to the client and to veterinary colleagues.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online DZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 204Mentorship Lab IV3 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: anesthesia, advanced diagnostics, and advanced radiology.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 203

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/27ARRDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • VETT 116Large Animal Medicine3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) Equine preventative health care, gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory & cardia diseases, lameness, & reproductive & neonate diseases; 2) Bovine gastrointestinal & reproductive diseases; 3) Important diseases of sheep, goats, & llamas.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/17W12:30p-3:30pKNOPF,EMILYOpenings: 20
  • VETT 117Veterinary Nursing III (Large Animal)5 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. In addition, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to carry out appropriate therapeutic techniques in order to achieve maximum health benefits for the patient.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 112

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23T 8:30a-4:30pDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 122Veterinary Nutrition II2 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable of: 1) Nutrition & recovery care; 2) Therapeutic nutrition; 3) Small mammal & avian nutrition; 4) Nutrition of lizards, snakes, & turtles.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 104

    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M12:30p-2:30pDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 123Veterinary Nursing IV (Critical Care)5 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to carry out appropriate therapeutic techniques in order to achieve maximum health benefits for the patient.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 117

    Future Offerings
    4/9-6/18Th 8:30a-4:30pDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 124Specialty Medicine3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable of the following veterinary medicine specialities: 1) Ophthamology; 2) Dermatology; 3) Oncology; 4) Alternative & complimentary medicine; 5) Physical therapy; 6) Cardiology; 7) Theriogenology; 8) Hospice care.

  • VETT 126Pharmacology II3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Technician student will be be knowledgeable of: 1) Gastrointestinal drugs; 2) Hormones; 3) Anticonvulsants; 4) Therapies for the following: hypertension, airway disease, allergic disease, heart disease, & behavior disorders.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 113

    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:30a-11:30aDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • VETT 205Mentorship Lab V3 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: equine patient care, bovine patient care, and advanced nursing care.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 204

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/23FDZYBAN LOpenings: 20
  • Quarter 6
  • VETT 130Veterinary Clinical Work Experience10 credits

    A cooperative effort between practicing veterinary facilities and Bellingham Technical College to provide hands-on training. Student will observe, assist, and perform tasks at selected facilities as directed by veterinary staff, using all knowledge gained during program.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 205
  • Pre-Program
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • BIOL& 160 *General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • CHEM& 121 *Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/24T 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/8-3/26Th 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/10-3/21Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS155 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • The next program will begin in fall quarter 2015.

Testing Requirements

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in COM 170.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • English Composition (ENGL& 101)
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) preferred, will accept 107 or higher
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100) or Interpersonal Communications (CMST& 210)
  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121) preferred, will accept other courses in the following fields: BIOL, CHEM, OCEA, ZOOL.
  • Entering students are expected to have basic computer skills necessary to use word processing, email, and the Internet. Students who need to acquire these basic skills should enroll in CAP 101 prior to starting the program.

Program Application/Forms

Prior to registration for Vet Tech program classes, admitted students must be 18 years of age and submit evidence of the following requirements:

1. Physical exam and recommended immunizations

2. 11-panel drug screen

3. Criminal background check

4. Medical insurance coverage (personal or student coverage).

Students will pay a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of health documents.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
  • Care for animals in a manner that is safe for both animals and humans;
  • Promote public health;
  • Accept the responsibilities of his/her profession, to provide compassionate, competent, ethical care in a professional, conscientious manner;
  • Pursue lifelong learning to advance his/her knowledge of veterinary care;
  • Take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE);
  • Take the state exam and fulfill requirements for licensure as a veterinary technician;
  • Understand normal anatomy, physiology and behavior of health for the species studied;
  • Understand and participate in the process of diagnosis, therapy and prevention of animal disease;
  • Understand the profession of veterinary technician including: occupational safety, public health, client and colleague communication, ethics of animal welfare, and the human-animal bond;
  • Provide critical thinking skills to reason through clinical situations and take appropriate action;
  • Provide social interactive skills to facilitate excellent communication with clients and colleagues;
  • Provide psychomotor skills to facilitate quality, efficient diagnostic and therapeutic interventions;
  • Provide learning skills and tools to promote learning throughout career and lifetime.

Lisa Dzyban - Instructor image

Lisa Dzyban


Veterinary Technology

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Contact Info


360 752-8577
ldzyban@btc.ctc.edu
G Building (G) - Room G109B

Background


    • Dr. Dzyban is a veterinarian that is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She has fifteen years clinical experience in general and specialty small animal practice and four years experience as an instructor and specialist consultant. As a veterinary internist, she is adept in ultrasound, endoscopy, parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy techniques. Publications include "Peritoneal Dialysis" in Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy, "Peritoneal Dialysis" in the Journal of Emergency & Critical Care, "Cardiac Tamponade in Cavia Porcellus" in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, and "Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis" in the Journal of Veterinary Radiologists. She is a recipient of the Sue Tidball Award for Creative Humanity and an instructor for the American Red Cross. One of her life goals is to inspire excellence in animal care in veterinarians, veterinary technicians and animal owners.

    • Diploma, Diplomate in Small Animal Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

      D.V.M., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

      B.S., Veterinary Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification


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Linda Crittenden


Adjunct Instructor

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Contact Info


360 752-8445
lcrittenden@btc.ctc.edu
R Building (R) - Room R2

Background


    • Linda has been associated with Bellingham Technical College since 1990 when she was instrumental in the development of the Veterinary Assistant certificate program. Linda has over 20 years in veterinary medicine, working at several clinics and veterinary specialties. She has a creative style that has inspired many students to continue their education in veterinary medicine. Linda has been on the ground floor in helping develop the Veterinary Technician program and continues with that work.


Veterinary Assistant Certificate

Turn your love of animals into a satisfying career! BTC’s Veterinary Technician program is ideal if you have an aptitude for math and science, and are interested in being a valuable part of the veterinary care team. You’ll work with animals and people, in a job that is different every day.

With BTC’s high quality education and hands-on training, you’ll gain the valuable skills needed now by veterinary hospitals, surgery centers, specialty care providers, zoos, and wildlife facilities.

Program Facts

Average annual income $26,100

Wage potential varies depending on clinic, experience and location

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Job opportunities in this profession are expected to be excellent. Currently, veterinary technician is the fastest growing associate’s degree level profession in the state of Washington, with expected position growth of 35% during the 2004-2014 decade. The average annual wage in this field is $26,100, with an earning potential that varies depending on clinic, experience and location.*.

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Veterinary technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian, performing various medical tests in a laboratory setting along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals.

They may work in research facilities, where they may administer medications orally or topically, prepare samples for laboratory examinations, and record information on an animal’s genealogy, diet, weight, medications, food intake, and clinical signs of pain and distress. They may also work with other scientists in medical-related fields such as gene therapy and cloning. Other opportunities exist in biomedical research, wildlife medicine, the military, livestock management, education, or pharmaceutical sales.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • VETT 101Veterinary Nursing I5 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to safely and effectively obtain subjective and objective patient data that will allow accurate evaluation of the patient with minimum stress and maximum safety. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and VeterinaryTechnician student will be able to carry out appropriate therapeutic techniques in order to achieve maximum health benefits for the patient.

  • VETT 102Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I6 credits

    Upon completion of this course, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be knowledgeable in: 1) The function of basic cell structure; 2) Skeletal anatomy & physiology; 3) Integument & muscular systems; 4) The respiratory & cardiovascular systems; 5) The hemolymphatic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, & nervous systems.

  • VETT 103Veterinary Medical Terminology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will: understand terms of anatomical topography, nursing records, & pharmaceutical, emergency & surgical, medicine, & patient description terms; students should also be comfortable & accurate with metric system conversion.

  • VET 120MEDICAL DOSAGES AND CALCULATIONS4 credits

    Content of this course will cover the necessary concepts involved in mathematics used in veterinary medicine. This will include: dosage calculations, English and metric conversions, percents, ratios, and other technical applications. Prerequisite: Admission to Veterinary Technician program.

    Prerequisite:
    Admission to Veterinary Technician program.
  • VETT 201Mentorship Lab I3 credits

    This lab requires students, under the supervision of a mentor or the faculty, to demonstrate competency in an escalating list of skills in the lab and the clinical sites. Each quarter builds upon that quarter's didactic material as well as previous skill sets. Primary skills focus: animal restraint, physical exam, diagnostic sampling, and small animal patient care.

  • Quarter 2
  • VETT 104Veterinary Nutrition I3 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will understand appropriate and inappropriate dietary components for various life stages to promote optimal health. Also, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to explain nutritional recommendations to clients and reinforce owner compliance.

  • VETT 106Microbiology, Virology, & Mycology4 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to classify, collect, & culture bacteria. The Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician student will also be knowledgeable in mycology & virology.

  • VETT 107Small Animal Parasitology3 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to: 1) Identify & describe the life cycle of ecto- and endo- parasites 2) Understand the importance of parasites in veterinary and zoonotic disease 3) Understand the importance of, and demonstrate proper diagnostic fecal techniques 4) Identify parasite ova, adults and non-parasite artifacts 5) Review therapy and prevention of parasitic diseases

  • VETT 108Radiology I6 credits

    Given the characteristics of the patient and the radiographic study that has been requested, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to prepare the radiographic equipment, measure the animal using topographic landmarks and choose the appropriate radiographic technique to provide maximum diagnostic benefit in an appropriate and safe manner. The Veterinary Technician student will be able to assess the image quality and offer options to correct deficiencies.

  • VETT 109Clinical Laboratory Sciences5 credits

    Upon completion of this module, the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician student will be able to properly handle and submit appropriate samples for diagnostic analysis to ensure maximum accuracy of results. Also, give the characteristics of the laboratory equipment; the student will determine proper maintenance and quality control procedures necessary to ensure accurate results.

  • VETT 202Pipefitting for Pipewelders II3 credits

    Classroom theory will focus on trade math and pipefitting calculations, offsets, branch saddles, and special layout problems. Students will put theory to work in labs, fitting and welding their own saddles, rolling offsets, and reducers. Prerequisite: WELD 203, WELD 931, or equivalent on-job experience.

    Prerequisite:
    VETT 201
  • Quarter 3
  • VET 117Veterinary Assistant Internship2 credits

    This course is for students, enrolled in the Veterinary Techincian Program who choose the "'early out" option and are pursuing a certificate in Veterinary Assistant. Students need to have completed VETT 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 108 and 109, as well as VET 120. Students are to gain work experience as a Veterinary Assistant in an appropriate setting.

    Prerequisite:
    VET 120, VETT 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 108, 109 with C (2.0) grade or better.
  • Pre-Program
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • BIOL& 160 *General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-11:00aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MW 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • CHEM& 121 *Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/24T 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/8-3/26Th 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/10-3/21Sa 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MW 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-8:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS72 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • The next program will begin in Fall 2015.

Testing Requirements

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in COM 170.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • English Composition (ENGL& 101)
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107), Precalculus I (MATH& 141), or Intro to Statistics (MATH& 146)
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100) OR General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Transfer-level science elective (BIOL&, CHEM&, or PHYS&)
  • Entering students are expected to have basic computer skills necessary to use word processing, email, and the Internet. Students who need to acquire these basic skills should enroll in CAP 101 prior to starting the program.

Program Application/Forms

Prior to registration for Vet Tech program classes, admitted students must be 18 years of age and submit evidence of the following requirements:

1. Physical exam and recommended immunizations

2. 11-panel drug screen

3. Criminal background check

4. Medical insurance coverage (personal or student coverage).

Students will pay a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of health documents.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
  • Care for animals in a manner that is safe for both animals and humans;
  • Promote public health;
  • Accept the responsibilities of his/her profession, to provide compassionate, competent, ethical care in a professional, conscientious manner;
  • Pursue lifelong learning to advance his/her knowledge of veterinary care;
  • Understand normal anatomy, physiology and behavior of health for the species studied;
  • Understand and participate in the process of diagnosis, therapy and prevention of animal disease;
  • Understand the profession of veterinary technician including: occupational safety, public health, client and colleague communication, ethics of animal welfare, and the human-animal bond;
  • Provide critical thinking skills to reason through clinical situations and take appropriate action;
  • Provide social interactive skills to facilitate excellent communication with clients and colleagues;
  • Provide psychomotor skills to facilitate quality, efficient diagnostic and therapeutic interventions;
  • Provide learning skills and tools to promote learning throughout career and lifetime.

Lisa Dzyban - Instructor image

Lisa Dzyban


Veterinary Technology

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Contact Info


360 752-8577
ldzyban@btc.ctc.edu
G Building (G) - Room G109B

Background


    • Dr. Dzyban is a veterinarian that is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She has fifteen years clinical experience in general and specialty small animal practice and four years experience as an instructor and specialist consultant. As a veterinary internist, she is adept in ultrasound, endoscopy, parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy techniques. Publications include "Peritoneal Dialysis" in Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy, "Peritoneal Dialysis" in the Journal of Emergency & Critical Care, "Cardiac Tamponade in Cavia Porcellus" in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, and "Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis" in the Journal of Veterinary Radiologists. She is a recipient of the Sue Tidball Award for Creative Humanity and an instructor for the American Red Cross. One of her life goals is to inspire excellence in animal care in veterinarians, veterinary technicians and animal owners.

    • Diploma, Diplomate in Small Animal Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

      D.V.M., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

      B.S., Veterinary Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification


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Linda Crittenden


Adjunct Instructor

Area of Instruction


Veterinary Technician

Contact Info


360 752-8445
lcrittenden@btc.ctc.edu
R Building (R) - Room R2

Background


    • Linda has been associated with Bellingham Technical College since 1990 when she was instrumental in the development of the Veterinary Assistant certificate program. Linda has over 20 years in veterinary medicine, working at several clinics and veterinary specialties. She has a creative style that has inspired many students to continue their education in veterinary medicine. Linda has been on the ground floor in helping develop the Veterinary Technician program and continues with that work.