Veterinary Technology A.A.S.
Did you know that more than 100 million cats and dogs live with American families, and that pet care is a $30-billion-dollar-a-year industry? Staggering statistics like these, and Genesee’s location in a largely agricultural region with extensive livestock make our new Veterinary Technology A.A.S. degree one of the college’s most eagerly anticipated majors. The college plans to launch the program in time for the fall 2010 semester, pending review by the New York State Education Department and State University of New York.
Where Veterinary Technicians Work
The Veterinary Technology program will prepare you to work in tandem with veterinarians as a licensed veterinary technician, more commonly known as “vet techs”. Most vet techs work in animal hospitals and clinics, shelters, research labs, and zoos. The demand for veterinary technicians is expected to grow 20% statewide and 41% nationwide over the next six years.
What You’ll Learn
While vet tech students take general education classes on subjects like communications and math, you’ll also complete a fairly specialized curriculum, including courses such as:
- Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology
- Techniques in Laboratory Animals and Exotics
- Veterinary Radiology and Dentistry
- Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology
- Large Animal Pathology and Nursing
- Veterinary Nutrition
Beyond the classroom, you’ll also complete three “externships” featuring supervised hands-on experience working with animals in a clinical or agricultural setting. As a full-time student, you can complete the entire 72-credit program in two years. Nine of the program’s courses include extensive lab work, and the College will soon complete a state-of-the-art veterinary lab at the Batavia Campus.
Genesee's Veterinary Technology program will prepare you for the Veterinary Technician profession. GCC's A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology allows you to broaden your duties in the veterinary field. It should be noted, however, that passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is required for vet techs to fully practice in the field in New York state.
Transfer agreements: GCC has established an agreement with Medaille College to allow our students to articulate with all 72 credit hours and their A.A.S. degree. Cornell University will also consider GCC students wishing to transfer their coursework to Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) program. Interested students should follow the required course guidelines for the major they are interested in and consult with the Genesee Community College course equivalency webpage as a guide.
For information contact the Vet Tech Program Director, Carolyn Caccamise at 585-343-0055 x6187 or at CMCaccamise@genesee.edu. You may also contact an admissions counselor at Admissions@genesee.edu or 1-800-CALL-GCC.
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