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Veterinary Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

Veterinary Technology

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General Program Information

How is the program structured?

The program is divided into four Tiers of classes, with eight Tier 1 classes, seven Tier 2 classes, seven Tier 3 classes, three video classes, and five Tier 4 classes. We offer three terms per year, January, May, and August. Each term for Veterinary Technology courses is 12 weeks long. All 30 Veterinary Technology courses are offered each term.

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When can I begin the program?

Students may start the program at the beginning of any of the three terms. pending completion of the application and advising process and class availability.  It is important to begin the application and advising process 3-4 months in advance of the anticipated semester start date.

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Is the program nationally accredited?

Our program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and graduates will be eligible to take state and national credentialing exams in the United States and Canada, and graduates of the program will receive an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredit San Juan College as a degree-granting institution. Membership in this accrediting association makes possible the transfer of credits to other colleges and universities.

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Is there more information on AVMA accreditation criteria for veterinary technology programs?
How long does it take to complete the program?

The program should be completed within 5 years. Students may take as many, or as few of classes as they choose each term as long as they meet class and curriculum prerequisites. When looking at the time to complete our program, you should consider the following. We recommend that new students take at most three or four classes their first term in the program, just to get used to how we do things and get a feel on how long each class will take to complete. Some students take only two or three classes per term while they are in the program because they are working a lot of hours, have a lot of family responsibilities, or have a lot of outside activities, and so on. Other students take five or six classes per term and are able to progress more quickly through the program. Some students complete the entire curriculum in about two years, some take three or four. It all just depends on the student.

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What is the difference between the Certificate and the AAS degree programs?

The Certificate program is for students who for whatever reason want to gain just entry level skills to be employed in a veterinary practice as an assistant or to gain employment in pet shops or perhaps rescue shelters. Only the A.A.S. degree allows graduates to take any licensing or registration exams that their state may require to be a credentialed veterinary technician. Some students start in the Certificate program, find that they really enjoy the classes, and then continue on and receive their degree. You must complete the A.A.S. degree to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and become credentialed in almost every state and that is the path that most students take. Transition from the Certificate program is seamless and requires nothing new from the student. You just keep on taking the classes you need to complete the A.A.S. degree.

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Will I ever have to travel to the main campus for testing or evaluation?

Students are not required to travel to San Juan to attend classes or complete lab practical exams. Students in the Veterinary Technology Program submit capstone products, such as videotapes, professional papers, or PowerPoint presentations, to demonstrate clinical competencies in their classes. Therefore, our program is available to anyone anywhere as they as they meet the OCCI and preceptor requirements.

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Course Requirements

What prerequisites and general studies classes are required to complete the program?

There are four prerequisite classes that must be completed during the first half of the curriculum. To move from Tier 1 classes to Tier 2 classes, students must have credit for Applied Mathematics or General Biology, and either Interpersonal Communication or Technical Writing/English Composition I. To move from Tier 2 classes to Tier 3 classes students must complete the remaining two prerequisite courses.  Mathematics is a prerequisite for one Tier 2 class, Pharmacology and Medical Therapeutics 2. To move from Tier 3 to Tier 4 students must complete the last required Fine Arts/Humanities Elective. Prerequisite and general studies courses may be completed at a local college or university, by transfer of credit from previous college work, or by distance learning through San Juan College. You can be taking our VETT classes as you complete your prerequisite classes.

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Is there a list of all the required classes for the A.A.S. degree?

You will find a list of all of the required classes for the A.A.S. degree, along with a brief description of the class at

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3437.asp

If you click on the title of the VETT class, the course description will appear.

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Will my pervious college work transfer for required prerequisites and program classes?

For prerequisite and general studies courses to transfer they must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university, must have the same number or a greater number of semester hour credits, must have the same content and outcomes, and be completed with a C or better average. Formal transcripts evaluation is conducted by admissions and will be discussed during your advising appointment.  Veterinary Technology classes must have been competed at an AVMA accredited program of Veterinary Technology, must have the same number or a greater number of semester hour credits, must have the same content and outcomes, and be completed with a C or better average.  Students should submit Veterinary Technology course description and syllabus to the Program Director, Dr. David Wright, at wrightd@sanjuancollege.edu for transfer consideration.

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Financial Considerations

Is financial aid available for the program?

Federal financial aid and V.A. benefits are available for all classes in the program, including the prerequisite and general studies classes, as well as the VTDLP classes themselves. If you have specific questions concerning financial aid or V.A. Benefits, you should contact the Financial Aid office. You can get more information on financial aid at 

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3275.asp

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What is the approximate cost of tuition and books?

For the most current information on tuition, please see the information on the college site at

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/139.asp

It is somewhat difficult to estimate book costs for the program without knowing specifically which books you may already have, where and how you may purchase books, and so on, but as a general rule the average student should anticipate spending about $ 1,750.00 on books during the entire program. Also the cost of the program would change if you were transferring in previous college credits that might substitute for some or all of our prerequisite and general studies classes.  If you were to complete the entire 75 hours of the program online through distance learning and purchase all your books at an average cost, the total cost would be approximately $15,475.

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How to Apply

How long does it take to apply to the College and be admitted?

It usually takes about one month from the time you apply until you can be advised and register for classes.

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What forms and documentation are required for the program?

You can find the information for applying to the College at

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3435.asp

and program specific forms may be found at the bottom of the following page

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3440.asp

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Advising and Registration

How do I schedule an appointment with the program advisor?

The link to schedule an appoint with the program advisor is on our web site at  

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3433.asp

Go there and click on the link labeled  “Schedule Appointment”.

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Technology and Course Access

What computer and software is required to complete the program?

Students must of course have access to a computer and have Internet access to complete on-line assignments. Students should assume that they would need to access your course sites and complete assignments on a daily basis. Apple or PC computers will both work. You will not be able to complete all of your work on smart phones or tablets. A regular computer with word processing, PowerPoint, and the common office programs will be needed.

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How do I access my classes each term?

Your courses will be on a Learning Management System (LMS) that you will be able to access at any time. You will be sent instructions by email on how to access your courses after you register. After that your new classes will be available on the LMS on the first day of class each term.

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How are the courses structured?

In addition to any hands-on clinical tasks, you will have online assignments each week and you have the discretion of completing the required work that week at your own pace. Weekly course assignments will include reading from the texts, reading online articles, discussion board assignments, submitting written work, weekly quizzes, major exams, and so on. We don’t care when you complete your reading and written work each week, just that you complete it on time during the week. There are no formal class meetings and you do not have to be at a particular place at a particular time to complete your coursework. If you have questions or problems during the week, you should contact your instructor.

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How do I contact my instructors?

When you login to your classes each term there will be information on who your instructor is, what their office hours are, their phone number, and their email address. Students can call their instructors during office hours or email at any time. Emails are answered within 72 hours on weekdays. You can always find the email addresses for the program staff at

http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/5329.asp

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Off-Campus Clinical Instructional Site (OCCI) Requirements

What are the hands-on clinical requirements and tasks for the program?

Tier 1 classes prepare a student for their career in veterinary medicine and students are not required to be working at a veterinary hospital or to have a preceptor. Upon reaching the Tier 2, 3 and 4 classes, students must be working at an approved Off Campus Clinical Instruction (OCCI) site to complete clinical tasks and must have a qualified individual to serve as their preceptor. Preceptors are required to be either a D.V.M. or V.M.D., or a credentialed veterinary technician. Students may have more than one preceptor and are encouraged to have everyone in their practice that is qualified to be a preceptor approved as a preceptor. In classes that require students to have a preceptor, students are encouraged to be formally employed a minimum of 10 hours per week to meet certain labor laws and College policies.

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What are the criteria for a clinical site in Tier 2, 3, and 4?

In Tiers 2, 3 and 4, students must have access to, and be able to utilize, the facilities and essential equipment described in the Off Campus Clinical Instruction (OCCI) criteria listed on our web site to complete required clinical tasks as set forth by our accrediting agency, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). OCCI sites are traditionally veterinary practices but under certain circumstances other facilities such a shelters, pounds, and so on can serve as an OCCI site. OCCI sites must meet the criteria posted on our web site for facilities and equipment. You can obtain this information at

http://www.sjc.cc.nm.us/pages/3440.asp

In some cases, facilities may not have some required equipment of facilities to meet the OCCI requirements. In those cases students may use the facilities or equipment at another practice or hospital after it has been approved as an OCCI site for that one specific requirement.

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What species of animals are necessary to meet OCCI requirements?

Students must have access to, and be able to utilize the most common species of companion animals, most commonly dogs and cats. Students are also required to complete clinical assignments with large animals and lab animals in two Tier 4 classes; VETT 233 and VETT 235. Students may do that at an approved OCCI site in their local area, or if those facilities are not available to you, we offer a three-day fast track lab in those classes each term at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. For more information on the fast track labs, just go to

http://breeze.sanjuancollege.edu/ftloverview/

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Can you help place students in OCCI sites that do not already have one?

We do not keep a list of potential Off Campus Clinical Instruction (OCCI) facilities. That is because of confidentiality reasons as well as the unpredictable employment situations in veterinary practices. There are no practices that simply take our students and train them as a part of our clinical instruction requirements. For students that are not currently employed in a practice, you will need to find and obtain employment in a practice, and made sure that you and your OCCI site are going to be a good fit for each other. In a few cases students and preceptors may just not get along very well and you want to insure that you will have a positive and productive practice site before you begin your Tier Two classes. You do not need to have a preceptor or OCCI site to take the Tier One classes. Usually the best place to start is with your regular veterinarian, or with practices that are near where you live. If a prospective preceptor has questions about the program, feel free to have them call the program and talk to a staff member. We are always glad to talk with prospective preceptors. Even if we were able to place you in a practice to meet our clinical instruction requirements, there is no guarantee that it would be a productive and suitable place for you. That is something that is always best left for each person to determine and decide for him or herself.

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How long does it take to complete clinical hands-on assignments?

There is not a set number of hours that are required to be completed, or actually working at an OCCI site. You need only work the number of hours that is required to complete the clinical tasks for each class. It is also somewhat difficult to estimate how much time it will take students to complete their clinical assignments and required tasks. That will usually depend on several factors. 1) How many classes are you taking? Obviously the more classes that you take, the more time that will be required. 2) Which classes are you taking? Some classes require only a minimal number of tasks, while others are very, very task intensive. 3) How familiar are you with veterinary medicine? Students that have never worked in a practice are obviously going to require far more time that students that may have been working in practices for years. 4) How inherently intelligent are you and do you learn psychomotor skills quickly? Students that may lack a certain degree of cerebral capacity, or may just be inherently lazy, take far more time than bright, self-motivated, energetic, proactive students. 5) How busy is the OCCI site? If a site is extremely busy then it is difficult and may become a burden to work in clinical tasks. As a general rule, the average tier 2 and 3 class takes anywhere from 1 to 4 hours per week to complete tasks. Two classes would take 2 to 8 hours, and so on. I have also attached an estimate of the time that the average student takes for each class.

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How does the program verify studentís clinical work?

Students must complete Course Task Checklists (CTCs) for the required subject clinical tasks in upper tier classes. Tasks must be witnessed and verified by an approved preceptor in an approved OCCI site. Students must complete three videos of themselves performing the AVMA required tasks for nursing, clinical pathology, and anesthetics and surgical assistance. In lieu of submitting videos in large animal procedures and non-traditional species classes, students may participate in fast track labs each semester when they are enrolled in those classes.

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Fast Track Labs

What are Fast Track Labs?

Students have the option of completing the required clinical tasks and video for VETT 233: Large Animal Clinical Assisting and for VETT 235: Laboratory Animal Diseases and Small Exotic Clinical Procedures at an approved large animal or mixed animal practice where they live, or they can complete the hands-on tasks in person at Fast Track Labs held each semester at Highlander Ranch which is a part of McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. It is important to remember that all of the tasks in VETT 233 and VETT 235 must be videotaped and submitted for evaluation if the student does not attend the Fast Track Lab. Students must be enrolled in VETT 233 and VETT 235 to participate in the labs.

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Is there an overview presentation for the labs?

The presentation with information on the labs can be found at

http://breeze.sanjuancollege.edu/ftloverview/

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What is the best way to get to Waco?

Most students fly into the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Airport, or if they are flying Southwest, into Love Field in Dallas. More and more recent students have also flown into the Austin airport as well. Students are often able to coordinate flights and share the rental of a car to drive to Waco. There are also flights from DFW directly into Waco. There is also a shuttle that goes from the DFW airport and Love Field to Waco and will drop you at your hotel. (Waco Streak – 1-254-772-04390 – www.waco-streak.com)

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When are the labs held?

The labs are held in March, June, and October.  Upcoming dates are posted on the department's Important Dates webpage at http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/3436.asp

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What is the cost of the labs?

There is no fee or cost for the labs themselves. The only cost to students is their travel, lodging, meals, and associated costs. For the average student flying to the labs, renting a car, staying at our hotel, and eating moderately, the average cost is about $1,250.00. Sharing rooms, car-pooling, and so on, can reduce the cost of the labs. Many students within driving distance will drive to Waco.

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How long do the labs run and what is the schedule for the labs?

The labs run two and a half days. One half day is devoted to clinical tasks on nontraditional species. One day is devoted to cattle and equine related tasks, and one day is devoted to ruminant animal related tasks. Labs always start at 8:00 AM on a Wednesday and end no later than noon on the following Friday. The exact order of which species is covered may varying from term to term based on the teaching schedule for McLennan.

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What should I bring to the labs?

Students need only bring their CTCs for VETT 233 and VETT 235 and appropriate clothes for large animal and lab animal work. The cattle area is outdoors, but covered, and some equine work will be done inside. Boots, jeans, and scrub tops are appropriate for all parts of the lab. If students don't have boots, sturdy and protective shoes are important. Students should always check the Waco weather before they head out, and bring jackets, rain gear, mud boots, etc. as needed.

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Where do students stay during the labs?

The instructors for the lab stay at the Fairfield Inn, Waco South, 5805 North Woodway Drive, Woodway, Texas 76712. (This is NOT the Waco Fairfield Inn, which is across town. This is the Fairfield Inn in Woodway.) The number for the hotel is 1-254-776-7821. Students usually stay there as well and that allows people to car pool and for the instructors to lead students to the facilities at McLennan. Students are of course free to stay wherever they wish and there are several hotels in that area. The Fairfield is a clean, nice, and moderately priced motel, with a free breakfast and free Internet. There is not a special student or group rate since we cannot guarantee a block of rooms for any given term.

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Which species will students be working with?

Students will be working with mice, hamsters, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, cattle, horses, and possibly other species as time allows.

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What if I chose not to attend the labs?

Students who do not attend the labs must submit a clinical video much like they did in VETT 220, VETT 221, and VETT 222 of the required tasks for the classes. The video for VETT 233 can only be completed in an approved large animal OCCI facility.

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Can friends or family members accompany students to the labs?

Family and friends are more than welcome to travel with students to the labs, but for liability and logistical reasons, only students registered in VETT 233 or VETT 235 can participate in the labs on the McLennan campus.

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Are there things to do in Waco for family members and friends?

For information on things to do in Waco please go to 

http://www.wacoheartoftexas.com

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If I have more specific questions about the Fast Track Labs, whom should I contact?

If you have questions, please contact Dr. David Wright at wrightd@sanjuancollege.edu

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Additional Questions

If I have additional questions, how do I contact the program?

You can contact the program at 505-566-3838 (local) or 888-313-3838 (toll free).

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For more information, please call Sherry Hair, Program Advisor at (888) 313-3838. Or send us an email at hairs@sanjuancollege.edu.