VETS - Veterinary Technology Science

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • The course introduces the student to the terminology and specialization of the Veterinary Technology Curriculum. The nature of professional and ethical practices will be explored. Breeds and strains of domesticated animals will be studied and the student will be introduced to the basic concepts of animal behavior. The nature and form of medicines and the calculation of dose and dosages will be studied. The small animal handling laboratories will be held on site using animals from the local SPCA and Humane Society. A kennel assignment will be performed as a required part of the class.

  • This course is an organ systems approach to the study of anatomy and physiology using large animal species as the primary model. The course provides a functional integration of basic science and clinical information as it relates to the normal healthy animal in an integrated lecture and laboratory approach. Prosected large animal specimen both fresh and preserved, as well as skeletons and models will be utilized in the laboratory to allow applied reinforcement of concepts presented in the lecture.

  • Pathophysiology of Animal Disease is a course which provides the student with the understanding of basic science and clinical information as it relates to health and the process of disease in companion animals. It will utilize the body systems approach.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of small animals is a continuation of the study of anatomy and physiology which began using the organ system in VETS 1214 Large Animal Anatomy and Physiology. This course uses both companion and laboratory animals as the models on which we complete the discussion of the normal anatomy and physiologic function of animals. The course provides a functional integration of basic science and clinical information as it relates to the healthy animal in an integrated lecture and laboratory approach.

  • This course is designed to give first year students intensive animal handling skills and familiarity with basic procedures such as injections, venipuncture, bandaging, and dosage and fluid therapy calculations. Dentistry prophylaxis, recognition of dental abnormalities, and charting using both anatomic and Triadan systems will also be covered thoroughly. Students will also go on regular visits to a local Humane Society to perform technician-related duties.

    Vet Tech Lab Fee - $33

  • This course is designed to prepare the second year Veterinary Technology student to become the individual who can induce, maintain and recover small animal surgical patients. The student will also prepare the animals for surgery and assist in the surgical procedures. Upon course completion, the student will possess an understanding of all procedures done in vet practice with anesthesia and surgical nursing.

    Vet Tech Lab Fee - $33

  • Parasitology is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of internal and external parasites of companion, exotic and farm animals. This course will integrate the student's knowledge of anatomy and pharmacology while providing the student the opportunity to understand life cycles, diagnostic protocol, control and treatment of the most common internal and external parasites.

  • In this course students will examine body systems using radiographic and ultrasound procedures as tools in the evaluation of animals for the diagnosis and prognosis of numerous traumas, diseases and illnesses. The course integrates the production of the radiograph and its clinical use as it relates to the evaluation of healthy and ill animals. In the laboratory, students will utilize animal models, inanimate objects and living animals to perfect their understanding of patient positioning, radiographic exposures and film developing techniques.

  • This course introduces laboratory techniques performed in veterinary offices and clinics. Examination and testing of blood, feces, urine, and exudates are performed for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Lectures deal with testing theories and relevance to animal health and disease. Laboratories develop skills necessary to maintain a safe laboratory working environment, institute quality control programs, collect, process, store, and transport clinical biological specimens.

  • This course is designed to provide the student insight into the behavior, care and management of farm animals. Dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats and other animals will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of veterinary nursing such as proper handling, restraint, evaluation, medication, treatment, and examination procedures that apply to farm animal species. Characteristics of the major breeds, terminology, disease control measures, housing, and basic management practices will also be covered.

    Vet Tech Lab Fee - $33

  • This course will serve two functions. The first is to introduce concepts in veterinary critical care and advanced medical and surgical cases including advanced diagnostics, treatment options, and long term and follow-up animal care. The second is to serve as both a review of classroom material provided throughout the Veterinary Technology curriculum and as a preparation for actual cases and client communication requirements in a veterinary practice.

  • This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge and understanding of research facilities and their function. Students will be instructed in the care and handling of small animals used in the research laboratory. Emphasis will be placed on species differences, housing requirements, nutrition, reproduction, health, sanitation, and laboratory techniques applied in animal research and pharmaceutical facilities. Animal handling, observation and management time will be provided during the laboratory as well as during assigned vivarium duty.

  • This is an introductory course for students accepted in the veterinary technology program, providing identification and function of nutrients, understanding pet food labels, and applications for wellness, life stage, and therapeutic nutrition (prescription food) for dogs and cats. The course will utilize an interactive Internet connection in the classroom.

  • This course will review and consolidate information on pharmacology that is touched upon in other veterinary technology courses and add additional topics in pharmacology to provide the student with a comprehensive and organized overview of veterinary pharmacology.

  • A student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.