Veterinary Health Care

Degree offered

Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Health Care

Credits required 61

Dean

Sarmad Saman, sarmad.saman@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Christine Remington, Coordinator of Veterinary Health Care, and Instructor of Biology, christine.remington@bristolcc.edu

Program Code:  AN

Concentration Code:

Program Goals Statement

The Veterinary Health Care program prepares entry-level veterinary technician assistants to practice under the supervision of certified veterinarians and animal rehabilitators in a variety of animal care and wellness settings.  Participants gain the basic principles, attitudes, and experiences needed to work as veterinary technician assistants in veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and laboratory animal facilities.
*All ANS and VET classes will also be open for enrollment as electives to Biotechnology students, with the exception of VET 221, Veterinary Assistant Field Experience and Seminar.

Program Information

  • Many animal industry and veterinary careers require good physical health, the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, multitask, be observant of surroundings, handle stressful situations with composure, have good interpersonal communication skills, and use fine motor skills.  Students with issues in these areas should discuss them with the program director prior to enrolling.
  • Rabies vaccinations for health and safety are highly recommended.
  • Due to inherently unpredictable behavior of animals, there is an element of assumed risk in all animal studies.  A waiver of liability is required.

Recommendations

  • It is highly recommended to take classes during the summer session.  Recommendations for summer session include:  HST 114, MTH 131/MTH 119, or SOC 252.
  • This program is challenging - limit outside responsibilities (e.g. work, extracurricular activities, etc.)

After BCC

  • Graduates work as veterinary technician assistants in a variety of animal facilities, such as veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and laboratory animal facilities.
  • Graduates of this program can transfer into a certified veterinary technician program or into a more general animal science program at another two-year or four-year institution.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

SOC 252The Sociology of Human Relations

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Core Courses

ANS 101Introduction to Animal Care & Management

3 credits

ANS 103Applied Animal Behavior

3 credits

ANS 107Medical Terminology for Animal Science I

1 credit

ANS 108Medical Terminology for Animal Science II

1 credit

ANS 115Community Health and Zoonosis

3 credits

ANS 121Animal Handling and Restraint

3 credits

ANS 147Veterinary Office Procedures

2 credits

ANS 153Animal Health and Diseases

3 credits

ANS 201Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals

4 credits

ANS 205Clinical Methods

3 credits

ANS 216Veterinary Pharmacology

2 credits

ANS 221Veterinary Assistant Field Experience & Seminar

3 credits

ANS 222Humane Euthanasia Seminar

2 credits

ANS 240Animal Nutrition and Feeding

3 credits

OFC 160Veterinary Administrative Software I

1 credit

OFC 161Veterinary Administrative Software II

1 credit

SCI 125Social and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, and Health Science

3 credits

Math and Science Courses

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 1

ANS 101Introduction to Animal Care & Management

3 credits

ANS 103Applied Animal Behavior

3 credits

SCI 125Social and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, and Health Science

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

OFC 160Veterinary Administrative Software I

1 credit

ANS 147Veterinary Office Procedures

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 2

ANS 107Medical Terminology for Animal Science I

1 credit

ANS 115Community Health and Zoonosis

3 credits

ANS 121Animal Handling and Restraint

3 credits

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Or

MTH 131Elements of College Mathematics

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:20

Recommended - Summer

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

MTH 131Elements of College Mathematics

3 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

SOC 252The Sociology of Human Relations

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 3

ANS 108Medical Terminology for Animal Science II

1 credit

OFC 161Veterinary Administrative Software II

1 credit

SOC 252The Sociology of Human Relations

3 credits

ANS 153Animal Health and Diseases

3 credits

ANS 201Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals

4 credits

ANS 205Clinical Methods

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 4

ANS 240Animal Nutrition and Feeding

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

ANS 216Veterinary Pharmacology

2 credits

ANS 221Veterinary Assistant Field Experience & Seminar

3 credits

ANS 222Humane Euthanasia Seminar

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:13
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