Veterinary Technicians are the nurses of the veterinary profession. They care for animals, ranging in all sizes from kittens to horses, in many different ways. They play a vital role in treating illnesses and injuries, monitor anesthesia, assist in surgery, perform laboratory tests, take radiographs, dental exams and cleanings, dispensing prescriptions and educating pet owners about preventative care. It is many health professions rolled into one with all the patients being animals.
The Veterinary Technology Program offers a full-time curriculum of five semesters in length. This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree encompassing both general education requirements and veterinary technology knowledge along with skills acquisition. The courses at Chattanooga State will make use of state-of-the-art facilities. Clinical experiences will occur in local veterinary clinics, farms and hospitals.
The difference between Veterinary Technology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine:
Veterinary Technicians are equivalent to a Registered Nurse for animals. Students in Veterinary Technology go through a two-year postsecondary program to acquire licensing. By contrast, Veterinarians first complete a Bachelor’s degree with a Pre-Veterinary concentration, and then undergo an additional four years of schooling (if one gets accepted) to receive the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In summary, a Veterinarian requires a minimum of 8 years of schooling. The most recent American Veterinary Medical Association student survey reports an average total college debt of $135,000 to become a Veterinarian.
This program has full accreditation through the American Veterinary Medical Association via the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) and is designed to prepare the student to take the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam (VTNE). This will in turn qualify the graduate to become a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician.
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Upon graduation the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians’ competency to practice and to be credentialed. The 3 hour exam is administered at Prometric Testing Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The candidate’s score on the VTNE is based on responses to 150 questions.
Veterinary technicians are trained professional support staff who provide nursing care with veterinarians and can work as biomedical/ laboratory researchers. Technicians provide patient monitoring, client education, surgical and dental assistance, laboratory diagnostics, administration of medicines and treatments, and anesthesia among other vital animal care and veterinary clinical tasks.
Career opportunities for licensed veterinary technicians include, but are not limited to, traditional private practices (small animal, large animal, and mixed), research facilities, zoos, aquariums, educational institutions, private industry and local, state, and federal government positions.
|First Semester (13 hours) (fall)||In-state||Out-of-state|
|Textbooks (VETT 1010) estimate||85.00||85.00|
|Second Semester (15 hours) (spring)|
|Truescreen: myRecord Tracker Fee:||17.50||17.50|
|Upload documentation for:|
|Physical examination and required immunizations (estimate)||300.00||300.00|
|Truescreen Drug Screen (10 panel)||31.50||31.50|
|Truescreen Criminal Background Check||30.00||30.00|
|Uniforms, lab coats, etc.||255.00||255.00|
|Textbooks (VETT 1020, VETT 2015) estimates||350.00||350.00|
|Third Semester (11 hours) (summer)|
|Textbooks (VETT 1015, VETT 2010) estimate||390.00||390.00|
|Fourth Semester (16 hours) (fall)|
|Truescreen: myRecord Tracker Fee:||7.50||7.50|
|Upload documentation for:|
|Radiation monitoring (estimate)||20.00||20.00|
|Textbooks (VETT 2000, VETT 2020, VETT 2440) estimate||505.00||505.00|
|Fifth Semester (15 hours) (spring)|
|Textbooks (VETT 2030, VETT 2450, VETT 2016) estimate||150.00||150.00|
These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents. This cost will also be reduced for students since some of the required course work is completed prior to acceptance into the program. These general and support courses taken before the program is to lessen course load in a given semester.
Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.