Undergraduate Degree - Veterinary Technology

Program:
Veterinary Technology
Program Code:
4904 Veterinary Technology
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS94


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Technology


Helene E. Pazak, Director


Veterinary technicians and technologists are compassionate, highly motivated paraprofessionals dedicated to animal health care. As integral members of the veterinary health care team, they are entrusted with diverse medical responsibilities that include animal nursing care, laboratory specimen analysis, surgical assistance, anesthesia, radiographic imaging (x-ray), nutritional management, dental prophylaxis, physical therapy, and client education. These varied duties afford the veterinary paraprofessional a profound impact on every aspect of animal care. Their involvement enables veterinary hospitals and animal care and research facilities to offer expanded services efficiently and effectively.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes two levels of training for the veterinary paraprofessional:  veterinary technician and veterinary technologists.  The Certificate of Completion at Michigan State University prepares veterinary technicians and the Bachelor of Science degree prepares veterinary technologists. The Certificate of Completion is two-year training program. After completion of the pre-clinical courses, students complete clinical clerkship training at the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Through the clinical clerkships, the students develop and apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a functional hospital setting.  The level of training of the veterinary technician is most appropriate for individuals who seek employment in privately owned veterinary clinical practices.

Veterinary technologists require four years of academic training. In addition to the core curriculum of the Certificate of Completion, the students complete the general education requirements of Michigan State University and elective courses.  The elective courses allow the students to focus on potential career paths within the veterinary profession such as production animal medicine, equine and companion animal medicine, pathology, biomedical research, and practice management. Their training offers exposure to clinical specialty areas such as emergency medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, equine anesthesia, and necropsy.  The level of training of the veterinary technologist is linked with employment in research facilities, vivaria, industry, educational institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and large-group or speciality practices.

The state of Michigan requires that any person practicing as a veterinary technician/technologist must be licensed and registered with the state. Regulation of veterinary technicians/technologists is the responsibility of the Veterinary Board of Examiners in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation. The credentialing examination is only available to qualified graduates of accredited training programs. The Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and graduates of the Certificate of Completion or Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology are eligible to take the National and State Board Examinations for licensure.

Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program’s academic certificate and degree options is limited.  Students are admitted for fall semester only.  Applications for admission are accepted through January 15th of the year that admission is sought. For additional information, contact the Veterinary Technology Program, Veterinary Medical Center-South Building, 784 Wilson Road, Room F-101, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1316 or visit http://cvm.msu.edu.

The Certificate of Completion articulates with an Associate in Applied Sciences degree from Lansing Community College.  For specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science, contact Lansing Community College at http://www.lcc.edu.

Bachelor of Science

Admission

The number of students who can be admitted to the Bachelor of Science degree program in veterinary technology is limited.  All persons who are interested in applying for admission to the bachelor's degree program in veterinary technology must request a special application form and detailed information regarding admission requirements and procedures from the Veterinary Technology Program, Veterinary Medical Center-South Building, 784 Wilson Road, Room F-101, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1316.

Applications for admission to the bachelor's degree program in veterinary technology are accepted through January 15th of the year that admission is sought.

Students who are enrolled in colleges and universities other than Michigan State University should contact Michigan State University's Office of Admissions and the College of Veterinary Medicine regarding admission to the bachelor's degree program in veterinary technology as transfer students.

Minimal criteria for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Veterinary Technology are:

  1. Completion of at least 28 credits of the University graduation requirements or transfer equivalents with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher including:
    1. Mathematics 103 or 110 or 116 or 124 or 132 or 152H.
    2. Biological Science 161 and 171.
    3. Tier I writing course.
    4. Additional credits selected from an Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities course numbered below 211, an Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities course numbered 211 or higher, an Integrative Studies in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences 200-level course, and an Integrative Studies in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences 300-level course.

The final selection of students to be admitted to the baccalaureate degree program in veterinary technology is based on the cumulative grade-point average of all courses taken, the grade-point average calculated on all courses in mathematics and the physical and biological sciences, and the grade-point average of the last 12 credits. The selection process also  includes submission of a personal statement, letters of recommendation and documentation of 80 hours of veterinary related experience.

Students who complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology will be qualified to take the National and State Board Examinations for licensure as veterinary-technicians.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology

  1. The requirements for a bachelor's degree as specified in the Undergraduate Education section of the University catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.
    The completion of Mathematics 110 or 116 that is referenced in item 2. b. below may also be used to satisfy the University mathematics requirement.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Veterinary Technology major is met by completing the following courses:  Veterinary Medicine 410, 411, 412, 413, and 415. Those courses are referenced in items 2. a. and 2. d. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology may complete the alternative track in Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Biological Sciences 161, 162, 171, and 172; and Chemistry 141. The completion of Biological Science 171 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Biological Science 162 and 172 and Chemistry 141 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 2. below.
  2. The following requirements for the major (103 credits):
                 
  a. All of the following courses (73 credits):  
    BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    VM 110 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
    VM 120 Veterinary Comparative Nutrition
    VM 130 Comparative Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians 2
    VM 140 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 2
    VM 150 Hospital Procedures and Communication 2
    VM 155 Veterinary Technology Careers and Professional Development  
    VM 160 Small Animal Nursing Skills 3
    VM 165 Large Animal and Laboratory Animal Nursing Care Techniques 2
    VM 170 Hematology and Immunology for Veterinarian Technicians 2
    VM 175 Clinical Pathology Laboratory I for Veterinarian Technicians 1
    VM 176 Clinical Pathology Laboratory II for Veterinarian Technicians 1
    VM 205 Preventive Animal Health Care for Veterinary Technicians 3
    VM 210 Surgical Nursing for Veterinary Technicians 2
    VM 215 Surgical Nursing and Anesthetic Management Laboratory 1
    VM 245 Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians 2
    VM 250 Veterinary Comparative Clinical Physiology 5
    VM 255 Small Animal Diseases and Management 3
    VM 265 Dentistry Techniques for Veterinary Technicians 1
    VM 270 Advanced Skills Development for Veterinary Technicians 1
    VM 275 Large Animal Diseases and Management 3
    VM 295 Biomedical Research and Regulatory Issues for Veterinary Technicians
    VM 303 Anesthesiology for Veterinary Technicians 2
    VM 304 Radiology for Veterinary Technicians 2
    VM 305 Hospital Practice Management for Veterinary Technicians 2
    VM 410 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Anesthesiology 3
    VM 411 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Radiology 3
    VM 412 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Companion Animal Medicine 3
    VM 413 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Companion Animal Surgery 3
  b. One of the following courses (5 credits):  
    MTH 110 Finite Mathematics and Elements of College Algebra 5
    MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry 5
  c. At least 7 credits from the following courses approved by the student's academic advisor.  
    ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 225 Commodity Marketing I 3
    ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
    ANS 305 Applied Animal Behavior 3
    ANS 313 Principles of Animal Feeding and Nutrition 4
    ANS 314 Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals 4
    ANS 404 Advanced Animal Genetics 2
    ANS 407 Food and Animal Toxicology 3
    ANS 413 Monogastric Animal Nutrition 3
    ANS 417 Topics in Toxicology 1
    ANS 445 Equine Exercise Physiology 4
    EPI 390 Disease in Society: An Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health
    PHM 350 Introductory Human Pharmacology 3
    VM 285 Clinical Nutrition for Veterinary Technologists 1
    VM 310 Advanced Clinical Pathology Techniques 1
    ZOL 313 Animal Behavior 3
    ZOL 341 Fundamentals of Genetics 4
    ZOL 369 Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium Science 3
    ZOL 402 Neurobiology 3
    ZOL 408 Histology   4
    ZOL 413 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (W) 4
    ZOL 415 Ecological Aspects of Animal Behavior (W) 3
    ZOL 430 Neuroendocrine Aspects of Behavior 3
  d. At least 18 credits from the following courses or from the courses listed in item 2. c.  All course selections must be approved by the student's academic advisor.  
    VM 414 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Equine Medicine and Surgery 3 to 6
    VM 415 Veterinary Technician Clerkship in Food Animal and Equine Medicine and Surgery 3 to 6
    VM 450 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Emergency Medicine 3
    VM 451 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Cardiology 3
    VM 452 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Neurology 3
    VM 453 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Ophthalmology 3
    VM 454 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Critical Care 3
    VM 466 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Large Animal Anesthesia
    VM 470 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Food Animal Medicine 3 to 6
    VM 480 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Clinical Pathology 3
    VM 482 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Necropsy 3
    VM 483 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Biomedical Research 3 to 12
    VM 484 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Zoo and Wildlife 3 to 12
    VM 486 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Clinical Parasitology 3
    VM 490 Veterinary Technology Clerkship in Special Problems 3 to 12

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Veterinary Technology, BS (4904)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Veterinary Technology - Biology and Laboratory
Major - Veterinary Technology - Biology and Laboratory: 4 courses from BS161, BS162, BS171, BS172

Requirement 12: Major - Veterinary Technology - General Chemistry
Major - Veterinary Technology - General Chemistry: 1 course from CEM141

Requirement 13: Major - Veterinary Technology - Medical Terminology
Major - Veterinary Technology - Medical Terminology: 1 course from VM110
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 14: Major - Veterinary Technology - Biochemistry, Nutrients and Nutrition
Major - Veterinary Technology - Biochemistry, Nutrients and Nutrition: 1 course from VM120
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 15: Major - Veterinary Technology - Comparative Anatomy
Major - Veterinary Technology - Comparative Anatomy: 1 course from VM130
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 16: Major - Veterinary Technology - Pharmacology
Major - Veterinary Technology - Pharmacology: 1 course from VM140
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 17: Major - Veterinary Technology - Hospital Practice and Procedures
Major - Veterinary Technology - Hospital Practice and Procedures: 2 courses from VM150, VM305
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 18: Major - Veterinary Technology - Careers
Major - Veterinary Technology - Careers: 1 course from VM155
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 19: Major - Veterinary Technology - Small Animal Track
Major - Veterinary Technology - Small Animal Track: 2 courses from VM160, VM255
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 20: Major - Veterinary Technology - Large Animal Track
Major - Veterinary Technology - Large Animal Track: 2 courses from VM165, VM275
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 21: Major - Veterinary Technology - Hematology
Major - Veterinary Technology - Hematology: 1 course from VM170
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 22: Major - Veterinary Technology - Clinical Pathology Laboratories
Major - Veterinary Technology - Clinical Pathology Laboratories: 2 courses from VM175, VM176
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 23: Major - Veterinary Technology - Preventative Health Care
Major - Veterinary Technology - Preventative Health Care: 1 course from VM205
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 24: Major - Veterinary Technology - Surgical Nursing
Major - Veterinary Technology - Surgical Nursing: 2 courses from VM210, VM215
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 25: Major - Veterinary Technology - Parasitology
Major - Veterinary Technology - Parasitology: 1 course from VM245
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 26: Major - Veterinary Technology - Comparative Physiology
Major - Veterinary Technology - Comparative Physiology: 1 course from VM250
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 27: Major - Veterinary Technology - Dentistry
Major - Veterinary Technology - Dentistry: 1 course from VM265
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 28: Major - Veterinary Technology - Health Care Development
Major - Veterinary Technology - Health Care Development: 1 course from VM270
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 29: Major - Veterinary Technology - Biomed Research and Regulatory Issues
Major - Veterinary Technology - Biomed Research and Regulatory Issues: 1 course from VM295
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 30: Major - Veterinary Technology - Anesthesiology
Major - Veterinary Technology - Anesthesiology: 1 course from VM303
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 31: Major - Veterinary Technology - Radiology
Major - Veterinary Technology - Radiology: 1 course from VM304
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 32: Major - Veterinary Technology - Clerkships
Major - Veterinary Technology - Clerkships: 4 courses from VM410, VM411, VM412, VM413
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34

Requirement 33: Major - Veterinary Technology - Required Electives I
Major - Veterinary Technology - Required Electives I: 15 credits from required electives. Contact your academic advisor for approval.
Conditions:
Your academic advisor must approve your course selection. (Applies to Requirement(s) 33)

Requirement 34: Major - Veterinary Technology - Required Electives II
Major - Veterinary Technology - Required Electives II: 3 credits from VM414, VM415, VM450, VM451, VM452, VM453, VM454, VM466, VM470, VM480, VM482, VM483, VM484, VM486, VM490, Additional Approved Courses.
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34
Your academic advisor must approve your course selection. (Applies to Requirement(s) 34)

Requirement 35: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 36: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.