AAS – Veterinary Technology Program

Associate of Applied Science – Veterinary Technology

 

Available at: MACC Mexico Campus

The two-year Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program will prepare you to deliver the highest quality health care to a variety of animal species. The program offers:

  • Hands-on involvement with 8 different species. Working with live animals makes the learning experience fun and effective.
    • Dogs, cats, horses, cattle, goats, rats, rabbits, and chickens
  • Instructors with real-world experience
  • Our hybrid format, with lectures online and laboratories in person, allows you time for employment at a veterinary facility. Working while in the program helps keep your student debt low and improves your knowledge retention and hands-on skills.
  • Our partnership with the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine means that you get hands on experience at the MU Veterinary Health Center during the 2nd year of the program.
  • Affordable tuition and A+ accepted

Veterinary Technology Degree Map

Veterinary technicians are compassionate, dedicated professionals committed to animal health care. Veterinary technicians are entrusted with many duties as part of the animal health care team. These duties include animal nursing care, laboratory diagnostics, radiology, anesthesia, surgical assistance, dentistry, client education, and more!

The two-year Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program will prepare you to deliver the highest quality health care to a variety of animal species. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the national exam. Please see the Code of State Regulations by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board which provides additional criteria for eligibility to apply for licensure as a Registered Veterinary Technician in Missouri.

This program is approved by Higher Learning Commission and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Courses with a VTT prefix are only taken by students in the Veterinary Technology Program after they have been approved for admission.

The VTT professional coursework must be completed in sequence as outlined on the academic map.

A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in all required courses.

For additional admission information, please see the Application Submission tab or contact Stephanie Gilliam, Director of Veterinary Technology at stephgi@macc.edu.

The program accepts 32 students per semester. To increase your chances of being accepted please follow these steps.

  1. Apply to Moberly Area Community College.
  2. Send official high school/GED/HiSET or college/university transcripts to Moberly Area Community College. Please see instructions for submitting official transcripts at www.macc.edu/transcript-request.
  3. Prerequisites must be completed prior to entry into the program:
    • LAL101 Composition I
    • MTH140 Precalculus Algebra OR MTH142 Quantitative Reasoning
    • BIO101 Biology
      • Biology, Microbiology, and Foundations of Chemistry/General Chemistry I must be repeated if completed five years or more before the first veterinary technology course date of the program.
      • If you are currently enrolled in courses at the time of application, your admission to the program will be contingent upon completion of these courses with a grade of at least a “C.”
  4. Be employed in a veterinary medical facility with a registered veterinary technician (RVT) on staff, OR complete at least eight (8) hours of observation of an RVT at work.
  5. Have a high school or college GPA of 2.25 or better. High school GPA is used unless you have 12 or more college credit hours.

Applications are now closed.

How to apply to the veterinary technology program:

  • Read and comply with the admissions procedures and performance standards for veterinary technicians.
  • Fill out online MACC College Application to obtain MACC ID and password.
  • Log in to Etrieve using your MACC ID and password.
  • Complete the MACC Veterinary Technology application, including a 250-300 word essay describing how attending the Moberly Area Community College Veterinary Technology Program will help you achieve your career goals.
  • Print the Vet Tech Observation Evaluation Form and give it to your supervisor during your job shadowing hours. Your supervisor should fill out the form, place in a sealed envelope, sign on the seal and return the form to you. Please mail this form directly to our office at this address:Moberly Area Community College
    ATTN: Veterinary Technology
    2900 Doreli Ln.
    Mexico, MO 65265
  • Print the veterinary technology reference form and distribute them to at least 2 professional references.
  • Inform your references to submit the reference form to:Moberly Area Community College
    ATTN: Veterinary Technology
    2900 Doreli Ln.
    Mexico, MO 65265
  • You will be contacted through Etrieve or email if there is a problem with your application.

Applications for the program are due by March 21. No late applications will be accepted.

Application Processing

Application DeadlineInterviews of the top 50 applicantsAcceptance Letters SentNew Class OrientationClasses Begin
March 21stAprilMay 15JulyAugust

Mail observation evaluation and reference forms to:
Moberly Area Community College
Veterinary Technology Program
2900 Doreli Ln.
Mexico, MO 65265

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology is obtained upon graduation of this two-year program. This degree provides the graduate with information, skills and experience they will need to pursue a fulfilling career in veterinary medicine. Veterinary technicians have the opportunity to seek employment in many different areas of veterinary medicine and public health. These opportunities may include veterinary hospitals, specialty animal hospitals, academia, research, government and industry. Salary and benefits vary depending upon area of work, level of education, experience and specialization. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm

To meet the requirements for graduation from MACC, you must meet the requirements of the degree and:

  1. Complete 15 semester hours of college level credit applicable to the degree at Moberly Area Community College.
  2. Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology graduates must also meet the following requirements: a.) earn a total of 77 hours of credit; and b.) earn a grade of “C” or above in all required courses that are part of the VTT curriculum,
  3. Submit an application for graduation,
  4. Participate in graduation ceremonies (requests to be excused from commencement ceremonies will be reviewed by the Dean of Student Affairs), and
  5. Pay in full all fees due to Moberly Area Community College.

 

Students seeking any Associate’s degree must also meet the following requirements:

  • Pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Exam as specified in Senate Bill 807 with a score of 70% or higher (beginning Fall 2019);
  • Complete the state Constitution requirements as specified in Section 170.011 RSMo (Supp. 1987). This requirement is met by taking HST105, HST106, PSC103, or PSC105 or transferring an equivalent MOTR course. Students transferring an appropriate government or political science course from another institution may take an exam to satisfy this requirement.
Do you round GPAs? (Example: My GPA is a 2.67; do you round it to a 2.70?) No, GPAs are not rounded. Please refer to the admissions criteria for the GPA requirement of each program. Do I have to have my high school transcript? Yes. Your high school transcript is required as part of the admissions packet. Do I have to have all of my college transcripts? Yes. All college transcripts must be present in order to evaluate the cumulative GPA. A transcript is required for each individual school you have attended. If I am currently a MACC student, do I still need to send a transcript in my admissions packet? If it has been less than 5 years since you have attended MACC, you do not need to include your MACC transcript. If it has been greater than 5 years since you last attended MACC, you will need to include the MACC transcript in your admission packet. Can I submit my admissions packet even though it is not fully completed? Admissions packets must be complete when submitted. Packets missing required admissions items will not be accepted. Can I have my references write a letter of recommendation instead of completing the required reference forms? References must be completed on the required reference forms. You will find them in your admissions packet. If I am accepted in the program where should I expect to complete the clinical practicum? Veterinary Technology students will work with the program director and local veterinarians to determine where they will complete the clinical practicum, which is in the summer semester in between the 2 years of the program. If I have many of the non-Veterinary Technology courses already completed, can I take Veterinary Technology courses all together and get the program done in less than 2 years? No, the Veterinary Technology courses follow a set sequence with the first class starting in the fall semester.
Performance Standards for Veterinary Technicians The Performance Standards discussed here define performance expectations that must be met for successful entry and completion of the Veterinary Technology Program. It is the policy of Moberly Area Community College to provide reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation due to a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Columbia MACC ADA office. Some accommodations may require up to six weeks to prepare. The Veterinary Technology Program is operated by Moberly Area Community College in accordance with regulations of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The Veterinary Technology Program is also governed by the minimum standards for operation of Veterinary Technology Programs as set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
AbilityStandardSome Examples of Skills and Aptitude Needed for Success in a Veterinary Technology Career
Critical ThinkingCritical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment.Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations. Develop nursing care plans. Demonstrate problem solving skills. Adapt to stressful situations.
InterpersonalInterpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with patients, clients, families & groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural & intellectual backgrounds.Establish rapport with patients/clients & colleagues. Recognize appropriate boundaries in relationships with patients/clients & colleagues.
CommunicationPhysical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces, lift fifty pounds, and provide assistance to patients.Safely move around in patient & treatment areas. Administer CPR. Provide physical assistance to clients & colleagues to ensure safety within the environment. Ability to prevent or escape injury caused by animals. (i.e. biting, kicking, stampede)
MobilityPhysical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces, lift fifty pounds, and provide assistance to patients.Safely move around in patient & treatment areas. Administer CPR. Provide physical assistance to clients & colleagues to ensure safety within the environment. Ability to prevent or escape injury caused by animals. (i.e. biting, kicking, stampede)
Motor SkillsGross & fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe, effective nursing care in a timely manner.Use of instruments, supplies, safety devices and communication equipment in the care of patients. Performance of nursing care, surgical assistance, & laboratory techniques.
HearingAuditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.Hear ausculatory sounds, monitor alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help. Hear warning sounds from animals and humans of impending danger/injury.
VisualVisual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.Observe patients for expected and unexpected physical and emotional responses to nursing and medical treatment regimens. Use of diagnostic equipment such as a microscope, thermometer, refractometer, etc.
TactileTactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and to perform nursing duties in a timely manner.Perform palpation functions of physical exam. Administer oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous, & intravenous medications. Insert and remove tubes and perform wound care management. Surgical assistance.
Physical ConditionPhysical ability and stamina sufficient to restrain, lift, & assist in the care of a variety of species of animals. Ability to stand for extended periods of time. Ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. Immune system competence.Safely lift, position and restrain animals such as; dogs, cats, cattle and horses, and supplies for treatment. Surgical assistance. Daily clinical routine, cleaning cages and feeding animals. Year-round treatment and care of outdoor animals. Exposure to a wide range of chemical and biological agents.

Mission:

The mission of the Moberly Area Community College (MACC) Veterinary Technology Program is to produce exceptional career-ready veterinary technicians committed to improving animal health and the profession of veterinary medicine.

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency of animal behavior, care, and handling to minimize fear and stress of the patient and to ensure safety of the veterinary medical team.
  2. Describe the anatomy and functions of major body systems.
  3. Apply a working knowledge of common companion and large animal diseases and actively participate in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care in both nonemergent and emergent situations along with other veterinary medical team members.
  4. Develop effective interpersonal relationships with clients, patients, and members of the veterinary medical team.
  5. Demonstrate competence in performing procedures related to veterinary preventative care, pharmacology, anesthesia, surgical and medical nursing, and diagnostic imaging.
  6. Accurately perform laboratory procedures in veterinary parasitology, clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, and cytology.
  7. Demonstrate competence in performing nursing procedures with companion animals, laboratory animals, and farm animals.
  8. Assume responsibility for self-direction and continuing personal and professional growth.
  9. Understand the current issues that affect the veterinary industry and practice within the ethical and legal framework of the registered veterinary technician as outlined in the Missouri Veterinary Medical Practice Act.

Veterinary technology is career focused on the nursing aspects of veterinary medicine. If your ultimate goal is to be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), the veterinary technology courses will not meet the undergraduate requirements for most veterinary school admissions.

Program Outcomes
When students complete an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) degree at MACC they will be able to: AAS-Vet-Tech-program-outcomesThis is our program promise.

Statement on AVMA CVTEA Accreditation:
MACC’s initial application for accreditation by the AVMA CVTEA has been approved. The site visit is scheduled for February 2023. Acceptance of the initial application does not guarantee accreditation, nor does it grant temporary status of accreditation

What to Expect for Your Veterinary Technology Courses:

  • Daytime classes
  • Classes in Mexico
  • Several classes in hybrid and online formats
  • Hands-on labs
  • Practicum/clinical work with live animals (various locations)

Meet our Faculty and Staff:

Steph

AAS in Veterinary Technology: Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO
BAS in Veterinary Technology: St Petersburg College, St Petersburg, FL
MS in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Veterinary Sciences: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Stephanie grew up in a small town in southeast Missouri called Bonne Terre. She moved to Columbia, MO in 2005 and worked in research at MU before accepting a position at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center as the neurology/neurosurgery technician in 2007. She received her certification in canine physical rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee in 2008 and her VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist- Neurology) certification from the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians in 2013. She became the Director of Veterinary Technology at Moberly Area Community College in August 2019. She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, the legislative chair for the Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association, and the Director at Large for the neurology section of the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians. She is married to Kyle and they have 3 children: Sawyer, Korban and Oaklyn. They live on a small farm with their cattle, donkey, goats, pigs, dogs, cat, chickens, and rabbit.

Cindy

Bachelor of Science in Pre-Vet Animal Science; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Growing up in central Missouri Cindy was born with a caregivers’ heart that initiated her as a child to be a foster family for the Central Missouri Humane Society and evolved into pursuing her passion as an adult, a career in veterinary medicine. She has spent the last 12 years “workin’ hard, savin’ lives, and livin’ the dream” as a small animal private practitioner in both Las Vegas, NV, and Northwest Arkansas, before moving back home to Missouri in the fall of 2019. Cindy enthusiastically accepted a position at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine as the Program Director for the new Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology Degree and is incredibly excited about its potential future success. Along with this new position at Mizzou, she has been assisting in the collaborative development of MACC’s Veterinary Technology Program and is looking forward to interacting with students as an adjunct instructor in the fall semester. Cindy is extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be close to family and friends again and enjoys spending time outdoors with her 3 dogs. They are a motley crew of rescue pets that she lovingly refers to as “the worst behaved dogs in America”.

 

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine: University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Laboratory Animal Residency Program: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Doctor of Philosophy – Pathology Area Program: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Despite being a city girl raised in the near south suburbs of Chicago (Oak Lawn), Diane spent her years practicing veterinary medicine as a Dairy Cattle/Mixed animal practitioner in Pullman, WA and North-West Wisconsin before coming to Columbia, MO in 1989 to pursue her interest in pathology and research. Diane entered the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency program at the University of Missouri where she completed a PhD in the Pathology Area program. Diane has spent many years at the University of Missouri working on translational biomedical research projects at both the Veterinary College and the School of Medicine prior to joining the staff in the Veterinary Technology Program at Moberly Area Community College. Veterinary medicine has been a rewarding field for Diane, with so many options available, and she is excited to share her experiences. Her hope is that the students will find their passion and niche and pave their way for a successful career as a veterinary technician/nurse. Between her husband, Allen, and herself, Diane is a proud mom of five adult children, and seven grandchildren. Diane and Allen currently share their homestead in Sturgeon, MO with three horses, an occasional steer, and their dog, Sadie.

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Receiving Credit

You may be eligible for additional ways of receiving credit for required courses if you have previous education, training, certifications, or credentials. Contact Suzi McGarvey at 660-263-4100 ext. 11238 or suzim@macc.edu for more information.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

The purpose of credit by examination is to award college credit for knowledge, skills, and competencies obtained through nontraditional college programs. Credit will be granted for scores at or exceeding 80% for existing career and technical courses in the MACC curriculum as approved by the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education. Credit by Examination will only be considered if reasonable proof can be provided indicating that the student has substantial education, training, and work experience related to the course for which the exam is requested. Only one opportunity will be given to test-out for credit in any one course, and the applicant must pay a test fee. Credit by Examination will be awarded after a student has completed 12 college-level credit hours toward a 32 credit hour certificate or an AAS degree. Total credit hours granted to any student through Credit by Examination toward a 32 credit hour certificate or an AAS degree will not exceed 50% of credit hours required.

CREDIT BY CERTIFICATION

Credit by Certification may be an option for students enrolled in certain MACC Associate of Applied Science degrees and one-year certificate programs that have related industry-standard certification or formal apprenticeship training. Credit by Certification will be considered after the student has applied for admission and provided a completed Application for Credit by Certification accompanied by documentation of successfully passing a certified training program. Credit by Certification will be awarded in accordance with American Council on Education recommendations as published in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Testing Programs and/or other recognized accrediting bodies approved by the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education and consisting of, but not limited to, certifications offered by the following bodies: American Welding Society, Cisco Networking Academy, a Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship Training Program, or MACC non-credit courses conducted to credit students. Credit by Certification will be awarded after the student has completed 12 college-level credit hours with a grade of “C” or better and has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in coursework specific to the degree being sought at MACC and appropriate fees have been paid. The total credit hours granted to any one student through Credit by Certification toward an AAS degree or certificate is 50% of credits required. Credit by Certification will be awarded only when it relates specifically to a program of study at MACC.

CREDIT BY CREDENTIAL 

Students who have a current nationally-recognized credential may be awarded college credit toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in a related program. The credit hours are awarded on the basis of competencies the individual has gained in the process of achieving the national credential. The following guidelines apply to the granting of college credit to students with a national credential. The individual will complete the following:

  • Meet all criteria for admissions as specified in the College catalog;

  • Make application to the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education for college credit by current credential;

  • Provide official documentation of his or her current nationally-recognized credential to the College at the time of the application for credit;

  • Complete 12 credit hours of MACC courses in the related Associate of Applied Science degree before the credit for the credential will be placed on the individual’s official MACC transcript.

The individual’s credential must remain current and be documented at the time this credit is awarded.

Military Credit

Veterans may receive academic credit for military/educational training earned while serving in the armed forces based on evaluation and recommendation from the American Council on Education (ACE). Veterans requesting credit for military experience must submit an official copy of their ACE transcript to the MACC Registrar. This information will then be evaluated by the Registrar and the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education, or the Dean of Health Sciences. Credit will only be awarded for courses which count toward certificate or degree requirements.

CREDIT BY ARTICULATION

Articulation is a curricular concept designed to eliminate duplication of instruction and to recognize student achievements from area career and technical schools and comprehensive high schools that are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students wishing to obtain articulation credit must: * Be seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree in the same career and technical program or one closely related to the secondary program; * Have completed a two-year secondary career and technical program; * Have earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the secondary career and technical program and a 2.0 overall cumulative GPA; * Meet all College admission criteria as specified in the College catalog; * Make application to the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education for articulation within two years following high school graduation; * Provide official high school transcript(s) and competency documentation, if required; and * Complete all developmental coursework and twelve college-level credit hours of 100-level or higher with at least a 2.0 GPA before credit by articulation will be transcripted. Final determination of allowable articulation credit will be transcripted as follows: MACC course number, course title, notation of articulation credit, credit hours, and “credit” in place of a grade. Articulation credit will not be used in grade point calculations.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

The College may consider other nontraditional learning experiences, such as internships and learning experiences attained through business or industrial training programs, on a case by case basis. The Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Health Sciences, or the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education will determine if credit for prior learning should be awarded.