Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology (Online)


Program Description

Perfect for students who have a penchant for working with animals, but whose work and/or family responsibilities prevent them from attending a full-time program, Medaille College’s Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology is offered online.

Characteristics of successful AAS Veterinary Technology Candidates

  • Understanding of the profession and its requirements.
  • Desire to work with small, exotic, and large animals.
  • Self-directed, self-motivated, and self-disciplined.
  • Prefer to take classes in a nontraditional setting.
  • Desire to maintain current residence and employment.
  • Manage time effectively and have developed good study skills.
  • Self-learner/discover with an ability to critically think.

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What can you do with this degree?

Veterinary technicians primarily function as professional assistants to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and scientists.

  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Administering anesthesia
  • Administering medications
  • Wound management
  • Performing dental prophylaxis
  • Client education
  • Clinical laboratory procedures
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Microbiology techniques
  • Specimen collection
  • Surgical preparation and assisting
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Pharmacy
  • Parasite evaluation
  • Physical examinations
  • Post-operative care
  • Supervision
  • Practice management
  • Reception

Clinical settings may include:

General practice, referral/specialty practice, exotics (birds, pocket pets, reptiles, wildlife, zoos), food animal and equine practice, shelters, research facilities, pharmaceuticals, veterinary supply sales, and diagnostic laboratories.

Veterinary technicians may specialize in a discipline with additional training, such as:

  • Radiology
  • Internal medicine
  • Anesthesia
  • Emergency
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dentistry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Dermatology


  • CIS 160 Essential Technologies for Today (4 credits)
  • ENG 111 Writing Effective Essays (4 credits)
  • SPE 242 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • BIO 172 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Science (4 credits)
  • GEN 131 Critical Thinking and the Health Sciences (4 credits)
  • MAT 117 Mathematics for the Applied Sciences (4 credits)
  • VET 101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3 credits)
  • VET 180 Care and Management of Exotic and Laboratory Animals (4 credits)
  • VET 203 Small Animal Disease and Nutrition (4 credits)
  • VET 207 Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques (4 credits)
  • VET 209 Diagnostic Imaging (3 credits)
  • VET 221 Pharmacy and Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • VET 223 Farm Animal Disease and Nutrition (4 credits)
  • VET 225 Pain Management and Analgesia (3 credits)
  • VET 227 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia (4 credits)
  • VET 239 Dentistry (3 credits)
  • VET 243 Emergency Medicine and Critical Care (3 credits)
  • VET 270 Veterinary Technology Capstone (4 credits)
  • VET 260 Clinical Experience I (1 credit)
  • VET 261 Clinical Experience II (2 credits)
  • VET 262 Clinical Experience III (1 credit)
  • VET 263 Clinical Experience IV (2 credits)

Note: Online students are required to successfully complete INT 010 Online Prep prior to beginning their course sequence.

Medaille fits your life

At Medaille College, we understand the challenges of being a working adult with high career aspirations. That’s why Medaille’s Adult & Graduate programs are designed specifically to fit your already busy schedule. With Medaille, you can earn your degree and still have time for work and family. Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Personalized support
  • Guaranteed classes
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering und ... Read More

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hands-on, practitioner-based learning environments on campus and in the Western New York community. Read less
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