Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health

Veterinary Technology

Degree Information

Academic Plan Code

3015

Credits

78–81

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health program prepares students for careers in veterinary technology which require knowledge and skills involving basic medical sciences, animal care and management, veterinary medical care, and client communications and service. Veterinary technicians function as the paraprofessional assistants to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, other scientists, and animal control and humane organizations. Instruction includes practical clinical internship experience in veterinary emergency, large animal, small animal, and specialty practices, as well as in zoos, laboratories, humane societies, and other facilities.

Program Prerequisites

Admission Criteria:  High school graduation or G.E.D. equivalency.  Completion of Program Prerequisites.  Formal application and admission to the Veterinary Technology/Animal Health Program.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Program Prerequisites

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
23-25
PP ANS110AA Introduction To Animal Science 3
PP ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
3
PP ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL or
Technical and Professional Writing
3
PP CRE101 College Critical Reading 3
PP MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra
3–5
PP CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry 3
PP CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory 1
PP BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I 4

Term 1

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
12
RC AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations 3
RC ANS222 Animal Anatomy And Physiology 3
RC ANS222LL Animal Anatomy And Physiology Laboratory 1
RC EQS105 Principles of Equine Science 3
RC EQS298AA Special Projects 1
RC HCC145AA Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers I 1

Term 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
12
RC AGB132 Agribusiness Accounting And Office Management 3
RC ANS112 Animal Science And Health Practices 2
RC ANH205 Clinical Veterinary Anatomy And Physiology 3
RC BIO205 Microbiology 4

Term 3

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
9.5
RC ANS223AA Animal Diseases 3
RC ANH250AA Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
Oral Comm COM100 or
COM110
Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication
3
HUM Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area 3

Term 4

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
11.5
RC ANH200 Veterinary Clinical Pathology Methods 3
RC ANH210 Animal Nursing 2
RC ANH220 Animal Pharmacology 3
RC ANH230 Veterinary Radiography And Imaging 3
RC ANH250AB Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5

Term 5

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
10–11
RC ANH240 Veterinary Anesthesia, Surgery, And Emergency Nursing 3
RC ANH250AC Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
RC ANH250AD Veterinary Technician Internship 0.5
SB ECN100 or
ECN211 or
ECN212
Economics or
Macroeconomic Principles or
Microeconomic Principles
3
RE Restricted Elective 3–4

Program Electives

Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirement.

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RE ANS212 Livestock Production And Management 3
RE ANS213 Animal Feeding 3
RE BIO240 General Genetics 4
RE BIO280 Animal Behavior 3
RE EQS120 Equine Anatomy & Physiology 4
RE EQS130 Equine Business & Law 3
RE EQS140 Equine Behavior 3
RE SBU200 Society and Business 3
RE ANS296++ or
ANS298++
ANS296++ or
ANS298++
–4

Note

It is recommended that students take the courses in Term 3 during the summer.

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Disclaimer

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=23678).