Program Details

Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians with a wide variety of procedures and tasks, typically at veterinary hospitals and clinics.
Location:
Erie, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Associate
Specialty:
Veterinary Sciences & Medicine

Program Overview

Program Description:

Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians with a wide variety of procedures and tasks, typically at veterinary hospitals and clinics. That means you’ll be supporting veterinary doctors with lab procedures, exams, and animal care. You’ll also work with pet owners and animal care providers to provide education and guidance for proper care and treatment, based upon the doctor’s instructions. Your patients might include exotic animals, birds, large animals, and household pets, such as cats and dogs. You’ll provide comfort to both the pet and the pet’s caregiver, great customer service, and help ensure a clean and safe veterinary environment.

Veterinary technicians, or vet techs for short, perform a wide variety of functions, depending on the type of practice they work within. Vet techs might administer anesthesia, perform dental prophylaxis, establish and open airways, administer resuscitative oxygen procedures, administer external cardiac resuscitation, and administer medication. You’ll provide wellness care, assist with exams, and more.

Administrative duties might include supporting, scheduling, and communicating with animal owners or care providers; charting, billing and bookkeeping; and general office management.

The IMBC vet tech program will train you to perform these administrative and clinical skills in our new 12,000 square foot facility in Erie, PA with all the labs and equipment you’ll need for success. Since this is a specialized associate degree program, you will also take general courses, such as English, math, and biology.

The ANNA West shelter is one of our many clinical sites directly on our campus. Throughout your program, you’ll interact with companion and exotic animals that are brought directly into the classroom labs.

Toward the completion of your vet tech program, all students will participate in an externship that lets you practice your new skills in a real veterinary setting with professional supervision. Before beginning an externship, you will be required to meet the following:

    Ability to tolerate walking and standing for sustained and prolonged periods of time (85% of the workday).
    Capable of lifting from floor to waist level and/or carrying up to fifty pounds unassisted frequently and more with assistance occasionally.
    Ability to bend over at the waist, twist the trunk, squat, kneel, reach above the head, and have sufficient grip strength. Have the body size, conformation, and fitness to do the physical work required of a technician.
    Ability to see, to speak in English, and to hear well enough to communicate observations about animals, and to possess arm and hand steadiness — as well as finger dexterity — to operate equipment and work with animals.
    Obtain medical insurance prior to the start of the clinical procedures course.

Some employers and externship sites may require a criminal background check or drug test. Please speak with your admissions representative prior to enrolling in this program if this presents an obstacle for you. Additionally, graduates may need to relocate to obtain gainful employment.

Additional Program Information

Accreditation:
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

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