Veterinary Technology is a rewarding profession with many opportunities for the graduate to grow and develop special interests in the vast filed of veterinary medicine. A graduate, certified veterinary technician works under the supervision of a veterinarian performing a wide array of medical tests and procedures. The veterinary technician must be able to perform laboratory test, take and develop radiographs, perform nursing duties, dental prophylaxis, surgical preparation, anesthesia for the surgical patient and educate clients all in a variety of clinical settings. The graduate certified veterinary technician will assist the veterinarian in caring for a number of species of animals ranging from small pets such as the dog and cat but can perform a variety of medical skills involving mice, rats, rabbits, birds, exotics, horses, cattle, sheep and pigs. In our locale, South Florida, small animal medicine is the primary employment opportunity but there is a growing demand for certified technicians in the field of research. Other employment opportunities include USDA and Miami-Dade Animal Control or shelter medicine. The field is not limited to these areas but job demands are greatest in these areas.
The Veterinary Technology profession is growing significantly with the addition of veterinary technician specialist certification, this affords the certified technician to pursue further education and develop skills in specialized areas of veterinary medicine. To see a full list of specialties see National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America http://www.navta.net/ .
The Veterinary Technology Program is located on the Medical Campus of Miami Dade College, in the Medical district. The Program is a fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The Program is a six –semester course of study. Graduates of the program will have completed 73 credits resulting in an Associate of Science degree that includes approximately 400 hours of clinical exposure. Clinical settings are primarily small animal hospitals but are not exclusively limited to small animals. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and upon successful completion, apply for certification. To gain admission to the program the student must complete a series of general education courses (see curriculum page). These course are offered on other Miami Dade campuses located throughout Miami-Dade County. It is highly recommended that all general education courses be completed prior to applying to the program. Completion of the general education courses does not guarantee admittance into the program.
Attendance is full-time, and the program commitment averages up to 40 hours a week. It is required that students be available to participate in off campus clinical sites and field trips therefore transportation is required. Students should expect to participate in conferences and continuing education seminars that are offered on an occasional evening or weekend. Class offerings are usually scheduled during the day or early evening with the possibility of classes occurring on Saturday.
The Veterinary Technology Program provides learning experiences that enable the student to acquire and assimilate the necessary technical competencies to function effectively as a supportive health care provider in the profession. In keeping with its mission and goals, and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Medical Campus promotes an environment of respect and support for persons with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations. Please see the Physical Demands listed for this program.
To facilitate the clinical portion of the program, students are assigned to a clinical facility within Miami Dade County. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the campus and to various agencies in the community to which they are assigned for clinical experiences. Students enrolled in the clinical portion of the program are required to complete the Miami Dade College Student Health Record and criminal background check process.
Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate’s eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted for any crime are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.