The Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills leading to entry-level employment in a variety of veterinary clinical settings and related fields.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to provide a wide range of clinical skills including animal patient care, laboratory procedures, medical imaging, anesthesia administration and monitoring, and surgical assistance for a variety of domestic animals.
A veterinary technician is an important part of the veterinary team. They work under the supervision of a veterinarian and often assist them with a variety of clinical and laboratory tasks.
During their education and during their externship, they are trained to perform laboratory tests, provide specialized care, take and process radiographs (x-rays), prepare animals and equipment for procedures and surgeries, assist in variety of medical procedures, and more.
After the conclusion of the classroom portion of the Veterinary Technology program at Ross, there is a required externship experience. Students have the meaningful opportunity to practice their knowledge and skills in the field alongside other veterinary healthcare professionals. In addition, it allows employers at the veterinary facilities the chance to see the students in action prior to making hiring decisions for their office.
Students who finish the Veterinary Technology program that have not yet taken the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE) are considered veterinary assistants. Once they have taken and passed the VTNE, they register with the state of Ohio and then are called Registered Veterinary Technicians.
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to start. Ross is where I started. Ross did an excellent job providing information, tools, advice, and homework that helped me discover that there are no ideal conditions and what matters is that I take action to start somewhere; a valuable lesson to integrate into all aspects of my life.Haider Almosawi Graduate Medical Assistant student at Saginaw, MI campus Graduation: November 15, 2018
I have loved my time here. I have gained so much knowledge in this field. It has made me prepared and excited to start my career in an office in Michigan!Sierra Fisher Graduate Dental Assistant student at Sylvania, OH campus Graduation: March 19, 2019
I am very happy that I took the leap of faith in enrolling into the VA program. I have learned so much and my instructor is amazing. I could not have done it without my team of classmates and teacher.Courtney Griffin Graduate Veterinary Assistant student at Canton, MI campus Graduation: May 8, 2019
As an older student returning to the classroom after 20 years, I had concerns that the pace and the computer skills needed would make it hard for me to keep up. But I found the staff was incredibly supportive and patient with students at all levels. The small class created an encouraging, friendly environment to learn.Denise Stillwell Graduate Medical Assistant student at Granger, IN campus Graduation: March 27, 2019
Ross was a huge leap for me. I have never been one to like school or do well in school. I came to Ross searching for a new beginning, a fresh start. I came searching for MY purpose in the world. Before I even walked through the doors I prayed that God would just lead me in the direction he wanted me to go. When I walked through the doors I was immediately welcomed by warm, smiling faces and sweet hellos. I knew immediately this was the place for me. When I signed up for classes I was really scared. I was scared of failure and rejection. When I finally got into the class, I was so wrong. The instructor went above and beyond to try to help me succeed. I exceeded even my own best expectations of myself. I believe my success was not only driven by my determination, but also the support I received from all of the staff here at Ross. This decision changed my life for the better. It gave me the confidence to continue to step out of my comfort zone. It gave me the courage to try new things. It gave me a better self-image. It taught me that even though things may be tough, if I just keep my head up and push through, I can overcome anything! Ross has been nothing short of a blessing for me. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Especially to the ones who never thought they could. With a good support system and a little determination, you can do anything!Brooklyn Willett Graduate Medical Assistant student at Owensboro, KY campus Graduation: February 14, 2019