Animal Science Office Assistant

27-Credit Certificate Program

Hegis Code: 5402 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 27927 admissions@sunyulster.edu

Program Description
This program has been developed through a close collaboration of SUNY Ulster faculty, regional veterinarians, and licensed veterinary technicians to meet the training needs of students and practicing veterinary professionals. The overall goal of the program is to provide students with the training necessary to become successfully employed as animal science office assistants and to provide the community with highly trained and experienced graduates to fill the need for competent workers in this field. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate basic knowledge of animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, infectious disease, and medical terminology, as well as the office skills necessary for the maintenance of a veterinary practice.

NOTE: Those interested in pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology should inquire about our Veterinary Technology A.A.S. program.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Certificate in Animal Science Office Assistant, a student will be able to
• Demonstrate basic knowledge of medical terminology;
• Demonstrate basic knowledge of animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and infectious disease;
• Apply office skills necessary to the maintenance of a veterinary practice.

Employment Potential
This program was designed as a direct result of requests from community employers. A survey was conducted of need for this program among veterinarians in Ulster County and surrounding counties. The responses indicated that this program would help fill their need for skilled employees. Students completing this program will be paid at an hourly wage significantly higher than employees who had not completed this program.

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Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
Beth Alden, D.V.M.
Coordinator, Veterinary Programs
Office: Hardenbergh Hall, HAR 218
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5233 or
            845:687-5233
E-mail: aldenb@sunyulster.edu


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NOTE:

~ Animal Science Office Assistant students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required Veterinary Science (VTS), Mathematics (MAT), and Biology (BIO) courses in order to progress in the Animal Science Office Assistant program or to be eligible for graduation.

~ Students may only repeat a Veterinary Science (VTS) or Biology (BIO) course once. If unsuccessful the second time, they may not continue in the Animal Science Office Assistant program.

~ Students must supply their own transportation to off-campus labs and learning sites.


Curriculum
Click on the Course Number for the course description.

First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
BIO 100 Fundamental Concepts of Biology 3
BUS 171 Computer Applications in Business 3
VTS 111 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
VTS 149 Introduction to Veterinary Science Technology 3
VTS 150 Animal Nutrition 3
Semester Credits 13
Second Semester
VTS 151 Parasitology and Microbiology 4
VTS 152 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 4
VTS 155 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 3
VTS 159 Restraint and Handling 1
VTS 250 Behavioral Medicine for Animals 2
Semester Credits 14
Total Credits
27
Animal Science Office Assistant students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required Biology (VTS, BIO), Mathematics (MAT) and Science (SCI) courses in order to progress in the Animal Science Office Assistant program or to be eligible for graduation.
 
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