Veterinary Technology: Hands-on Learning
Compassionate and humane care is the goal of veterinary technology. To provide such important care, students must learn essential skills such as:
- Completion of thorough physical exams.
- Placement of intravenous catheters.
- Supervision of anesthesia for a veterinary surgeon.
- Provision of treatment to critically ill patients.
- Assistance during endoscopic and ultra sound procedures.
- Management of a chemistry lab for an entire clinic.
- Creation of diagnostic radiographs.
- Proper maintenance and supervision of a surgical suite.
- Education of clients on juvenile pet care, senior care, nutrition and grief counseling.
- Being a part of a veterinary team, providing quality care to patients and quality service to clients.
While in classes, students will complete a skills list assuring they have gained the prerequisite knowledge and perspectives to ultimately carry out tasks and duties in veterinary medicine. This list includes: fecal exams, laboratory procedures, surgical procedures, anesthesia induction and monitoring, sterilization of surgical packs, treatment of patients, bandaging, nursing skills, and much more.
During the last semester, all students will participate in an internship (400 hours of hands on learning in a veterinary hospital). The primary goal of an internship is to reinforce the education, skills and techniques students learned in class. Each student will gain valuable insights by working alongside receptionists, assistants, technicians and veterinarians. This portion of the curriculum allows the student to learn within a working environment. Veterinary hospitals in Colorado Springs are welcoming CAVT students into their clinics to fulfill their internship requirement.
Upon completion of their studies, national exam and credentialing, veterinary technicians have a wide variety of career options ahead of them. Private practice, referral specialty hospitals, industry, self-employment, consulting, practice management and government jobs are only a few of the options available to credentialed veterinary technicians. The Department of Labor projects a 41% growth in the field of veterinary technology between now and 2016.