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Veterinary Technology Program


Dr. Jody Rockett

(208) 732-6408

Program Overview

Veterinary Technology is an AVMA accredited, professional technical program that gives motivated individuals an opportunity to combine their love of animals with their interest in science and medicine. The program prepares students to work in a variety of veterinary medical related settings. Upon program completion students will be eligible to sit for national examination for licensure. Successful completion requires a grade of C or better in all VETT prefix courses is required. To receive an application for the program, contact the Agriculture Department.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and be accepted into CSI before applying to the Veterinary Technology program.

To apply to the Veterinary Technology program, students must:

  1. Complete a Veterinary Technology Program Application.
    • In addition to general contact information, this application requires a 500-word essay and the contact information for the location where the applicant completed their 16 hours of observation.
  2. Obtain three letters of reference.
  3. Submit unofficial high school or college transcripts.
  4. Submit Math (ALEX) and English (WRITE test) placement scores.
  5. Complete an interview.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions

Questions Regarding Hours of Observation

What do the 16 hours of observation entail?

Potential students are required to observe at a veterinary facility for 16 contact hours. There is no specific paperwork or agenda that must be completed during this time. These hours are simply designed to give students an understanding of what the profession involves. Hours can be completed at any clinic (or mobile veterinary clinic) of the student's choice.

Do the 16 hours of observation need to be complete prior to submitting the application?

No, the hours can be completed after the application is submitted. However, the location, dates of observation, and contact information for the veterinary clinic must be arranged prior to submitting the application.

Does having worked at a veterinary clinic count toward my hours of observation?

Yes, this time counts as the hours of observation.

Does owning a ranch, dairy, equine facility, etc., and having a lot of contact with the veterinarian count towards hours of observation?

No, this will not count.

Will volunteering at an animal shelter/rescue count towards hours of observation?

If the facility has a veterinarian on staff, volunteering at an animal shelter/resuce can count towards hours of obserbation. Only the time spent with the veterinarian will count.

Will veterinary experience that is 2 years old count towards hours of observation?

Yes, the program accepts any hours of observation completed within the past 5 years.

Questions Regarding the Letters of Reference

Is there a specific form?

Yes, please use the letter of reference form found on this website.

Does the reference have to be from a specific person such as a veterinarian?

No, the reference may be from anyone who is familiar with the student's character. Common sources include teachers, counselors, co-workers, coaches, etc. The program strongly discourages references from family members.

Questions Regarding the Interview

Do students need to call and set up an interview time?

No. Once the program has their application, students will be contacted to set up an interview time.

How long are the interviews?

Approximately 30 minutes.

Questions Regarding Placement Tests

Where can students take the placement tests?

These can be completed at the College of Southern Idaho or any other college or university.

Can SAT scores from 3 years ago be used instead of the placement tests?

Yes, students can submit SAT scores for both Math and English, along with high school transcripts in lieu of placement test scores.

Can students retake the placement tests?

Yes, the program will accept the highest test score of all the attempts.

If students have completed or are currently enrolled in and passing MATH 143 College Algebra and ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric, do they need to take the placement tests for those subjects?

No, students will not need to complete the placement tests, but the program needs to see transcripts (unofficial) verifying this information. If courses are currently in progress, enrollment will be contingent upon passing the courses (grade of C or better).

Do students need to send all the application materials in as a single package?

No, this is not required. However, it is sincerely appreciated. The program encourages applicants to submit a Veterinary Technology application package in entirety. The mailing address is on the front of the application.

Is there a specific deadline for applications?

No. The program begins accepting applications January 1st of each year, utilizing a “rolling admissions” protocol. This means the program evaluates each application as it arrives and determines if the applicant is awarded admission. Traditionally, the program is full by April or May. (Example: Submit application January 1, 2019 and begin the program in the fall semester August 2019)

What is the recommended time to submit the application?

As soon after January 1st as possible.

Can students apply to start in the spring semester?

No, the program admits students one time per year in the fall semester (August).

Who should students contact if they have questions about the application or interview time?

Students should contact Naysa Shepherd at 208-732-6400. If Naysa can’t be reached, contact Jody Rockett DVM at 208-732-6408.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Veterinary Technology program, a student will be able to:

  1. Perform typical office procedures and management duties necessary in a veterinary clinic including client interaction, telephone techniques, and record keeping with the use of Microsoft Office Suite programs and the veterinary client service software AVImark.
  2. Demonstrate proper animal restraint methods for large, small, and exotic species commonly seen in a veterinary clinical setting.
  3. Identify structures and describe the functions and relationships of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and neurological systems of various domestic animal species.
  4. Explain the modes of local, regional, and general anesthesia and monitor multiple parameters during animal induction, maintenance, and recovery periods of anesthesia in a veterinarian supervised clinical setting.
  5. Identify surgical instruments, execute surgical pack preparation and instrument sterilization, and explain basic operating room procedures.
  6. Demonstrate sterile technique, patient preparation, surgical assisting skills, and post-surgical patient care.
  7. Identify drugs commonly used in veterinary medicine using pharmacology specific nomenclature, summarize methods of drug administration, and calculate dosages.
  8. Summarize the basic principles of radiology and under the supervision of the veterinarian, safely perform radiology related duties including darkroom procedures and animal positioning.  
  9. Collect multiple specimen types (urine, feces, blood) using a variety of techniques and properly administer medications through common routes used in veterinary clinics.
  10. Identify, utilize, and maintain laboratory equipment commonly found in veterinary practices. Recognize normal vs disease induced parameters using hematology, cytology, serology, and urinalysis.
  11. Identify common internal and external parasites of domestic animals through diagnostic testing methods, and recognize symptoms, disease development, and zoonotic potential.
  12. Distinguish between responsibilities and legalities of the veterinary technicians and veterinarians; and practice within the competencies and limitations of the veterinary technician’s role as a health care team member.
  13. Apply principles from the social science, natural science and veterinary technology classes toward functioning as a productive employee at an entry level.

Sample Career Opportunities:

  • Veterinary Technologist
  • Veterinary Technician

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