Veterinary Technology - BAS Specialization
Are you passionate about your work with animals and seeking to enhance your knowledge in the field? If so, the Veterinary Technology BAS Track at Eastern Florida State College might be the right career path for you!
This degree is tailor-made for veterinary technicians who have obtained credentials and aim to enhance the skills they've acquired through their work experience or previous coursework.
To start your journey toward earning this degree, the first step is personalized advising. Our team of advisors will work closely with you to ensure you are eligible to apply and ensure you meet all the necessary prerequisites.
The Veterinary Tech BAS Specialization is one of the six options available under EFSC's Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program in Applied Health Sciences. You can earn the degree once and must choose one track.
Veterinary Technology BAS Track - Course Curriculum
The Veterinary Tech BAS Specialization includes upper-division courses that focus on topics like animal nutrition, pharmacology, infectious diseases, and detecting, diagnosing, preventing, and controlling zoonotic diseases.
Additionally, the program covers veterinary practice management, which includes managing personnel, handling accounting and finances, understanding marketing strategies, complying with legal requirements, and budgeting and planning. You can find more details about the courses in the catalog curriculum, along with their descriptions.
Veterinary Technology - BAS Specialization
- Degree Type
- Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
- Delivery Methods
- On-Campus, Hybrid
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Health Sciences
- Contact Information
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Classes for this program are offered either on-campus in Cocoa or in a hybrid format, combining online learning with face-to-face instruction.
Veterinary Technology BAS Track - Admissions Information
If you're interested in the Veterinary Technology Specialization, you must be a credentialed veterinary technician (CVT, CVN, LVT, or RVT). To enroll in the Veterinary Technology BAS Track, you'll need to follow EFSC's general bachelor's degree admissions process, which includes specific deadlines for applying. The Vet Tech program accepts students in the Spring, Summer, and Fall Terms.
If you're currently working in a veterinary practice without the necessary credentials or certification and have an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or higher, you may still qualify for EFSC's Veterinary Practice Management Certificate program.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
For Florida residents, the program offers affordable in-state tuition, with the two years of courses costing approximately $7,200 in base tuition. Please note that this amount doesn't cover additional expenses, such as course materials and lab fees. Since students start the program with an associate degree, you'll need to complete 60 more credits, including around 39 upper-level courses as indicated on the tuition fee schedule.
Financial aid and scholarships are available, and we highly recommend that all students apply for federal aid, Titan Scholarships provided by the EFSC Foundation, and community-based external scholarships to help with the costs of the program.
Veterinary Technology Courses You Would Take
The Veterinary Technology BAS Track curriculum includes courses that are shared among all six specializations of the Applied Health Sciences degree. In addition to these common courses, there are specific required and elective classes that are specifically designed for the Vet Tech Track.
It's crucial to note that bachelor-level classes can fill up rapidly. Therefore, it's important to plan ahead and register for your courses promptly. This will help ensure that you secure the desired classes delivered in your preferred method.
Here are some examples of the courses you'll be taking:
Explores animal nutrition, including required nutrients, their functions, and utilization. Covers feed composition and diet formulation for various species.
Delves into the laws and ethics governing veterinary practices, including regulations from state and Federal veterinary medicine regulatory agencies.
Covers modern veterinary marketing practices, including market research, planning, strategy, ethics, and the five Ps of marketing (product, place, price, people, and promotion).
Examines infectious and zoonotic diseases, their impact on human and animal populations, and approaches to public health. Covers disease detection, diagnosis, prevention, and control.
Why Study Veterinary Technology at EFSC?
Work Hands-On with Animals
The Vet Tech BAS Specialization provides access to on-site animal facilities, allowing you to gain practical experience! During your time in the program, you'll participate in hands-on animal labs on EFSC's Cocoa Campus. Experienced instructors and partnerships within the community also provide valuable training that prepares you for the real-world challenges of working with animals.
As part of this bachelor track, you'll also take a Veterinary Management capstone course, which focuses on the business aspects of running a veterinary practice. This will give you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills you've learned throughout your studies to practical scenarios and ensure that you're well-prepared to manage a veterinary practice.
Save Money By Planning Ahead
Just like all the other tracks in the Applied Health Sciences BAS program, this BAS track is eligible for the $10,000 Bachelor's Degree Program. This program aims to help students effectively manage their expenses by planning their bachelor's degree path while simultaneously starting their associate degree program. If you're interested in this option, you must discuss it with a bachelor advisor before you start your associate degree.
Related Health Science Bachelor and Associate Programs
As you consider which specialization to choose, take the time to explore the other options available under the Applied Health Sciences Bachelor of Applied Science degree. This will allow you to make an informed decision and find the specialization that aligns with your interests and career goals!
Also check out the EFSC veterinary program that can serve as a pathway to this particular specialization.