Veterinary Technologynext

Care for, treat and love animals. Get ready for a career in veterinary technology at Medaille College.

Prepare for the Workplace 

It’s the middle of the night and a family rushes in with an injured dog. They treat him as a member of the family and would be devastated if anything happened to him. He’s been hit by car and it’s up to you to set his broken leg and prevent any life-threatening infection from setting in. You’ve been through this before, though, and you know exactly which steps to take in order to save his life. You are a veterinary technology student at Medaille College.

Have you always had a passion for helping those who can’t help themselves? Medaille College’s veterinary technology program is based in experiential learning. People with a sincere love for animals big and small, domestic and exotic, get hands-on experience in treatment both in the classroom and out in the field.

  • Quality: Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. What does that mean? That means you’re able take the national licensing exam to become certified as a veterinary technician right after you graduate.
  • Options: Medaille presents every possible angle during your time as a vet tech student. And with a 100% job placement rate, you turn your passion into a lasting, rewarding career in a variety of pet care and animal husbandry positions.
  • Connections: Your professors are leading veterinarians. Working alongside them prepares you for a successful career in animal care. Plus many of our esteemed alumni return to campus for club events, charity fundraisers, open houses and student mentoring so you have a wide professional network available to you starting your first day at Medaille. 
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Go Places 

The Medaille Advantage means you gain hands-on experience through preceptorships at local animal shelters, rescue centers, kennels, farms and zoos. Our practitioner-based, student-centered learning educates you on how to:

  • Draw blood samples and perform lab tests.
  • Measure vitals and administer medical/wellness exams.
  • Take X-rays.
  • Assist in surgical procedures.

Working in an animal hospital isn’t the only career path available to you. Medaille graduates are employed in several industries, including pharmaceuticals, food and education. You can even work at research institutions, government organizations or universities:

  • Train and treat exotic animals from all over the world at The Buffalo Zoo.
  • Help discover new methods of treating cancer at Roswell Park.
  • Tend to horses on equestrian farms.
  • Preserve endangered wildlife in our national parks.
  • Develop safer, cleaner food testing processes at the USDA.
  • Make sure that animals make it to a safe, loving home as a veterinary technician at the SPCA.


If becoming a veterinarian is a dream of yours, the Medaille program prepares you for ongoing success by placing you in the best veterinary schools in the country:

  • Ohio State University
  • Cornell University
  • University of California, Davis
  • Purdue University
  • Take advantage of Medaille’s Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph. Each class year, two seats are reserved for Medaille students who qualify.
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Live a Life of Opportunity 

As a Medaille College family member, you’re presented with endless opportunity. And the Medaille family extends well beyond the campus.

  • Interact: Small class sizes mean you get more one-on-one time with your professors. Medaille gives you the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with your instructors. Or, shall we say, your future colleagues.
  • Get support: One of the biggest benefits to being a Medaille student is that you are assigned an experienced faculty member as your academic advisor and mentor, so you always have someone to turn to for answers. Medaille never leaves you out on your own to figure things out.
  • Work with professionals: You don’t just sit in the classroom. You learn from professional practitioners where it matters most: out in the field and in Medaille’s state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • Make connections: The Medaille family extends well beyond the Buffalo campus. Medaille grads are all around the country. And our alumni frequently return to campus for public speaking events, conferences, charity events, or just to say, “Hi!”
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Stay Active 

Students in the associate’s and bachelor’s programs at Medaille College are very involved on campus and in the local community. You can express your passion for animals by participating in a number of charity events:

  • Volunteer at the Run for Rover.
  • Make sure pets never get lost by microchipping at the SPCA.
  • Run local dog washes as a member of the Veterinary Technology Club.

You’re not a passive learner in Medaille’s Veterinary Technology program. You’re an active participant on campus and out in the field. You don’t just read about animal care, you perform it. Options and opportunities define Medaille’s veterinary technology program with our commitment to experiential education. Practice tomorrow what you learn today here at Medaille, where college meets career.

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Courses & Curriculum 

Veterinary Technology


Please consult the most recent Undergraduate Academic Catalog, available online at http://www.medaille.edu/academics/academic-catalogs, for the official listing of courses for this program.

 

Mission

Medaille College concentrates on excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on personal attention to its diverse student body. Its curriculum provides a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with early access to career-oriented education. The faculty and all of those involved in the mission of education challenge students and themselves to the highest possible standards of achievement, but that challenge is balanced by support for every individual student and a concern that each one succeeds.


A.S. in Veterinary Technology

2014-2015

 

General Education Core (9 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

 

Major Requirements (31 credits)

VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)

VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science (3)

VET 126 Animal Parasitology (2)

VET 202 Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition (3)

VET 204 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques (3)

VET 206 Handling and Care of Exotics (2)

VET 208 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (2)

VET 222 Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition (3)

VET 224 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology (3)

VET 226 Veterinary Practice Management (3)

VET 228 Gross and Clinical Pathology (1)

VET 230 Pharmacy and Pharmacology (3)

 

Internships (5 credits)

VET 177 Preceptorship I (2)

VET 277 Preceptorship II (3)

Mathematics/Sciences Component (21 credits)

BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I (5)

BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II (5)

BIO 200 Microbiology (4)

CHE 145 Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4)**

MAT 112 Mathematics for the Sciences (3)

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective Component (6 credits)

May include any APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, MAT, MMS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course.

 

*Required of first-time freshmen students; transfer students may substitute a Liberal Arts or Sciences Elective.

 

**Students anticipating enrollment in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology or Veterinary Technology or wishing to satisfy prerequisites for applying to Veterinary school should consult with the Veterinary Technology Department Chair for appropriate course selections.

B.S. in Veterinary Technology

2014-2015

 

General Education Core (30 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3)**

MAT 201 Statistics and Society or

BIO 301 Epidemiology & Biostatistics (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

 

Major Requirements (31 credits)

VET 100 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (3)

VET 120 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science (3)

VET 126 Animal Parasitology (2)

VET 202 Small Animal Diseases and Nutrition (3)

VET 204 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques (3)

VET 206 Handling and Care of Exotics (2)

VET 208 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (2)

VET 222 Farm Animal Restraint, Diseases, and Nutrition (3)

VET 224 Surgical Nursing and Anesthesiology (3)

VET 226 Veterinary Practice Management (3)

VET 228 Gross and Clinical Pathology (1)

VET 230 Pharmacy and Pharmacology (3)

 

Internships (5 credits)

VET 177 Preceptorship I (2)

VET 277 Preceptorship II (3)

Veterinary Technology Electives (15 credits)

VET (Any) Veterinary Technology Electives (6)

Student must choose 2 courses from the following:

VET 130 Basic Introduction to Horses

VET 232 Horse and Stable Management

VET 298 Special Topic In Veterinary Technology

VET 299 Independent Study In Veterinary Technology

VET 300/400 level (any)

 

300/400 level Veterinary Technology Electives (9)

Student must choose 3 courses from the following:

VET 300 Veterinary Dentistry: Principles and Practices

VET 301 Dental Radiography

VET 320 Advanced Laboratory Animal Science

VET 326 Equine Nutrition and Physiology

VET 340 Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part I

VET 355 Pain Management In Animals

VET 360 Patient Management and Therapeutics In Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

VET 398 Special Topic In Veterinary Technology

VET 400 Advanced Dental Techniques

VET 401 Specialization In Veterinary Dentistry

VET 440 Applied Animal Behavior for Veterinary Practice: Part II

VET 450 Anesthesia for Canine and Feline High Risk Patients

VET 460 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care I

VET 461 Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care II

VET 498 Independent Study In Veterinary Technology

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (21 credits)

BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I (5)

BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II (5)

BIO 200 Microbiology (4)

CHE 145 Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4)

MAT 112 Mathematics for the Sciences (3)***

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (12 credits)

Choose four 300/400 level courses. May include any APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS,

HUM, MAT, MMS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course.

 

Free Electives (6 credits)

May include any College course.

 

*Required of first-time freshmen; all others must substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.

 

**Students wishing to transfer a College math must successfully complete the Medaille College Waiver Exam.

 

***Students who meet the math competency by placement must substitute a Free Elective.

 

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Meet the Faculty of the Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

  • Renee Bugenhagen
    Faculty

    Renee Bugenhagen, D.V.M.

    Associate Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: SC107

    Phone: (716) 880-2308

    Email: rbugenhagen@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Veterinary Technology
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  • Allison Delang
    Faculty

    Allison DeLang, A.A.S.

    Visiting Instructor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: SC109

    Phone: (716) 880-2154

    Email: adelang@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
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  • Brenda Fredette
    Faculty

    Brenda Fredette, Ph.D.

    Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: H124

    Phone: (716) 880-2507

    Email: bfredette@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Biology
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  • Robert Johnson
    Faculty

    Robert Johnson, Ph.D.

    Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: M205

    Phone: (716) 880-2238

    Email: robert.h.johnson@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Biology
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  • Valerie Macer
    Faculty

    Valerie Macer, M.S.

    Associate Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: SC107

    Phone: (716) 880-2231

    Email: vmacer@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Veterinary Technology
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  • Faculty

    Paul L. Piciulo, Ph.D.

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: H219

    Phone: (716) 880-3084

    Email: plp33@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Biology
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  • Nancy Pugh
    Faculty

    Nancy Pugh, D.V.M.

    Associate Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: H125

    Phone: (716) 880-2223

    Email: npugh@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Veterinary Technology
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  • Karen Sandle
    Faculty

    Karen Sandle, B.S., L.V.T.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Email: Karen.Ls.Sandle@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Veterinary Technology
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  • Joe Savarese
    Faculty

    Joseph E. Savarese, D.V.M.

    Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: M213

    Phone: (716) 880-2306

    Email: joseph.savarese@medaille.edu

    Program(s): Veterinary Technology
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  • Faculty

    Ilze Stankevics, D.V.M.

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: H126

    Phone: (716) 880-2310

    Email: ias25@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Veterinary Technology
  • Tara Woyton
    Faculty

    Tara Woyton, M.S.

    Visiting Instructor, Division of Veterinary and Natural Sciences

    Office: M318

    Phone: (716) 880-2029

    Email: tw26@Medaille.edu

    Program(s): Veterinary Technology
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