Vet Tech Institute Program Overview
At the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School, you can earn your Applied Science in Veterinary Technician degree (AAS) in as little as 18 months (by attending full time). The program contains all elements required by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
While veterinary technicians do get to spend time cuddling and loving the animals in their care, veterinary technicians are also an important part of the veterinary medical team. As a Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School graduate, you’ll be prepared to assist veterinarians to*:
- Treat ill or injured animals by monitoring their clinical symptoms.
- Prepare for and assist in surgery.
- Administer, monitor, and maintain anesthesia during surgery.
- Monitor animals recovering from surgery.
- Perform laboratory tests by collecting and analyzing test specimens to assist the veterinarian in diagnosing conditions.
- Take and develop radiographics using x-ray equipment.
- Fill medications and maintain a drug inventory and log book.
- Perform injections, administer medications and vaccines, and run IVs.
The last 2 months of your education are spent in an externship. This is an opportunity to get real-life experience in an animal clinic, hospital, research facility, or a farm animal practice.
*Specific tasks summarized from Summary Report for: 29-2056.00 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians; O*Net Info
As a student at the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School, you'll take these concentration courses:
CLINICAL MEDICINE I
This course introduces animal breeds and animal nutrition. Students will learn basic animal terminology, how to identify canine and feline breeds, and the behavior that is typical for the breed. Animal nutrition is also introduced.
CLINICAL MEDICINE II
In this course, students will learn about the disease process. Emphasis is placed on various canine and feline communicable diseases, their causes, and their prevention.
CLINICAL MEDICINE III
This course is an in-depth study of canine and feline diseases. Specifically, students will focus on pathology of disease, necropsy, viruses, bacteria, protozoal and vector-borne diseases, zoonosis, dermatology, and the endocrine system.
CLINICAL MEDICINE IV
This course is a continuation of Clinical Medicine III. Diseases of the reproductive system, neurological system,
musculoskeletal system, and cardiorespiratory system are presented.
MATHEMATICS FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
This course will focus on math concepts that are commonly used in the veterinary profession. Emphasis will be placed on developing the technique of setting up mathematical problems and conversions. Students will learn to perform calculations including drug dosages, dilutions, solution composition, and IV fluid administration rates.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY I
Through theory and practical application, this course teaches the student aspects of kennel care and management. Additionally, basic grooming, restraint techniques, and the administration of oral and topical medications on dogs, cats, and laboratory species are included.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY II
This course builds upon Animal Technology I and is focused on venipuncture and injections. Students will learn how to perform subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, venipuncture on at least two different veins, intravenous
catheterization, and fluid therapy.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY III
This course builds upon Animal Technology II with an emphasis on testing procedures. Instruction will cover
laboratory sample collection, principles of blood transfusion, electrocardiogram procedures, and parasite testing and
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY IV
This course builds upon Animal Technology III. Students will study orthopedic, cesarean section, and laparotomy surgical procedures through lecture and video presentations of the surgeries. Animal dentistry is also introduced.
ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
This course concerns the structure and function of the animal body and its parts. Instruction is geared toward the
understanding of the cell system, skeletal system, muscular system, integumentary system, cardiovascular system,
neurologic system, and the blood and immune system. Emphasis is placed on the clinical use of anatomy and physiology in veterinary medicine.
The student will be introduced to basic medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on understanding the composition
of terms including the use of prefixes and suffixes.
ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
This course builds on Animal Anatomy and Physiology I. The structure and function of the respiratory, urinary,
digestive, sensory, and reproductive systems will be studied. In addition, the unique anatomy of birds, amphibians,
and reptiles will also be covered. Emphasis is placed on the clinical use of anatomy and physiology in veterinary
CLINICAL LABORATORY I
This course reviews basic laboratory equipment and glassware. The student is then introduced to basic veterinary hematology with emphasis placed on normal test values of individual animal species.
CLINICAL LABORATORY II
This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory I with a more in-depth study of hematology. Blood cell appearance to recognize diseases is emphasized along with cell and platelet counts. Other measurements of blood components are
CLINICAL LABORATORY III
This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory II and emphasizes clinical chemistries. Blood chemistries are used to
teach students how to detect organ malfunctions. The study of urine to detect metabolic diseases is covered along
with other blood tests for specific canine and feline diseases and coagulation testing.
VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY I
This course focuses on the veterinary technologist’s role in the veterinary pharmacy, the process of drug
development, how drugs are active in the body, and rules and regulation governing veterinary drug use. In
addition, gastrointestinal drugs and inflammatory drugs will be discussed. A review of veterinary math, focusing
on dosage calculations, is also included.
This course concerns the anesthetic process, focusing on anesthetic agents used in veterinary medicine and their
effects. The student will apply mathematical skills to practice calculations using common anesthetics and their
dosages. The veterinary technician’s role in relationship to the veterinarian is a key point of study.
VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY II
This course builds on the principles of Veterinary Pharmacology I. Antimicrobial drugs, antiparasitic drugs,
respiratory drugs, cardiovascular drugs, nervous system drugs, urinary drugs, hormonal and reproduction drugs,
dermatologic drugs, and ophthalmic and otic drugs are covered.
This course builds on the information presented in Anesthesia I. Coursework will cover anesthetic equipment,
common anesthetic emergencies and the technician’s role in reacting to them, anesthetic safety, and special
anesthetic techniques. In addition, anesthesia of rodents, rabbits, and large animals will be discussed.
CLINICAL MEDICINE V
This course is a continuation of Clinical Medicine IV. Diseases of the digestive system and renal system will be
discussed as well as emergency management and the veterinary technician’s role in emergency situations. Emphasis
is placed on the following topics: proper methods of evaluating an animal in an emergency situation, how disease
processes manifest as emergencies, and the equipment and medications used during emergencies.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY V
This course builds upon Animal Technology IV. Emphasis is placed on advanced technical procedures including
intravenous injections of the cephalic and jugular veins and IV catheter placement for the jugular and saphenous
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY VI
This course builds upon Animal Technology V. Instruction covers diagnostic procedures for ophthalmic disorders,
gastric intubation, and clinical procedures for companion birds and laboratory and exotic animals. Principles of
advanced kennel management, including USDA regulations for animal care in a research facility, are also included.
LARGE ANIMAL THEORY I
This course will introduce the student to farm animal medicine. The student will become acquainted with anatomy,
breed identification, management, restraint methods, physical exams, reproduction, nutrition, and husbandry.
LARGE ANIMAL THEORY II
This course continues theories introduced in Large Animal Theory I to include more in-depth information on diseases for farm animal species such as horses, pigs, and cattle. Herd health maintenance measures are also discussed.
VETERINARY OFFICE PROCEDURES
This course focuses on aspects of veterinary practice operations. Appointment scheduling, general office procedures, client relations, and proper telephone procedures are discussed.
This course is a comprehensive review of both theory and practical application. It is designed to prepare the
student to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Discussions will be followed by exams that are formatted and timed using parameters similar to the actual test.
CLINICAL LABORATORY IV
This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory III. Students will learn the principles and perform basic microbiology
techniques as well as collect, culture, stain, identify, and perform sensitivity testing on bacterial specimens.
CLINICAL LABORATORY V
This course will focus on parasitology and microbiology. Coursework will focus on identification of internal and
external parasites of small and large animals as well as knowledge and identification of common microorganisms
that may cause disease in small and large animals.
This course includes the theory of radiography and the methods of exposing and developing films, animal restraint,
and proper positioning during film exposure. Radiation safety; film reading; and error identification, correction, and
prevention are emphasized.
SURGICAL NURSING I
This course is designed to prepare the student to assist in all aspects of veterinary surgery. Students are introduced
to aseptic surgery techniques, surgical instrumentation identification and use, patient preparation, positioning for
various surgical procedures, and common veterinary suture materials and patterns.
SURGICAL NURSING II
This course is designed to permit the students to apply all skills and knowledge acquired in Veterinary
Pharmacology, Anesthesia, and Surgical Nursing I to perform actual surgical assisting roles. Students will gain
experience in anesthesia administration, sterile and nonsterile assisting, patient preparation, surgical clean up, and
recovery of their patient. These duties will be performed as part of a student team under the supervision of the staff
veterinarian and RVT.
This builds upon the material covered in VT240 Radiography I with students beginning their practical hands-on
repetitions to achieve competency in taking and developing radiographs. The course culminates with the production
of a final radiograph project that demonstrates the student’s proficiency in the technical and analytical skills of
LARGE ANIMAL PRACTICUM
This course is conducted at stables, farms, or other off-campus facilities. Students will perform husbandry and
restraint techniques as well as various medical and radiological procedures on horses, cattle, and other available large animal species.
This unpaid externship is scheduled in the last 8 instructional weeks of the program. Externships are served in a
veterinary clinic or hospital or other animal facility. The externship experience provides the student with the opportunity to build upon the clinical and practical skills learned in the classroom.