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    Online Associate Degree in Science - Veterinary Technology

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, American Veterinary Medical Association Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Associate in Science - Associate's Enrollment: 40 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Postal, Voice, bbs, chat Subject: Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

     
    DESCRIPTION
    The program serves veterinary hospital employees who wish to earn the AS Degree and thereby qualify to sit for state certification or licensure examination. The program accepts students by selective admissions, giving preference to those who have completed the general education courses, have computer literacy, and demonstrated success in college. Applications are evaluated continuously and accepted students are placed in the next available class starting in August or January.

    The program communicates with students primarily through America Online, and has an access-controlled area inside a subscription area called Veterinary Information Network. Each course meets in a real-time text chat session once per week for the semester. Chats are scheduled hourly between 7-9 pm Monday-Thursday nights EST. In addition to real-time chats, the program uses asynchronous bulletin boards, electronic file libraries, and email for communications. The telephone and surface mail are also used extensively.
    More information is available at the web site. The Program began in the fall of 1994 with 23 students, and currently approximately 140 students are enrolled.
     
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    Students must arrange to have midterm and final exams proctored at a local college testing center or similar place. Students must work a minimum of 20 hours per week in a veterinary hospital, and will be required to volunteer in other hospitals to learn skills not available at the main host clinic. For example, students working in a small animal hospital will have to volunteer in a large animal practice during the semester when taking ATE 2656L Large Animal Laboratory. Students must have America Online and Veterinary Information Network accounts while enrolled in the program.
     
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    Students need access to a computer & modem during evening hours Mon.-Thur. 7-10 PM EST. They also need access at other unscheduled times to do homework. The computer should be capable of running the current Windows or Mac version of America Online software, and a modem of 28.8 K or faster is recommended.
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    The College's Health Education Center library collection is available to distance students. Students may call or email the librarian for assistance, or can search the collection from their desktop computer. This can be accomplished by dialing the local SPJC library number, or calling into the local community college (in Florida) since all CC and SUS library databases are online.

    Veterinary Information Network (VIN) has a unique resource for students. A veterinarian at VIN abstracts the 27 veterinary journals with the largest circulation, as well as VIN bulletin boards and chat discussions. This database is searchable by keyword, and the abstracts of journals are lengthy. This resource is particularly valuable because it is so timely, and because veterinary literature may be indexed either in agriculture or medicine or not at all.

    Access to Advising/mentoring Services:
    Students are advised by program director, student services advisors and faculty via telephone and email. They can also get assistance from the New Initiative Program (a grant funded support program for health students), which has full time faculty and also hires student tutors. The Disabilities Consultant is available to both students and faculty by phone and email.
     
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    The mission of the office of Scholarships and Student Financial Assistance is to assist students in securing the funds necessary to pursue their goals at St. Petersburg Junior College. The office is committed to providing quality service, reliable consumer information and access to information on scholarships and student financial assistance. In addition, staff members are committed to working with the community by providing financial aid awareness workshops and consultation for high school counselors and other members of the public.

    The mission of the office of Scholarships and Student Financial Assistance is to assist students in securing the funds necessary to pursue their goals at St. Petersburg Junior College. The office is committed to providing quality service, reliable consumer information and access to information on scholarships and student financial assistance. In addition, staff members are committed to working with the community by providing financial aid awareness workshops and consultation for high school counselors and other members of the public.
    The mission of the office of Scholarships and Student Financial Assistance is to assist students in securing the funds necessary to pursue their goals at St. Petersburg Junior College. The office is committed to providing quality service, reliable consumer information and access to information on scholarships and student financial assistance. In addition, staff members are committed to working with the community by providing financial aid awareness workshops and consultation for high school counselors and other members of the public

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Students need to work for a veterinarian who will support their education by providing opportunities to learn and practice new skills. Students must spend time with additional veterinarians in order to learn skills not available in their worksite. For ex. a student working in a small animal practice will use their days off to ride with a large animal veterinarian during the semester they take ATE 2656L Large Animal Laboratory. Students are expected to find as many supplemental sites as needed in order to gain the required skills.

    The curriculum includes skills in laboratory, radiology, anesthesia and surgery, nursing care, and exam room techniques. It includes small animal, food animal, equine, lab animal, and birds and exotic species. We recommend that students work in a multi-veterinarian practice which employs graduate technicians, although this is not a requirement.

    Students are required to submit the products of their work as a part of many laboratory courses. This means mailing radiographs, blood smears, etc. by specified deadlines to the instructor for grading.

    It is necessary to earn a grade of "C" or higher in all veterinary technology pre-requisite courses in order to proceed to the next course in the sequence.

    Students must undergo a background check and drug screening prior to final acceptance and enrolling in courses.
     
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    Students must have an overall GPA greater than 2.0 and earn a grade of C or higher in all veterinary technology courses in order to graduate.
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Students may obtain advice and counseling from the program director, any faculty member, and from the student services support staff via email, telephone or written correspondence.
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    1) General College or University Transfer Policies
    Credits earned at institutions listed in the Transfer Credit Practices booklet and which have attained at least candidate status with the college commission of a regional accrediting agency will be accepted by the College. Credits earned at international institutions not listed in the TCP booklet may be acceptable if evaluated and certified by the World Education Service or other service approved by the College.
    2) The maximum number of credits accepted from non-traditional sources such as advanced placement exams, CLEP, and experiential learning is 45 semester hours. At least 36 hours or the last 15 hours must be earned from SPJC to qualify for the degree.
    3) Special transfer policies /arrangements for the degree program
    Students are expected to earn the general education course credits prior to starting the distance program. These are usually from the local community college or prior degree institution, but some may also be taken by distance from SPJC.
    4) Acceptance of credit from CLEP or other examinations
    CLEP credit is accepted.
    5) Acceptance of credit for competency-based or experiential learning arrangements.
    The Experiential Learning Office works with faculty to guide the student through an assessment process. Internal assessment of prior learning replaces internal/challenge exams and other methods of evaluating and crediting prior learning.
     
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    Students need access to a computer & modem during evening hours Mon.-Thur. 7-10 PM EST. They will also need access at other unscheduled times to do homework. The computer should be capable of running the Windows or Mac version of America Online software, and a modem of 28.8 K or faster is recommended.

    Approximately 40 new students are accepted to start each August and January. The courses are open only to students accepted into the degree program.
     
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    Students are expected to be present in the scheduled weekly electronic chat sessions, just as they would be expected to attend on-campus class meetings. Participation in asynchronous discussions on the bulletin boards is expected to varying degrees depending upon the course and instructor. Lecture course midterm and final exams are proctored by local college testing center personnel on specific dates. The student must make satisfactory arrangements for their proctored exams. Some laboratory course exams may be proctored in the workplace by the employer. Although not presently a feature of the program, students may at some point be required to take practical final exams on campus in St. Petersburg.
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    1) General Requirements: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00, have completed most (preferably all) of the general education courses, work for a veterinarian, and have computer skills.
    2) Application requirements: (application forms and fees, etc.)
    Students must apply to the college (2 page form + $25), the Program (2 page selective admissions form +$10), and complete a supplemental application for the distance program (1 page, no fee). Transcripts from all colleges must be submitted with the application.
    3) Deadlines:
    The Program has a rolling admission process and places accepted students in the next available class. The practical lead time is more than 6 weeks in order to get transcripts evaluated and complete the process.
    4) Other admission information for prospective students:
    Information about the program is sent to prospective students at their request as received by telephone, mail, and email. The program web pages describe many of the details of the program. New classes start in August and January, with 30-50 students per class. Students who are accepted usually start in the immediate class.
     
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    Distance students working in larger practices, with multiple veterinarians and credentialed technicians on staff, will be able to do more skills in their host clinic. Students hosted by solo veterinarians or specialty practices will need to do proportionately more work as volunteers in additional hospitals.

     


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