General Catalog 2022-2023

Veterinary Technician (AAS)

The program of Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technician aims to train professionals who can assist the veterinarian in the procedures of exploration, treatment and pharmacology, prevention and diagnosis of diseases in animals. The graduate will be able to perform other tasks of assistance to domestic animals, in the emergency areas, operations room and first aid, as well as the techniques of taking images and laboratory tests. The program is designed for students who wish to work as assistants in clinics, hospitals, farms and research centers with animals or any other place where the veterinarian needs your assistance.

The Guayama Campus is authorized to offer this program.

Competencies Profile of Graduates

The Program is designed to develop the competences that allow the student to:


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding:

  1. of the offer of veterinary care in areas such as clamping techniques, animal revision, imaging and laboratory tests, among other functions under the supervision of the veterinarian.
  2. of the processes of evaluation of emergencies and surgical interventions.
  3. of the use of equipment and technology related to the treatment and care of the patient.
  4. of the care that should be offered to the sick patient, operated or hospitalized.
  5. of the correct evaluation of the patient's data.
  6. to identify the educational needs of animal owners to provide education about their care.


  1. Apply the techniques and procedures to assist the veterinarian in the provision of patient care and treatment of diseases.
  2. Demonstrate skill in the use and management of equipment, technological means and clinical procedures.
  3. Evaluate the patient's condition and their needs for treatment, lodging, nutrition, dental work, among others.
  4. Use effective communication techniques and critical judgment to assist the veterinarian in the provision of patient care.
  5. Apply safety rules and universal protection measures when offering patient care.


  1. Apply ethical and legal principles in the performance of the functions of the veterinary technician.
  2. Demonstrate an attitude of responsibility and commitment in the practice of a veterinary technician.
  3. Value the importance of keeping their knowledge updated.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established in this Catalog, students in this Program must:

  • Submit evidence of vaccination against the rabies virus on or before the start of the second academic semester.

Requirements for the Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technician

General Education Requisites 24 credits
Core Requirements 8 credits
Major Requirements 33 credits
Total 65 credits

General Education Requirements- 24 credits

Twenty-four (24) credits are required as established in the General Catalog in the General Education Requirements section for Associate Degrees.

Core Requirements - 8 credits

BIOL 1101General Biology I


BIOL 1103Biology Skills Laboratory I


CHEM 1111General Chemistry I


Major Requirements - 33 credits

VETC 1100Introduction to Veterinary Sciences


VETC 1120Animal Anatomy and Physiology


VETC 2200Farm Animals


VETC 2201Parasitology and Microbiology


VETC 2202Clinical Laboratory


VETC 2210Pharmacology and Toxicology


VETC 2213Laboratory Animals


VETC 2970Seminar


VETC 2220Veterinary Nursing


VETC 2240Radiology


VETC 2250Anesthesia and Surgery


VETC 2255Common Diseases in Domestic Animals


VETC 2910Veterinary Technician Practice