The philosophy associated with the creation of the Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Science hinges on the belief that the livestock industry has become specialized to the extent that persons with training in general agriculture have difficulty in fitting into several areas of the food animal industry. The growing requirements for paramedical services in the food safety and animal disease prevention areas are important examples that can be used to illustrate this trend. The programme aims to enable the student to effectively assist veterinarians with clinical and regulatory activities related to the maintenance of human and animal health and wellbeing.
Upon completion of this programme student should to be able to:
- practice professional nursing to animals under their care
- conduct focused assessment of sick animals presented to them
- demonstrate evidence based diagnosis of veterinary problems presented to them
- communicate and collaborate effectively with members of the health care team in the promotion of health and disease prevention in human and animal communities
- manage patient care technologies and information systems in companion animal veterinary practices
- portray professional values by living up to legal, moral and ethical expectations
- display commitment to human and animal health and welfare
- recognize the importance of life-long learning to the maintenance of professional standards
Classroom instruction and clinical experiences are integrated to provide an atmosphere intended to promote critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to prepare students for the completion of the degree and success in the field. The skills include: conducting physical examinations; animal handling and restraint; routine nursing techniques; assist animal surgical procedures and post-operative care; perform routine laboratory procedures; effectively communicating with other veterinary professionals, the public and clientele. The student is also exposed to knowledge in regulatory medicine and extension work in order to broaden their career choices upon graduation.
- Normal Entry Requirements
The normal entry requirement for the Associate Degree in Veterinary Science are; 5 CSEC or O’Level Subjects including English Language, Mathematics, 2 Science Subjects and one other subject. OR Grade 1 Certificate from Knockalva or Sydney Pagan Agricultural schools, or Ebony Park HEART Academy Levels 1 & 2 Certificates in Farm Maintenance.
- Alternative Entry Requirements
Mature students who do not possess the normal minimum entry requirements may be given considerations on a case-by-case basis for acceptance, via the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) method. The candidate must provide evidence of sustained employment within the field of agriculture with sufficient opportunity to gain experience that can be applied in the area being sought for enrolment.
Programme Duration and Credits
- This is a two year residential programme which offers a well-balanced academic and clinical education
- The programme has a total of 82 credits