Veterinary Program

The Department of Agricultural and Animal Sciences (versión español) of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Guayama Campus, aims for its graduates to acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge of agricultural and animal sciences. It trains the student in technological aspects incorporated into the area of agriculture and veterinary medicine through the offering of programs in the area of Agricultural and Veterinary Technician.


Mission of the Program

Mission
To prepare students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide services to patients, customers, or assist veterinary doctors. Students will be prepared to become veterinary technicians with knowledge of federal, state, or local regulations for the care of animals to carry out their services and responsibilities with ethical principles.


AVMA-CVTEA Acreditation Process


  • Academic Offerings

    Bachelor's degree

    The Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology aspires to train professionals who can assist the doctor in veterinary medicine in procedures such as exploration, treatment and pharmacology, prevention, and diagnosis of diseases in animals. The graduate will be able to assist in other functions in the attention of domestic animals, research, and farm in the emergency areas, operating room and first aid; as well as imaging techniques and laboratory tests. The program is designed for students who wish to work as veterinary technologists in clinics, hospitals, farms, and animal research centers or anywhere else the doctor in veterinary medicine needs their assistance. The student who cannot complete the bachelor program will have the option of completing an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technician.

    Associate degrees

    The Associate Degree in Applied Sciences program 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 carry out other tasks of assistance to domestic animals, in the emergency areas, operating room and first aid, as well as imaging techniques and laboratory tests. The program is designed for students who aspire to work as assistants in clinics, hospitals, farms and animal research centers or any other place where a veterinarian needs their assistance.

    Admissions Requirements
    Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technician
    Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Agricultural Technology

    Admission Requirements
    High school

    • 1. Official transcript of high school credits or its equivalent with a minimum grade point index of 2.00 or its equivalent.
    • 2.“College Board”, “SAT” or “ACT” results
    • 3.Original Immunization Certificate (student under 21 years old)
    • 4.Must present Social Security card
    • 5.Valid identification (license, passport or military ID)
    • 6.Declaration of Concentration (submit the form)
    • 7.Form W9-S

    Transfer Student

    • 1.Official transcript of credits from the University (s) of origin
    • 2.Must have passed at least 12 credits with a grade of C or better from an accredited institution, except in academic programs that establish different requirements, in which case they must meet these requirements.
    • 3.Not having been subject to disciplinary actions at the educational institution of origin
    • 4.Original Immunization Certificate (student under 21 years old)
    • 5.Certification of Transfer Student
    • 6.Must present Social Security card
    • 7.Valid identification (license, passport or military ID)
    • 8.Catalog or description of courses taken at other universities (if necessary)
    • 9.Declaration of Concentration (form)
    • 10.Form W9-S (form)
    • 11.Transfer Student Certification Form (form)

    Students Adult Education Program (AVANCE)

    Graduation Requirements Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technician

    Graduation Requirements

    All students to be a candidate for graduation must meet the following requirements:

    • Pass the 65 credits included in the study program.
    • Complete a total of 240 hours of clinical practice.
    • Meet any other institutional graduation requirement that is in effect at the time the student requests graduation.

    Policies Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technician

    Policies
    Student Pregnancy Status Policy

    As part of the Associate Degree Program in Veterinary Technician, students are exposed to multiple scenarios in which they could acquire zoonotic diseases, radiation, wounds and/or bites, anesthetic gases and chemical substances that could affect the health of the student. It is the responsibility of the Clinical Practice Coordinator to deliver the document “Policy for Pregnant Student Participating in the Veterinary Technician Program” to all the women who are studying Veterinary Technician. It is the student’s responsibility to report their pregnancy status to the Program Director or the Clinical Practice Coordinator.
    In the event of pregnancy, the Clinical Practice Coordinator will be responsible for providing relevant guidance to the possible risks for her and the fetus during her pregnancy while completing the studies in the Program. It will be the student’s responsibility to seek guidance from her primary physician regarding possible risks. On the other hand, if the student’s decision is to remain enrolled in the courses and clinical practice, she will have to show a copy of a medical certificate of her estimated day of delivery. It will be the responsibility of the Clinical Practice Coordinator to file the “Policy for Pregnant Student Participating in the Veterinary Technician Program” document and the medical certificate in the student’s records.

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    Student Immunization against Rabies Policy

    The Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Guayama Campus, creates the “Student Vaccination Policy Against Rabies” due to the clinical exposure to the students of the Associate Degree Program in Veterinary Technician through the handling of live animals in laboratories. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rabies virus is transmitted through direct contact (for example, from cut skin or the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth) with saliva, or the nervous system or brain tissues of an infected animal. For this reason, all students who attend the Program are asked to be immunized against the rabies virus and, in turn, present evidence of the required doses against rabies prior to starting the Clinical Practices.
    The cost of the three (3) series of rabies vaccines is fully borne by the student. Evidence of immunization must be presented to the Clinical Practice Coordinator before commencing the same. Those students who decline to be vaccinated against rabies will be required to complete the “Informed Consent for the Rabies Vaccination” document provided by the coordinator and will be at their own risk of acquiring rabies in the various practice settings. The practice coordinator will access the beginning of the practice once this document is completed by the student or by the delivery of evidence of compliance with the immunization. All documents will be duly registered in the student files.

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    Aggressive Animals Policy

    Given the nature of the Associate Degree Program in Veterinary Technician, students, professors and other program staff are exposed to injuries from handling animals both inside and outside the University facilities. For this reason, it is imperative to guarantee security and carry out a risk analysis to avoid incidents in the practices required to complete the Program. A method used as a risk control to guarantee the safety of the student and teacher is the meticulous selection of animals suitable for handling and subsequent procedures that are required in practice.
    The Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technician at the Inter-American University, Guayama Campus, will not allow the use of aggressive animals under any circumstances. As a precaution, the University has in its laboratories the necessary equipment such as muzzles and restriction devices for the handling of animals that are identified with a level of aggressiveness. To maintain security in all activities carried out for the teaching of skills, it is always mandatory that all activities be supervised by the course’s teacher.

    Animal Bites and Scratches Policy
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), treatment for animal bite wounds and scratches will depend on the localization of the bite wound and scratch, health status of the victim and rabies vaccination of the animals.

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    Practices Centers Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technician

    The practice centers identified by the Clinical Practice Coordinator comply with the standards and requirements established by the Program of Veterinary Technology. Among the requirements are that the center must have Doctors in Veterinary Medicine and / or Veterinary Technologists licensed by the Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Examining Board and / or the Sub Board of Veterinary Technicians and Technologists.
    The practice centers are an essential tool in learning the skills, aptitudes and knowledge of our students and in turn, train them in multiple work settings. Among the working scenarios, the following stand out: veterinary clinics, livestock production farms, shelters, sanctuaries, emergency hospitals, zoos, university institutions, racetracks, among others.

    Contact Information

    Program Director
    Veterinary Technician Program
    Lcda. Verónica Angueira Andraca, LVT
    Email: veronica.angueira@guayama.inter.edu
    787-864-2222, ext. 2223


    Director of the Department
    Agro. Amaris Guzmán Rivera, M.S
    email: amaris.guzman@guayama.inter.edu
    Tel. 787-864-2222 Ext. 2130


    Directora del Programa de Veterinaria
    Lcda. Verónica Agueira Andraca, LVT
    email: veronica.angueira@guayama.inter.edu
    787-864-2222, ext. 2223

    Administrative Official I
    Myrna Collazo Rodríguez
    email: myrna.collazorodriguez@guayama.inter.edu
    Tel. 787-864-2222 Ext. 2227