ERIC Number: ED136891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Animal Health Technicians: A Survey of Program Graduates and of Veterinarians.
Barsaleau, Richard B.; Walters, Henry R.
This document compiles the reports of two surveys conducted by Cosumnes River College to determine the status of graduates of its Animal Health Technician program, and to assess the acceptance and use of such paraprofessionals by area veterinarians. Information concerning type of employment, state certification, salaries, types of duties, length of employment, future plans, and interest in continuing education was obtained from 47 of the 68 graduates of the program since its inception in 1972. Employment as an Animal Health Technician (AHT) was reported by 33 respondents, primarily in small animal care facilities; 14 respondents reported employment in related fields. Duties of the AHT's were concentrated in the areas of surgery and laboratory; only three respondents reported 50% or more time spent in front-office duties. Area veterinarians were surveyed concerning type of practice, training of currently employed paraprofessionals, opinions concerning appropriate starting salaries for certificated AHT's, interest in refresher skills courses for employees, curriculum preferences for AHT training, preferred areas of veterinary office practice activity, and job skills currently being performed by AHT's. Over half of the 71 responding veterinarians had trained their own paraprofessionals, but most were enthusiastic about the Cosumnes program. Open-ended comments of the respondents are included in each report. (JDS)
Descriptors: Animal Caretakers, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Institutional Research, Job Skills, Paraprofessional Personnel, Program Evaluation, Salaries, Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Veterinarians, Veterinary Assistants, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cosumnes River Coll., Sacramento, CA.