Veterinary Technology

School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences

Demand for Veterinary Technology graduates is strong and growing. Technicians form an important link between clients, their pets, and the veterinarian. Technicians work in the laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, and surgical areas and perform duties related to patient reception, assessment/triage, and client education.

At Vermont Tech, two full-time veterinarians and a certified veterinary technician instruct students in the core two-year program with support from other faculty and an additional full-time veterinary technician. Hands-on experience is stressed and students gain experience in over 300 American Veterinary Medical Association-required  procedures.

The college farm gives students excellent exposure to dairy cattle and horses. The facility on the main campus provides a modern setting for experience with dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, and birds. Basic restraint and handling is also taught on sheep, chickens, and rabbits.

Students are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination upon completion of the program. Click to view our students' pass rates.

Graduates of this program have various employment opportunities including veterinary practices, universities, pharmaceutical/biological research companies, diagnostic labs, feed companies, zoos, and government veterinary facilities.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in veterinary facility management utilizing appropriate professional and client communication skills and maintaining ethical standards according to applicable laws and codes of the veterinary technology field
  • Exhibit a technical level of competency in the safe and effective preparation, administration, and dispensation of medications (including controlled drugs) using proper dosage calculations, labeling, and record-keeping
  • Demonstrate entry-level skills in patient nursing care for both companion and food animals including husbandry; nutrition; restraint techniques; patient data and sample collection; administration of therapeutics; and basic dental prophylaxis
  • Safely and effectively manage patients and associated equipment in all phases of anesthetic procedures
  • Integrate all aspects of patient, environment, and equipment management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species
  • Handle, store, ship, and properly analyze lab specimens
  • Safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images and operate and maintain the associated equipment
  • Safely and effectively handle and provide care for lab, avian, and exotic animals

The matriculated Vet Tech student must adhere to the policies and procedures set forth in the program's student handbook including safety issues related to pregnancy, immunizations, and substance abuse. The college strongly recommends that Vet Tech students receive human prophylactic rabies vaccine, which is available through the college at the students’ expense in the fall semester.

The student must satisfactorily complete all AVMA-required tasks for each course to receive a grade in that course.

BIO 2320 and all VET courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to graduate. Any student who fails to achieve a C or better in any core VET/BIO course after two attempts is dropped from the program. Returning students who need to repeat courses are placed in them as space is available.

VET 2720 must be taken at least once and may be repeated for credit.

Careers in Veterinary Technology

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
64%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National
Job projections

THAT TRANSLATES INTO

95,600

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2014-2024


Projected Employment Growth for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)


Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Veterinary Technologists & Technicians) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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News & Events

12Sep
Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2019 in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The college has risen in two important categories this year, in both the public college... Read More
29May
Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More
24May
Vermont Technical College hosted its three commencement ceremonies this weekend. Two were held on Friday, May 18th and another was held Saturday, the 19th. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 504 graduates from 32 programs. Nursing students were also presented with their Nursing... Read More

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