School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences

Veterinary Technology

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:

  1. Demonstrate competence 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Safely and effectively manage patients and associated equipment in all phases of anesthetic procedures
  5. Integrate all aspects of patient, environment, and equipment management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species
  6. Handle, store, ship, and properly analyze lab specimens
  7. Safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images and operate and maintain the associated equipment
  8. Safely and effectively handle and provide care for lab, avian, and exotic animals

The student must adhere to the policies and procedures in the program’s student handbook, including safety issues related to pregnancy, immunizations, and substance abuse. They must also receive human prophylactic rabies vaccine.

The student must satisfactorily complete all AVMA-required tasks for each course to receive a grade in that course. BIO 2320, MAT 1440, 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 BIO, MAT, or VET course after two attempts is dropped from the program. Returning students who need to repeat courses are placed in them as space is available.

Curriculum Details

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Job Projections

NATIONAL AVG.
16%
Veterinary Technologists
19%
That Translates Into

112,900

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2019 - 2029

Projected Employment Growth for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, 2019-2029 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Placement Rate

100%

VTC

vs

N/A

NATIONAL

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2019. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2018 (October 2018)

Employers

  • Angell Animal Medical Center
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Apple Tree Animal Hospital
  • Arlington Animal Hospital
  • At Home Veterinary Care
  • Barre Animal Hospital
  • Bradford Veterinary Clinic
  • Driftway Animal Hospital
  • East Greenbush Animal Hospital
  • Eastwood Animal Clinic
  • Essex Veterinary Center
  • Fitzgerald Veterinary Hospital
  • Granville Animal Hospital
  • Green Mountain Animal Hospital
  • Hudson Animal Hospital
  • Kedron Valley Clinic
  • Lamoille Valley Veterinary
  • Littleton Area Veterinary
  • Emergency Services
  • Long Trail Animal Hospital
  • Meadow Pond Animal Hospital
  • Medfield Animal Clinic
  • Mobile Veterinary Clinic
  • Nelson Farms
  • North Country Veterinary Referral Center
  • Northside Animal Hospital
  • Norwich Regional Veterinary
  • Randolph Animal Hospital
  • Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital
  • Riverside Veterinary Care
  • Russell Animal Hospital
  • Rutland Veterinary Clinic
  • Sharon Veterinary Clinic
  • Shelburne Veterinary Hospital
  • Springfield Animal Hospital
  • Tenneberger Animal Hospital
  • The Animal Doctor
  • The Cat Doctor
  • VCA Riverside Veterinary
  • Veremedy Pet Hospital
  • Vergennes Animal Hospital
  • Wachusett Pet Hospital
  • Waterbury Veterinary Hospital
  • Whitefield Animal Hospital
  • Wunderland Pet Lodge
  • True North Veterinary Hospital
  • Woodlands Veterinary Clinic

Job Titles

  • Woodlands Veterinary Clinic
  • Surgery Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Herd Health Technician
  • Dairy Farm Consultant
  • Kennel worker

Greta Kuhnly

  • I love all things animals
  • I focused on animal science in high school
  • I assist Dr. Dorosko with animal check-ups
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Jack Beauparlant

  • I am able to dig in and get my hands dirty in the field during class.
  • I enjoy Vermont Tech’s small class size.
  • I am so happy to know more about landscaping than I ever thought possible.
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Laura Cooley

  • I got more from my senior year of high school at VAST
  • My father graduated from Vermont Tech
  • I love the small-college feel
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Jenny Yang

  • I was a TRIO mentor and tour guide.
  • I’m pursuing my dream career.
  • I’m doing this all on my own, but I felt supported at school.
  • I was excited to enter into my field so quickly.
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  • I participated in the FARMS 2+2 program
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