Veterinary Technology Associate in Science


As the field of veterinary medicine becomes increasingly complex, there is a growing need for skilled, educated paraprofessionals who can perform a variety of duties. Veterinary technicians work as a team with veterinarians providing medical, surgical, and laboratory procedures. They offer comprehensive support to clients as well as general healthcare to the animal patient. The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The program provides education in the basic sciences and liberal arts as well as in veterinary technology. Program only starts in the fall semester.

Hands-on experience is obtained during clinical affiliations at local animal hospitals and spay/neuter clinics. Transportation to and from the clinical site is the responsibility of the student.  Clinical Affiliation experiences may vary in time and in locations including days, evenings, and/or weekends. Students are required to purchase, through the college approved vendor, a scrub top and bottom, and a lab coat in their first semester in the program.  Scrubs will be worn in lab courses at the college and during clinical affiliations.  Lab coats will be worn in anatomy and clinical pathology lab courses. Veterinary courses including Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of C+ before enrollment in Clinical Affiliations and the following semesters.

The goal of the program is to provide our students with a comprehensive academic foundation emphasizing technical skills, integrity, and professionalism.  The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.  All veterinary technology courses must be completed within four years of the date of entry to the program. Students admitted to or re-entering the program must meet current requirements necessary for graduation.

Successful completion of this degree program provides students the opportunity to seek employment in the veterinary hospitals and other related fields. Graduates may find jobs in veterinary hospitals, medical laboratories, pet-related industries, zoos, research facilities, and the pharmaceutical industry.  They are also eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become certified or licensed. Pass rates for Veterinary Technology Degree recipients, for July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019, are presented below.

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 70
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 75.71%


Admissions Criteria

Because of increased interest in the program, completion of the application process by April 30th is strongly recommended. Early decision is possible for applicants with a strong academic history who complete their application prior to the deadline.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete an application to the program.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  3. Provide proof of completion of high school algebra, biology, and chemistry or equivalent of current enrollment.
  4. Place into college level Math, Reading and Writing or demonstrate equivalent competencies through a college transcript or SAT scores.
  5. Complete a personal interview with the program director.

Applicants will be contacted by Admissions to set up interviews with the program director once the first four requirements have been met.

Prior to the first clinical affiliation, students must:

  1. Possess and maintain health insurance and professional liability insurance (professional liability insurance is available at The College). 
  2. Must have documentation showing current rabies, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations.
  3. Must provide proof of a negative TB skin test.
  4. Purchase a radiology dosimeter badge (available at The College).

The program is physically strenuous requiring lifting animals up to 50 lbs. and working with large animals. Sufficient manual dexterity and vision is necessary to perform clinical and microscopic procedures. Students will be expected to establish priorities, function effectively in emergency situations, comply with safety regulations, and communicate in a professional manner during clinical affiliations. Individuals who cannot meet these standards may have difficulty satisfying course objectives and becoming successful as a Veterinary Technician.

Veterinary Technology Program Suspension Information and Readmission Policy
Students matriculated in the Veterinary Technology program who withdraw or do not achieve the minimum grade in the Veterinary Technology or Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses will be allowed to retake the course/s one time only. Should a student fail to achieve the minimum grade on the second attempt, they will be dismissed from the program and must re-apply if they choose. Students who have failed a Veterinary Technology course because of unsafe practice involving actions or non-actions are dismissed and not eligible for readmission to the Veterinary Technology Program.

Advanced Placement:
Admission to the program for students transferring from another AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program will be determined by the program director based upon courses that have been successfully completed and space availability. All students seeking advanced placement are subject to the same admission and program requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay Community College transfer credit policies, there is a ten year limitation on accepting the course equivalencies of all VETN courses, BIOL111G and BIOL121G. Exceptions may be made by the department chairperson.

Program Curriculum

Students are encouraged to take the required program general education courses before they begin the veterinary technology program. Alternatively they should take the general education courses as they appear in the recommended sequence above.  If a student fails to complete a first-year general education course, they are encouraged to take it over the summer between first and second year along with their Clinical Affiliation I. The student may not take the accrediting exam (VTNE) until all courses are complete and the student has graduated. *Health insurance is recommended for the entirety of the program.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
VETN110G Introduction to Veterinary Technology 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
VETN112G Computer Applications in Veterinary Medicine 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
BIOL111G Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
ENGL110G College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
MATH145G Quantitative Reasoning 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
MATH147G Quantitative Reasoning Plus 5 0 5
Classroom 5, Lab 0, Total 5
***Students will enroll in one of these Math courses depending on Accuplacer testing or previous course work.
Total Credits 15-16

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
VETN121G Veterinary Clinical Methods I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
BIOL121G Veterinary A&P II 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
VETN114G Veterinary Pharmacology 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
CHEM110G Introduction to Chemistry 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
*Students planning on transfer to a four-year college may substitute CHEM115G
PSYC110G Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 17

Summer Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
VETN130G Veterinary Clinical Affiliation I 0 24 4
Classroom 0, Lab 24, Total 4
VETN225G Veterinary Practice Law 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
VETN226G Small Animal Behavior 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
VETN227G Veterinary Emergency Medicine 1 2 2
Classroom 1, Lab 2, Total 2
**Students must choose from one of the three VETN elective courses offered.
Total Credits 6

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
VETN210G Veterinary Clinical Methods II 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
VETN212G Laboratory Animal Science 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
VETN215G Large Animal Management 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
VETN220G Veterinary Clinical Pathology I 2 3 3
Classroom 2, Lab 3, Total 3
VETN214G Veterinary Pharmacology II 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
Total Credits 17

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
VETN221G Veterinary Clinical Pathology II 2 3 3
Classroom 2, Lab 3, Total 3
VETN224G Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 1 3 2
Classroom 1, Lab 3, Total 2
VETN222G Veterinary Clinical Affiliation II 0 18 6
Classroom 0, Lab 18, Total 6
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 14

Total Overall Credits : 69

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