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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.

The matriculated VET student is required to adhere to the policies and procedures set forth in the Vermont Tech Veterinary Technology Student Handbook. These policies include 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.

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

  • 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
  • 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 as well as operate and maintain the associated equipment
  • Safely and effectively handle and provide care for lab, avian, and exotic animals   

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

VET 1051, VET 1052, and VET 2720 must be taken at least once; may be repeated for credit

BIO 2320 and all VET courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to graduate from the program. Students who fail to achieve a C or better in any core VET/BIO course after two attempts will be dropped from the program.

Returning students who need to repeat courses will be placed in them on a space-available basis.

Careers in Veterinary Technology

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

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

Median Pay
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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