The Veterinary Technology program prepares students for immediate employment in veterinary offices, biological research facilities, stables, dairies, drug and feed manufacturing companies, and in the animal production industry. The objective of the program is to provide the classroom, laboratory, and field experience that will prepare students to be competent for entry-level job opportunities, or advancement at their current employers.

The Vet Tech Program is offered in collaboration between Middlesex Community College and Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital, both located in Middletown, CT.  General education courses are held at the College, while those courses requiring specialized laboratories, equipment, and hands-on practical experience are held at Pieper-Olson, 730 Randolph Road, Middletown.  All students must participate in a supervised Externship experience under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, certified technician, or animal research technician.  Students will refine skills learned in all veterinary technology courses through placement at an off-site veterinary hospital, private practice, or laboratory facility.
The Veterinary Technology program is enrolling its first cohort of students in the Fall 2013 semester.  MxCC intends to apply for accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association – Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities in anticipation of the first graduating class of May 2015. However, the program is not accredited at this time.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will have completed coursework including:
1.    Office and hospital procedures, client relations, and communication

a.    Participate in facility management utilizing traditional and electronic media and appropriate veterinary medical terminology and abbreviations.
b.    Communicate in a professional manner in all formats – written, oral, non-verbal, and electronic.
c.    Follow and uphold applicable laws and the veterinary technology profession’s ethical codes to provide high quality care to patients.

2.    Pharmacy and pharmacology

a.    Safely and effectively administer prescribed drugs to patients.
b.    Accurately dispense and explain prescribed drugs to clients.

3.    Animal care and nursing

a.    Demonstrate and perform patient assessment techniques in a variety of animal species.
b.    Understand and demonstrate husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic and dentistry techniques appropriate to various animal species.
c.    Safely and effectively handle common laboratory animals used in animal research.

4.    Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Surgical Nursing

a.    Safely and effectively manage patients in all phases of anesthetic procedures.
b.    Safely and effectively select, utilize and maintain anesthetic delivery and monitoring instruments and equipment.
c.    Understand and integrate all aspects of patient management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species.
d.    Understand and provide the appropriate instruments, supplies and environment to maintain asepsis during surgical procedures.

5.    Veterinary laboratory procedures

a.    Properly package, handle and store specimens for laboratory analysis.
b.    Properly carry out analysis of laboratory specimens.

6.    Diagnostic imaging

a.    Safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images.

7.    Dentistry

a.    Perform routine dental prophylaxis (manual and machine)
b.    Perform routine dental radiographic imaging techniques

Graduation Checklist

Veterinary Technology Degree – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.


  • BIO* 121 – General Biology (grade of “C” or better, taken within 5 years prior to entering the program)
  • CHE* 111 – Concepts of Chemistry (grade of “C” or better, taken within 5 years prior to entering the program)
  • ENG* 101
  • Competency in Intermediate Algebra – MAT* 137 or equivalent or higher with a grade of “C” or better, or placement test/SAT/ACT scores with placement above MAT* 137
  • Competency in Basic Computing Skills – CSC* 101 or equivalent, or “Pass” on the MxCC Computer Proficiency Exam

NOTE: a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) is required for all VET* designated courses. Additionally, all VET* and BIO* designated courses must be completed within 5 years.

Veterinary Technology by Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements 20 Credits
BIO*121 General Biology 4
CHE*111 Concepts of Chemistry   4
ENG*101 English Composition   3
VET*102 Vet Office Management & Communication  3
Fine Arts Elective   3
Social Science Elective 3
(Competency in Intermediate Algebra – via course or test)
Veterinary Technology Core
49 Credits
+ BIO*235 Microbiology   4
+ BIO*238 Parasitology 3
MED*125 Medical Terminology  3
VET*100 Introduction to Animal Care 2
VET*101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
+ VET*151 Small Animal Vet Tech 4
+ VET*152 Large Animal Vet Tech  4
VET*201 Vet Anatomy & Physiology I  4
+ VET*202 Vet Anatomy & Physiology II  4
+ VET*205 Veterinary Laboratory Procedures   3
+ VET*212 Principles of Imaging   1
+ VET*220 Animal Pathology 3
+ VET*230 Veterinary Anesthesia & Surgical Nursing   4
+ VET*240 Periodontology & Oral Radiology  2
+ VET*250 Principles of Pharmacology for Vet Tech 2
+ VET*285 Vet Techn Externship   2
 Total Credits:


Veterinary Technology by Semester

Full-time students should follow the course sequence listed below in order to graduate within two years after admission to the program.

Admission Requirements
Competency in Intermediate Algebra & Computer Skills
ENG*101 English Composition 3
BIO*121 General Biology    4
+ CHE*111 Concepts of Chemistry 4
First Semester
MED*125 Medical Terminology 3
VET*100 Introduction to Animal Care 2
VET*101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
VET*102 Vet Office Management & Comm. 3
VET*201 Vet Anatomy & Physiology I 4
Second Semester
+ VET*151 Small Animal Vet Tech 4
+ VET*152 Large Animal Vet Tech 4
+ VET*202 Vet Anatomy & Physiology II 4
+ VET*250 Principles of Pharmacology for Vet Tech 3
Third Semester   
+ VET*205 Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 3
+ VET*212 Principles of Imaging 1
+ VET*230 Vet Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing 4
Fine Arts Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Fourth Semester
+ BIO*235 Microbiology 4
+ BIO*238 Parasitology 3
+ VET*220 Animal Pathology 3
+ VET*240 Periodontology & Oral Radiology 2
+ VET*285 Vet Tech Externship 2
Total Credits: