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Program Coordinator: Assistant Professor Dr. Chris Gargamelli
Office Location: Snow Hall 407
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The Veterinary Technology program is a two-year, full-time, cohort-based program offering an Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary technology.  The program has selective admission. As described by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, veterinary technicians are educated to be the veterinarian’s nurse, laboratory technician, radiography technician, anesthetist, surgical nurse and client educator. Many are placed in a supervisory role in veterinary practices, research institutions and other employment options. Veterinary technicians can find employment in veterinary practices, biomedical research, zoo/wildlife medicine, industry, military, livestock health management, and pharmaceutical sales.

The veterinary technology program is strengthened by our community partnerships. Pieper Memorial Veterinary Hospital provides our clinical small animal, radiology, and laboratory procedure rotations. Yale University provides our laboratory animal rotation. Many area farms provide support for our large animal clinical nursing course.

All students must participate in supervised externship experiences 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 accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association – Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of domestic animals including normal values for temperature, pulse, and respiration; conduct a thorough and accurate physical examination including the proper use of the stethoscope; restrain animals for physical examination and veterinary techniques.
  3. Perform animal nursing and critical care for all common domestic animals including: restraint, administering medications, diagnostic sampling for laboratory evaluation, maintaining fluid therapy, applying and removing bandages and splints, and applying established emergency protocols.
  4. Assist with animal surgery including knowledge of routine procedures and operating room equipment; prepare the patient, veterinary personnel, and equipment for sterile surgical procedures; function effectively as a surgical assistant to the veterinary surgeon during surgical procedures.
  5. Induce, stabilize, monitor, and maintain anesthesia under supervision of the veterinarian; recognize and report anesthetic emergencies; apply resuscitation techniques and CPR.
  6. Assist with diagnostic imaging including radiography and ultrasound; expose, develop, and evaluate radiographs to provide diagnostic images for veterinary interpretation and diagnosis; properly clean and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment.
  7. Perform common laboratory procedures: hematologic examinations, blood chemistries, urinalysis, parasitic examinations, cytological procedures, microbiological procedures, and necropsy.
  8. Provide competent assistance with office procedures: telephone contacts, scheduling appointments, admitting and discharging patients, maintaining medical and financial records, and establishing and maintaining a clean and orderly veterinary facility.
  9. Communicate with the public, clients, and colleagues through both verbal and written communication skills, including effective listening.
  10. Design and deliver grief-management assistance to clients and colleagues.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of the common medicines used in veterinary medicine including: types and groups of drugs; labeling and packaging of dispensed drugs; using weights and measures correctly; calculating dosages; safely storing, handling, and disposing of controlled substances, biologics, therapeutic agents, and hazardous wastes.
  12. Differentiate between normal and abnormal patient responses to medication.
  13. Understand basic knowledge of animal health and common diseases and disease processes for all common domestic animals.
  14. Demonstrate skills and knowledge associated with the use of common laboratory animals including basic principles of animal research and local, state, and federal animal welfare regulations.
  15. Demonstrate skills and knowledge associated with cleaning, sanitizing, and sterilizing equipment and facilities, including knowledge of products, equipment, procedures, and techniques routinely used in reducing, eliminating, or preventing contamination of the animal-care institutions.

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.

A Note about Program Requirements

The program requirements listed in this Catalog are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the college website at

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
Summer Semester
VET*280 Veterinary Technology Externship I 1
Third Semester   
VET*206 Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 2
VET*212 Principles of Imaging 1
VET*230 Vet Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing 4
Gen Ed: Aesthetic Dimensions 3
Gen Ed: Social Phenomena 3
Fourth Semester
BIO*235 Microbiology 4
VET*238 Parasitology 3
VET*220 Animal Pathology 3
VET*240 Periodontology & Oral Radiology 2
VET*286 Vet Tech Externship II 1
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