Veterinary Technology Degree Program

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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.

For information about MxCC’s non-credit veterinary assistant program, click here.

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Program Admission Requirements:

Veterinary Technology Degree

  • BIO* 121 – General Biology (grade of “C” or better, taken within 5 years prior to entering the program)
  • CHE* 111 – Concepts of Chemistry or higher (grade of “C” or better, taken within 5 years prior to entering the program)
  • ENG* 101- Composition with a “C” or better.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN?

A veterinary technician is an individual who works under direct supervision of a veterinarian (s) in a practice setting (small or large animal, research, zoo etc.) A veterinary technician’s role in a veterinary hospital is often compared to a role of a RN in a human hospital.

HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND IN SCHOOL TO BECOME A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN?

A Veterinary Technician degree is a 2-year associate degree for a full-time student. Prior to acceptance into the program, there are general prerequisite courses that must be completed which can take 1-2 additional semesters prior to entering the program.

WHERE CAN THE VETERINARY TECHNICIAN BECOME EMPLOYED?

Veterinary technicians are involved in many types of practice today: equine practice, food animal, companion animal, mixed practice, zoos, aquariums, wildlife industry practice management.

WILL THERE BE JOBS AVAILABLE ONCE GRADUATED FROM A VETERINARY   TECHNICIAN PROGRAM?

In 2006, it is reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics that there were approximately 71,000 employed veterinary technicians in the United States. For the year 2016, about 100,000 veterinary technicians were projected. Job opportunity is plentiful!!

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SALARY FOR A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN?

Variable. A lot depends on the budget of the veterinarian’s office or animal hospital, the amount of education, work history and training received. Veterinary technicians often receive raises as they become more educated in their field and more comfortable performing the general tasks of a veterinarian’s office. On average 12-18 dollars/hr

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For Information, Contact:

Dr. Chris Gargamelli

Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator: Veterinary Science 
Phone: 860-343-5842
Email: cgargamelli@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 407
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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