Veterinary Technology Degree Program
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.
For information about MxCC’s non-credit veterinary assistant program, click here.
Program Admission Requirements:
- 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
Fall 2016 Application Deadline: April 1, 2016
For Information, Contact:
Dr. Chris Gargamelli
Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator: Veterinary Technology Program
Office Location: Snow 407