Veterinary Technology Degree

Associate in Science Degree

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.

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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.

Veterinary Technician National Examination

After successfully completing the Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology at Middlesex Community College, graduates can sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Although taking the exam and earning a passing score is not currently required in Connecticut, it is strongly encouraged because voluntary certification through the Connecticut Veterinary Technician Association requires a passing score on the VTNE.

The AVMA-CVTEA requires that we share the following data about the VTNE:

Total July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE24
Three-Year Pass Percentage on VTNE80%

Program Admission Requirements

  • The program has selective admission and always begins in the fall semester. Information about this process can be found at: The application for the veterinary technology program is separate from the general college application and is due April 9, 2020.
  • In order to apply for the program, you must have completed the prerequisite courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. The GPA is calculated based on all courses that meet the admission and curriculum requirements of the Veterinary Technology Program
  • There are 4 prerequisite classes: ENG 101, MAT 137, BIO 121, and CHE 111
  • You must complete all of your prerequisites or have a passing grade at the spring midterm to apply by April 1, 2019.
  • You cannot do prerequisites in the summer of 2019 for admission in fall of 2019.
  • For those who have not already completed any of the prerequisites, it will likely take 2 semesters to complete the prerequisites. If you are not eligible for ENG 101, ENG 101E, or MAT 137 it will take more than 2 semesters to complete the prerequisites.
  • Although not required for program admission, veterinary and/or animal care experience is highly recommended. This experience will help you gain insight into the role of a veterinary technician and help ensure that veterinary technology is the right career path for you.

Veterinary Technology Degree