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Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Major

Veterinary Technology is an exciting and challenging major that offers a multitude of career opportunities in animal health care and related areas. This major offers a well-rounded program of general and clinical studies. Graduates are prepared not only for traditional veterinary practice careers, but also for pursuit of emerging non-traditional careers through the choice of electives and minor areas of study.

The first pre-professional year of the Veterinary Technology program is open to all interested students and offers an opportunity to explore the veterinary technology field. Advancement into the professional program in the second year is limited to a maximum of 28 students who are selected on a competitive basis.

The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Major Requirements

Major: Veterinary Technology

Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 128

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F)
AGRI 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take AGRI 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
One Course in Upper Level Writing: Select one of the following:3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Technical Professions
Writing in the Sciences
Writing in the Health Professions
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R): Select from current general education list3
Science & Technology (S):
BIOL 111Concepts of Biology3
CHEM 117Chemical Concepts and Applications3
or CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
MICR 202
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Lab (MICR 202L See Required Vet Tech Courses)
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education courses6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current gerenal education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits42

Major Requirements

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all courses listed as a Major Requirement.

General Education Requirements41
Required Core Courses for Pre-Vet Tech
VETS 115Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional1
VETS 125Animal Restraint2
VETS 130Companion Animal Breeds1
VETS 135Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
VETS 136Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
VETS 150Introduction to the Veterinary Profession1
Required Core Courses for Professional Vet Tech: Must be admitted to the professional program to take the following courses.
VETS 255Fundamentals of Veterinary Radiography2
VETS 255LFundamentals of Veterinary Radiography Laboratory1
VETS 256Veterinary Clinical Techniques and Instruments4
VETS 357Veterinary Pharmacology3
VETS 358Veterinary Surgical Nursing Techniques4
VETS 359Veterinary Hospital Information and Procedures2
VETS 385Veterinary Clinical Pathology I3
VETS 386Veterinary Clinical Pathology II3
VETS 387Veterinary Clinical Pathology III3
VETS 482Large Animal Techniques2
VETS 485Veterinary Technology Externship 6-12 (Capstone Course)6
VETS 481Ward Care/Clinic Care (1 credit each X4) 14
VETS 483Clinical Veterinary Practicum 1-3 (1 credit each X4) 14
Related Core Courses Required for Professional Program
ANSC 114Introduction to Animal Sciences3
ANSC 223Introduction to Animal Nutrition2
ANSC 370Fundamentals/Animal Disease3
ANSC 399Special Topics (ANSC Fundamentals/Animal Disease - Small Animals and Horses)3
MICR 202LIntroductory Microbiology Lab1
Degree Requirements: Potential of 25 credits to reach 12825
Total Credits128

VETS 481 Ward Care/Clinic Care & VETS 483 Clinical Veterinary Practicum 1-3 requires multiple enrollments.  Students are to register four different times for each of the one credit courses.

Degree Requirements and Notes:                                                                                                      

  • Transfer grades must be ‘C’ or better to count towards major requirements.
  • The following minor programs of study are suggested to supplement this major program of study: Agribusiness, Animal Science, Business Administration, Equine Studies, Large Animal Veterinary Technology, Microbiology, Psychology, or Range Science