A.A.S., Major in Veterinary Technology

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The field of veterinary technology is one of the fastest growing animal health professions.

The Veterinary Technology program at Piedmont Technical College serves a need for qualified veterinary technicians in the mid-state area. The veterinary technician works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in a variety of employment settings. The veterinary technician plays a critical role in animal health and the veterinary medical team. The specialized training received will allow the graduate to seek employment in such areas as clinical medicine, laboratory animal medicine, emergency medicine, pharmaceutical sales, food inspection and government agencies. In order to become a credentialed veterinary technician, you must graduate from an AVMA-accredited program in order to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE.)The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumberg, IL 60173-4360; (847) 925-8070; fax (827) 925-1329;

Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education course work. For more detailed information, please go to the Health Science and Nursing Resources.

Program Location: Newberry

Contact Information: Ruthie Buist

Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day Program

BIO 102 Biological Science II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
BIO 115 Basic Microbiology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
VET 101 Animal Breeds and Husbandry 3.0
VET 103 Veterinary Terminology 2.0
VET 104 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
VET 105 Orientation to Veterinary Technology 1.0
VET 109 Veterinary Parasitology 2.0
VET 140 Veterinary Pharmacology 2.0
VET 150 Clinical Techniques I 3.0
VET 117 Animal Nutrition 2.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
VET 180 Preceptorship 2.0
VET 207 Large Animal Clinical Practice 3.0
VET 215 Lab Animal Medicine 2.0
VET 152 Clinical Pathology 4.0
VET 160 Clinical Techniques II 3.0
VET 181 Preceptorship II 3.0
VET 201 Diseases and Zoonosis 4.0
VET 260 Clinical Techniques IV 3.0
VET 170 Veterinary Technology Externship 6.0
VET 240 Office Management and Client Education 3.0
VET 250 Clinical Techniques III 3.0
VET 270 Advanced Medical Care 3.0
VET 280 Senior Seminar 1.0
Total Credit Hours: 77.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Associate in Applied Science with a major in Veterinary Technology requires five (5) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

Updated 5/6/2014


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – Piedmont Technical College’s Veterinary Technology Program’s goal is to prepare students with critical thinking and technical skills to make them successful in a veterinary technology career. We encourage a commitment to life-long learning, compassion for animals and excellent patient care. We strive to provide a quality education so that graduates may excel as members of the veterinary team and successfully pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination. We encourage students to develop professional responsibility and continued ties to professional, state and local organizations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide quality patient care

  2. Perform routine diagnostic procedures

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of husbandry, diseases, surgical procedures, anesthetic procedures and radiographic procedures

  4. Apply medical ethic and law specific to the practice of veterinary technology

  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the VTNE and State Board exam

  6. Apply rules of radiation safety, hospital safety, and animal safety

  7. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology of common species seen in veterinary medicine

  8. Demonstrate knowledge and skills utilizing traditional and electronic media and appropriate veterinary medical terminology

  9. Operate and maintain equipment found in most veterinary practices 


Advisement Information

• Completion of the VET program requires five semesters once accepted into the program. Twenty-four students are accepted each year to begin VET courses in the fall semester. Up to half may be selected via the Merit Application process. Click here for the Veterinary Technology Merit Application Worksheet.

• VET courses are offered during the day at the Newberry County Campus.

• The Veterinary Technology curriculum prepares graduates to assist large-and small-animal veterinarians, as well as provide opportunities for careers in research laboratories and pharmaceutical and veterinary supply businesses.

• Veterinary Technicians assist by obtaining and recording information about cases, preparing animals for medical and surgical procedures, obtaining specimens, performing laboratory procedures, applying bandages and splints, assisting with anesthesia and surgery and many other challenging tasks.

Requirements for Program Entry: To be eligible to apply for the Vet Tech program, student must have successful completion of English Composition I (ENG 101), Biological Science II (BIO 102), General Psychology (PSY 201), and Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102) with a 2.0 GPA or better. It is recommended that students complete Basic Microbiology (BIO 115) and the humanities/fine arts elective prior to program entry.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for developmental or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses. Strong background in science and math is recommended.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression accepted to the Vet. Tech program. Students have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program. *Effective fall 2015, the program-ready GPA will be 2.5.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the Vet Tech program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings is currently $82.50, subject to change.

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into Vet. Tech program will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine recommended.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to equipment, uniforms, insurance, a physical examination and immunizations, and graduation fee.

• Graduates will receive the competencies needed to complete the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the SC licensure exam required to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

• lists veterinary technologists and technicians as the 15th fastest-growing profession. The demand for skilled technician is predicted to increase 30 percent over the next 10 years.

Advisement Information updated 6/11/2014