Veterinary Technology (A.A.S.)
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; www.avma.org.
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.
All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit. All students admitted into the Vet Tech Program must be 18 prior to entering 3rd semester of the core curriculum.
Students applying for the Veterinary Technology program will be enrolled in the Health Care Certificate until prerequisite and general education coursework is complete. Once the necessary requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into the clinical phase of the program.
To become eligible for entry into the Veterinary Technology program, applicants must complete the following:
- Complete the following courses (minimum “C” grade required):
- BIO 102
- ENG 101
- MAT 102
- PSY 201
- Minimum grade point average for the above coursework of 2.5. A GPA calculator can be found on the college website.
- Good academic standing at the college.
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.
For more detailed information, please go to Health Science and Nursing Resources.
|GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES||Credit Hours|
|BIO 102||Biological Science II||4.0|
|BIO 115||Basic Microbiology||3.0|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3.0|
|MAT 102||Intermediate Algebra||3.0|
|PSY 201||General Psychology||3.0|
|Elective Humanities/Fine Arts||3.0|
|VET 101||Animal Breeds and Husbandry||3.0|
|VET 103||Veterinary Medical 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 117||Animal Nutrition||2.0|
|VET 140||Veterinary Pharmacology||2.0|
|VET 150||Clinical Techniques I||3.0|
|VET 152||Clinical Pathology||4.0|
|VET 160||Clinical Techniques II||3.0|
|VET 170||Veterinary Technology Externship||6.0|
|VET 181||Preceptorship II||3.0|
|VET 201||Diseases and Zoonosis||4.0|
|VET 207||Large Animal Clinical Practices||3.0|
|VET 215||Laboratory Animal Medicine||2.0|
|VET 240||Office Management and Client Education||3.0|
|VET 250||Clinical Techniques III||3.0|
|VET 260||Clinical Techniques IV||3.0|
|VET 270||Advanced Medical Care||3.0|
|VET 280||Senior Seminar||1.0|
|Total Credit Hours||77.0|
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:
- Provide quality patient care
- Perform routine diagnostic procedures
- Demonstrate knowledge of husbandry, diseases, surgical procedures, anesthetic procedures and radiographic procedures
- Apply medical ethic and law specific to the practice of veterinary technology
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the VTNE and State Board exam
- Apply rules of radiation safety, hospital safety, and animal safety
- Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology of common species seen in veterinary medicine
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills utilizing traditional and electronic media and appropriate veterinary medical terminology
- Operate and maintain equipment found in most veterinary practices
Students must submit a secondary application in May and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework for Veterinary Technician.
To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following courses . . .
Biological Science II (BIO 102)
English Composition I (ENG 101)
Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102)
General Psychology (PSY 201)
Students must also complete the following course with a grade of C or higher. If students complete all general education coursework prior to beginning program coursework, which is highly recommended, grades of A and/or B in these classes earns points, which can be used for a merit application.
Basic Microbiology (BIO 115)
Elective - Humanities/Fine Art
Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time basis from any campus. After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the five-semester program with the same set of classmates.
Notes about individual classes
The English required for this program is ENG 101. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.
The math required for this program is MAT 102. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 102.
Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.
Additional program notes
Enrollment into the Veterinary Technician Technology program is limited and requires a secondary application process. Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here.
Twenty-four students are accepted to begin clinical courses each fall term. Up to half are chosen by a merit application, and the others are chosen by their priority date, which is either the date of application to Piedmont Technical College or, if a student’s initial major was not VET, the date of the major change to VET.
VET courses are offered in the day on the Newberry campus.
A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once accepted into the Veterinary Technician program. Students will only 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.
Notes about other requirements
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 (here) 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 clinical phase of the 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 may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.
Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records. Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.
CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system.
Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.
Semester-by-semester Graduation Plan
You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.
Ruthie Buist is the Program Director for the Veterinary Technology program.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.
Advisement information updated/reviewed 9/18/2017.