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;

Admission: Acceptance into Piedmont Technical College’s VET program is competitive and is limited to 24 students to begin fall semester. See the college calendar or website for application dates.

To become eligible for entry into the Veterinary Technology program, applicants must complete the following:

  1. Complete the following courses (minimum “C” grade required):
    • BIO 102
    • ENG 101
    • MAT 102
    • PSY 201
  2. Minimum grade point average for the above coursework of 2.5. A GPA calculator can be found on the college website.
  3. 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 Care Resources.

Required Courses

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 180 Preceptorship 2.0
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
Subtotal   58.0
Total Credit Hours   77.0


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