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Veterinary Medical Technology A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
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This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to assist veterinarians in preparing animals, equipment, and medications for examination and surgery; collecting specimens; performing laboratory, radiographic, anesthetic, and dental procedures; assisting in surgery; and providing proper husbandry of animals and their environment.

Course work includes instruction in veterinary anatomy, nutrition, parasitology, pathology, physiology, radiology, terminology, zoology, office practices, laboratory techniques, dentistry, and small and large animal clinical practices.

Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take state and national examinations administered by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Graduates may be employed in veterinary clinics; diagnostic, research, or pharmaceutical laboratories; zoos; academic institutions; or other areas associated with animal care.

This program is accredited by the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360, www.avma.org, Phone: 1-800-248-2862,
Fax: 847-925-1329

Specific Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. High school units:
    1. Chemistry required.
    2. Biology and algebra highly recommended.
  3. This program has a competitive selection process. See Selection Criteria and Procedures for Allied Health Programs on the college admissions office web page for full details.

  4. Final admission to the Veterinary Medical Technology program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence that is indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe care to animals.
  5. Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.
  6. Work Based Learning sites may require criminal background checks and/or drug screening prior to acceptance/placement to that site.  Work Based Learning sites can refuse a student's acceptance/placement to that site if the student does not meet any standards set by the policies and procedures of that site.  Placement in a Work Based Learning site is not guaranteed.

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: ACA, CHM, COE, VET

Third Semester (Summer)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
VET 131 Veterinary Lab Techniques I 3
VET 133 Veterinary Clinical Practices I 3

Fifth Semester (Spring)

Sixth Semester (Summer)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
WBL 112 Work-Based Learning II 2
Semester Notes
  • ENG 110 may be substituted for ENG 111
  • COM 120 or COM 231 may be substituted for ENG 114

Total Credit Hours Required


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