Veterinary Medical Technology A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
Program Code: 

The Veterinary Medical Technology 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:
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360   
Phone: (800) 248-2862
Fax: (847) 925-1329

Specific Program Requirements:

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. High school units: Chemistry required; biology and algebra highly recommended.
  3. This program has a competitive selection process. See Fall Competitive Allied Health Program Criteria on the Competitive and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website. 
  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.
  7. North Carolina Board for Veterinary Medicine may require criminal background checks on all applicants for initial credentialing.


Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better:  ACA, CHM, MAT, VET, WBL

First Semester

ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 120
4 Credit Hour(s)
VET 121
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 137
2 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

CHM 130
3 Credit Hour(s)
CHM 130A
1 Credit Hour(s)
VET 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 123
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 125
2 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

VET 131
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 133
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fourth Semester

ENG 114
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 126
2 Credit Hour(s)
VET 211
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 213
4 Credit Hour(s)
VET 215
3 Credit Hour(s)
HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)

Fifth Semester

VET 212
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 214
4 Credit Hour(s)
VET 217
3 Credit Hour(s)
VET 237
3 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

Sixth Semester

WBL 112
2 Credit Hour(s)

ENG 110 may be substituted for ENG 111

COM 120 or COM 231 may be substituted for ENG 114

Curriculum is based on the 2019-20 catalog.

  • 70 Total Credit Hours Required