Courses & Programs

Veterinary & Animal Science

Veterinary technicians are basically registered nurses for animals!

A dog looks at the camera

The Certified Veterinary Technician or Registered Veterinary Nurse is similar to the Registered Nurse (RN) in the human nursing profession. Holyoke Community College offers a two-year program that results in an Associate of Applied Science degree. 

Veterinary medicine, like medicine for humans, has become radically more sophisticated in the past fifty years. There is an increased need for educated and skilled veterinary technicians to assist the practicing clinician, particularly in specialty/referral centers and emergency/critical care facilities. Here, veterinary technicians perform a wide range of nursing tasks from assisting in surgery to calculating preoperative anesthetic doses. In large specialty hospitals, veterinary nurses may become specialists in anesthesiology, transfusion medicine, special imaging, and so on. These veterinary nurse specialists also teach veterinary medical students during their clinical rotations.

vet tech at hcc

Holyoke Community College offers a Veterinary Technician Option to our Associate of Science degree.

interested?

Those interested in applying to the program must attend an information session.


  • Two vet tech students with a dog

    paws-on learning

    You will learn state-of-the-art veterinary care techniques – and practice some of them with our very own furry friends.

  • A black and white dog sniff a student's hand

    passion to career

    Turn your passion for helping animals into a lucrative career. 

  • A student looks over an animal skeleton

    the anatomy of your future

    Veterinary medicine, like medicine for humans, has become radically more sophisticated in the past fifty years. There is an increased need for educated and skilled veterinary technicians to assist the practicing clinician, particularly in specialty/referral centers and emergency/critical care facilities.

  • A brown dog has a cast applied to its foot

    that's a wrap!

    HCC's vet tech program provides the complete foundation you need to start a new job as a veterinary technician.