Veterinary Technician Option - X036



  • Overview

    Trains paraprofessional personnel who will assist veterinarians as technicians or serve in a variety of positions in animal research laboratories, state animal shelters, or other facilities where animals are kept. All students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all VET and BIO prefix courses in order to remain in and graduate from the curriculum.

    The Veterinary Technician Program has selective admissions with a deadline of February 1 for admission to the following fall. Biology 107 with a "C" or better and eligibility to take college math are requirements for admission. Attendance at an Information Session is also required. Contact Admissions for more information.

    Rabies vaccination is strongly recommended but not required and observation in a veterinary facility is also recommended but not required for admission. One class is admitted per year beginning in the fall.

    Upon completion of the Veterinary Medical Technology Program the student will be able to meet the following objectives with the proficiency expected of a Veterinary Technician at the job entry level.

    Program Outcomes

    • Demonstrate knowledge in the care and handling of animals, in the basic principles of normaland abnormal life processes, and in routine laboratory and animal health care procedures.
    • Assist in the practice of veterinary medicine under the direction and supervision of veterinarians.
    • Exhibit knowledge of underlying principles of animal care, normal values, and basic disease processes of the different species.
    • Apply appropriate techniques in performing animal restraint and care.
    • Utilize, operate, and maintain medical instruments, and equipment.
    • Exhibit knowledge of pharmacological substances and maintenance of a pharmacy. Fill, properly calculate, label, and dispense prescription medication.
    • Prepare and assist in surgery, patient monitoring, and demonstrate knowledge of common surgical procedures.
    • Calculate and administer anesthetics. Maintain anesthesia and monitor the recovery of patients.
    • Collect laboratory samples and specimens through venipuncture, fecal collection, cystocentesis,and skin scraping. Use appropriate technique for collection, handling, and identificationof specimens.
    • Follow oral and written instructions.
    • Report results and keep accurate records according to established procedures.
    • Lean to deal appropriately with clients.
    • Perform radiographic imaging techniques.
    • Retain composure and efficiency under stress.
    • Demonstrate initiative - when work is done, offer assistance for helping with other tasks.
    • Abide by the ethics of all medical professionals in the matter of confidential information regarding patients and test results.
    • Demonstrate professional attitudes in the area of: appearance and hygiene, attendance, punctuality,telephone technique, acceptance of constructive criticism, and dealing with people.
    • Admissions requirements are changing, students interested in this program should contact the Admissions Department, 413.552.2321, for details.

    Upon completing the AS degree in veterinary technology, the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) may be taken to become a credentialed veterinary technician. Over the past 3 years (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016) HCC had 34 first time candidates take the VTNE with a pass rate of 79%.  Fifty-two graduates were eligible to take the exam in this time period.


    • Degree

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040