What will you learn?
Learn to care for and handle animals in a variety of settings.
- 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.
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.
What will you do?
Upon completion of the Veterinary Medical Technology Program the student will be able to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become a credentialed veterinary technician. Veterinary technicians work in animal clinics, hospitals, shelters and veterinarian laboratories.
67 total credits
23 credits General Education Requirements + 44 credits Program Requirements
This degree has limited online course options
General Education Requirements
History of Animal Advocacy in the United States, 1865 - Present [C]
course number: HIS 121 credits: 3
The Veterinary Technician Program has selective admissions. One class is admitted per year beginning in the fall. The application deadline is February 1 for admission the following fall.
Attendance at an Information Session is also required. Contact Admissions for more information.
Biology 107: Students must earn a "C" or better and eligibility to take college math are requirements for admission.
An "A" is required in MTH 130 in order to take VET 264.
A rabies vaccination is strongly recommended but not required. Observation in a veterinary facility is also recommended but not required for admission.