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Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Major

Veterinary Technology is an exciting and challenging major that offers a multitude of career opportunities in animal health care and related areas. This major offers a well-rounded program of general and clinical studies. Graduates are prepared not only for traditional veterinary practice careers, but also for pursuit of emerging non-traditional careers through the choice of electives and minor areas of study.

The first pre-professional year of the Veterinary Technology program is open to all interested students and offers an opportunity to explore the veterinary technology field. Advancement into the professional program in the second year is limited to a maximum of 28 students who are selected on a competitive basis.

The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Major Requirements

Major: Veterinary Technology

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 128

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all courses listed as a Major Requirement.

Required Core Courses for Pre-Vet Tech
VETS 115Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional1
VETS 125Animal Restraint2
VETS 130Companion Animal Breeds1
VETS 135Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
VETS 136Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
VETS 150Introduction to the Veterinary Profession1
Required Core Courses for Professional Vet Tech: Must be admitted to the professional program to take the following courses.
VETS 255Fundamentals of Veterinary Radiography2
VETS 255LFundamentals of Veterinary Radiography Laboratory1
VETS 256Veterinary Clinical Techniques and Instruments4
VETS 357Veterinary Pharmacology3
VETS 358Veterinary Surgical Nursing Techniques2
VETS 358LVeterinary Surgical Techniques Laboratory2
VETS 359Veterinary Hospital Information and Procedures2
VETS 385Veterinary Clinical Pathology I3
VETS 386Veterinary Clinical Pathology II3
VETS 387Veterinary Clinical Pathology III3
VETS 482Large Animal Techniques2
VETS 485Veterinary Technology Externship 6-12 (Capstone Course)6
VETS 481Ward Care/Clinic Care (1 credit each X4) 14
VETS 483Clinical Veterinary Practicum 1-3 (1 credit each X4) 14
Related Core Courses Required for Professional Program
AGRI 189Skills for Academic Success 21
ANSC 114Introduction to Animal Sciences3
ANSC 223Introduction to Animal Nutrition2
ANSC 370Fundamentals/Animal Disease3
ANSC 399Special Topics (ANSC Fundamentals/Animal Disease - Small Animals and Horses)3
BIOL 111Concepts of Biology (May satisfy general education category S)3
CHEM 117Chemical Concepts and Applications (May satisfy general education category S)3
or CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3
or MIS 116 Business Use of Computers
MICR 202
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Lab (May satisfy general education category S)
Total Credits74

VETS 481 Ward Care/Clinic Care & VETS 483 Clinical Veterinary Practicum 1-3 requires multiple enrollments.  Students are to register four different times for each of the one credit courses.


 AGRI189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.  Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take AGRI 189.

Degree Requirements and Notes:                                                                                                      

  • Transfer grades must be ‘C’ or better to count towards major requirements.
  • The following minor programs of study are suggested to supplement this major program of study: Agribusiness, Animal Science, Business Administration, Equine Studies, Large Animal Veterinary Technology, Microbiology, Psychology, or Range Science