Veterinary Technology

Major Requirements

Major: Veterinary Technology

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

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
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

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
ANSC 218Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
ANSC 219Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
VETS 101Student Success Techniques: Veterinary Technology1
or ANSC 201 Student Success Techniques - Nontraditional & Transfer Students
VETS 115Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional1
Required Core Courses for Professional Vet Tech: Must be admitted to the professional program to take the following courses.
VETS 249Veterinary Hospital Information and Procedures2
VETS 255Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging2
VETS 255LVeterinary Diagnostic Imaging Laboratory1
VETS 265Veterinary Nursing I2
VETS 265LVeterinary Nursing Lab I1
VETS 267Veterinary Nursing II2
VETS 267LVeterinary Nursing Lab II1
VETS 296Field Experience/Practicum (Ward Care / Clinic Care) 14
VETS 367Principles of Companion Animal Dentistry1
VETS 367LPrinciples of Companion Animal Dentistry Lab1
VETS 369Companion Small Mammal and Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry2
VETS 385Veterinary Parasitology2
VETS 385LVeterinary Parasitology Lab 1
VETS 386Veterinary Hematology2
VETS 386LVeterinary Hematology Lab1
VETS 387Veterinary Clinical Pathology2
VETS 387LVeterinary Clinical Pathology Laboratory1
VETS 455Veterinary Applied Pharmacy Practices1
VETS 457Veterinary Pharmacology2
VETS 460Vet Anesthesiology2
VETS 460LVeterinary Anesthesiology Lab1
VETS 461Veterinary Surgical Nursing Techniques2
VETS 461LVeterinary Surgical Techniques Laboratory1
VETS 482Large Animal Techniques2
VETS 483Clinical Veterinary Practicum 1
VETS 485Veterinary Technology Externship (Capstone Course)3
Related Core Courses Required for Professional Program
ANSC 114Introduction to Animal Sciences3
ANSC 223Introduction to Animal Nutrition2
ANSC 370Fundamentals/Animal Disease3
ANSC 371Fundamentals of Animal Disease II3
BIOL 111Concepts of Biology (May satisfy general education category S)3
or BIOL 150 General Biology I
CHEM 117Chemical Concepts and Applications (May satisfy general education category S)3
or CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
CSCI 114Computer Applications (May satisfy general education category S)3
or TL 116 Business Software Applications
MICR 202
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Lab (May satisfy general education category S)
Total Credits72

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 Science, Large Animal Veterinary Technology, Microbiology, Psychology, or Range Science