Veterinary Technology

Major Requirements

Major: Veterinary Technology

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum 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 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

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

University General Education Requirements

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

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

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 major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Major Requirements

Pre-Major Core Courses
ANSC 218Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals *3
ANSC 219Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory *1
VETS 101Student Success Techniques: Veterinary Technology *1
or ANSC 201 Student Success Techniques - Nontraditional & Transfer Students
VETS 115Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional *1
Required Vet Tech Core Courses
VETS 249Veterinary Hospital Information and Procedures *2
VETS 255Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging *2
VETS 255LVeterinary Diagnostic Imaging Laboratory *1
VETS 265Veterinary Nursing I *2
VETS 265LVeterinary Nursing Lab I *1
VETS 267Veterinary Nursing II *2
VETS 267LVeterinary Nursing Lab II *1
VETS 296Field Experience/Practicum (Ward Care / Clinic Care) 1*4
VETS 367Principles of Companion Animal Dentistry *1
VETS 367LPrinciples of Companion Animal Dentistry Lab *1
VETS 369Companion Small Mammal and Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry *2
VETS 385Veterinary Parasitology *2
VETS 385LVeterinary Parasitology Lab *1
VETS 386Veterinary Hematology *2
VETS 386LVeterinary Hematology Lab *1
VETS 387Veterinary Clinical Pathology *2
VETS 387LVeterinary Clinical Pathology Laboratory *1
VETS 455Veterinary Applied Pharmacy Practices *1
VETS 457Veterinary Pharmacology *2
VETS 460Veterinary Anesthesiology *2
VETS 460LVeterinary Anesthesiology Lab *1
VETS 461Veterinary Surgical Nursing Techniques *2
VETS 461LVeterinary Surgical Techniques Laboratory *1
VETS 482Large Animal Techniques *2
VETS 483Clinical Veterinary Practicum *1
VETS 485Veterinary Technology Externship (Capstone Course) *3
ANSC 114Introduction to Animal Sciences *3
ANSC 223Introduction to Animal Nutrition *2
ANSC 370Fundamentals/Animal Disease *3
ANSC 371Fundamentals of Animal Disease II *3
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

Grade of 'C' required.


VETS 296 Field Experience (Ward Care / Clinic Care) requires multiple enrollments. Students are to register four different times for this one-credit course.

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