Veterinary Technology FAQs

What does a Veterinary Technician Do?
Veterinary Technicians provide support to veterinarians in all aspects of animal care and nursing.  Responsibilities of veterinary technicians include general animal nursing, monitoring anesthesia, taking radiographs, performing dental cleanings, surgery preparation and assisting, administering medications, collecting and analyzing laboratory samples, client/public education, and much more. 

Veterinary Technicians are educated in:

  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Proper handling and restraint
  • Patient assessment
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Pharmacology and medication administration
  • Basic nursing and critical care skills
  • Surgery and anesthesia procedures
  • Veterinary parasitology
  • Causes and effects of diseases
  • Animal health care law and ethics
  • Office procedures
  • Client service
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills

Job opportunities for Veterinary Technicians

  • Animal hospitals or clinics
  • Specialty medicine
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Animal rescue groups and shelters
  • Zoos and wildlife parks
  • Government agencies
  • Research facilities
  • Education
  • Leadership and practice management

How do I apply to the program?
The Veterinary Technology Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission with an application deadline of July 10th, 2017.  Applicants who need additional coursework to complete their prerequisites for enrollment can do so during the Spring or Summer I semester. For information regarding the application process, visit the selective admissions page under Admissions. Interested applicants are strongly urged to attend an information session prior to applying. To see when information sessions are being held and to register for an information session, visit the Information Session Schedule page.

How do I prepare for the program?
In order to be accepted into the program, students must have taken Biological Principles I (BIOL 121) or an equivalent course, or have passed the Biology Challenge Exam. Students must also have passed Intermediate Algebra (MATH 112), Preparing for College Reading I (ENGL 091) and Introductory Writing (ENGL099), or equivalent courses. Students may also meet these three requirements through a passing score on the Accuplacer Exam.

Students in the program are required to take the following core academic courses during their first year: English Composition I and II (ENGL 101 &102), College Algebra (MATH203), General Chemistry I (CHEM 151), Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 205 and 206) and General Psychology (PSYC 101). Priority will be given to applicants who have completed these courses prior to enrolling in the program.

Students who enroll in the program will be charged a program-specific fee of $1,000.00 per year, in addition to the regular tuition and fees at Massasoit. This fee covers the care and feeding of the animals in the program, as well as additional specialized equipment and supplies, so that students are able to develop hands-on skills and become highly-qualified compassionate caregivers.

Is this program accredited?
Massasoit’s Veterinary Technology Program is now AVMA CVTEA accredited, effective February 10th, 2017! Students who graduate from this program are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam. In Massachusetts (and most other states), students are required to sit for and pass the VTNE in order to become credentialed veterinary technicians.

Is this program related to the veterinary assistant certificate?
No, the veterinary assistant certificate is a non-credit certificate. It does not lead to an associate’s degree, and its courses cannot be transferred into the Veterinary Technology Program. It is designed to provide students with basic training in animal handling and care to allow them to manage animals in a veterinary clinic or hospital.