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

Is this program accredited?

Accreditation

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, allowing them to provide support to the veterinary technician in an animal care setting.