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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.

How do I apply to the program?

The Veterinary Technology Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2021 admission with an application deadline of Monday, July 5th, 2021. Applicants who need additional coursework to complete their prerequisites for enrollment can do so during the Spring or Summer Session I semesters. For information regarding the application process, visit the Selective Admissions page.

It is mandatory for those who wish to be considered for admission to attend a Veterinary Technology Program information session. To see when information sessions are being held and to register, visit the Information Session Schedule page. A brief tour of the Vet-Tech lab will also be provided at the end of the information session.

How do I prepare for the program?

In order to be accepted into the program, students must have completed the following prerequisites:

  • Attend a mandatory Veterinary Technology Program Information Session.
  • Intermediate Algebra (MATH012) or achieve a minimum score of 268 on the Accuplacer QAS (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics) placement test.
  • Developmental English courses (ENGL091 Preparing for College Reading I and ENGL099 Introductory Writing) or achieve a minimum score of 245 on reading and 3 on writing placement testing.
  • Biological Principles I (BIOL 121) or have passed the Biology Challenge Exam.
  • General Chemistry I or equivalent course
  • Students who enroll in the program are charged a program-specific fee of $1,000.00 per year, in addition to the regular tuition and fees at Massasoit.

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.


Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) scores
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE30
Three-year VTNE pass percentage66.67%