Veterinarian Technician Bachelors Degree Program Information

Get information on bachelor's programs in veterinary technology. See detailed prerequisites and course requirements, and find out about mandatory licensure, employment prospects and salary potential in the field.

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Essential Information

A Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology degree program provides the necessary training for a veterinary technologist career. Veterinary technology students gain considerable knowledge in many aspects of routine, critical and emergency veterinary care through didactic and hands-on coursework.

Students may complete externships at local animal care facilities or zoos, and they may gain clinical skills in specialized areas, such as equine medicine or exotic animal care. Earning a bachelor's degree in this field can prepare students for licensure as veterinary technologists, which is required in many states.

Educational Prerequisites

Applicants with associate's degrees in veterinary technology have an advantage. Students without an associate's degree are sometimes required to complete pre-veterinary technology courses and prerequisites prior to applying for admission to the veterinary technology program. Some programs require applicants to have some veterinary office experience. Evaluations from veterinarians or licensed technicians may be required, in addition to a personal essay and references.

Program Coursework

Veterinary technology coursework consists of basic, professional and clinical animal science and veterinary subjects. Typical classes include:

  • Veterinary biochemistry
  • Veterinary clinical pathology
  • Veterinary radiology
  • Parasitology
  • Animal nursing
  • Veterinary dentistry
  • Veterinary pharmacology
  • Animal anatomy and physiology

Career Outlook and Salary Info

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, predicts job growth of 52% for veterinary technicians and technologists from 2010 to 2020. These workers earned an annual median wage of $30,290 in May 2012. Graduates of veterinary technology programs have the knowledge to work in a variety of environments, such as veterinary hospitals, laboratories, wildlife centers, zoos and pharmaceutical companies. Many veterinary technicians decide to go on to veterinary school.

Licensure Information

Most graduates of veterinary technology bachelor's degree programs are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), which is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (www.aavsb.org). This credentialing exam demonstrates entry-level knowledge and skills in veterinary technology. Successful completion of the VTNE is required by some states for licensure.

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